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Monday, September 27, 2010

Splash, Sweden




Splash - Ut På Vischan. 1972 Polydor.
Splash - s/t. 1974 PLA.
Splash - Splash 2. 1978 PLA.

On "Ut På Vischan" one will hear a typical horn rock album very much modeled after Chicago or Blood, Sweat and Tears. Except it's sung in Swedish (always a favorite language at the CDRWL). Like most horn rock albums, there are some great instrumental charts offset by some lame songs. Not bad, and does sport a great cover. On "Splash 2", the group has moved from standard pop rock structures to an improvisational jazz rock unit. I hesitate to use the word "fusion" here, as they clearly weren't emulating the usual suspects like Return to Forever or Weather Report. And at times they have that college level stage band type tightness. There's also a little bit of silliness calling out their Zappa influence (not to mention some fine guitar soloing). And even a little dancing around the barn music to open the album. On the self-titled second album from 1974, the music is closer to "Splash 2", though there's only 3 tracks here, so the instrumentals are more stretched out. The highlight being the Latin jazz rock piece that closes the album. Of the three, this album is probably the best, but they're all worth seeking out. Great fantasy design cover graces the 1974 album as well.

Priority: 3

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

christer jansson (guitarist in splash) is my music teatcher :)

Tom said...

Lucky you! Tell him he needs to get the Splash albums reissued! :-)