Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Renhjärta - Glitt-Glitt (1971)

Lasse Hoflund (vocals, guitar), Stenne Moberg (guitar), Ulf Wallander (saxophone), Cary Wihma (bass), Tjomple Johansson (drums)

This progressive band from Uppsala recorded one highly sought after album of self-penned instrumental tracks. There are also four covers sung in English, including a version of "My Friend" by Jimi Hendrix. The album was released on California label, home to fellow Uppsala band San Michael's. Cary Wihma went on to join Panta Rei, while Ulf Wallander was later in
Ramlösa Kvällar and Arbete & Fritid. 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)

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Kjol - Take it on (1979)

Obscure and underrated jazz rock from Germany, private press issued in 1979.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Firma 33 - Se Först (1978)

Nimm Fünf / Der Herr Im Haus / Stille Nacht? / An Sich Bin Ich Ganz Friedlich / Flugversuch / Alleine / Agrippa, Das Schwein / Liebes Lied / Abscheid

LP Triangel 0331 (1979)

Berlin country "Lieder" rock?! Well, that was our impression based on the "Vor 10 Jahren" track, for which they were promptly dumped in the "Rejects & Misfits" section in the book version of "The Crack In The Cosmic Egg".

More recently though, I found a report on the album SE FÖRST that said "progressive jazzrock with underground flair, typical Krautrock fusion riffs, freaky reefer comedy lyrics, brilliant guitar and brass, groovy Guru Guru vibes..." and another report says "one of the best German private pressings for sure. Like a mix of Kraan, Guru Guru and the Danish band Dr. Dopo Jam. Excellent!" - and extraordinarily both these descriptions are pretty close, except the "excellent" as I'd say that Firma 33's twist on the eccentric Zappa inspired style is very much an acquired taste! Taken from "The Crack in the Cosmic Egg CD-Rom Edition

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Entrance - The Pond (1983)

Unknown and underrated psych prog from Germany with jazz and Canterbury influences, issued on a small label in 1983.

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Windy Corner - The House at Windy Corner (1973)

"The House at Windy Corner" is one of the most sought after and expensive albums in the world, with copies known to fetch four figures. Windy Corner play a delicate and sparse folk rock with acoustic guitar, organ and dreamy vocals.