Midsommar - same (1972, Swe, Progrock, Moondisc vinyl rip, single flac + cue, DR11, artwork)
*** Reviewed by great fellow Adamus67 ***
Yeah! I was looking for it very long,wow old, this is pretty damn rare!
To mark the occasion,there's nothing more fitting than this present group Midsummer. They made two albums and this will bit of a mystery,there is still uncertainty about this because it does not appear anywhere when they are recorded.
The album has no release year printed, Although the two LP are published by different companies so it does not appear in any of them what year they came out.
According to the book "Scented Gardens Of The Mind"
1) Midsommar -1971? [Moondisc ARD-1633]
2) Belsebub Är Lös - 1972? [Gazell Records GMG-1224]
This is not, however say others, arguing that released "Midsummer" 1970 / "Belsebub" 1972 .
But others claims and argue that "Belsebub är lös" is their first album and the songs from it were heard on the radio back in 1971....hmm...suggesting that...
Midsommar - Belsebub Är Lös 1971, GMG-1224 (Gazell)
Midsommar - Midsommar 1972, ARD 1633 (Moondisc)
So it's a bit of a mystery.
But there is no doubt that Midsommar were among the earliest rock bands to use Swedish lyrics.
This is typical Swedish political prog where topics such as pacifism, environmental destruction, demolition hysteria and anti-commercialism included. The album are very expensive and almost impossible to find,if talking about "Belzebub is loose,"This LP is valued as: Very rare. Remember That it is on Gazell Records in very few copies!Valuation (About 1600 USD)refers to the original edition on vinyl in excellent condition (EX / EX). Either way, both in a company soon render the albums on the CD. They deserve to be heard by more people.
Regarding the album "Midsummer" so it's a really good album, and more melodic than I had anticipated. The opening song "Illusionen Av En Färdigskolad Akademiker" (3:46) is almost a classic with its Santana-rhythms and temper. "Sedan Urminnes Tider" (3:47), sounds like something Contact Kudne have done, with its anchors in the Swedish folk music. "Killen Och Bostadsbristen" (4:38) is a sadder story, heavy riffs, but all too predictable, obvious where the text / social message more important than their music here ... Funny text by the way. "Naturen Kämpar" (5:38) are really good, with its slow tempo, sax and fine tune. A couple of songs drag down the overall rating but overall, I like this album. That said, I expected a rockier affair, but is definitely not disappointed by this, for the many quieter songs ["Balladen Om Belfast" (3:32), James Lindbergh Hughes"] is really really good. The plate deserves to be heard by others. It's pretty easy to get on vinyl. On their first album there was a strong focus on political subjects and the music seemingly took second place to the lyrics. A decent album, although overshadowed by their next effort." Belsebub is loose," which is said to be even better! Anyway, a very good album from start to finish, and a plate that I never tire of!
If "Belsebub är lös" dissolve ... was a classic with omnipresent lead guitar and sax riffing backed by a wild Hammond organ. Their style had Similarities to Traffic's second album (1968), Burnin 'Red Ivanhoe's debut and Mr.. Albert Show, but the strong Swedish Midsummer's distinctive vocals made....,also said to be their best, can be compared to contemporary bands such as Nature, Reindeer Heart, Live Life, etc. Also other LP that has a more political image of the texts is also the popular but is not quite as heavy as the "Midsummer".
"Belsebub är lös" is jazzy, bluesy, and it is definitely true. But it's also one hell of a feature in it! The only song I'm not over fond of the " Fantomen" (6:41) ... a bit of banal text and half-sad music. For those of you who are my age (46) - or younger and older for that matter - and like bands like November, Blodwyn Pig, etc, this is a splendid plate. "Till Morsan" (3:48) ??is a classic Swedish heavy-rock song!
Thank you so much Adam for that effort
Midsommar - Illusionen Av En Färdigskolad Akademiker
A1.Illusionen Av En Färdigskolad Akademiker
A2.Sedan Urminnes Tider
A3.Killen Och Bostadsbristen
A4.Balladen Om Belfast
B4.James Lindberg Hughes
B5.Den Okände Soldaten
Layout [Cover Layout] – Ulf Binnquist
Organ, Piano – Dan Pihl (2)
Photography By [Cover] – Christer Lundin
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute, Percussion – Reg Ward
Vocals, Bass – Hans Olsson (3)
Vocals, Drums – Peder Sundahl
Vocals, Guitar – Lennart Andrén
Vocals, Percussion – Weyne Feldt
[Rip and Scans by gigic2255]
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