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Very compelling work from this Danish group that also had a bit of jazz and blues in the mix as well – and a lineup that includes Anders Koppel on organ and later jazzman Alex Riel on drums!
01. I'm Satisfied Mr. Captain 2:41
02. Look Out 3:39
03. Sailing Away 4:36
04. Your Lifetime's A Fairytale 6:21
05. The Castle 4:13
06. Travelin' 2:58
07. Life's Other Side 2:33
08. My family Was Gay 7:53
Bass, Vocals – Jens Rugsted
Drums – Alex Riel
Guitar – Nils Tuxen
Harpsichord – Maria
Organ, Lyrics By – Anders Koppel
Photography By, Layout – M. Carrebye
Piano, Vocals, Music By – Thomas Koppel
Vocals – Annisette
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genre: psych, pop
quality: mp3 (320k, covers, size: 69 mb) time: 28'58"
Without "Wooly Bully" to give it some wind at its back, Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs' second album was a far lower seller than their debut LP. Even the one hit single it contained, "Ju Ju Hand," was itself close to a "Wooly Bully" rewrite, thus paling alongside the more famous smash. But while a little Sam the Sham goes a long way, the unimaginatively titled Their Second Album isn't bad more-of-the-same choppy, bluesy Tex-Mex rock, if pretty redundant when heard all at once. Sam gets a lot of mileage out of references to voodoo or magic of sorts throughout the LP, from "Ju Ju Hand" to "Medicine Man," "I've Got a Voo Doo Doll," "That Old Black Magic," "The Gypsy," "Witchcraft," "Love Potion #9," "Magic Man"...actually, most of the album has songs along those themes. But it's pretty benign voodoo or black magic, Sam sounding at times sort of like a jolly uncle to Dr. John, who took some of the same lyrical themes and musical influences to far swampier, scarier, and more authentic-sounding territory. ~ Richie Unterberger
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genre: rio, avant, prog
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Samla Mammas Manna was a Swedish progressive rock band often characterized by virtuosic musicianship, circus references and silly humour, similar in many ways to the song-writing style of Frank Zappa. They were one of the founding members of the Rock in Opposition (RIO) movement in the late 1970s. In 1979 they were Fred Frith's backing band on his solo album, Gravity (1980). Musically, they bore a resemblance to the Canterbury scene.
The original line-up was Lars Hollmer (keyboards), Hasse Bruniusson (drums), Lars Krantz (bass) and Henrik Öberg (percussion). For Måltid, jazz fusion guitarist Coste Apetrea joined the group.
They were on the fringe of the Swedish political "progg" movement, although their lyrics were humorous and not explicitly political. The title of the album Klossa Knapitatet is a play on the Swedish phrase krossa kapitalet, a common slogan in the 1970s that means "crush the capital", and also the title of a seminal progg song by Blå Tåget, called "Staten och Kapitalet (Den ena handen vet vad den andra gör)". Some more serious elements of the progg movement were not amused by this frivolous attitude.
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