The small record label Spectator Records was founded in 1969 by Jørgen
Bornefeldt a former journalist from Danmarks Radio in coorporation with
the jazz musician Carsten Meinert. Meinert recorded two albums on the label.
He only joined the company in the beginning.
The studio was destroyed august 6th 1972 by a major fire. And that was
the end of Spectator Records. From 1969 to the end, the label recorded at
least 23 lp albums and 9-11 singles/EP's.
The picture shows Henning Kragh Pedersen from
in Spectators studio.
The great Danish rock band Gasolin recorded their first single
on Spectator Records. It was no success and sold only 155 copies. Silky
Sally is now one of the most sought after Gasolin singles among collectors
and is of course very expensive.
The music from Spectator Records is mostly jazz, progressive rock and
hippie free style. But they also made strange records for children, education
etc. Most records were issued in very small numbers (300-500).
Some of the best progressive rock in Northern Europe was recorded here.
Quality of vinyl was often poor - even new looking records can have
audible problems. Covers and labels are primitive and cheap. On the other
hand the creativity could be outstanding - check the
Furekaaben cover gallery
or the artwork of William Skotte Olsen from Green Grass.
Several record from the labels are cult today.
A perfect copy of certain records costs a fortune.
Master tapes was never found after the fire in 1972. Unofficial reissues
and bootlegs are therefore made on the base of the original records.
Recordings that never made it to the vinyl got lost in the fire. Both
Cinderella and The Copenhagen based band, Lines lyst, had material readdy
for lp’s which was never recorded.