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Bjorn J:Son Lindh - Våta vingar (Wet Wings) CD (album) cover

VÅTA VINGAR (WET WINGS)

Bjorn J:Son Lindh

 

Eclectic Prog

4.54 | 4 ratings

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Losimba
5 stars My first contact with this excellent artist was his involvement with ABBA. So I was more than pleased to find Wet Wings on vinyl in a second hand shop in the mid-1990's. But surprisingly, his own style has very little to do with ABBA, except the involvement of a number of this supergroup's background musicians.

But first I have to say that the line-up on the album's page here is incomplete. I would have edited it myself, but as I'm neither an admin nor a collaborator, I can't. Drums are not played solely by Roger Palm, but shared between him and Per Lindvall, who also share about 75% of the ABBA recordings between them. Secondly, we can hear the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra on several tracks, but the biggest let-down is that the man on the electric guitar isn't mentioned. Janne Schaffer may not be a metal guitarist, but his skill is certainly equal to Yngwie Malmsteen or Roine Stolt which makes him one of the greatest Swedish gutarists ever.

The album itself is not always rock, but shows a great variety and can certainly be classified as progressive. It is all instrumental and can be listened to in various volume levels. Quietly for meditation, mid-level for background entertainment and even loud for gym-like activities. The highlights for me are psychedelic Into The Fog, mysterious Certain Nights (Fandango) and especially Sing Louder Little River which may be better known under its Swedish title Brusa Högre Lilla Å, where Janne Schaffer performs one of the greatest lead parts I've ever heard. I guess it is even my absolute favourite instrumental piece, despite other classics like Rainbow's Snowman, Metallica's The Call Of Ktulu or Alan Parsons' Fall Of The House Of Usher. By the way, the flute on Deserter's Jubilee is not Ian Anderson, but Björn J:son Lindh himself!

Sadly, we won't get any new albums by this great artist as he passed away at only 69 years just before Christmas 2013, another thing that should be edited in the biography.

I'm a bit torn around the 4.5 stars mark, and I'll go for the high, handing out a 5 star rating for this wonderful album.

Losimba | 5/5 |

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