Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Arbete Och Fritid -st+Andra ,LPs ,1970-71,Sweden (NWW list!)




On the first record from Swedish jazz/folk/psych improvisers the music is quite normal. There's a melancholy, Scandinavian feel in most of the tunes that I find very attractive. The instrumentation is changing - piano, cello, trumpet, sax, violin, marimba, drums, electric bass .... but no guitar A&F line-up: Bengt Berger, Torsten Eckerman, Ove Karlsson, Roland Keijser, Kjell Westling
After the 2nd album Bengt Berger & Kjell Westling left (and was later replaced by Tord Bengtsson & Bosse Skoglund). It's more experimental on songs like "Fylke Airport" - great cello/violin workout & "Den tredje gång jag såg dig" - begins like World Music and ends in Free jazz. Only two songs are in the same, melancholy folk/jazz style as the first album - "Finsk sorgmarsch"(one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever recorded) & "Två grekiska låtar". "Tango Gabardin" with two noodling organs reminds me of Pere Ubu's "Arabia" from The Art of Walking.
Great LPs!Connections with Trad Gras Och Stenar. Of course included in the NWW list.



9 comments:

Rob Vomit said...

My God...Don't you ever sleep? 11 albums in one day!!! My brain hurts, my eyes burn and my ears are ringing just trying to keep up. Excellent music! I love it all! Please sleep soon so I have a chance to listen to everything. Hahaha, Cheers!

Rob Vomit said...

You may be interested in another Trad Gras Och Stenar related release. Parson Sound 2xCD available at the FM SHADES site in the June Archives (I am not sure if the link is still good). Excellent heavy psych with drone aspects.

mutantsounds said...

thanks for your good words...i sleep of course:)

Anonymous said...

efxaristo poli
epsaxna to proto lp ton AOF gia perisotero apo 20 xronia, an exeis kai to club jazz 6 tha sou hmoyn ypoxreos. Ola ta alla ta exo opos episis kai arketa apo ayti ti koultoura VARGAVINTER, TRAD, ARCHIMIDIS, klp. Oi souhdoi kata ti gnomi mou exoyn ftasei sti pio proxorimeni morfi psych. An exeis tipote apo tin etaireia ATEM pes.
elpizo na pires to mail address mou
efxaristo kai poli
lefty from salonica

mutantsounds said...

Atem....xmmmmm olo kai kati exw:),tha deis...
mail address den phra?pou thn esteiles?

mutantsounds said...

ok Lefty
to phra
sou esteila kai mail gia epivevaiwsh...check it

Anonymous said...

Great that someone is posting Swedish underground psych of the early 70's

Pärsson Sound, TGS and Arbete & Fritid are underrated in the psych world, despite being far superior in many ways

Keep up your good work Mutant dude

Heavypsychman.blogspot.com

larry wolfe said...

thanks...love swedish rock from this time...have only heard the arbete och fritid album from 73 on mnw, so i'm very excited to check out some more.

Anonymous said...

What is NWW? Sorry for my lack of information, but I'm new (and happy) in this amazing blog. Anybofy there who deigns to explain? Cheers!