Terje RypdalTerje Rypdal

Label:ECM Records – ECM 1016 ST
Vinyl, LP, Album
Style:Fusion, Contemporary Jazz


A1Keep It Like That - Tight12:10
B1Electric Fantasy15:45
B2Lontano II3:10
B3Tough Enough4:45

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Original first release.
Cover and labels without 'Made in Germany', unlike second release > Terje Rypdal

Recorded on Aug. 12 and 13, 1971 at the Arne Bendiksen Studio, Oslo
Published by ECM
© Copyright by ECM
An ECM Production

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© copyright 1971 by ECM

The keyboard player on Electric Fantasy, track B1, Tom Halversen, is a misprint for Tom Halvorsen from Bergen, Norway.

Electric Fantasy was a tune Rypdal wrote as ending for the Bergen theater play of the musical Hair in 1970. Tom Halvorsen was in the band at the theater.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Matrix / Runout (A runout stamped): ST-ECM 1016-A
  • Matrix / Runout (B runout stamped): ST-ECM 1016-B

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Terje Rypdal (LP, Album, Test Pressing, White Label)ECM RecordsECM 1016 STGermany1971
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Terje Rypdal (LP, Album)ECM RecordsECM 1016 STGermany1971
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Terje Rypdal (LP, Album)ECM RecordsECM 1016 STGermany1971
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Terje Rypdal (LP, Album, Reissue)ECM RecordsPA-7071Japan1973
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Terje Rypdal (CD, Album, Reissue, Digisleeve)ECM Records, ECM RecordsECM 1016, 350 7510Germany2020



  • patina's avatar
    man, what an album! if i was forced to choose just one terje rypdal album, this would easily be my choice. i would be interested to know what rypdal was listening to when he made this LP. i can hear numerous influences here, but it's still very much his own thing. the music is distilled down to a minimalistic spaciousness, if that makes any sense. it's like the essence of something. it uses a lot of delay, echo and reverb and also uses the stereo effect of moving back and forth from the left to right speakers. all of his other early albums are just clarifications of this one, in my opinion. just a hard diamond of an album; excellent!
    • ultimathulerecords's avatar
      Edited 10 years ago
      Fusion doesn't get much more "classic" than this. Terje Rypdal had long been refining his own twist on the music of Miles Davis, fusing in psychedelic rock elements and Nordic cultural flavours, adding space and depth, great playgrounds for infectious rhythms, textures, interplay and many a stunning solo. There was also an impressive cast of talent on this, ambitious in fact for an early ECM release.

      It surprised me though to see only one LP pressing listed for this so far on Discogs, as I know of at least four. Collectors take note...
      1st pressing green label with ECM logo, silver print. Laminated cover (is prone to peeling and yellowing with age), 1971
      2nd pressing as 1st pressing but with labelcode, 1977+
      3rd pressing revised dark teal label with ECM as font only, 1980's pressings, spray glazed cover, some withn PRS Hamburg emboss/stamp on the rear.
      USA pressing as 1st pressing, but matt sleeve, made in US and WB dist (if I recall correctly)

      Some early ECM albums also exist as white labels and black print in avant-garde font (before they had invented the ECM logo), but I think this one's slightly too late for that!


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