Over the last few years there has been a plethora of exceptional progressive rock artists emanating from Sweden. Just take the following list as examples of some of the best I have come across: Carptree, Paatos, Magic Pie, Sinkadus, Beardfish, Ritual, Moon Safari, Liquid Scarlet, Brighteye Brison, Par Lindh Project. The seed which allowed these bands to proliferate was generated in the 90’s by the likes of The Flower Kings, Anglagard, Anekdoten and Landberk. But it seems the Swedish progressive rock scene has its roots much farther back than that, as evidenced by this fantastic box set. This set has been produced as a listening companion to the equally impressive book; The Encyclopedia of Swedish Progressive Music 1967 – 1979. That book is a gloriously colourful and exhaustive overview of the Swedish progressive rock movement. A hardback volume of some 230 pages all in full colour. Over 400 artists are overviewed, with album covers re-produced together with photographs of the period. This is a highly informative and sumptuous read without a doubt. The music scene in Sweden was obviously highly productive and inventive as the 70 artists represented in the 4 CD box set indicate. It’s quite extraordinary the majority of artists on show here are completely unknown, except to those few who are true connoisseurs of early 70’s Swedish prog rock. It’s also beguiling that those artist’s music has never been made generally available on CD before.
So this box set is the only place to really appreciate what gems have been long forgotten. Some names will be familiar like Kaipa, Bo Hansson, Samla Mammas Manna and Trettioåriga Kriget but its coming across the likes of Solar Plexus, Baby Grandmothers and Life that’s the real joy of this compilation. There is also a 48 page booklet, presented in a similar fashion to the book which gives overviews of each of the artists presented.
The book and box set are obviously labours of love by the authors and the attention to detail has to be admired. Both have to be purchased together and really highlight what a fantastic music scene existed in Sweden in a time when all eyes were looking at Britain’s burgeoning progressive rock scene. It seems there was a lot going on up North. Now, if only someone would do something similarly comprehensive for the Italian progressive rock scene of the 70’s! http://doctorofprog.blogspot.com
"Pregnant Rainbows For Colourblind Dreamers Taking" is the name from one of the bonus tracks.
This stand alone box set is designed as a listening companion to the critically acclaimed reference book "The Encyclopedia of Swedish Progressive Music 1967 - 1979".
Of the 410 artists profiled in the book, we have selected 71 acts to represent the very essence of what the era had to offer musically. Explore the experimental groups, the power trios and the psychedelic acts. Over five hours of music, with the majority of the tracks previously unreleased on CD.
Whereas most other compilations from this part of the Swedish rock era have focused on its political angle, this time we take the opposite route. It¹s time to let the music do the talking! You will be surprised how well these masterpieces have stood the test of time. Play it loud headphones are recommended for optimal effect and you¹re in for a ride... Limited edition! http://www.premiumpublishing.com
Track Listing: 1. Andreas Arflot - Surraya Part 1 2. Alexander Lucas - Svarta Skogen 3. Arbete Och Fritid - Gånglåt Efter Per Larsson, Malung 4. Ardy & Lasses Öronpaj - Black Sallad 5. Asoka - Tvivlaren 6. Atlantic Ocean - Take A Look Around You 7. Baby Grandmothers - Being Is More Than Life 8. Sten Bergman - Sorti 9. BIB Set - Pythogorean Child No II, Arrival In Time 10. Blond - The Lilac Years 11. Blåkulla - Drottningholmsmusiken, Sats 1 12. Bättre Lyss - Sagan Om Viggen 13. Charlie & Esdor - Tvåmans Bridge Blues 14. Contact - Convulsions 15. Dice - Labyrinth 16. Doris - You´ll Never Come Closer 17. Peter O Ekbergs System - Till Nästa Gång 18. Energy - Metamorphosis 19. Cymbeline - Flicka
Pregnant Rainbows For Colourblind Dreamers - The Essence of Swedish Progressive Music (CD1) - 1967-1979