Midnight Choir

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Norwegian alternative rock / Americana 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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Albums

FJMC 2003 Midnight Choir - Midnight Choir album art Midnight Choir Midnight Choir (Album) Fjording FJMC 2003 Norway 1994 Sell This Version
Mrcd 3315 Midnight Choir - Olsen's Lot album art Midnight Choir Olsen's Lot (Album) Mega Records, 24:00 Mrcd 3315 Norway 1996 Sell This Version
MNWP 332 Midnight Choir - Amsterdam Stranded album art Midnight Choir Amsterdam Stranded (Album) S2 Records MNWP 332 Norway 1998 Sell This Version
OBS 001 Midnight Choir - Stranded At Rockefeller album art Midnight Choir w/ Strinda Strings Midnight Choir w/ Strinda Strings - Stranded At Rockefeller(CDr, Album, Promo) Not On Label OBS 001 Norway 1999 Sell This Version
S2LP 010 Midnight Choir - Unsung Heroine album art Midnight Choir Unsung Heroine (Album) Glitterhouse Records S2LP 010 Norway 2000 Sell This Version
GRCD 573 Midnight Choir - Waiting For The Bricks To Fall album art Midnight Choir Waiting For The Bricks To Fall (Album) S2 Records GRCD 573 Russia 2003 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

119752 Midnight Choir - Talk To Me album art Midnight Choir Talk To Me (Single, Maxi) Fjording 119752 France 1994 Sell This Version
FJS 001 Midnight Choir - Mercy On The Street album art Midnight Choir Mercy On The Street(CD, Single) Fjording 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
PROMID 003 Midnight Choir - Gypsy Rider album art Midnight Choir Gypsy Rider(CD, Single, Promo) Fjording PROMID 003 Norway 1994 Sell This Version
Promcd 2711 Midnight Choir - Neon Moon album art Midnight Choir Neon Moon(CD, Single, Promo) Mega Records, 24:00 Promcd 2711 Norway 1996 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, Maxi) 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
S2CM 032 Midnight Choir - Will You Carry Me Across The Water? album art Midnight Choir Will You Carry Me Across The Water? (Maxi, Single) S2 Records S2CM 032 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
GRCD 626 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 GRCD 626 Germany 2005 Sell This Version

Videos

GRDVD 653, DVD 878058, S2DVD 001 Midnight Choir - In The Shadow Of The Circus album art Midnight Choir In The Shadow Of The Circus S2 Records GRDVD 653, DVD 878058, S2DVD 001 Germany 2008 Sell This Version

Reviews

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Bourbonman

Bourbonman

April 3, 2006
edited over 15 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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