Midnight Choir

Profile:
Norwegian soft-rock band founded in summer 1992 by Paal Flaata and the two brothers Atle Bystrøm and Ron Olsen. Their original name was Hashbrowns, but when Lasse Hafreager discovered the band in 1993, he urged them to change the name. They landed on the name Midnight Choir, taken from the Leonard Cohen song "Bird On The Wire".
They recorded their first selftitled album in Texas 1994, heavily influenced by american roots music. In 1996 they met The Walkabout's front man Chris Eckman. And they managed to get him to produce their following albums. Eckman wanted to develop the band into more darker and orchestrated sound, something he managed to do. The band never got serious attention until 'Amsterdam Stranded' was released in 1998, their most selling album in their career. However as the band got further recognition in Norway and Europe, they parted ways in the beginning of 2004 after two more albums to pursue other projects. They released five albums and one Best-of cd during their lifetime.
In March, 2016 they reunited for a sold out Rockefeller in Oslo that followed with a new tour.
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Midnight Choir Discography Tracks

Albums

Midnight Choir - Midnight Choir album art Midnight Choir Midnight Choir (Album) Fjording Norway 1994 Sell This Version
Midnight Choir - Olsen's Lot album art Midnight Choir Olsen's Lot (Album) Mega Records, 24:00 Norway 1996 Sell This Version
Midnight Choir - Amsterdam Stranded album art Midnight Choir Amsterdam Stranded (Album) S2 Records Norway 1998 Sell This Version
Midnight Choir - Unsung Heroine album art Midnight Choir Unsung Heroine (Album) Glitterhouse Records Norway 2000 Sell This Version
Midnight Choir - Waiting For The Bricks To Fall album art Midnight Choir Waiting For The Bricks To Fall (Album) S2 Records Russia 2003 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Midnight Choir - Talk To Me album art Midnight Choir Talk To Me (Single, Maxi) Fjording France 1994 Sell This Version
FJS 001 Midnight Choir - Mercy On The Street album art Midnight Choir Mercy On The Street(CD, Single) Fjording / Sonet FJS 001 Norway 1994 Sell This Version
Promid 005 Midnight Choir - What Am I Worth To You album art Midnight Choir What Am I Worth To You(CD, Single, Promo) Fjording / Sonet Promid 005 Norway 1994 Sell This Version
PROMID003 Midnight Choir - Gypsy Rider album art Midnight Choir Gypsy Rider(CD, Single, Promo) Fjording PROMID003 Norway 1994 Sell This Version
PROMCD 2703 Midnight Choir - Sister Of Mercy album art Midnight Choir Sister Of Mercy(CD, Single, Promo, Dig) 24:00 PROMCD 2703 Scandinavia 1996 Sell This Version
Promcd 2724 Midnight Choir - When Wedding Bell Ring album art Midnight Choir When Wedding Bell Ring(CD, Single, Promo) Mega Records Promcd 2724 Scandinavia 1997 Sell This Version
MNWCDS 272 Midnight Choir - Mercy Of Maria album art Midnight Choir Mercy Of Maria(CD, Single) MNW, S2 Records MNWCDS 272 Scandinavia 1998 Sell This Version
S2CM 04 Midnight Choir - October 8 album art Midnight Choir October 8(CD, Single) S2 Records S2CM 04 Scandinavia 1998 Sell This Version
S2CM 012 Midnight Choir - Dear Friend album art Midnight Choir Dear Friend(CD, Maxi) S2 Records S2CM 012 Norway 1999 Sell This Version
S2CM 015 Midnight Choir - Double Blank album art Midnight Choir Double Blank(CD, Maxi) S2 Records S2CM 015 Norway 2000 Sell This Version
Midnight Choir - Will You Carry Me Across The Water? album art Midnight Choir Will You Carry Me Across The Water? (Maxi, Single) S2 Records Norway 2003 Sell This Version

Compilations

S2CDD 015 Midnight Choir - Selected Songs album art Midnight Choir Selected Songs(CD, Comp + CD) S2 Records S2CDD 015 Norway 2002 Sell This Version
Midnight Choir - All Tomorrow's Tears - The Best Of Midnight Choir album art Midnight Choir All Tomorrow's Tears - The Best Of Midnight Choir (Comp) S2 Records Germany 2005 Sell This Version
Midnight Choir - The Loma Ranch Sessions  album art Midnight Choir The Loma Ranch Sessions (Comp) Universal Norway 2016 Sell This Version

Videos

Midnight Choir - In The Shadow Of The Circus album art Midnight Choir In The Shadow Of The Circus S2 Records Germany 2008 Sell This Version

Reviews

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ijustspeak

April 3, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
Tromso city winter 1999(i think). My brother dragged me to see this concert with this unknown band called Midnight Choir. But i had doubts for real but to tell you the truth, it was a fantastic revelation to me as far as Norwegian bands go. There was some feedback problems during the concert but they delivered a stunning and emotional concert that seriously brought my attention to this fantastic band. The concert featured mostly music from 'Amsterdam Stranded', which in my opinion is their best album. Their first 2 albums is very roots inspired but their last 3 albums really showed brilliant compositions that was dark, melancolic and heavy orchestrated, greatly helped by Chris Eckman. It is truly the best and most inspiring band that has walked the norwegian lands. Paal Flaata, the vocalist is indeed one of the most gifted vocalist that has sprung out in this country as well.
If you like The Walkabouts, Nick Cave, Tom Waits and other related artists, you should not miss what these 3 guys managed to put out in their career. Deserves absolute more recognition worldwide than they actually got.
I still play Amsterdam Stranded to this day. A masterpiece.

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