quality: mp3 (320k, booklet covers)
time: 39'58" size: 95 mb
misc.: recorded '70
The group CHARLIE & ESDOR was formed in 1970 at Katrineholm, Sweden by Edmund "Charlie" Franzén (sitar, drums) and Norwegian Esdor Jensen (guitar, bass, vocals).
Musically they could be described as a fusion of styles resembling THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND's sitar driven acid folk tunes and more straight forward psychedelic rock in style of THE JIMI HENRDIX EXPERIENCE and THE CREAM. The sung in both Swedish and English, and performed mostly their own material, and the lyrics are about both everyday life and more philosophical contemplations.
They performed at the legendary Gärdet Festival in June 1970, which was organized by TRÄD, GRÄS OCH STENAR and Atlantic Ocean, and which was preserved on a LP album "Festen pü Gärdet". There was also a film with same name shot from the event by Rainer Hartlebs, and Charlie's sitar playing can be seen on it. The group continued giving out concerts and were signed to an independent MNW record label, which released their singles and "Grönt är Skönt" EP, which was their only official group release in the 1970's. The attempts to make a LP with Swedish and English sung sides did not succeed, and this EP was released instead. There were also some radio performances done, but there are not known recordings of these surviving in the public markets. Some of their performances had also quest musicians involved.
The group broke up in 1972, but in year 2005 their unreleased material from 1970-1972 were released by the Mellotronen label on the CD "Charile & Esdor". The band's music is warmly recommeneded to the fans of psychedelic progressive music, sitar driven ragarock and anybody interested of Swedish rock history! ~ Eetu Pellonpää
1. Dagen är Över (4:24)
2. Då Klagar Mina Grannar (3:15)
3. It's All Over Now (4:18)
4. Fuck The Cops (5:07)
5. Grönt är Skönt (4:11)
6. Två Mans Bridge Blues (5:22)
7. Kan Du Hitta En Väg (2:46)
8. Idag Sticker Jag Bort (7:13)
9. How Does It Feel to Be Without Friends? (5:41)
10. Dagen är Över (3:08
- Esdor Jensen / guitar, bass, vocals
- Charlie Franzén / sitar, drums