Monday, November 15, 2010

Storm

Jan Ek (vocals, percussion), Jaques Werup (saxophone, flute, vocals), Bengt "Mulle" Holmqvist (guitar, bass, keyboards, trumpet, vocals), Christer Karlberg (guitar), Rolf Sersam (keyboards, bass, saxophone, zither, percussion, vocals), Peter Winberg (drums, vocals), Lasse Berggrensson (vocals), Percy Malmqvist (bass, vocals), Stefan Berggrensson (bass , vocals) Hakan Nyberg (drums)

Famous poet Jacques Werup formed this progressive band in Malmo in 1973. His Swedish-language lyrics on Stormvarning have a socialist message with a poetic, yet violent, touch. The band strove to make the music radical, with most of the music written by Rolf Sersam. The standout cut, "Snart Bryter Stormen Ut", was written by Werup and guitarist Mulle Holmqvist, who really shines here. Ek and Karlberg were ten replaced by Lasse Berggrensson and Percy Malmqvist? who both had played with Holmqvist in 60's band The Troublemakers. Storm At The Top saw the entire band mooning on the back cover. It featiured English-language lyrics and less experimental, but still progressive, music. EMI in London wanted Storm to have a big tour in Great Britain? but bad wages made the band decline the offer. The third and final album was released in 1977 and featured a new rhythm section? consisting of former Lotus members Stefan Berggrensson and Hakan Nyberg. Casanova i Mjölby is an excellent Swedish-language concept album. It tells an anachronistic story about Italian legend Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) coming to a small town in Sweden in 1977 to witness society in decay. Like its predecessors? the album was co-produced by the band and Gunnar Lindqvist (G.L. Unit). The vinyl is hopused ina great sleeve by painter Bo Hulten. Despite the album being the peak of Storm's career, the band quit soon after. Werup went on to release several solo albums, often collaborating with his former Storm colleagues. Taken from Tobias Petterson's & Ulf Henningsson's "The Encyclopedia of Swedish Progressive Music 1967-1979" (c) 2007 Premium Publishing More details about the book here (sold out) Photo of the band taken from www.progg.se


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Storm - Casanova i Mjölby (1977)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanx a lot!