Always Grumpy/Surjämten - Swedish Family - Vintage Prog
Label: Belle Antique - MAR-04956 • Format: CD Album • Country: Japan • Genre: Rock • Style: Prog Rock, Folk Rock
Stoneheart 2. A Man Without Mind 3. The Gothenburg Heros 4. Waltz Of Sadness 5. The Last Goodbye 6. From The Foot 7. The Summerdress 8. The Flu 9. The Agent Dance Always Grumpy bonus Brunos Exotica bonus Total Time: What about Mr. Well, the result of his marketing communication strategy is not obvious or tangible yet. But one thing for sure: he has been very successful in putting his 'what supposed to be' fourth solo album called "Swedish Family" in the right frame of mind to prog music buffs.
Don't get confused, he made this band imaginary only as if it has been the Swedish prog band in the late sixties with legendary albums which are "hard to find" nowadays. The band has inspired other Swedish prog bands - that's what Mr Bodin says in the Flower Kings website. He seemed like not joking because he also put the seventies album of Swedish Family: 1. Not only that, he also put each individual song featured with "taken from.
So cool, Mr. Hey, what about the music man? I'm speaking not in terms of composition, songwriting or performance but this album bring another value to me: Firstthis album has successfully cheated me for a while because I thought that this was a "real" band in Sempre Nel Mio Cuor - Claudio Villa - Non È La Pioggia past that has many lost albums and hard to find records. But when I checked the website, ohm.
Mr Bodin has pulled my legs man! But I'm happy being treated that way because it created a significant curiosity after three times spinning the CD: "Gee!!! What is the band discography? How come I have lost their history in the seventies - which I did also with Kaipa whom I knew only recently? I really wanted to buy previous CDs of the band, of course. I was so ashamed with what happened with me, really. Second, the sonic quality of this CD is truly representing the recording technology of what available then.
This what makes me "amazed" with this CD because it sounds like a classic rock music records - most CDs by Repertoire label usually sounds like this. But, this is in reality a recording technology in digital Always Grumpy/Surjämten - Swedish Family - Vintage Prog , how come it still sounds analog like this?
Brilliant man! Again, I am cheated. Thirdthe music itself is an excellent composition structure and arrangementpowerful songwriting and excellent Always Grumpy/Surjämten - Swedish Family - Vintage Prog overall. The music blends the elements of jazz, rock, traditional music and the Flower Kings music.
All compositions were done by Bodin who also produce this album and release it for the first time under his own label: Helicon House. The first track "Stoneheart" 6. The combination of organ and guitar solo is terrific. Even, Always Grumpy/Surjämten - Swedish Family - Vintage Prog touch of organ is very catchy and memorable.
Style-wise, it's very Flower Kingsy. It flows beautifully with another excellent track "A man without mind" 5. What a great music. I would say it's a traditional prog rock music bcause it has its roots on traditional music melody. My true favorite is track 6 "From the foot" 6. Oh my God. The melody produced by this song is amazing. The guitar solo itself is also stunning and the song is characterized with jazz beats. Vibraphone is also used. Other tracks, including bonus tracks are excellent.
Overall, I think this album deserves five star rating. Because this is still new with me, I'd ratther put four stars with something in my mind that one day I will upgrade it into five stars. Highly recommended! Keep on proggin'.!
There's also trace of something older than golden age of prog. Some folklore traces accordion I'm talking about. After all, when someone names his album with "vintage" word, all these things should be expected. Mostly instrumental, it's a good presentation of some ideas and keyboard work other instruments plays second fiddle, so is Roine Stolt except some guitar solos. You can read the story about these songs on TFK homepage, or in Gatot's review, I say that it's great mystification.
An original one-time effort with weird names but in reality, it's a vehicle behind Perchê Ti Amo - Various - Itália De Hoje and Bodin. The sound is definitely vintage and there are typical Swedish prog hooks with a bit of melancholy. Not surprising that Flower Kings bit are represented, too. Accordeon and saxophone add a new dim Tomas Bodins attempt at recreating the 70s Swedish prog-sound is so successful that it Always Grumpy/Surjämten - Swedish Family - Vintage Prog me wondering for a while.
All the ingredients are there: The atmosphere, the instrumentation including accordionthe sound and the folk-music inspiration. It sure sounds like an authentic 70s Swedish The very best of the band that never existed! If I didn't know the band never really existed I would have believed it did - the music seems to come straight from the s. Tomas Bodin who is behind this little mystification managed to create an album which will please many prog fans.
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I may vote Mr. Robert Fripp of King Crimson as number one and number two is Mr. Tomas Bodin of The Flower Kings? Robert Fripp has been a master in communication with many great ideas through regular contacts with media - even people were not aware that at certain period of time King Crimson was dead. He is a positioning master that has helped the marketing of King Crimson albums especially post "Discipline" album and also he had great idea like "Double Trio" line-up, etc.
The result is obvious: he is one of Top guitarist as per Guitar World magazine. What a great result - even Steve Hackett is not here in the Top ! Peace on earth Alcohol Might Take Me There - Jonas Lindgren - Minimalistic Soulrebel EP mercy mild - GW.
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