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    Main » 2010 » May » 11

    Archimedes Badkar ~ 1977 ~ Tre
    genre: fusion
    country: sweden
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, booklet scans)
    time: 1:12'52"  size: 497 mb
    Scented Garden of Mind:
    This large ensemble might be seen as a Swedish equivalent of the German group Embryo, as both were pioneers in the fusion of jazz-rock and ethnic music from all over the world. The music of Archimedes Badkar was lively and playful, often inspired by African music from both North and South of the Sahara desert. All four albums are in a similar vein, but most people regard their double second album as their best effort. Half of it was pre-planned, the rest based on improvisations done in the studio at night! Most tracks are very long and indicative of hippies on an Eastern trip. Bado Kidogo (1979) was a collaboration with the group Afro 70 from Tanzania. Bengt Berger and Kjell Westling had previously played with Arbete Och Fritid.
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    genre: folk, psych
    country: sweden
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 1:04'51"  size: 439 mb
    The world of '70s Swedish left-field music holds many amazing gems, and Arbete Och Fritid ranks among the best ones. This album was recorded and released in Sweden in 1973. At this point in time, the group consisted of Tord Bengtsson, Torsten Eckerman, Bosse Skoglund, lyricist Roland Keijser, and leader/artistic mastermind Ove Karlsson. Add Bernt Berger and Kjell Westling for the session from 1972. This album showcases a profound fusion of Nordic folk, psychedelic/progressive rock, and avant-garde music. You never know what to expect next. A saxophone solo can evoke Albert Ayler (in "Ostpusten -- Västpusten"), a violin/cello duet section at the end of "Petrokemi det Kan Man Inte Bada I" brings a contemporary classical touch, while other cuts share interests with the likes of Alan Stivell, the Samla Mammas Manna, and You-era Gong. The first half of the album (side one on the original LP) consists mostly of rock-ified and freaked-out renditions of folk tunes, Nordic but also a Turkish one ("Elâzig-Dans"). Festive, they boil just enough to be innovative and wild without losing the listener. Side two is more challenging, with some style-hopping within a single track. The bonus "Ostpusten -- Västpusten" alternates between inspired space rock episodes and free jazz breaks, with a mock-Western finale -- the group pulls it out like a new Dutch swing outfit (think ICP Orchestra or Clusone Trio). Sound quality is not fantastic (some signal overload when saxophones and trumpet hit it), but this album has a lot to offer. Only three tracks have lyrics. The booklet of the reissue is very informative, but, sadly, in Swedish only. ~ François Couture, All Music Guide
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    genre: heavy psych
    country: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, booklet scans)
    time: 54'26"  size: 308 mb
    misc.:  2003 Expertise
    Tapestry Of Delights:

    When Welsh-based covers band Strawberry Dust got some gigs supporting The Eyes Of Blue they impressed John Weathers and he approached their then record company boss, Lou Reizner, about signing them. This he did but he changed their name to Ancient Grease. When they entered the studio to record Women And Children First Weathers and other Eyes Of Blue members also helped out. After the album was released in July 1970 the band reverted to its original monicker, Strawberry Dust, and spent a short while in Hamburg. They disintegrated on their return but Mortimer and Williams later lined up in Racing Cars.

    Gary Pickford Hopkins was later involved in lots of other projects including Cutting Crew, Drivers, etc.

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    genre: kraut
    country: germany
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, booklet scans)
    time: 1:00'26"  size: 488 mb
    misc.: 2005

    1. One Blue Morning (7:30)
    2. Goodbye My Love (8:13)
    3. Ain't Today Tomorrow's Yesterday (7:40)
    4. Hallelujah (4:13)
    5. Feeling Uneasy (6:02)
    6. Live in Jericho (13:19)

    bonus tracks on 2005 re-release
    7. Cosmic Insects (6:11)
    8. Live In Obergurgl (1:38)
    9. Kitchen Jam (6:57)

    - Klaus Ebert / bass, acoustic & electric guitars, vocals (1-2)
    - Chris Karrer / acoustic & electric guitars, sax, vocals (3)
    - Peter Leopold / drums
    - John Weinzierl / acoustic & electric guitars
    - Stefan Zauner / keyboards, synthesizers, vocals (5)
    - Claudja Barry / backing vocals (2)
    - Jörg Evers / string arrangements (3)
    - Keith Forsey / percussion (1)

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    genre: space/sympho prog
    country: uk
    quality: lossless (ape, cue, log, scans)
    time: 51'00"  size: 268 mb
    ABSOLUTE ELSEWHERE is basically a solo effort by one Paul FISHMAN. He wrote it all, arranged it, played all the instruments (synths, sequencers, flute, pianos, mellotron) except guitars & percussion. "In Search of Ancient Gods" is an instrumental album that's a musical interpretation of Erich Von Daniken's books. This is a real fine album of HELDON meets CRIMSON and Alan PARSONS with tons of mellotrons. This is recommended to diehard fans of BRUFORD on drums or to fans of early synthesizer albums.
    Views: 5540 | Date: 11.05.2010 | Rating: 5.0 | Comments (2)

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