Release Date: 09/25/20
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered 2 CD set by legendary cult Danish Progressive Rock band DAY OF PHOENIX, 'Mind Funeral - The Recordings 1968 - 1972'. The band first came together in Copenhagen in 1968 with an original line-up of CY NICKLIN (Vocals, Guitar), OLE PREHN (Guitar & Vocals), KARSTEN LYNG (Guitar), JESS STÃHR (Bass) and HENRIK FRIIS (Drums) and recorded one single (a cover version of The Strawbs' 'Tell Me') before fracturing. Cy Nicklin departed and would resurface in the ranks of another fine Danish progressive band, Culpeper's Orchard and by the time the band came to record their first album Jess StÃ¦hr had also departed to join Burnin' Red Ivanhoe. He was replaced by ERIK STEDT, whilst vocalist HANS LAURIDSEN also joined the group.
The band's debut album, WIDE OPEN N-WAY, was recorded in June 1970 in Copenhagen and was produced by former COLOSSEUM bass player TONY REEVES. The album gained a wider release when issued in the UK early in 1971 on the newly established Greenwich Gramophone label (part of the Chapter 1 Records imprint) with a revised running order. The band's blend of Progressive and Psychedelic US West Coast rock influences came to the fore on the album's title track and the lengthy 'Mind Funeral' and gained them a wider audience throughout Europe. The album was followed by the release of a European single ('Deep Within the Storm' b/w 'Chicken Skin') before Erik Stedt died of a drug overdose in 1971.
In 1972 Day of Phoenix entered the studio once more with Tony Reeves as producer to record their second album THE NEIGHBOUR'S SON with Jess StÃ¦hr making an appearance. The album appeared on the CHAPTER 1 label and featured shorter songs, but was another fine work. Despite the excellence of the band, their commercial fortunes failed to improve and sadly Day of Phoenix disbanded soon after.
|Genre: Progressive Rock|
|Run Time: 80 mins|
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