Exposé Online banner

Odin — Live at the Maxim
(Long Hair LHC0057, 1971/2007, CD)

Odin — SWF Session 1973
(Long Hair LHC0056, 1973/2007, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2008-01-01

Live at the Maxim Cover artSWF Session 1973 Cover art

Along with the reissue of this quartet's amazing self-titled debut album from '73 (which originally appeared on the Vertigo label), Long Hair has released these two collections of archival recordings, one live set from September '71, about a year before their LP was recorded, and a four-song set recorded for a radio broadcast in early '73. They were a group of mostly English expatriates based in Germany at the time, although organist Jeff Beer was from Bavaria. Their sound is a heady progressive mix of rock with some jazz influences, with a very prominent role for organ and lead guitar, and an amazingly tight and busy rhythm section. The live set shows the band in its formative stages, already a force to be reckoned with, playing mostly covers of Frank Zappa ("My Guitar...," "Peaches En Regalia," "Little House," "Oh No"), Neil Young ("Ohio," "Cinnamon Girl"), Quatermass ("Gemini"), KC ("21st Century Schizoid Man") and others, and doing them justice. The one original number in the set is the 19-minute monster "Silver Dollar," easily worth the cost of the disc by itself.

Recorded just a few months after their LP, SWF Session shows the band in top form. The four tracks from the radio session include two originals, and two outstanding Zappa covers (a smokin' version of "King Kong" and "Oh No"). The opening original penned by guitarist Rob Terstall bears a strong Zappa influence as well (as does his guitar playing throughout), while its follow-on, written by Beer and bassist Ray Brown is an amazingly engaging workout, a labyrinth of instrumental changes sporting great vocals. The radio session only accounts for about 30 minutes of material, so a fifth bonus track, a fourteen minute cover of Quatermass' "Make Up Your Mind" is included, another live recording from the Maxim set in September '71. Both of these discs are excellent supplemental material, though I would still recommend starting with the reissue of their eponymous LP.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 35, 2007 releases, 1971 recordings, 1973 recordings

Related artist(s): Odin

Latest news

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart $amp; Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more

2017-10-13
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more

2017-09-26
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Jannick Top - Infernal Machina – Jannick Top will be known to most readers as one of the most bad-assed, brutal, and intense bass players alive, and a major creative force within Magma at two different points during the 1970s. He,...  (2009) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues