Exposé Online banner

Burnin Red Ivanhoe — Canal Trip - An Anthology 1969-1974
(Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 22395, 1974/2013, 2CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2014-01-17

Canal Trip - An Anthology 1969-1974 Cover artDuring their initial period from 1969-72, which this compilation covers, Burnin Red Ivanhoe was probably the most important Danish rock band; their sound was a proto-progressive style that blended heavy rock, blues and jazz with a higher than typical presence of woodwinds (sax and flute) and extended jams, and while most bands of the day sang exclusively in English, Burnin Red Ivanhoe also sang in their native Danish, and had no qualms about serving up numerous instrumental pieces on their albums either. The band’s debut album M 144 in fact was a sprawling double LP, an unusual thing for any band on their debut album in those times (only The Mothers’ Freak Out, Chicago Transit Authority and Loosen up Naturally by The Sons of Champlin come to mind), an album whose genesis was in an earlier collaboration between organist, saxophonist, chief composer and bandleader Karsten Vogel, and lyricist Niels Erik Wille. They had written songs together, but Vogel wanted to perform them live, so a band was needed, and Burnin Red Ivanhoe was born. The first ten tracks on disc one of this compilation are taken from M 144, fully half of that album, while the remaining four cuts on disc one are drawn from the six cuts on the band’s second eponymous LP, including the powerful opener and ten minute closer “Across the Windowsill” and “Secret Oyster Service,” respectively. The second disc opens with four pieces from the band’s highly regarded 1971 album W.W.W., then pulls five tracks each from the post-breakup live album Miley Smile / Stage Recall, and the 1974 reunion album Right On. Songs from these last two represented albums are beginning to show a change in the band’s style away from the instrumentally powered jammy sound of the first three toward a more concise songwriting approach, yet the material is still quite good. For those only casually familiar with Burnin Red Ivanhoe, Canal Trip is an excellent starting point, collecting a respectable cross-section of the band’s early material.

Filed under: Archives, 2013 releases, 1974 recordings

Related artist(s): Burnin Red Ivanhoe

Latest news

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more

2020-01-10
Neil Peart RIP – One of rock music's defining drummers has died at the age of 67. Neil Peart's work with Rush provided one of the templates for percussion in rock, and he certainly ranks in the top ten most influential drummers of the 20th Century. Peart retired from playing in 2015 due to health issues, and succumbed to brain cancer on January 7, 2020. » Read more

2020-01-07
Joel Vandroogenbroeck RIP – Word has reached us of the death of Joel Vandroogenbroeck, best known as one of the founders of Brainticket, He also recorded electronic music under a variety of names. He was born August 25th, 1938 in Brussels, Belgium and died December 23, 2019 in Arlesheim, Switzerland, aged 81. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Gentle Giant - In a Glass House – [Note: This review was written upon the remastered release version of In a Glass House from 2000]Having owned the re-issue of this album by the Terrapin Trucking Company, I had been happy with the...  (2001) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues