ACHE Danish Rock Band Historical Picture Gallery 1964-2014



ACHE from 1964 through 2014, backwards in time.

This webpage focuses on the many "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 Gallery 2019-2022 is also available - see link at page bottom.

Webpage launched in 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 2014: A QUITE SECRET ACHE REUNION in COPENHAGEN


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ACHE history: Glenn Fischer, Peter Mellin, Torsten Olafsson & Peter Mellin
when they joined forces to play a little music together again in private, during the course of 2014




ACHE HISTORY 2006: WUTHERING HEIGHTS' COVER VERSION of "SHADOW of a GIPSY"


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ACHE history: When, in 2006, Danish heavy metal band Wutherings Heights released their album "The Shadow Cabinet" in Japan,
a formidable cover version of ACHE's "Shadow of a Gipsy" from 1970 was included as a bonus track, #12, on the CD.




ACHE HISTORY 2005: Steen Toft Andersen's 2nd Solo Album "TRAVELLERS' TALES"


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ACHE history: Bassist & Globetrotter Steen Toft Andersen, composer of the solo album
"Travellers' Tales - Featuring the Ukulele", recorded by ACHE musicians and others in 2004-2005


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ACHE history: "Travellers' Tales - Featuring the Ukulele", 2005

The ACHE musicians featured on this remarkable solo album by Steen Toft Andersen are:
Finn Olafsson on guitars, Gert Smedegaard on drums, Torsten Olafsson in bass, and Steen Toft Andersen, himself, on the ukulele.

In early 1979, Steen Toft Andersen made up his mind to soon leaving Denmark for adventures all over the globe.
On his numerous travels to far away worlds, Steen brought with him his ukulele to play and compose tunes,
and the many sentiments and ideas were eventually collected, arranged and recorded
on the instrumental music album of his titled "Travellers' Tales - Featuring the Ukulele".




ACHE HISTORY: CHRISTIANIA, "THE SKEWED DREAMS" 2003-2004


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ACHE history: Re-united ACHE musicians during the recording of their Christiania tribute song
"De skæve drømme", "The Skewed Dreams", in Summer, 2003 - from the left:

Per Wium, Gert Smedegaard, Peter Mellin, Finn Olafsson,
Johnnie Gellett, Torsten Olafsson, and to the right: Steen Toft Andersen


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ACHE history: "De skæve drømme", tribute single CD to Christiania, 2004

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ACHE history: ACHE recording "De skæve drømme" in July, 2003, in Olafssongs Studios

Left: Johnnie Gellett, Maria Olafsson, and Anne-Line Edelgaard Gantzler
Right: producer and studio engineer Finn Olafsson




ACHE HISTORY 1987: Per Wium's 1st Solo Album "IND I DET BLÅ"


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ACHE history: Per Wium's solo album "Ind i det blå", "Into the Blue", 1987

On this album, keyboard player and composer Per Wium was - among others -
backed by three fellow ACHE musician colleagues, namely Finn Olafsson, guitars,
Gert Smedegaard, drums, and Stig Kreutzfeldt, vocals.




ACHE HISTORY: A SHORT REVIVAL TOUR 1985


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ACHE history: 1985 - Left, from top left and down: Finn Olafsson, Alex Savage, Klaus Thrane, Per Wium, Torsten Olafsson - Right: Finn Olafsson



ACHE HISTORY 1983: TORSTEN OLAFSSON's SOLO SHAKUHACHI ALBUM
"STANDING WAVES - ZEN SHAKUHACHI MEDITATIONS"


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ACHE history: In Spring, 1983, Torsten Olafsson recorded the album "Standing Waves - Zen Shakuhachi Meditations"
with six selected solo shakuhachi pieces from the Kyōto Myōan Temple ascetic solo shakuhachi Taizan-ha repertory that Torsten had studied
and "internalized" when he studied with that tradition's Ozawa Seizan in Kyōto, Japan, in 1977-78.

Then, in 2001, Torsten partnered with the Danish record label Fønix Musik
to make the album available on CD. Over the years, eventually, LPs, MCs and CDs reached total sales of at least 5.000 copies.


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ACHE history: Torsten recorded the album with a shakuhachi flute made by his teacher Ozawa Seizan
and given to him as a present in Spring, 1978, shortly before he returned to Denmark (left).

"Standing Waves" was recorded in Spring, 1983, in the famous recording studio Sweet Silence Studios on the island Amager in S. Copenhagen.
The album was produced there by Torsten's brother Finn and engineered by Flemming Rasmussen
who enjoys worldwide praise for his producing/recording the two Metallica albums "Ride the "Lightning", 1984, and "Master of Puppets", 1986, in the original Sweet Silence Studios on Amager.

Photo of Finn and Flemming (right) was taken many years later, on March 29, 2017, in Flemmings "Sweet Silence North" studio in Elsinore, by Flemming Hjøllund.

The "Standing Waves" album was the very first phonogram to be released by the new Olafssongs label, in Spring 1983: Olafssongs OLP 001/OMC 001.




ACHE HISTORY 1981: Steen Toft Andersen's 1st Solo Album "BAG MURENE"


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ACHE history: Bassist and composer Steen Toft Andersen's 1st solo album "Bag murene - Hos de dybt åndsvage",
"Behind the Walls - With the deeply mentally retarded", about Steen's mid-1970s through early 1980 deeply moving experiences in his role
as a caretaker for the institutionalized most seriously mentally retarded human existences
at Ebberødgård Center in mid-North Sealand, which was later renamed "Svaneparken".

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ACHE history: Drawing by Steen Toft Andersen in the printed music book of his, titled "Bag Murene", 1981.

On the "Bag murene" album, Steen was backed by these good ACHE musician friends of his:
Gert Smedegaard on drums, Per Wium on keyboards, Finn Olafsson on guitars, and Johnnie Gellett, vocals.

By the way, among ACHE members, these four of them are sharing significantly mind-blowing and life-changing
work experiences from public institutions for the care of the mentally retarded in Denmark:
Gert Smedegaard, Johnnie Gellett, Steen Toft Andersen - and Torsten Olafsson, too.




ACHE HISTORY 1981: FINN OLAFSSON's 3rd SOLO ALBUM "ELEMENTS"


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ACHE history: Finn Olafsson in the Copenhagen studio Easy Sound, Copenhagen, recording his 3rd solo album "Elements", Spring 1981.
Left: Sound engineer Dave Rideau with Finn Olafsson at the mixing console. Photos by Jan Persson.


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ACHE history: Finn Olafsson on the front of the CD "Elements" & Torsten Olafsson

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ACHE history: Per Wium, Gert Smedegaard & Steen Toft Andersen

Photos by Jan Persson


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ACHE history: In Finn Olafsson's 2nd printed solo guitar music book, titled "Sologuitar", 1981, now with tablature,
these three acoustic guitar pieces on "Elements" were included: "The Waddling Duckling", "The Rag", and "Tracery".
Two additional pieces, namely "Savannah" and "The Inclination", were included from the "Savannah" album of 1976.
The photo shows Finn Olafsson with his two lovable New Foundland canines, Gina to the right, and her son Bumle, left. Photos by Torsten Olafsson.




ACHE HISTORY 1980: FINN OLAFSSON's 2nd Solo Album "ACOUSTIC GUITAR"


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ACHE history: In 1980, all the while he was touring with both ACHE and the singer-songwriter Pia Raug,
Finn Olafsson was invited by Metronome Records to record his first solo steel-string guitar record, titled "Acoustic Guitar".

Recorded with Finn's first C.F. Martin D-45 guitar, "Acoustic Guitar" has become a classic and was followed by two more "Acoustic Guitar" solo steel-string albums many years later.
Portrait photos by Jan Persson.


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ACHE history: On "Acoustic Guitar", Finn was accompanied by brother Torsten on his tabla drums.
Drawings by Marianne Olafsson


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ACHE history: The "Acoustic Guitar" printed music book was published in 1980 and was the first
of almost a hundred printed music books and sheets published by Finn Olafsson's new music publishing co. during the 1980s.

After a 10-year break during the 1990s, Olafssongs' music book publishing was resumed beginning early in the 2000s.
1980 cover photo by Jan Persson. Music engraving by Jørgen Nielsen. Editing and 5-staff draft manuscripts by Finn Olafsson & Torsten Olafsson.



ACHE HISTORY LATE 1970s: 1980 and The LAST 1970s ACHE CONCERT


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ACHE history: ACHE on March 22, 1980 - from the left: Per Wium, Johnnie Gellett, Finn Olafsson, Torsten Olafsson, Gert Smedegaard.
Right: ACHE road manager Bjarne "Eskild" Eskildsen, then active 1978-1980, later again from 2019 and onwards.



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ACHE history: Left, Finn Olafsson & Johnnie Gellett - right, Per Wium
ACHE live on stage at the C. Copenhagen venue Saltlageret - "The Salt Warehouse" -
on September 27, 1980 - ACHE's last concert for a number of years to come




ACHE HISTORY LATE 1970s: Late 1978 through EARLY 1979


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ACHE history: Steen Toft Andersen, Gert Smedegaard, Finn Olafsson, Per Wium, Torsten Olafsson - Press photo


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ACHE history: Torsten Olafsson and Steen Toft Andersen on stage at the venue "Den Grå Hal",
"The Gray Hall", Christiania, Copenhagen, in early 1978. Photos by Mikkel Scharff.




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ACHE history: ACHE resting in their band bus named "Mrs. Larsen".
From the left: Torsten, Finn, Lars, Steen, Eskild, Per ...




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ACHE history: Steen Toft Andersen, Lars Mellin, Torsten Olafsson
live on stage at the venue Musikcaféen in Copenhagen, Winter, 1978-79


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ACHE history: Finn Olafsson, Gert Smedegaard, Per Wium
Come Summer, 1978, Torsten Olafsson had re-patriated after 18 months of inspiring music and language studies in Kyōto, Japan.

Not long afterwards, he was invited to play the bass with ACHE, one more time ...
Photos from Musikcafeen by Bjarne "Eskild" Eskildsen.




ACHE HISTORY: LATE 1970s - Early to mid-1978


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ACHE history: ACHE and their beloved band bus Fru Larsen, "Mrs. Larsen", in 1978 - from the left:
Johnnie Gellett, Gert Smedegaard, Finn Olafsson, Steen Toft Andersen, Per Wium




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ACHE history: ACHE in their newly acquired "Mrs. Larsen" band bus:
Finn, Gert, Steen, Johnnie, Per, early 1978.




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ACHE history: Steen Toft Andersen, Finn Olafsson & Johnnie Gellett live on stage with ACHE in mid-1978.



ACHE HISTORY 1976-1977: The "BLÅ SOM ALTID" ALBUM PERIOD


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ACHE history: ACHE in 1977 - from top left: Finn Olafsson, Gert Smedegaard, Per Wium, Steen Toft Andersen, Johnnie Gellett



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ACHE history: Finn Olafsson live on stage with ACHE. Photo by Bjarne "Eskild" Eskildsen


The ACHE album Blaa som altid, 1977

When, in 1977, the album "Blå som altid", "Blue as Always", was recorded, the musician line-up was as follows:

Finn Olafsson - the only original ACHE band member left - on guitars/vocals
Gert Smedegaard on drums
Per Wium on keyboards, vocals
Steen Toft Andersen on bass, vocals
Johnnie Gellett on lead vocal, backing guitar & percussion

Contrasting with previous ACHE and ACHE-related albums, song lyrics were now written in the band's native, Danish language.

The "Blå som altid" album has not yet been digitally re-released because of master rights restrictions.




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Left: Sound engineer Lars Mellin & stage lights designer Gunnar Hovgaard, 1977.
Right: Drummer Gert Smedegaard & road manager/percussion player Palle Steen Nygaard, 1977.
Right photo by Bjarne "Eskild" Eskildsen.



ACHE HISTORY 1976: FINN OLAFSSON's 1st Solo Album "SAVANNAH"


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ACHE history: Finn Olafsson's 1st electric/acoustic guitar solo album titled "Savannah", 1976

When, in the Summer of 1976, Finn Olafsson succeded in realizing his desire to create
a music album "entirely of his own", the stage was set in the brand new ROC Studios
on the South Copenhagen island of Amager where Finn grew up since his birth in 1953.

Finn engaged a handful of his good musician friends who had previously that year recorded the album "Pictures from Cyclus 7"
with music composed by Peter Mellin and lyrics by Bo Lillesøe:

Johnnie Gellett, vocals, Gert Smedegaard, drums, and Steen Toft Andersen, bass.

Besides, Finn was also joined by Nis P. Jørgensen on various flutes, as well as his older brother,
Torsten Olafsson - ACHE's original bass player - on the vibraphone, percussion and backibng vocals.

Torsten was otherwise well on his way to soon moving to Kyōto in Japan
to study Japanese culture, language, philosophy and shakuhachi flute music there.




ACHE HISTORY 1976: "MAJESTÆTENS MARIONETTER" - "The Majesty's Puppets"
- ACHE's 1st TRIBUTE to the "Free City" CHRISTIANIA in COPENHAGEN


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ACHE history: In mid-1976, ACHE was commissioned to contribute with a song to an LP album, titled "Christiania",
that was produced in support of the alternative, "free" city of that same name.

"Majestætens Marionetter", "The Majesty's Puppets", represents the very first published ACHE recording
with lyrics written in the Danish language, words composed by then ACHE bass player Steen Toft Andersen.




ACHE HISTORY 1975-1976: The "PICTURES FROM CYCLUS 7" ALBUM PERIOD


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ACHE history: ACHE 1976 from the left: Gert Smedegaard, Finn Olafsson, Steen Toft Andersen, Per Wium, Stig Kreutzfeldt, Johnnie Gellett
Photo by Mikkel Scharff


Pictures from Cyclus 7 LP, label CBS

Composer and keyboardist Peter Mellin & lyricist Bo Lillesøe's "Pictures from Cyclus 7" concept LP album,
recorded in early 1976 at the Rosenberg Studios in Copenhagen.
Nils Henriksen acted as the producer in charge, while Finn Olafsson contributed as organizer,
musical co-arranger & executive producer.

Two original ACHE musicians participated in this project, namely: Finn Olafsson & Peter Mellin.

First released in Spring 1976, the album was re-released on CD by Green Tree Records in Germany in 2004.
Again, in 2016, SONY Music Denmark re-released "Pictures from Cyclus 7", digitally remastered, on the internet.



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ACHE history: "Pictures from Cyclus 7" was recorded in the Rosenberg Studio in Copenhagen, early 1976.
Producer: Nils Henriksen. Executive producer & arranger: Finn Olafsson.
From the left: Peter Mellin, Finn Olafsson, Gert Smedegaard.




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ACHE history: ACHE 1976 live on stage in Atlantic Bio, Copenhagen, Spring 1976.
From the left: Finn Olafsson, Johnnie Gellett, Gert Smedegaard, Stig Kreutzfeldt, Steen Toft Andersen, Peter Mellin.




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

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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 1969 - THE "DE HOMINE URBANO" ALBUM PERIOD


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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's Debut LP Album: "DE HOMINE URBANO", 1969-1970,
featuring Glenn Fischer, Torsten Olafsson,
Peter Mellin, Finn Olafsson

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.


One quite recent Youtube listener has commented like this:

By Powerplant Planet Universe, around 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 ! ;)"


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 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 organ




The pre-ACHE beginnings: McKenzie Set, late Summer 1967

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 1968 to Summer 1971




The pre-ACHE beginnings: The Harlows, 1965   The pre-ACHE beginnings: The Harlows, 1966

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), Bengt (voc), Torsten (dr)




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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