In 1981 I was 10 years old and played with Lego while listening a lot to cassette tapes with TV-2. These were recordings made by my brother Anders G. Frandsen as FOH engineer for the band. It had a huge impact on me following his work for TV-2 from 1981 to approx. 1995 while they grew from being a new band to becoming one of Denmarks biggest bands with big concerts and tours. It was paving the way for me also working with sound and music as a grown up, both in my studio and as an R&D engineer at TC Electronic since 1996.

My brother dies suddenly in 2008 and I inherit some of the tapes. It is not until 2016 during restoration of my own band performances as a drummer that I think that maybe the TV-2 cassette tapes may also have a chance of being optimized using modern technology so they can be enjoyed by more people. Besides really loving the songs I am particularly happy about the energy in these tapes.

The first tape in the collection is from Oct 2nd 1981 and recorded in Holbæk, Denmark. After a few test-optimizations I get in touch with TV-2 and fortunately they agree to continue trying to restore the tape. This initiates a 5.5 years process in the studio - with technological assistance from Los Angeles and meetings with the band in order to reach the goal. The concert is now reborn Jan 1st, 2022, and hopefully it will be received well 40 years after it was played live in Holbæk - and in time with their 40 years anniversary.

A circle is drawn and it has both a huge pleasure and a great challenge to help this concert on its way. I am very grateful that TV-2 has been so obliging and patient in the long process.

Aarhus Dec 9th 2021, Christian G. Frandsen ;-)

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Review overview here 

Recorded on cassette tape Oct 2nd 1981 at Elværket in Holbæk, Denmark

Lyrics & music: Steffen Brandt

Hans Erik Lerchenfeld: Guitar
Georg Olesen: Bas
Sven Gaul: Drums
Steffen Brandt: Vocal and keyboards
Niels Dan Andersen: Sax and keyboards

Live crew 1981:
Anders G. Frandsen: Live sound, cassette recording
Claus Hansen: Live sound
René Gjerløw: Light

Restoration 2016-2021:
Steve Oliver, Vocal separation
Asger Lundsgaard Hansen: Matlab sound surgery
Emil Thomsen, ET Mastering: Mastering guidance
Christian G. Frandsen, CGF:LAB: Idea, restoration, mix, mastering, coverphoto

Jo Dam Kærgaard: Cover