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3 stars Their second album, released in 1978 and named On with the action, show same aproach to the jazzy progressive attitude from previous album but also , first lights of what to come in next years.The melodic arrangements , the one who almost go on pop side are well meted with the rest of the jazzy ones, special on track like Get up or Moonlight grotesk. An ok album, lessintristin then their first but still pleasent all the way. Quite a hard to find release , never being issued on CD like selftiled and for that is veryy unnoticed to larger public, still good moments combined with more directly heavy prog in places atmosphere. 3 star for this one, not much to talk about this release, ok but nothing more, the best they ever done is the first one. After this release they folded and disbaned in 1980, but aswell they revive few years ago and doing concerts in a big form showing that they are still alive and doing well. Great band that for some reasons never got the attention they desearve.Can be check their web page, there are some very intristing pictures, audio files and everything from the band and other bands where members were involved.
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4 stars If you heard Wasa Express and this album for the first time you would find that it would be all over the place in the genre landscape and rather schizophrenic.But if you went to a Wasa Express concert at the time you would understand why.Saw them on several occasions in the mid to late seventies,and they would be excellent.But could also be all over the map with the setlists. They were great fans of The Tubes and that would show at their concerts.Always entertaining and always good fun ,and they would show their musical chops which were excellent.

For the first time they are now adding vocals.

First 2 songs are generic rock songs with vocals and rather uneventful,though I thought Thunderbird was a cover version they actually wrote that one them selves.2 times 2 **. 'Get up' was their own take on disco with a nod to the king of disco at the time Giorgio Moroder, kinda silly,but what the hey 2**.California Sun a cover version that they played live on occasion 2 **.Doing the heavy Hannibal,is where these guys really show their jazz rock fusion chops and is the highlight of this album.5*****.Surfing Mathilda a full tilt surf rock fusion song that surfs.4****.Return of Djingis ,Moonlight Grotesk and Memories are all in the land of jazz rock and is very competent tracks.4 **** each.

So things start of in the party mode,but in the end we all end up in the jazz rock fusion category, and is what they do best really.

Rating ,somewhere between 3 and 4 ****,but since I have a really soft spot for these guys (and 24 minutes of 34 is top notch),I'll give them 4 small ones here.

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Posted Thursday, April 21, 2011 | Review Permalink

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