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Andersson & Björn Ulveaus, Benny - Lycka
(Polar POLS-226 Swe-70 VG+ 275:-)

This are the first recordings by the duo hired by producer Stig Anderson as in-house songwriters his Polar Records label. The title track "Lycka" (lyrics by Stig) was released as a single, but it's b-side, the Salvation Army-style "Hej gamle man!" became a hit, topping at No.1 for 5 weeks on the Swedish Top 10!

The song's success was partly due to the fact that Agnetha & Frida appeared on backing vocals, the first time the quartet recorded together. "It was the birth of ABBA in a way," Frida recalled many years later.

Original Swedish pressing. Both sleeve and vinyl are graded VG+.
Arbete och Fritid - Arbete och Fritid
(MNW 39P Swe-73 EX 400:-)

Arbete & Fritid experimented with several different styles changing both members and musical direction with every recording. The core group was Roland Keijser, Kjell Westling, Torsten Eckerman and later Tord Bengtsson with Ove Karlsson being the only constant member. Almost everybody were multi-instrumentalists!

The band's 1973 on MNW Records marked the beginning of a new era for the band. The connection to traditional music is still evident but absorbed into the pulsating drone of electric guitars garnished with oriental fanfares. It is a highly accomplished album and may be the band's best ever.

Original Swedish pressing; both sleeve and vinyl are graded Excellent!
Bode, Johnny - Styrman Janssons Frestelser
(Rondex S-301 Swe-73 EX 275:-)

Johnny Bode (1912-1983) har av många beskrivits som en amoralisk mytoman och enfant terrible. Trots att han gjorde sig socialt omöjlig under stora delar av sitt liv har han postumt fortsatt att väcka uppmärksamhet, inte minst på grund av skivan BORDELLMAMMAS VISOR, vilken gjort att han anses som en förgrundsgestalt inom den så kallade könsrocken. På skivan sjöng Johnny Bode tillsammans med Lillemor Dahlqvist. Hon lovades anonymitet, men ett sådant löfte vägde mycket lätt när det kom från Bode. Framgången följdes upp med bland andra skivorna BORDELLMAMMAS DOTTER, STYRMAN JANSSONS FRESTELSER, SEXREVYN STIG PÅ och singeln VI TVÅ ÄR EJ SOM DE ANDRA. Den sistnämnda är troligen den första skivan i Sverige med homosexuellt tema.
Bravado Bravado - Bravado Bravado
(Hawk LP-2121 Swe-89 EX 275:-)

Anders Folke Rönnblom är en av pionjärerna när det gäller att kombinera visor och rock i Sverige. Under tidigt 70-tal tillhörde han de artister som ansågs mest lovande och intressanta för svensk rock. Rönnblom tillhörde aldrig den alternativa musikrörelsen, trots att han verkade under dess storhetstid och trots att många av hans texter präglades av samhällsengagemang.

"Bravado Bravado" från 1989 innehåller bl a en duett med Kajsa Grytt på "Vårregn".

Detta exemplar är signerat av Anders F Rönnblom på baksidan.
Broberg, Robban - Jubileums Skiffle 58/68
(Grand Prix GP-9931 Swe-68 EX 275:-)

Skiffle var en stor fluga på 50-talet; sång på engelska – gärna med något folkloristiskt tema – till gitarr/mandolin/fiol, gärna en hembyggd bas av en resväska och ett kvastskaft och tvättbräda i sättningen. Robbans Skiffle Group var en av de främsta skifflegrupperna i Sverige och leddes av Robert Karl-Oskar Broberg.
Creeps - Enjoy the Creeps!
(Tracks On Wax WAX 1001 Swe-86 EX 275:-)

Swedish retro act The Creeps aims squarely at mid-'60s garage rock, aping the bands that aped the Yardbirds, but thanks to inspired playing and inventive arrangements, they succeed in adding to the tradition rather than just running in place. Recorded with period-appropriate atmosphere (i.e. a thick, dirty echo), the Creeps bang out nine originals that channel the Animals and Them, delivered with power and precision.

Original Swedish pressing; both sleeve and vinyl are graded EX.
Edwall, Allan - Färdknäpp
(A Disc ADI-89602 Swe-81 VG+ 275:-)

Allan Edwall fick sitt stora folkliga genombrott i och med tv-dramatiseringen av August Strindbergs "Hemsöborna" (1966), där han spelade den tragikomiske drängen Carlsson. På film gjorde han flera bemärkta roller, bland annat som familjefadern och teaterdirektören Oscar Ekdahl i "Fanny och Alexander" (1982) och som den frikyrklige bonden Danjel i "Utvandrarna"-filmerna. Han medverkade även i flertalet Astrid Lindgren filmatiseringar.

Detta är exemplar är signerat av Allan; "Till Helena i Dec-81, Allan".
Hansson & Karlsson - Monument
(Polydor LPHM-46260 Swe-67 VG+ 800:-)

This organ and drums-based duo jammed with Jimi Hendrix when he was in Sweden in 1968. Bo Hansson's distinctive organ style is already recogniseable on their first album, a soundtrack to Ture Sjölander's experimental TV-film "Monument".
Hansson & Karlsson - Rex
(Polydor LPHM-46264 Swe-68 VG 500:-)

This organ and drums-based duo released three instrumental albums of flowing psychedelic soundscapes with a sound all their own. Jimi Hendrix jammed with them while touring Sweden in 1968 and recorded his own version of "Tax Free", making it the duo's most famous song.

Their second album, "Rex", was recorded live and included the track "I Love, You Love" from Stig Björkman's movie "Jag älskar, du älskar”, where Hansson had a small part.

Original Swedish pressing. The vinyl plays with some background noises, but no skips.
Hounds - From the Hounds with Love
(Gazell GMG-1209 Swe-67 VG+ 275:-)

The Hounds were a Swedish pop-band from Stockholm. They released two albums of mostly covers; their sound was soft with a lot of vocal harmonies.

Original Swedish pressing; both sleeve and vinyl are graded Very Good+.
Kaipa - Inget Nytt under Solen
(Decca SKL-5260 Swe-76 VG+ 275:-)

Hailed by many as Sweden's leading progessive band, Kaipa was formed in Uppsala in 1973 by former San Michael's members Hans Lundin and Tomas Eriksson.

Their second album, "Inget nytt under Solen", saw a move toward political lyrics and more musical complexity, with resplendent sound and lush orchestration. The standout track is the 21 minute "Skenet Bedrar", which showcases Lundin's maturity as a songwriter.
Made in Sweden - Made in Sweden
(Sonet SLP-71 Swe-68 EX 600:-)

Formed from the remains of Lea Riders Group in the summer of 1968, this highly influential trio was probably the first exponent of progressive rock in Sweden, showcasing the jazzy guitar style of George Wadenius.

Their debut album is dominated by instrumental tracks that blend pop, jazz and progressive elements. It was recorded in only six hours and the musicianship is exceptional throughout, winning the band a Swedish Grammis award for best group.
Made in Sweden - The Best of...
(Grand Prix GP-9997 Swe-71 EX 275:-)

Made In Sweden were probably the first exponents of progressive rock in Sweden, showcasing the jazzy guitar style of George Wadenius (sometimes reminiscent of Alvin Lee in his jazzier moments, although the actual influence was Wes Montgomery).

Original Swedish pressing.
Ola & Janglers - Patterns
(Gazell GMG-1204 Swe-66 VG+ 275:-)

Ola & Janglers were a garage rock and beat group from Sollentuna, Sweden, founded in 1962 by Ola Håkansson (vocals), Christer Idering (guitar) - replaced by Claes "Clabbe" af Geijerstam, Johannes Olsson (organ), Åke Eldsäter (bass) and Leif Johansson (drums). The group's 1969 hit "Let's Dance", a cover of the Chris Montez song, reached #92 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Ola went on to form Secret Service and had a succesfull career all over the World.

"Patterns" was their third album.
Samla Mammas Manna - Klossa Knapitalet
(Silence SRS-4627 Swe-74 VG+ 350:-)

SMM was formed in Uppsala in 1969 and fused jazz-rock and music associated with circus and theatre. Their unique sound has made them one of the most internationally acclaimed bands of the Swedish Progressive Movement.

"Klossa Knapitalet" (1974) contains the outstanding track "Liten Dialektik" approaching more serious progressive music (if this expression relates to SMM at all!). Another track, "Ramlösa Kvällar", was used as the name of a future Lars Hollmer project.
Solar Plexus - Solar Plexus
(Odeon 4E154-34573/4 Swe-72 vg+ 600:-)

In terms of sheer musicality, it was hard to beat Solar Plexus. Led by married couple Carl-Axel and Monica Dominique, and featuring Jojje Wadenius and Bo Häggström from Made In Sweden, they could play anything – and sometimes did. Funky, jazzy, bluesy, progressive, folky, avant, silly, serious, dull, exciting – all of it is true at one point or another on the album. The sheer musicality of it all is the greatest thing about this album.
Sten & Stanley - I Lust och Nöd
(Decca LK-4698 Ger-65 VG+ 375:-)

Sten & Stanley bildades som popgrupp av Sten Nilsson, Ebbe Nilsson samt Stanley Granström i Karlskoga 1962. Under 1970-talet böt man stil och bandete utvecklades till ett dansband.

"I Lust och Nöd" från 1965 är bandets andra LP.
Storm - Stormvarning
(Harvest 4E062-35010 Swe-74 VG+ 275:-)

Famous poet Jacques Werup formed this progressive band in Malmö 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.

Original Swedish pressing, complete with picture innersleeve and lyric insert.
Tages ‎– 1964-68!
(EMI 7C-138-35954/5 Swe-83 EX 300:-)

Tages formed in the early sixties in Gothenburg. They released a number of singles and LPs in their native Sweden to considerable success, making the Swedish Top Ten more than a dozen times. Though remembered as one of the finest non-English speaking bands of the 1960s, they failed to ever really break into the international markets.

This 2LP set collects material from their albums and singles.
various artists - Reportage: Spela Själv
(Expo Norr LPRP-1 Swe-70 EX 375:-)

This highly obscure album features a bunch of amazing field-recorded & tape-sound laced folk-psych instrumentals captured and channeled by Solveig Bark and Bo Anders Persson.

Travelling throughout Sweden that year Bark and Persson both documented and participated in an improvised array of ad-hoc violin, hand-percussion, mouth-harp and bass/guitar/harp “jams”, captured in-situ (along with lots of environmental sounds ; children laughing, wind, crowds) with Persson capturing everything in blurry detail on his portable tape-machine (the outcome of which makes up the contents of the music herein).

Original Swedish pressing; both sleeve and vinyl are graded EX.
Wikström, Rolf - Ljudklapp från Studio Decibel
(Decibel dB-7901 Swe-79 EX 275:-)

Blues guitarist and singer Rolf Wikström made his first vinyl appearance by guesting on Underground Failure's album. Wikström was a member of Slim's Blues Gang and Löpande Bandet and also played on sessions for the likes John Holm, Kjell Höglund, Ola Magnell, Risken Finns and Turid.

"Ljudklapp från studio Decibel - Digitalinspelade", was only pressed in 400 copies on RED vinyl and given away as Christmas gifts. It gained a proper release in 1980 as "Digitalis".
Winnerbäck, Lars - Tänk om jag ångrar mej...
(Sonet 02527-11337 Swe-09 NM 700:-)

På "Tänk om jag ångrar mig..." har Lars Winnerbäck lämnat folkmusiken och tagit ett steg tillbaka in i den renodlade rocken. Tempot har skruvats upp en del sedan förra skivan - melodislingorna är i vissa fall uppenbart influerade av Kent, medan singeln “Jag får liksom ingen ordning” snarare har sitt ursprung i 90-talsdisco, och man kan höra Leonard Cohen pratsjunga i “Du som reser mig”. Men framför allt är skivan helt uppenbart Lars Winnerbäcks, oavsett vilka influenser som kan höras i sångerna är de alla märkta av artistens egenart.

Boxset with LP, CD, 4 photos and the book "112 Sånger" (including bonus CD).
Violents - String Time
(Sonet SLP-34 Swe-63 VG 300:-)

Violents was a mainly instrumental guitar pop group formed in Stockholm, 1959. Led by guitarist Hasse Rosén and influenced by The Shadows, the Violents also served as the backing group for singer Jerry Williams.

Original Swedish pressing; both sleeve and vinyl are graded VG.
Vreeswijk, Cornelis - Ballader och Grimascher
Metronome MLP-15213 Swe-65 EX 375:-)

Cornelis Vreeswijk var en nederländsk-svensk trubadur, kompositör, poet och skådespelare som har kommit att räknas som en av Sveriges största trubadurer tillsammans med Carl Michael Bellman och Evert Taube.

"Ballader och Grimascher" var Cornelis' andra LP och innehåller bl a "Sportiga Marie". "Lasse Liten Blues" och "Grimasch om Morgonen".'

Detta exemplar är signerat av Cornelis i röd tuschpenna på framsidan.
Öijer & Brynn Settels, Bruno K - Skugga Kommer
(Mistlur MLR-52 Swe-86 VG+ 275:-)

"Skugga Kommer" innehåller sex spår, alla Öijer-dikter från "Spelarens Sten" och "Giljotin", samt "Skisser Till Ett Av Dödens Tal", som Öijer första gången publicerade i DN, den 11 november 1984.
Brynn Settels har gjort musiken, Bruno står för text och sång, Kenny Håkansson medverkar på gitarr.
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