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Culpeper's Orchard

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Culpeper’s Orchard
Danish psych/rock group in 1970’s

Culpeper’s Orchard is a great Danish psych/rock group that put out three albums, of which this is the only one to make the transfer to CD, so far. The first time you listen to the opening strains of “Banjocul,” you’ll think, “What did I get myself into?” But then comes the opening chords of Mountain Music and you’ll know you are in for one fun guitar jam for the entire album. Though definitely in the psych vein, Culpeper’s Orchard isn’t a rehash of the ‘66-‘69 psychedelic bands or the “west-coast sound.” Instead, the band takes intense electric jams that dissolve into beautiful folk-like acoustic arrangements and harmonized vocal melodies. Even the lead guitar is clean and jangling, eschewing the popular fuzz-tone of that era. The Orchard combine known styles with Danish-folk arrangements into an original style distinctly their own. Hendrikson’s electric lead played over driving dual acoustic rhthym guitars never fails to get me out of my chair and bopping ‘round the living room. His lead guitar style in “Gideon’s Trap,” “Your Song and Mine,” and the two-part “Mountain Music” draws heavily upon Eric Clapton during EC’s time with John Mayall and Cream. This is most obvious in “Mountain Music Part 2,” where he plays many classic Clapton licks from the Bluesbreaker album in homage to Eric.

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  • c210344

    total bong rippage, from the start. [2]

    15 Apr 8:39am Reply
  • Rubensines

    Una MARAVILLA!!!!!!!

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • ariehdivision

    Mikael Akerfeldt sent me here [2]

    30 Apr 2013 Reply
  • jimmypage95

    Masterpiece.

    23 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Jealousheart

    Mikael Akerfeldt sent me here

    7 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Big_Isil

    total bong rippage, from the start.

    30 Mar 2012 Reply
  • iconan

    A warm sound of the soul which we have heard too many times, but it's still a pleasure that is renewed at every listening. Psych. -.-.-.-. om hari om .....

    11 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Color_Of_Sound

    Fantastic !!!

    23 Apr 2011 Reply
  • thecolderwater

    great. i like a lot.

    19 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Roncsipar

    the 2nd is pure awesomeness...i've found the 1st a bit more dated (and pearl jam-y in the bad way) which is unusual for the early danish scene.

    14 Jun 2010 Reply
  • MrMuztard

    Cracking first album. The 2nd [from the few i've heard] has it's moments too. Apparently by the third they were full on country rock. The self-titled debut is one of Julian Cope's faves from his Danish samplers. And he's spot on about how good the album is.

    6 Jun 2010 Reply
  • manonadune

    One of the best bands in rock music. The first album is one of rock's greatest.

    2 May 2010 Reply
  • manofmystery

    self titled album needs to be added!

    12 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Kendoji

    awesome band

    31 Aug 2008 Reply
  • kjetilmann

    they make me pround to be a scandinavian.

    25 Nov 2007 Reply

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