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FLÄSKET BRINNER

Fläsket Brinner

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3 stars Regarded as one of the classics among swedish prog albums of the 70s, this one comes as a combined studio and live album with the first side being live and the second recorded in studio.

The live part consists only of two tracks, both instrumentals. Ganglaten is quite good and structured while Tyska finskan sounds more like a stretched out jam, and most probably they really made heavy use of improvisations. (Though my research is weak in this point.)

Almost completely instrumental is side B, recorded in studio. Gunnars dilemm and Bengans vals are both rather short affairs. On Bosses lat they collaborate with the internationally more successful BO HANSSON with a satisfying result. Two more short tracks follows, the guitar-heavy Rava and the organ dominated Uppsala gard. The last one being the only track with lyrics; the chanting of Uppsala gård. (Translates to something like Uppsala estate, Uppsala being a swedish town.) Last out is the jazzy Musik fran Liljevalchs. It's more in the vein of Swing than Fusion but still kind of Avant-Garde.

All in all an album dominated by raw guitars and rythm section but still with an appaerent use of organs, saxophones and flute. Not very produced but i believe Fläsket Brinner aimed for a live sound.

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Posted Friday, January 25, 2008 | Review Permalink
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4 stars FLASKET BRINNER will always be best remembered as a live band in Sweden. I've seen their name mentioned in liner notes many times over the years as being an influence, including by one of my favourite bands ANEKDOTEN.They played a free form Jazz style but with that Rock edge to it.They loved to jam and that can be heard on this their debut. Speaking of "live" some of the tracks here were definitely recorded in front of an audience because you can hear them cheering at times.

"Ganglaten" sounds so good early on as it slowly builds. When it gets fuller we gets some organ runs and sax excursions. "Tysta Finskan" has a good beat with the flute playing over top.The sax replaces the flute 3 minutes in and we get some organ here too. It settles some as the guitar comes to the fore at 6 minutes. Flute and sax are back after 9 minutes then the percussion leads 12 minutes in to the end. "Gunnars Dilema" is a short uptempo piece with prominant organ. "Bengans Val" is another short piece that's jazzy and we get some guest organ from Bo Hansson who would later become part of this band.

"Bosses Lat" is percussion and flute led early then it turns fuller after a minute. Nice. Guitar leads 3 minutes in. "Rava" is heavier with guitar and drums out front. "Uppsala Gard" features organ and a beat and we get some vocal melodies before 1 1/2 minutes. "Musik Fran Liljevalchs" builds and the sax and percussion stands out. It settles then the organ comes in as it builds and kicks back in. Nice. Big finish before it calms right down to end it.

A solid 4 star album and a must for those who are into bands who jam with lots of flute and sax.

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4 stars The Bacon is burning!

This is one of my favourite old school jam bands, and if you talk to anyone in Sweden over 40 worth his/her salt, they'll tell you how brilliant and saucy this act is. Especially in a live setting! Good thing too, because this debut of theirs is exactly that - Live. Maybe these tracks were based around certain motifs and ideas, but aside from that, everything is straight out of the bag. Much like ze Germans did around the same time, the emphasis was on feel and cutting each other enough slack to actually permeate the outer regions of the stratosphere with music that was as gelatinous, rocking and free as only modern day Nutella seems to be.

There's no getting around the fun factor as well, and I think this is one of the key elements in all of music. If you pay attention to this scene in particular, you'll probably also catch the unbridled exuberance and joy other acts like Kebnekaise and Samla Mammas Manna were wielding as well. You get the impression that the bands were playing in spite of everything, only to be in the moment with their best mates, trying to hit that fleeting groove - the invisible glimpse of sonic heaven. This is very much so with Fläsket Brinner, and to add a little bit to that fun factor - the name itself means something as crazy as The Bacon is Burning... Well if you thought these guys were insane, then it probably won't surprise you to know that their preferred way of showing up at a gig back then, was with their teeth painted black...

Before this band came into fruition, all of the band members had had bad experiences with the commercial music scene, and I think this played a huge part in the final sound - relying much more on wafting free structures and jams, than the one-two-three-four approach. Good thing too I say.

Just like Pedro (Mosh) has been pointing out in the Krautrock Space here on PA, I too think the free association music happening in Germany, and several other places like Sweden, - took its inspiration from the 60s. Bands like Quicksilver Messenger, Cream, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Jimi, Santana and a whole bunch of other acts are as much responsible for "Krautrock" happening as the drug culture and hang over caused by the iron grip of W.W. ll were.

Fläsket Brinner owes a lot of their sound to those aforementioned bands, although they infused quite a bit of their own thang into the mix. The music can be described as space rock with some slightly skewed folk aspirations and jazzy spices- coming through in the most unharnessed way imaginable. Furious guitar leads with loads of fuzz teamed up with a rhythm section so ingrained and pre-conceptive of itself, that everything else around it just flows as natural like a handkerchief in a tropical storm. Over and under this core in the music, you'll get saxophone and flute bits ornamenting things nicely, and the odd Bo Hansson organ bubbling away like a muddied lava swamp. Everything fits like a glove here, there are no superfluous ingredients, even if the band at this point in time had no real control over who was in it. Sort of like The Jimi Hendrix Experience - only with far more Scandinavians involved. One big happy family sponsoring freely flowing psychedelic jazz tinged progressive rock with lots of percussive splashes, cow bells, brawny wind sections and fiery guitar. What's not to love here?

Fläsket Brinner's debut has become somewhat of a cult record here in Scandinavia, and I fully understand its attraction. I fell for it head over heels truth be told. The music it contains is a wonderful blend of everything that made the end of the 60s great - combined with the newly found adventurism of the impending decade. Anybody into this particular period of time - the feel - the nature of things and how music could take on a life on its own: Be sure you don't pass this one by! 4.5 stars.

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