Laidback

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Danish electronic music duo group from Copenhagen, formed in 1979.
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Albums

Laid Back - Eskimo - Vol. 2* album art Various Bakerman (Extended Remix) (as Laidback) Various - Eskimo - Vol. 2* (Comp) Eskimo Recordings Belgium 2001 Sell This Version

Compilations

Laid Back - Double Dancing album art Various Sunshine Reggae (as Laidback) Various - Double Dancing (Comp) K-Tel Sweden 1983 Sell This Version
DD-7044 Laid Back - Night-Dancing album art Various Sunshine Reggae (as Laidback) Various - Night-Dancing(LP, Comp) K-Tel DD-7044 Scandinavia 1983 Sell This Version
Laid Back - The Complete Reggae Music Album album art Various Sunshine Reggae (as Laidback) Various - The Complete Reggae Music Album (Comp, Album) Arcade Netherlands 1985 Sell This Version
none Laid Back - Little Norway - Et Saga Land album art Various Sunshine Reggae (as Laidback) Various - Little Norway - Et Saga Land(Cass, Comp) Saga Solreiser none Norway 1987 Sell This Version
EVACD 101, EVA CD 101 Laid Back - Definitive Summer Hits album art Various Sunshine Reggae (as Laidback) Various - Definitive Summer Hits(CD, Comp) EVA Records ANS, EVA Records ANS EVACD 101, EVA CD 101 Norway 1993 Sell This Version
SOV97/1224 Laid Back - Flair Favourite Party Hits album art Various Bakerman (as Laidback) Various - Flair Favourite Party Hits(CD, Comp) Sonovit SOV97/1224 Belgium 1997 Sell This Version
DTM 831115-2 Laid Back - 15 Jaar Studio Brussel album art Various Bakerman (as Laidback) Various - 15 Jaar Studio Brussel(2xCD, Comp) Double T Music DTM 831115-2 Belgium 1998 Sell This Version
XOVER 050 Laid Back - Tunes! album art Various Sunshine Raggae (Funkstar's Club De Luxe Mix) (as Laidback) Various - Tunes!(2xCD, Comp) X-Over Recordings XOVER 050 Australia 2000 Sell This Version
MMCD 2551 Laid Back - Maximum Dance 6 - 00 album art Various Sunshine Reggae (as Laidback) Various - Maximum Dance 6 - 00(CD, Comp) Mr Music MMCD 2551 Sweden 2000 Sell This Version
EVACD 4013 Laid Back - Absolute Dance Summer 2000 album art Various Sunshine Reggae 2000 (as Laidback) Various - Absolute Dance Summer 2000(2xCD, Comp) Absolute (2) EVACD 4013 Sweden 2000 Sell This Version
CD 740590-2 Laid Back - Ambi! Summer album art Various Sunshine Reggae (as Laidback) Various - Ambi! Summer(2xCD, Comp) ARS Productions CD 740590-2 Belgium 2001 Sell This Version
TL 608/11 Laid Back - The 90s Collection - 90-91 album art Various Bakerman (as Laidback) Various - The 90s Collection - 90-91(2xCD, Comp) Time Life Music TL 608/11 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
7243 5 35037 2 7 Laid Back - The Best Reggae Hits Ever! album art Various Sunshine Reggae 2000 (as Laidback) Various - The Best Reggae Hits Ever!(2xCD, Comp) Virgin, EMI 7243 5 35037 2 7 Netherlands 2001 Sell This Version
Laid Back - Disco Not Disco 2 (Leftfield Disco Classics From The New York Underground) album art Various White Horse Various - Disco Not Disco 2 (Leftfield Disco Classics From The New York Underground) (Comp) Strut UK 2002 Sell This Version
ACCD 3009 Laid Back - Absolute Reggae Classics album art Various Sunshine Reggae (as Laidback) Various - Absolute Reggae Classics(2xCD, Comp) Absolute Classics ACCD 3009 Sweden 2003 Sell This Version
zzzcd0010 Laid Back - Luftkastellet 2 album art Various Beautiful Day (Banzai Republic Vs. Trentemøller Vocal Mix) (as Laidback) Various - Luftkastellet 2(CD, Comp) Music For Dreams zzzcd0010 Denmark 2004 Sell This Version
04 Laid Back - OpenMindedMusic04 album art Various Beautiful Day (as Laidback) Various - OpenMindedMusic04(2xCD, Comp) Repérages A Nous Paris-Lille-Lyon 04 France 2004 Sell This Version
Laid Back - Buddha-Bar VII album art Ravin & David Visan Happy Dreamer (as Laidback) Ravin & David Visan - Buddha-Bar VII (Comp) George V Records Mexico 2005 Sell This Version
PARKLCD11, PARKLUKCD11 Laid Back - Café Ibiza - The Cream Of Balearic Cuisine album art Various Beautiful Day (Banzai Republic vs Trentemoller Mix) (as Laidback) Various - Café Ibiza - The Cream Of Balearic Cuisine(2xCD, Comp) Park Lane Recordings, Park Lane Recordings PARKLCD11, PARKLUKCD11 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
984 064 2, none Laid Back - Pinacolada 4 album art Various Blue Lagoon (as Laidback) Various - Pinacolada 4(2xCD, Comp) Universal Music Polska, STX Records (2) 984 064 2, none Poland 2006 Sell This Version
Laid Back - Hôtel Costes X album art Stéphane Pompougnac Happy Dreamer (Happy Horse Mix) (as Laidback) Stéphane Pompougnac - Hôtel Costes X (Comp) Wagram Music, Pschent France 2007 Sell This Version
KCD2007114 Laid Back - Club Kaos 08 album art Various Beautiful Day (Banzai Republic vs. Trentemoller) (as Laidback) Various - Club Kaos 08(2xCD, Comp) Kaos Records KCD2007114 Portugal 2007 Sell This Version
CSRCD 5539 Laid Back - Pacha - Global Chilling album art Various Groovin' On A Feeling (as Laidback) Various - Pacha - Global Chilling(3xCD, Comp) Central Station CSRCD 5539 Australia 2008 Sell This Version
HKUS06CD Laid Back - Serve Chilled '09 album art Various People (Banzai Republic Vs Trentemoller Mix) (as Laidback) Various - Serve Chilled '09(2xCD, Comp) Hed Kandi America HKUS06CD US 2009 Sell This Version

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March 17, 2012
LAID BACK – THE STORY

Way back in the seventies, Tim Stahl and John Guldberg met in a band
called The Starbox Band and soon found out that there was a special
chemistry between them. They were always the ones left that kept on
jamming when band rehearsals ended. After a disaster of a support gig for
The Kinks in Copenhagen, where people walked out on them, the band split
up.

New technology came as a revolution to musicians in the mid-seventies:
multi-track tape recorders, rhythm boxes and synthesizers. In a backyard
downtown Copenhagen, John had set up a small studio where they began
jamming together and do tape recordings. They soon realized that they had
created a new sound, a new way of making music.

The debut album “Laid Back” with their first #1 hit “Maybe I'm Crazy” was
released in 1981. The next single, “Sunshine Reggae”, was the summer hit
of 1982 in Denmark. In 1983 it then went on to be a huge hit in Italy, and
after several earlier attempts, that song began climbing up German charts
and finally reached #1, selling more than 750,000 singles. Soon, “Sunshine
Reggae” went #1 in 22 countries around the World and having so far sold
more than 20 million units, compilations included.

In the USA, the focus was however on another song, “White Horse”, which
became a #1 Dance track and trendsetter for many other artists. When their
US record company told them “don't come, people think you are black”, Tim
and John saw it as the biggest acknowledgement a musician could ever get
and stayed away...

Today, “White Horse” is known for being a benchmark cornerstone of the
electronic music-making in the Eighties, having been sampled over and over
again and becoming a true classic. Another outstanding song is “Bakerman”,
a big hit in 1990 and known for the skydiver video by the world-known
Danish film director Lars von Trier.

In 2001, they composed the music score for the Danish movie “Flyvende
Farmor”, for which they received a Robert (the Danish Oscar Award). That
same year, they also showed a new artistic side when a successful Laid
Back exhibition of paintings took place in Copenhagen. On covers, posters
and website, their own artwork is a perfect link to their music. Live,
they still improve on a growing reputation for high musical standards.
They performed at the 2004 hip Festival on the Isle of Wight, UK, and in
2005 played at the famous open air stage of the Copenhagen Tivoli Gardens
and the equally prestigious Roskilde Festival.

In terms of releases, the album “Happy Dreamer” came in 2005, propelling
especially its single “Beautiful Day” to great feedback. This also due to
a co-operation with noted DJ / Producer Trentemoeller doing a remix of
that track.

This further cemented their command of a particular and personal touch
able to inspire a new generation of producers and DJs. Among 12” releases,
it is worth noting “Cocaine Cool” (also in its remix by Soul Clap) in
actually stemming from the days documented on the present Mini Album in
unadulterated form. This resurrected track and its release also signalled
the start of an own label, and, Laid Back unhindered producing themselves
in their Copenhagen studio. So, fast-forwarding to the present, Laid
Back have now an own record company, Brother Music!

The time has come for the release of tracks to be regarded of historical
significance.

In one way or another since their label’s start, Laid Back came up with
apt videoclips to fit their music along with a free rein in using own
imaginative graphics and visuals. You can expect them continuing this
rather unique stance, already setting them apart from the run-of-the-mill.

Cosyland – Mini Album

Absolute rarities are unearthed on this Mini Album, taken from original
multi-track archive tapes! Recordings at the source of it all were done in
1981 with brand-new equipment such as a Roland TR-808 rhythm box, a
SH-101, a Pro-One monophonic synthesizer and a GR-500 guitar
controller-and-synth. At the time, this was Science-Fiction. Relevant
tapes copied from analogue to digital have just an added drumbeat, bass and vocal ahead of mixes.

All recordings were improvised for their own pleasure while experimenting
with a new technology, difficult to learn for mere mortals. Besides, they
were mere newcomers and beginners in this context, not knowing to later
end up defining a new type of trademark Sound. The current release is an
archaeology excavation trip, so welcome aboard on a journey to Cosyland!

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Laid Back is basically a very artistic band - not necessarily your
"average Pop act". If one has to set a sonic trademark on them, it will
have to be their minimal "less is more" style. The secret of Laid Back has
always been to make the difficult easy and the complicated simple.
(http://soundcloud.com/laidbackofficial)

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