ACHE Danish Rock Band Historical Picture Gallery 1964 to 1976



"Classical" ACHE from 1964 through 1976, backwards in time.

This webpage focuses on the various "periods" and shared music projects of the active ACHE musicians
since the very beginnings, even before ACHE was eventually formed and named, in 1968.

Picture Galleries 1975-2014 and 2019-2022 are also available - see links at page bottom.

Webpage launched in Summer, 2022. Narratives, scannings, photo editing & HTML coding by Torsten Olafsson, Spring-Summer, 2022.

LINKS: ACHE's Official Website - ACHE Danish Rock Band at FaceBook - ACHE at Olafssongs Music Publishers


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ACHE Rock Band Green Man Logo, 1971



ACHE HISTORY 1976: CLASSICAL ACHE - The 1st Re-release
of "De Homine Urbano" & "Green Man", Double-LP & MC


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ACHE history: In 1976, producer Johnny Reimar's then music production firm Starbox prompted PHILIPS to re-issue both "De Homine Urbano"
and "Green Man" on separate vinyls but as a "double album" as well as on one MC/music cassette.
For reasons quite unverified, the company happened to confuse and swap the two labels on the first LP,
so that the LP record side with the "De Homine Urbano" music on it carries the "Little Things" music - and vice versa.

That "mistake" was later repeated at least once, f.i. in Autumn 2000, when Universal Music Denmark
had taken over the master rights and re-issued the two albums, for the first time on CD.




ACHE HISTORY 1972: ACOUSTIC ACHE


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ACHE history - The ACOUSTIC ACHE line-up from the left: Finn Olafsson, Torsten Olafsson, Andrzej Kosciuk

This quite short, but really intense experiment took place after, around New Year 1972, Finn and Torsten
had moved to the countryside SW of Copenhagen to live in an old rented, cosy farmhouse.

In friendly and creative company with Polish singer and violinist Andrzej Kosciuk - then also a film maker in his home country,
they created new music for acoustic guitars, vibraphone, piano, percussion, and vocals - experiences that would later crystallize
into Finn Olafsson's solo acoustic guitar and acoustic/electric record projects like f.i. "Savannah", 1976, "Acoustic Guitar", 1980, and "Elements", 1981.



ACHE HISTORY MID-1971: The SILVER RECORD & The LAST "CLASSICAL ACHE" CONCERT ...


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ACHE history: On June 17, 1971, ACHE was honoured with a Danish "Silver Record" for the sales of many 1000s of copies sold
of the now quite respected "Shadow of a Gipsy" song that was recorded one year previously: In mid-Summer, 1970.

Around the very same day - in mid-Summer! - PHILIPS finally released ACHE's second LP album, "GREEN MAN",
after more than half a year of "holding it back", since it was recorded and mixed aleady in mid-November, 1970 ...

Only one week later, on June 25, 1971, the original ACHE musicians: Finn, Peter, Glenn, and Torsten, performed together
for the very last time at a rock music festival in mid-Eastern Jutland in Western Denmark.
End of story, or ... ?



ACHE HISTORY 1969-1971: CLASSICAL ACHE - The CONCERTS


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ACHE history: Finn Olafsson, Glenn Fischer, Torsten Olafsson, Peter Mellin,
rehearsing for the Ache Rock Theatre in early 1971.



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ACHE history: The psychedelic lights group LYSHOLMORTENSEN, formed by brothers Svend-Aage Mortensen & Børge Mortensen,
rehearsing with ACHE for the ACHE ROCK THEATRE multi-media stage show in early 1971 Copenhagen.



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ACHE history: Finn Olafsson, Glenn Fischer, Torsten Olafsson, Peter Mellin, rehearsing for the Ache Rock Theatre in early 1971.


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ACHE history: Finn Olafsson, Glenn Fischer, Torsten Olafsson - Glenn Fischer behind his ASBA frum kit, mid-1970.


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ACHE history: Finn Olafsson, Glenn Fischer & Peter Mellin - live on stage, mid-1970.


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ACHE history: Finn Olafsson, Glenn Fischer, Torsten Olafsson, Peter Mellin & Torsten Olafsson, mid-1969.


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ACHE history: ACHE live on stage at the Copenhagen Falkonér Scene venue, mid-1969.
Finn, Glenn, Torsten, Peter.




ACHE HISTORY 1970-1971: The 2nd LP ALBUM: "GREEN MAN"
featuring Glenn Fischer, Torsten Olafsson,
Peter Mellin, Finn Olafsson



ACHE's 1971 album

"Green Man", 1971, 2012 Esoteric Recordings, UK, re-issue

Green Man, ACHE's second LP album, 1971 - Belle Antique, Japan

"Green Man", ACHE's second LP vinyl album, 1971
Belle Antique, Japan. Released on March 25, 2020.




Finn Olafsson, Torsten Olafsson, Peter Mellin   Glenn Fischer

"Green Man" was recorded in the Metronome Studio A, Copenhagen, in only 3 days, namely on November 9, 10 & 12, 1970, then possibly mixed on the 13th.
From the left: Finn Olafsson, Torsten Olafsson, Peter Mellin, Glenn Fischer.

For this recording session the following additional instruments were rented:

A C.F. Martin D-18 steel-string acoustic guitar for the "Green Man" intro, played by Finn. A mini cembalo (spinette) for the "Green Man" intro, played by Torsten.
A set of tube bells for the "Sweet Jolly Joyce" outro, and a pair of concert timpanies for the "The Invasion" intro, both played by Glenn.
A vibraphone for a solo in "Acheron", played by Peter. A pair of timbales for the rhythm part of "Working" ("We can work it out"), played by Glenn.

Peter Mellin played his magnificent original HAMMOND M3 organ with a 147 Leslie and the Studio A's own STEINWAY grand piano.

Glenn played his ASBA drum kit with two side toms and Zildjian cymbals.

Finn played both Fender Stratocaster, Rickenbacker and Shaftesbury electric guitars amped by a full Marshall stack with a 100 watt Marshall lead top.

Torsten played his mid-1960s Fender Precision electric bass guitar, amped by a complete Marshall stack like Finn's.
ACHE's "Green Man" album was produced by Johnny Reimar for Nordisk Polyphon/PHILIPS.

Sound engineer in charge was Birger Svan assisted by studio technician Bent Hulsrøj.




ACHE HISTORY: CLASSICAL ACHE FALL 1970 - The "GREEN MAN" ALBUM PERIOD


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ACHE history: Torsten Olafsson, Finn Olafsson, Peter Mellin, Glenn Fischer - in central Copenhagen in Summer, 1970


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ACHE history: Glenn Fischer, Peter Mellin, Torsten Olafsson, Finn Olafsson



ACHE HISTORY: CLASSICAL ACHE SUMMER 1970 - The "SHADOW of a GIPSY" SINGLE PROJECT


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ACHE history: The Danish and French cover versions of the "Shadow of a Gipsy" single


THE "SHADOW of a GIPSY" STORY:

1 - The BACKGROUND 1968-1969

Since the earliest beginnings, just after New Year in 1968, ACHE's musicians favoured improvising and arranging ideas
that just "came" to the each of the four youngsters when they were exploring their respective instruments at home, or rehearsing together.
They shared a variety of backgrounds and experiences in both Danish songs, classical music, blues, jazz, pop - and early "rock".

One of their very first projects was the creation of the almost 20 mins. long suite titled "Little Things"
that was, finally, recorded for their first LP album the year after, in October, 1969.

Already in the Summer of 1968, they began to jam over the four bass notes a-c-b-e. Because the note 'b' in Danish is actually named 'h'
- in order to distinguish it from that of 'b flat' - "A-C-H-E" inspired to naming the band's signature work and always opening number back then:
'Acheron', and the band even also chose their official "brand" name to be that of "ACHE".

Next, in the fall of 1968 followed the quite dramatic work "Anders Ands Begravelse", "The Funeral of Donald Duck",
that in February 1969 led to ACHE's actual national breakthrough as a true symphonic progressive rock band
when the DR, the Danish Broadcasting Corp., enabled a studio recording on February 10, that was aired nationwide on February the 15th.

The very concrete result of this radio music performance was that Royal Danish solo dancer Peter Schaufuss was recommended
by music journalist Torben Hoyer to contact ACHE to invite them to compose the music for a "beat ballet",
later referred to as a "rock ballet", that he was planning to create.

ACHE promptly accepted the challenge. A synopsis for a "plot" was soon agreed upon, and over the next couple of months the music began to take shape:
All ideas were tried out and arranged in ACHE's practice room and finally arranged to be recorded during the Easter Week of 1969, early April.

The finished music for the ballet music that was now titled "De Homine Urbano" was then recorded and mixed - in but one single day!
- in the early Summmer, sponsored by the Danish production company Nordisk Polyphon and produced by Johnny Reimar in the Metronome Studio A in Copenhagen.
Studio engineer was Birger Svan, assisted by technician Bent Hulsrøj.


2 - The BIRTH of "SHADOW of a GIPSY" in SPRING 1970:

ACHE's first album "DE HOMINE URBANO", on the PHILIPS label, came out in early February of 1970 and was received with impressive high acclaim.

Peter, Finn, Glenn and Torsten had more and more "refined" their way of collectively creating new music together,
and one day Peter presented a new idea for a power ballad with plenty of classical, yet also sort of "spicy" hammond organ chords
that soon inspired Finn to produce a simple but heartfelt melody for the song itself, over the chord progressions.

Torsten, the band's lead singer when ACHE's otherwise mostly instrumental music allowed for lyrics, intuitively felt inspired
to write a quite fairytale-like poem for the verses and choruses that, eventually, was given the title "Shadow of a Gipsy".

As so often before, Glenn was again the one who contributed with his well chosen inputs for a song's overall form and basic rhythmic dynamics,
and he and Torsten - who had already been playing together for 2 years - created a steady backing that ended up suiting the song the very best.

For the two solo verses, Finn's guitar stands out as progressive rock guitar classics even today.
Peter's Hammond unique organ sound has hardly been reproduced ever since that day in July, 1970, when "Shadow of a Gipsy" was recorded in but one single day.
Torsten sang his song to the recording tape in the very "first take".

This was, however, the end result of several months of preceding experiments with the "potentials" of the song:
ACHE, a declared "progressive" rock band, really did not like to make "commercial" music, at all - just for the money.

Here, for the record: On May 13, 1970, ACHE was again invited to record new music for the Danish Broadcasting Corp., in radio Studio 11 in Copenhagen.
On that day, ACHE played "Equatorial Rain" and "Shadow of a Gipsy" in quite much longer arrangements than the two have become known later on.
Realizing the "commercial" potential of the gipsy ballad, however, ACHE got to serious editorial work
and managed to cut down the duration from a duration of 7:30 - to only 4:40.

One last note here, by the way: "Shadow of a Gipsy" was never created be any "copy" of Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale".
ACHE's gipsy song features a total of 35 different chords, which may be quite close to an actual record, indeed.


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ACHE history: ACHE's music gear lined up on the famous Plænen concert stage in Tivoli, Copenhagen, Denmark, early June 5-13, 1970

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ACHE history: The gipsy- and hippie-inspired Magasin du Nord department store "Young Fashion" show in Tivoli, on the "Plænen" stage, featuring ACHE, live, June 5-13, 1970.
Left, in the background: Musicians Finn Olafsson and Glenn Fischer. Center: Peter Mellin. Right: Finn Olafsson.
Left and right photos presented on the internet courtesy of Magasin du Nord Museum c/o kbhbilleder.dk



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ACHE history: Left: Torsten Olafsson. Center: Magasin du Nord fashion model.
Right: Finn Olafsson, Glenn Fischer, Torsten Olafsson, Peter Mellin.
Center photo presented on the internet courtesy of Magasin du Nord Museum c/o kbhbilleder.dk




ACHE HISTORY: CLASSICAL ACHE - The "DE HOMINE URBANO" ALBUM RELEASE 1970


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ACHE history: ACHE's "De Homine Urbano" album was released by PHILIPS in early February, 1970.
With the debut followed reviews in Denmark that expressed high appraisal for ACHE's work.

When progressive rock music websites began to appear on the internet since the early 2000s,
the esteem for ACHE's music as representative of unique "classical rock" became further more outspokenly positive, 30-40+ years later.

The above page from the international music magazine World Pop News was published in their July/August edition, 1970.
You can click and save the page photo and study the text in more detail, as you please.



SELECTED RECENT ONLINE REVIEW/REACTION:

One quite recent Youtube listener has commented on "De Homine Urbano" like this:

By Powerplant Planet Universe, 2018, un-edited quotation:


"One of the best records of the seventies...scandinavian progressive classic rock with soaring organs and guitars...a masterwork !

Its so fucking melodic i get chicken skin,haha !
Is comparable with Rare Bird,but more eclecistic and psychedelic...
a little Vanilla Fudge maybe too,but without their pathetic appeal...
this really deserves to be known,because its good as the best bands we know,
and even a little better !

Love it...if you see this,take it,dont hesitate as i did in the record shop,
i still regret,i didnt buyed ! ;)"

Source, a comment on Ken Shabby's YouTube channel, URL:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3fYakBr6lM&ab_channel=KenShabby




ACHE's Debut LP Album: "DE HOMINE URBANO", 1969-1970,
featuring Glenn Fischer (dr), Torsten Olafsson (bs/voc),
Peter Mellin (Hammond org), Finn Olafsson (gt)

ACHE's 1970 album

"De Homine Urbano, 1970, 2012 Esoteric Recordings, UK, re-issue

In early 1969, ACHE's Glenn Fischer, Torsten Olafsson, Peter Mellin, and Finn Olafsson,
co-composed/co-arranged/recorded the music for Danish Royal Ballet dancer Peter Schaufuss'
first "beat ballet", now a.k.a. "the world's first ever genuine rock ballet",
titled "DE HOMINE URBANO", or, in other words: "About Urban Man".

The ballet itself, though, when performed in early 1970 at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen,
its program title was given as "HOMO" ...

ACHE 2012: De Homine Urbano inside cover, Esoteric Recordings, UK

First released by PHILIPS in early 1970, in Denmark and France, the "De Homine Urbano" LP album was re-released internationally by PHILIPS in 1976.

Then, in the fall of 2000, Universal Music, Denmark, put out the world's first
digitally remastered "De Homine Urbano/Little Things" LP album on CD.

The same digital versions of those two first, classical ACHE albums were also included
in Universal Music's 2010 multiple CDs box set "Dansk Rock Historie 1965-1978",
on CD number 7 in Box number 2, the socalled "Violet Box".

In 2011, both vinyl records were re-issued on license by Lucky Pigs Records in Germany.

In 2012, British Esoteric Recordings remastered and produced both "De Homine Urbano"
and "Green Man" on two separate CDs with each their own new printed cover art designs,
closely resembling the original LP covers.

Come 2017, and 2018, respectively, Universal Music, Denmark, contributed with yet again
new remastered vinyl reissues of both the "De Homine Urbano" and "Green Man"
symphonic prog rock ACHE music albums.

And, in Spring, 2020, Japanese international vintage rock label "Belle Antique" c/o the Marquee Co.
contributed with their own special Japanese language CD versions
of both of these classical and historic ACHE symphonic prog rock albums.

De Homine Urbano, ACHE's very first LP album, 1970 - Belle Antique, Japan, 2020

"De Homine Urbano", ACHE's very first LP album, 1970
Belle Antique, Japan. Released on March 25, 2020.



De Homine Urbano, ACHE's first LP album, 1970 - French vinyl LP version cover front

"De Homine Urbano", ACHE's first LP album, 1970,
was also released with an alternative front cover in France, sometime in 1970.




Epilogue, the early roots of ACHE:

In February 1967, Torsten Olafsson, who was since 1964 already eagerly playing the drums,
was invited to replace Peter Mellin on his Fender Precision bass in the popular, well-playing
South Copenhagen, Amager Island band: THE HARLOWS.

Torsten, already knowing the no less than absolutely formidable HARLOWS drummer Glenn Fischer pretty well on beforehand, did not hesitate:

During all of 1967, Torsten and Glenn worked out that tight and really close backing group play
that became the very solid rhythmical foundation of ACHE's symphonic prog rock
that developed after Glenn and Torsten together with now turned Hammond organ player,
in late Summer 1967, Peter Mellin, and guitarist Finn Olafsson during the course of 1968
established their extraordinarily creative music group collective named "ACHE".

However, with both the albums "De Homine Urbano" and "Green Man" out in the public,
eventually, that original, unique founding ACHE era abruptly ended on June 25th in 1971 ...



ACHE HISTORY: CLASSICAL ACHE - The "DE HOMINE URBANO" CREATION PERIOD 1969


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ACHE history: Torsten Olafsson, Finn Olafsson, Glenn Fischer, Peter Mellin



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ACHE history: Torsten Olafsson with ACHE on the Copenhagen Town Hall Square & Finn Olafsson at a Nivaagaard Commune concert, both in Summer 1969.



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ACHE history: Peter Mellin, Finn Olafsson



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ACHE history: Glenn Fischer, Torsten Olafsson



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ACHE history: Peter Mellin and his precious Hammond M3 organ, together with ACHE at the "old" Bella Center, Copenhagen,
during the very first rock music show broadcasted live in colour in Denmark, last weekend in August, 1969.
Right: Torsten Olafsson. Photos by Dan Worbs Petersen.




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ACHE history: Finn Olafsson, Peter Mellin


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ACHE history: Torsten Olafsson, Glenn Fischer
The above 4 pictures: Passed midnight, very early in the morning on October 19, 1969, ACHE performed
a so called "midnight session" in the Dagmar movie theatre in the center of Copenhagen. A short video clip from the concert
can be seen via this Youtube link - now more than 37.000 views - copy and paste the URL:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C_sdp_4EMc&ab_channel=Danskpsykedeliskmusik




ACHE HISTORY: CLASSICAL ACHE 1968


ACHE Rock Band 1968

ACHE, Summer 1968:
Peter Mellin & Finn Olafsson - chords, themes & solos




ACHE Rock Band 1968

ACHE, Summer 1968:
Glenn Fischer & Torsten Olafsson - rhythm, drive & dynamics




ACHE HISTORY Chapter 00: The pre-ACHE VERY EARLY BEGINNINGS


The pre-ACHE beginnings: The Harlows, late Summer 1967

The pre-ACHE beginnings: The HARLOWS, late Summer 1967:
Torsten (b), Glenn (dr), Kelvin (v), Jørgen "Rup" (g), Peter (Hammond M3 organ




The pre-ACHE beginnings: McKenzie Set, Winter 1967-68

The pre-ACHE beginnings: McKENZIE SET, Winter 1967-68:
Rogert (b), Finn (g/v), Kjeld (dr)




The pre-ACHE beginnings: The Harlows, Summer 1967:

The pre-ACHE beginnings: The HARLOWS, mid-1967:
Glenn Fischer & Torsten Olafsson - ACHE's original rhythm group from New Year, January 1st, 1968, till late June, 1971




The pre-ACHE beginnings: McKENZIE SET

The pre-ACHE beginnings: McKENZIE SET, mid-1967
Photo by Torsten Olafsson, from the top left and down:
Jesper (bs), Gert (voc/rg) & Finn (lg/voc), Kjeld (dr), Torben (el. piano)




The pre-ACHE beginnings: McKENZIE SET: Finn Olafsson   The pre-ACHE beginnings: McKENZIE SET: Flower-Power collage

The pre-ACHE beginnings: McKENZIE SET, 1967 to very early 1968



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The pre-ACHE beginnings: The HARLOWS, 1965 & 1966:
Left, from the left, 1965: Glenn (dr), Peter (bs), Jørgen "Rup"(lg), Jørgen (rg), Dan (voc)
Right, from the left, 1966: Dan (voc), Peter (bs), Jørgen (rg), Jørgen "Rup" (lg), Glenn (dr)




The pre-ACHE beginnings: Torsten Olafsson, Tivoli, early 1966   The pre-ACHE beginnings: Finn Olafsson, Tivoli, early 1966   The pre-ACHE beginnings: VOCES in Tivoli, Summer, 1966

The pre-ACHE beginnings: Drummer Torsten Olafsson & guitarist Finn Olafsson rehearsing with their group VOCES on the concert hall stage in Tivoli, Copenhagen.
Right: VOCES band photo shoot in the Tivoli Garden in Summer, 1966.
From the top, left: Jimmy (bs), Leif (rg), Finn (lg/voc), Bengt (lead voc), Torsten (dr/voc)




The pre-ACHE beginnings: VOCES, 1965

The pre-ACHE beginnings: VOCES, 1965:
Jimmy (bs), Torsten (dr/voc), Frank (rg), Finn (lg)
Photo by Mikkel Scharff




The pre-ACHE beginnings: Torsten Olafsson, 1957   The pre-ACHE beginnings: Torsten Olafsson, 1964   The pre-ACHE beginnings: Finn Olafsson, circa 1958   The pre-ACHE beginnings: Finn Olafsson & Torsten Olafsson, circa 1955   The pre-ACHE beginnings: Finn Olafsson, 1954

The pre-ACHE beginnings, 1964 and even before: Brothers Torsten Olafsson, b. 1950, & Finn Olafsson, b. 1953

From the left: Torsten, 1957 - Torsten, 1964 - Finn, 1960 - Finn & Torsten, 1955 - Finn, 1964.





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