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1st Floor

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  • Audio CD (29 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rpm International
  • ASIN: B0093N2XH8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,133 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Damned Little Fool
2. Trusting Mr Jones
3. Nevertheless
4. Hey, Mr Flowerman
5. In Every Hand
6. Turn It On
7. Mrs O'grady
8. Moonbeam
9. A Rainbow Around Us
10. Little Mr So And So
11. I Think I Can Change You
12. Hush
13. You Ain't Going Nowhere
14. Open The Door Homer

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1st Floor was Denmark s Sergeant Pepper. English psychedelia found a home in Denmark in 1967 with The Floor, whose only album 1st Floor (Philips XPY 855701)comes close to The Hollies at their most whimsical and The Kinks at their most pastoral. Following RPM International's Young Flowers anthology, which attracted national press coverage in their home country Denmark, we continue our programme of reissuing the best and most collectable Danish music. Before 1967, most of The Floor were in The Hitmakers, Denmark s kings of beat pop. The summer of love arrived, they spilt and four-fifths picked up the pieces. A new guitarist was added. Turn It On they sang, and they did. Flowers, drinking tea, hanging out with Mrs O Grady and Mr Jones were central to 1st Floor. Beautifully and baroquely orchestrated, the album showcased a song, by future Abba member Bjorn Ulvaeus. The first official reissue of this psychedelic pop rarity is re-mastered from the original tapes. The Floor's 1968 non album single is included as a bonus.

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Format: Audio CD
This is a great album of Danish psych-pop that is a bit reminiscent of the Swedish psychsters Tages. The songs are mostly quite melodic, with a bit of backwards guitar or phasing here and there to spice things up a bit. If you like quite English-sounding Scandinavian psych, then you'll probably want to add this one to your collection.
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review 31 Oct. 2009
By Scott Blackerby - Published on Amazon.com
Yes, I'm an admitted sucker for mid-1960s European pop-psych and Denmark's The Floor are a perfect example of this overlooked genre (well they're overlooked here in the States).

Through the mid-1960s The Hitmakers had been one of Denmark's better know beat groups. When they called it quits in 1967 Steen Bergstroem, Joergen Krabbenhoeft, Bjarne De la Motte, and Torben Sardorf decided to continue their musical partnership as The Floor. Not only did the four drop their beatband sound, they also shifted musical responsibilities - former lead guitarist Bergstroem took over keyboards, rhythm guitarist Krabbenhoeft focused on vocals, De la Motte remained on bass (the liner notes referred to it as 'base') with Sardorf continued on drums. Mogens Petersen was brought in as new lead guitarist.

Produced by Johnny Reimar (who also contributed a couple of songs to the album), 1967's "1st Floor" marked a major change in direction from their earlier Hitmakers catalog. Exemplified by tracks like 'Hey, Mr. Flowermann' (their spelling, not mine), 'Mrs. Grady' and 'A Rainbow Around Us' it was clear these guys had whole heartedly embraced English psych and while the results were clearly derivative, several of the performances were quite impressive - even more so for a group for whom English was a second language. Can't imagine The Beatles, or Stones sounding any better had they recorded an album in Danish. Leading the charge, 'Bergstroem' had a voice that was versatile, yet quite commercial. Yeah, his vocals were accented, but for the most part you really didn't notice it. He was backed by a capable rhythm section; drummer Sardorf deserving considerable credit, while lead guitarist Petersen proved the band's secret weapon turning in a catalog of interesting effects on his spotlight moments.

- Complete with Baroque horns and multi-tracked vocals, 'Damned Little Fool' was cute in a fey kind of way, but compared to English competitors the results came off as somewhat flat and one dimensional. You kept waiting for the song to hit a bridge, or leap to a hook. Never it happened ... rating: ** stars
- With Krabbenhoeft turning in an acid soaked vocal that seemed to have borrowed a page from The Fab Four's 'For the Benefit of Mr. Kite' and some hysterical backward guitar from Petersen, 'Trusting Mr. Jones' was actually pretty cool. Wonder how much time they'd spent taking notes on 'Magical Mystery Tour" ... rating: *** stars
- 'Nevertheless' was a pretty, breezy ballad with some very nice harmony vocals. It also sported an offbeat lyric seemingly about a jilted boyfriend committing suicide. Quite strange and disturbing. rating: ** stars
- While their were lots of Beatlesque influences on the album, as exemplified by the poppy 'Hey, Mr. Flowermann' (sic) these guys were willing to borrow from a broad range of bands. This time out the target seemed to be The Hollies. Snappy sunshine-pop that probably would have been a hit had they been English. rating: *** stars
- 'In Every Hand' was built on a pseudo-classical piano and organ melody line. Imagine Procol Harum had they been Danish ... I actually like this one quite a bit. It was also tapped as a Danish single. rating: *** stars
- You wouldn't have expected it, but Bergstroem injecting a touch of blue-eyed soul into the mix resulted in side one's standout performance. 'Turn It On' had everything going for it, including a great melody, a pounding bass line from De la Motte, and a fantastic Petersen guitar solo. Easily the album's standout performance. rating: **** stars
- Side two opened up with another nod to the Fab Four - in this case 'Mrs. O'Grady' clearly borrowing heavily from 'Eleanor Rigby'. Nice 'Penny Lane' styled horns ... Also worth pointing out it was written by Hep Stars member (and future ABBA megastar) Bjorn Ulvaeus. rating: *** stars
- Hum, a Danish band trying to pull off an English folk song ... Nah, Fairport Convention styled material was not a good choice for these guys. Way too lame; even Krabbenhoeft sounded uncomfortable on this one. rating: * star
- Written by bassist De la Motte, 'A Rainbow Around Us' was the lone original composition and happened to be one of the standout performances. Complete with cityscape sound effects this was another acid tinged number, complete with nifty Eastern-flavored Petersen jangle guitar. Side two's highlight ... rating: **** stars
- The Vaudevillian-styled 'Little Mr. So and So' sounded like a bad Kinks cover. Not nearly as cute as they thought it was. rating: * star
- The album's most overtly commercial track, 'I Think I Can Change You' sounded like a Herman's Hermits outtake. Not necessarily a good thing in my book, though Petersen's jazzy guitar figure was nice.. rating: * star
- 'Hush' was an overly sensitive ballad that wouldn't have sounded out of place on a Donovan album. Clearly meant to appeal to the young hearts, the results were actually major lame. Yech ! rating: * star

The album was also tapped for a single:

- 1967's 'In Every Hand' b/w "Damned Little Fool (Philips catalog number PF 355 332)

Yeah, if had its moments, but all-told this one was just too erratic to get anything more than a mediocre recommendation.

"1st Floor" track listing:
(side 1)
1.) Damned Little Fool (Kurt Ard) - 2:28
2.) Trusting Mr. Jones (Johnny Reimar - John Inglis) - 2:47
3.) Nevertheless (Kurt Ard) - 2:29
4.) Hey, Mr. Flowermann (Johnny Reimar - John Inglis) - 2:43
5.) In Every Hand (Bent Birkholm) - 2:47
6.) Turn It On (Bent Birkholm) - 3:40

(side 2)
1.) Mrs. O'Grady (Bjorn Ulvaeus) - 2:16
2.) Moonbeam (Kurt Ard) - 2:48
3.) A Rainbow Around Us (Bjame De la Motte - John Inglis) - 2:55
4.) Little Mr. So and So (Kurt Ard) - 2:18
5.) I Think I Can Change You (John Inglis) - 2:40
6.) Hush (Kurt Ard) - 2:45

One final non-LP single and they were history:

- 1968's 'You AIin't Going Nowehre' b/w 'Open the Door Homer' (Philips catalog number PF 355 338)
decent mid 60s pop 21 Mar. 2013
By Edward J. mccarthy Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
decent mid 60s pop, not psych just pop, i dont know about comparing this to sgt pepper but it is on par with it i can clearly hear, i think floor was a typical sounding european band trying there best to get that merseybeat sound out like so many others did, that is what i love about the rpm label, they find these long lost treasures and give them back to us with nice remastering and a great booklet to go with it so you can understand the bands history, floor is not one of the best european 60s bands ive heard but they sure are worth this release, very interesting sound here but nothing that had not been done before at this time, i belive a member of two of this band went on to form another band a bit later in the 60s that did very well in scandanavia but i did not get that far in reading the booklet, i just took the music in, if you like 60s pop you will love this cd ( think hermans hermits, the merseybeats or the searchers) if you like the noisey psych and distortion then id go with another cd for example the great dutch outfit Q 65.
Scandinavian psych-pop rather like Tages 24 Feb. 2015
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a great album of Danish psych-pop that is a bit reminiscent of the Swedish psychsters Tages. The songs are mostly quite melodic, with a bit of backwards guitar or phasing here and there to spice things up a bit. If you like quite English-sounding Scandinavian psych, then you'll probably want to add this one to your collection.
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