lördag 12 november 2016

MADE IN SWEDEN/ THE BEST OF MADE IN SWEDEN GP-9997 (-71) SWEDEN

You don't see "Best Of..." budget compilations from odd jazz/prog groups very often and since most fans had the band's original albums already back then it's no surprise this didn't sell much on release and almost never shows up nowadays. Up to 1971 they'd just released one Sonet single - "I Don't Care". The B-side to that included here - the cool jazzy intrumental "Sunset" - was their only non-LP cut, the rest figured on ordinary albums. As compiled here - two from the "...With Love" debute, three from "Snakes In A Hole" and two from "Made In England" - all recorded 1968-70. I've already posted their first two LP:s, so for closer background on band and music check those. To summerize - well played early prog with emphasis on jazz, but some roots still in r&b. Top guitars by Georg Wadenius including elaborate octave shapes and occational scat song. It's a representative collection, as rare as the original albums but a lot cheaper when it shows up, so if you're into this kind of music and lucky enough to hit it in a used bin - pick it up and go for a spin. This was the only release. It came with label as shown here and fully laminated cover. (SCÄ*) (CCÖ*)

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