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De Homine Ubano LP, 1970

DE HOMINE URBANO
& Little Things
Philips LP
PY 841 906
Composed in '68-'69
Recorded in 1 day each
in June & October '69
Released in
February '70
Re-released in '76
on Philips DBLP
Reissued
in 2012 on
Esoteric Recordings CD


Peter Mellin, 1968

Peter Mellin - 1968
Hammond M3 organ
(born in 1947)


Finn Olafsson, 1968

Finn Olafsson - 1968
Rickenbacker el. guitar
(born in 1953)


1969: Torsten, Glenn, Finn, Peter

1969


1970: Torsten, Finn, Peter, Glenn

1970



Finn Olafsson, 1970

Finn Olafsson
1970


Glenn Fischer, 1970

Glenn Fischer
1970




1971: Finn, Glenn, Torsten, Peter

1971




1975: Finn, Gert, Johnnie, Steen, Stig, Peter

1975



Pictures from Cyclus 7, 1976

Pictures from Cyclus 7
CBS LP - 1976


Finn Olafsson, 1977

Finn Olafsson
1977



Blå som altid LP, 1977

Blå som altid
KMF LP - 1977



Steen Toft Andersen, 1977

Steen Toft Andersen
1977


1977: Steen, Johnnie, Gert, Per Finn

1977




1979: Steen, Gert, Finn, Per, Torsten

1979





ACHE 2003 ...:

Juni 2003: Per, Gert, Peter, Johnnie, Torsten, Finn

June 22nd, 2003:
Per, Gert, Peter,
Johnnie, Torsten, Finn
Photo:
Steen Toft Andersen


Ache in the studio, Aug. 2003: Johnnie, Finn

August 4th, 2003
ACHE in the studio:
Johnnie & Finn
mixing ...


Torsten Olafsson, bas

Torsten Olafsson
Fender Precision
2003


Per Wium, hammond

Per Wium
Hammond organ
2003


Gert Smedegaard, trommer

Gert Smedegård
Ludwig drums
2003


Finn Olafsson, guitarer

Finn Olafsson
Fender Stratocaster
2003


Maria Olafsson, kor

Maria Olafsson
Backing vocals
2003


Torsten Olafsson in Danish TV, april

Torsten Olafsson
in Danish TV
with his 'shakuhachi'
April 2004

The Ache Rock Theatre, rehearsal 1971

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LATEST NEWS - January 2017:

FINN OLAFSSON's SAVANNAH
CD and digital re-release

Finn Olafsson's Savannah CD cover

"Finn Olafsson's Savannah" - CD and digital re-release

FINN OLAFSSON's first solo album "FINN OLAFSSON's SAVANNAH" from 1977 is now re-released in superb high quality remastered CD version - with impressive fine digipack cover art work.

Buy "Finn Olafsson's Savannah" in Olafssongs' webshop

Click and read about Savannah here (PDF)


ACHE's hit "Shadow of a Gipsy"
to be heard in the movie
"The Day Will Come"/"Der kommer en dag"
- now seen by way beyond 250.000 cinema guests in Denmark, alone!

Der kommer en dag, plakat

"The Day Will Come"/"Der kommer en dag" received the impressive total of 6 Robert Film Awards in January 2017, the finest of those being "Danish Movie of the Year 2016".

April 25, 2016:

The movie "Der kommer en dag" - starring internationally famed Sofie Gråbøl and Lars Mikkelsen a.o. - was officially premiered in all of Denmark on Thursday April 21, 2016.

Already by the end of the following weekend more than 200.000 cinema guests had seen it, in sincere sympathy.
In the movie, ACHE's "Shadow of a Gipsy" is performed in a new arrangement by the movie's composer, Sune Martin.
The song fits very well in the movie's time frame, and not least Torsten Olafsson's lyrics relate to the film plot in the best possible manner.

Click here to read more, in English.




November 2015:

Danish rock guitar riff goes No. 1
on the American Hip Hop Artists' Chart

Finn Olafsson rock guitarist 1976

Photo: Bjarne Eskildsen

FINN OLAFSSON's electric guitar riff from the ACHE single "Expectation" sampled by American rap artist Travi$ Scott

CLICK HERE to READ NEWSLETTER in ENGLISH (PDF)

Danish rock band ACHE 1976

Foto: Mikkel Scharff


Introduction

De Homine Urbano & Green Man

ACHE - DE HOMINE URBANO / GREEN MAN (Esoteric Recordings)

By Mark Kadzielawa - 69 Faces of Rock - December 2012

"For every band that became big in the early 70s, there were at least 20 bands that were as good, but they never got the necessary breaks. Denmark's Ache is an absolutely excellent rock band. This band is driven by the combination of Hammond organ and guitar. A sound made popular by Vanilla Fudge, and later explored by the likes of Deep Purple and others.

"De Homine Urbano" was originally released back in 1970, and it's perhaps the first rock ballet. The music on this album was written to accompany a ballet. It's quite interesting what Ache did here. They adapted the current sounds of the 1970 to a delicate art form such as ballet. The result is overwhelmingly impressive. The album can be enjoyed by variety of listeners, and neither style and sound is compromised in any way. An achievement not copied to this day, although few came close.

"Green Man" was released a year later, in 1971. This time Ache went for a straight forward progressive rock direction, with no ballet or other artistic forms involved. "Green Man" is a superb album. It really reflects the times it was made in, and it has that explosive feel. This record needs to be listen to loud in a very dark room. The band turns on elements of progressive and psychedelia, and just rocks all the way through.

Ache is certainly a band worth investigating! Even after 40+ years since these two album were released, they still pack a solid punch. Why this band never made it any bigger is beyond this writer's understanding. All of the ingredients are here. If 70s rock is your cup of tea, Ache will make you an instant fan!"


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"De Homine Urbano" & "Green Man" reissued internationally

September, 2012:

ACHE's two first albums
"DE HOMINE URBANO" & "GREEN MAN"
reissued internationally by Esoteric Recordings, England

ACHE: De Homine Urbano & Green Man

PRESS RELEASE
On September 24, 2012, UK based record company Esoteric Recordings reissued the Danish progressive rock band ACHE's two first albums "De Homine Urbano" from 1970 and "Green Man" from 1971.
"Green Man" includes the single hit "Shadow of a Gipsy" which was released in 1970 as a forerunner for the album.

ACHE was formed in 1968 by Finn Olafsson (guitars, vocals), Peter Mellin, (Hammond organ, piano, vocals), Torsten Olafsson (bass, vocals), and Glenn Fischer (drums, percussion).

This is the 6th rerelease of those two legendary ACHE albums for Philips hailed by Julian Cope in his on-line Danskrocksampler page and now considered Psych / Prog classics par excellence.
The Esoteric Recordings reissues have been newly remastered and feature booklets that fully restore all original album artwork with a new essay and an interview with Finn Olafsson and Torsten Olafsson authored by Record Collector magazine journalist Marco Rossi.

The two CDs have been remastered by Ben Wiseman, The Audio Archiving Company, London.
"De Homine Urbano" and "Green Man" can be purchased online with Cherry Red Records in England:
Cherry Red Records' Webshop
and in Olafssongs' webshop:
www.shop.olafssongs.dk

Read more on Esoteric Recordings' website (scroll down):
Esoteric Recordings: Latest News (September, 2012)

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Reviews of "De Homine Urbano" & "Green Man"

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Reviews of "De Homine Urbano" & "Green Man"

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News

May 2013

Interview with Finn Olafsson in the magazine Blackmoon

Blackmoon februar 2013   Blackmoon maj 2013

About ACHE:
In late 2012 Finn Olafsson was interviewed by the Norwegian rock&prog magazine BLACKMOON, about ACHE and the Esoteric Recordings UK reissue of the two albums "De Homine Urbano" og "Green Man". Part 1 was featured in the Blackmoon February 2013 issue, Part 2 in Blackmoon 2013-2, May.
Interview in Blackmoon, February issue 2013   Interview in Blackmoon, May issue 2013

Click here and read the interview, Part 1 & Part 2. Ib n Norwegian.


January 5, 2013

Interview with Finn Olafsson and Torsten Olafsson

Radio PROFIL, La radio progressive a Quebec

About ACHE:
On the website of PROFIL, La radio progressive à Québec, you'll find a brand new exclusive, elaborate interview with Finn Olafsson and Torsten Olafsson about progressive rockband ACHE.
Here is a link to the English version:
Interview with Finn & Torsten Olafsson (ACHE)


November 22, 2012:

FINN OLAFSSON - new CD single: "Hamlet's Castle"

FINN OLAFSSON: 'Hamlet's Castle'

North of Copenhagen - on the point overlooking Øresund - you will find 'Hamlet's Castle', Kronborg. The castle set the scene for William Shakespeare's 'The Tragical History of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark'.
This hymn to the legendary renaissance castle is taken from Finn Olafsson's recent CD-album 'Music from North Sealand'.
Read more, hear the single og order here:
www.finnolafsson.com

January 2012:

Finn Olafsson releases new acoustic/electric guitar CD featuring Torsten Olafsson on ac. bass guitar, tablas & shakuhachi, a.o.:

Finn Olafsson: Music from North Sealand

Click to read and listen at www.finnolafsson.com

June 2010:

Finn Olafsson el. & ac. guitarist on new prog-rock CD

Taylor's Universe: Artificial Joy

ACHE-guitarist Finn Olafsson is featured on 5 out of 7 tracks on the Taylor's Universe 2009 album "Artificial Joy" (MOBCD 020).
Read more about the CD here:
www.progressor.net/robin-taylor

Order the CD at Olafssongs' webshop, Denmark:
www.shop.olafssongs.dk

May 2010:

Live video with ACHE anno 1969

A rare concert video from Dagmar Cinema in Autumn '69 - here 4 U on YouTube:
ACHE: 'Acheron' - Midnight Session in Dagmar Cinema, Copenhagen


Wuthering Heights - The Shadow Cabinet

January 2007: Danish-Swedish symphonic-folk-speed-prog-metal & rock'n'roll band WUTHERING HEIGHTS has recorded their own, unique version of ACHE's 1970's hit in France, "Shadow of a Gipsy"!
The song is included as bonus-track on the Japanese version of the band's 4th album, "The Shadow Cabinet", released in Japan in early October 2006.
Only 3 weeks after the release the album had already sold more than 3.300 copies.
Read more here:
www.wuthering-heights.dk


Tezcatlipoca - logo

August 2006: Much too many people seem to have forgotten all about the fantastic lightshows which accompanied - and illuminated - the prog-rock concerts during the late 60's and early 70's.
Here you can now read the fascinating story about the most awesome of all Danish psychedelic light groups ever -
TEZCATLIPOCA LIGHTS!:
The Tezcatlipoca Light Show of Denmark


Finn Olafsson

June 2006: Finn Olafsson has opened his own, personal homepage: www.finnolafsson.com.
There you can now hear music clips from his two solo CDs "Acoustic Guitar" and "Acoustic Guitar 2", as well as most of his recordings
with Anders Roland.
Link to the site: www.finnolafsson.com.


Going Underground Vol. 1

March 2006: Karma Music has released the DVD "Going Underground Volume 1: 1969-1976". ACHE is here represented with a TV-recording of their mid-70's track "Kilometerstenen".
Read more at: www.karmamusic.dk.


Travellers' Tales       Steen with his good friend, the ukulele

Spring 2005: ACHE bassist Steen Toft Andersen releases his 2. solo album on the Olafssongs label:
"Travellers' Tales - Featuring the Ukulele".
Four ACHE musicians are contributing eminently: Guitarist Finn Olafsson, drummer Gert Smedegård, bassist Torsten Olafsson & Steen Toft Andersen, the Ukulele Maestro himself!
Don't be mistaken: The Ukulele in Steen's hands emits the fullest sounds like those of both the harp, the mandolin og the Spanish guitar - and every now and then the backing reminds one of the heaviest, classical prog-rock!


Acoustic Guitar       Acoustic Guitar 2

October 25, 2004: ACHE guitarist Finn Olafsson releases two solo CDs featuring phenomenal music for acoustic fingerpicked steel-string guitars:
"Acoustic Guitar" & "Acoustic Guitar 2".

Read more about the two albums on this site: www.finnolafsson.com


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In May 2003, after a break of 20 years, the Danish rock band ACHE re-united, having committed themselves to creating a new song in support of the world-famous, however still politician-threatened alternative city "CHRISTIANIA" - or "Freetown" - in the heart of Copenhagen, the capital in Denmark. Finally, in mid-April 2004, ACHE's Christiania song "De skæve drømme" was released on CD single in Denmark (English trsl.: "The Alternative Dreams"). Lyrics by Steen Toft Andersen. Music by Peter Mellin. Produced by Finn Olafsson at Olafssongs Studios.


ACHE 2004

ACHE reunited after 20 years
- recording for National Danish Television in April 2004
(photo: Mik Schack, DR-2)
Gert Smedegård - Johnnie Gellett - Torsten Olafsson
Steen Toft Andersen - Peter Mellin - Finn Olafsson

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ACHE, 1st Danish rock band live in TV in colour, august 1969

ACHE in the Bella Center/Electronica '69 TV-studio
- the first Danish rock band to be broadcasted live - in colour!
- in National Danish Television, August 1969 (ACHE archive photo)
Finn Olafsson - Torsten Olafsson - Glenn Fischer - Peter Mellin

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How to pronounce "ACHE"?

The name of the Danish symphonic prog rock band ACHE is to be pronounced as 'eik', like f.i. in 'heartache'.

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Editors' & webmaster's notes

Any comments and possible contributions are welcome!

Heartful thanks to all the photographers and illustrators, known and unknown, including Peder Bundgaard, Bjarne "Eskild" Eskildsen, Steen Møller Rasmussen, Johannes Mølleskov, Jørgen Nielsen, Finn Olafsson, Torsten Olafsson, Jan Persson, Dan Worbs Petersen, Mik Schack, Mikkel Scharff, Steen Toft Andersen & John Wilhelmsen.
Very special thanks to everybody who took part - contributed and supported the band - over the years, "front-stage" as well as "back-stage"
Have fun!
All the best from ACHE & the website editors who are:

Torsten Olafsson & Mikkel Scharff
Finn Olafsson & Per Wium
Spring 2004

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De skæve drømme - CD-forside

"De skæve drømme" - cover front (photo/layout: Torsten Olafsson)


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Green Man LP, 1971

GREEN MAN

Philips LP
6318 005
Composed in '68-'70
Recorded in 3 days
in November '70
Released in
June '71
Re-released in '76
on Philips DBLP
Reissued
in 2012 on
Esoteric Recordings CD


Torsten Olafsson, 1968

Torsten Olafsson - 1968
Fender Precision bass
(born in 1950)



Glenn Fischer, 1968

Glenn Fischer - 1968
Ludwig drums
(born in 1950)


1969: Peter, Glenn, Torsten, Finn

1969


1970: Glenn, Finn, Peter, Torsten

1970


Peter Mellin

Peter Mellin
1969


Torsten Olafsson

Torsten Olafsson
1971


1972: Andrzej, Torsten, Finn

1972


1976: Gert, Finn, Steen, Peter / Stig, Johnnie

1976


Christiania LP, 1976

Christiania
CBS LP - 1976


Johnnie Gellett, 1977

Johnnie Gellett
1977


Per Wium, 1977

Per Wium
1977


Gert Smedegaard, 1977

Gert Smedegård
1977


1978: Johnnie, Gert, Finn, Steen, Per

1978


1980: Finn, Per, Torsten, Gert, Johnnie

1980


ACHE 2003 ...:

4. juli 2003: Per, Steen, Peter

July 4th, 2003:
Per, Peter & Steen
in the studio
Photo:
Mikkel Scharff


De skæve drømme, 2004

De skæve drømme
CD-single
Released 14.4.2004
Label: Olafssongs


Finn Olafsson, producer

Finn Olafsson
Producer/engineer
2003


Peter Mellin, keyboards

Peter Mellin
Korg Triton &
Roland keyboards
2003


Steen Toft Andersen, mundharpe

Steen Toft Andersen
Hohner harmonica
2003



Johnnie Gellett, vokal

Johnnie Gellett
Lead vocal
2003


Anne-Line Gantzler, kor

Anne-Line Gantzler
Backing vocals
2003


Peter Mellin and Finn Olafsson in Danish TV, april

Peter Mellin &
Finn Olafsson
in Danish TV
April 2004