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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Flasket Brinner, Sweden

Fläsket Brinner - s/t. 1971 Silence.

The good news is the Silence label is still around. The bad news is that they don't license any of their material out. So we have to wait, and it could be forever in this case. So until this album gets reissued, definitely pickup Mellotronen's 4 CD live box set. The first disc of the set, from 1970, is very similar to their Silence album. Flasket Brinner's second album was reissued by Polydor/Universal a few years ago.

The below review was originally published in Gnosis March 30, 2001. Edited for CDRWL:

Sweden at the beginning of the 1970's, like Germany close by, had an exciting music scene where American and British trends were being ignored. Here the bands were not shackled by commercialism and could pursue the freedom to explore all sorts of combinations of styles. In this environment, bands such as Algarnas Tradgard, Samla Mammas Manna, Kebnekaise and International Harvester produced a very exciting rock culture filled with creative ideas. All appeared on the Silence label, the Swedish equivalent of Germany's Ohr label. Flasket Brinner (The Flesh is Burning) were but one of these great bands.

On their self-titled debut, Flasket Brinner pursued the instrumental free-form jam mixed with the odd progressive composition in a live setting. The style is very much inspired by the free jazz scene that flourished in late 1960s Europe. However here, the instrumentation was more rock based with organ, guitar, bass, drums, flute and sax. The playing is extremely energetic which, if not careful, will catch the listener in a bit of head-banging (Metallica style). And, best of all, the melodies were based on traditional Swedish themes making a wonderful concoction of rock, free jazz, psychedelic and folk. A brilliant album overall and a must for fans of Euro psychedelic fusion.

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Eddie Lascu said...

Saw that Greg Walker lists this as finally available on CD. Did you hear anything about it being released?


Tom said...

Hi Eddie,

Yea, I saw that too. As far as I know, that's the bootleg on Flawed Gems. If you hear different, let me know!

- Tom

Eddie Lascu said...

You were right, it is the Flawed Gems. According to Greg though, the sound is flawless (:-)!

Tom said...

I bet - right from their stereo to yours! ;-)