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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, Robert - Jubileums-Skiffle 58/68
(Grand Prix GP-9931 Swe-68 EX 375:-)

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 300:-)

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.
Di Leva, Tomas - Marginal Cirkus
(RCA Victor PL-40253 Swe-82 VG+ 275:-)

Sven Thomas Magnusson föddes 1963 i Gävle. När han var 14 år bytte han namn Di Leva, inspirerad av sin mors italienska flicknamn.

Di Leva startade sin karriär med bandet Pillisnorks, med vilket EP:n 4 VISITORS blev hans skivdebut 1 januari 1980. Hösten 1981 fick han skivkontrakt som soloartist och året därpå kom debutalbumet, "Marginal Cirkus", som släpptes endast i 1500 exemplar.

Original Swedish pressing.
Hep Stars - Jul med Hep Stars
(Olga LPO-06 Swe-67 EX 375:-)

This album contained a selection of the most familiar Christmas songs, but also a number of new pop songs, written especially for this album; "Christmas Today" was written by Lars Berghagen and "Christmas on my Mind" by Berry Bjärenäs. Curiously, however, not one of them was composed by Benny, who by then had become quite a prolific songwriter.

It has to be said that JUL MED HEP STARS was quite a bizarre concoction: the tracks were interspersed with jokey babbling from the group members, recorded live at a party held in the recording studio.
Hep Stars - Songs we sang in '68
(Olga LPO-07 Swe-68 EX 350:-)

The A-side was recorded live from Hep Stars summer tour 1968. A collection of popsongs both in Swedish and English. During this period Benny wrote some songs together with the Swedish songwriter Lasse Berghagen but here you also will find Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus' second composition
together; "A Flower In My Garden".
Hounds - From the Hounds with Love
(Gazell GMG-1209 Swe-67 VG+ 375:-)

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+.
Jemerton Jönssons - Kaffesump och Kärlek
(Musiklaget MLLP-5 Swe-75 EX 275:-)

Little is known about this secret group from Lund other than one of the members is strongly rumoured to be radio personality Kalle Oldby. Members of Underground Failure guested on the album, which was released on their Musiklaget label.

The witty Swedish lyrics front a folk sound in the vein of Anna Koka Fem Ägg Jag Är Värd I Huset and Love Explosion with a touch of the excentricity of fellow secret group Philemon Arthur & The Dung.

Original Swedish pressing complete with lyric insert.
Löfgren, Anna-Lena - Anna-Lena
(Metronome HLP-10.504 Swe-64 VG+ 300:-)

Anna-Lena Löfgren slog igenom 1962 med sången "Regniga natt", och blev en av 1960-talets populäraste schlagersångerskor. Liksom kollegorna Lill-Babs och Siw Malmkvist fick Anna-Lena stora framgångar i Västtyskland där svenska schlagersångerskor alltid stått högt i kurs.

Svensk Originalpressning; Anna-Lena's första LP!
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.
Radio Dept - Lesser Matters
(Labrador LAB035RV Swe-11 EX 350:-)

The Radio Dept. is a dream pop band from Lund, conceived in 1995 by schoolmates Elin Almered and Johan Duncanson. Their debut album, "Lesser Matters", was well received by the music press, scoring 10 out of 10 in NME.

Reissue of the 2003 album debut on 180g vinyl.
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.
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.
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.
Sven-Ingvars - Sven-Ingvars
(Philips 08219PL Swe-64 EX 275:-)

Sven-Ingvars bildades 1956 i Slottsbron i Grums kommun i Värmland av Sven Svärd, Ingvar Karlsson och Sven-Erik Magnusson. Bandet har gjort sig ett namn genom att ha kombinerat pop och rock med influenser av folkvisor. 2017 gick Sven-Erik Magnusson bort men lever kvar i bandet genom hans son Oscar Magnusson som har tagit över platsen vid mikrofonen.

Original Swedish pressing; both sleeve and vinyl are graded EX.
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.
Ulveaus & Benny Andersson, Björn - Lycka
(Polar POLS-226 Swe-70 VG+ 350:-)

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+.
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".
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.
Vreeswijk, Cornelis - Bananer - bland annat...
(adisc BS-791218 Swe-80 VG+ 275:-)

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.

"Bananer – bland annat..." är inspelat vintern 1979/1980. Medverkande på albumet var gitarristen Conny Söderlund och basisten Owe Gustavsson. Detta exemplar är signerat av Cornelis; "Till Elsa, Ockelbo 16/5 80, Cornelis Vreeswijk"!
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