LP - Young Flowers - Blomsterpistolen
The only pure hippie group to come from Copenhagen during the late sixties was Young Flowers. The aspiring guitar player Peer Frost had previously been in Peter Belli & Les Rivals. Blomsterpistolen (1968 - the title means "the flower pistol") was a milestone in Danish rock. The music was made for their own surrealistic TV movie of the same name (which also featured their "rivals" The Beefeaters). Young Flowers were strongly influenced by Cream, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles (typified by their classics "Strange Brew", "Axis: Bold As Love" and "Taxman", respectively). A couple of the tracks had Danish lyrics, including "25 Ore" (7:53), a never ending boogie blues derived from Canned Heat's "On The Road Again". More effective was the psychedelic jam "April '68" (8:56) and the shorter songs with strong lead guitars, studio effects (lots of flanging) and a really strong rhythm section. The group lacked a really capable vocalist, though.
The second album contained more of the same, ranging from the exceedingly flanged "And Who But I Should Be" to the "Calypso" in "Obladi-Oblada" style. The trio are joined by Niels Skousen on many tracks and by The Maxwells on the freakout track "Kragerne Vender" (10:31). In. my view, this album was their most powerful and best effort. Young Flowers undoubtedly inspired a flood of young aspiring power trios, including Blues Addicts, Terje, Jesper & Joachim and Moses (although these had a rawer garage sound). The three young flowers themselves would later resurface in several important groups: Peer Frost in Midnight Sun, Rainbow Band and Savage Rose, Peter Ingemann in No Name and as a session musician for hippie folk-rocker Sebastian, and Ken Goodman in Culpeper's Orchard.