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3.55 | 26 ratings | 5 reviews | 8% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1975

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Det Kan Väl Inte Vara Farligt (5:37)
2. You Know It Ain't Easy (7:17)
3. Spångaforsens Brus (5:52)
4. Jan Banan (5:10)
5. Naked Man (6:12)
6. Queen of Darkness (4:31)
7. Sanningsserum (6:30)
8. Sanningsserum (live) (7:26)
9. Jan Banan (live) (5:26)
10. Land Over the Rainbow (live) (5:15)

Total Time: 58:39

Line-up / Musicians

- Jonas Warnerbring / vocals, flute
- Christer Sjöborg / organ, synthesizer, string thing
- Bjorn Aggemyr / bass
- Björn Nyström / guitar
- Jan Aggemyr / guitar
- Peter Sandberg / drums

Releases information

LP Transubstans (Trans013) Sweden (1975)
Originally release on Vinyl in 1975, it has been reissued on CD by Record Heaven/Transubstans (Trans 013).
This reissue inclues 3 live tracks from various Swedish shows. The CD Booklet contains an extensive bandstory and photos.

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(26 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
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Review by ClemofNazareth
3 stars Råg I Ryggen released one of those nearly-forgotten seventies heavy prog albums whose somewhat mythical reputation causes the original vinyl to fetch too high prices today. As with most albums of this sort, there’s no need to spend that kind of money since it was reissued on CD a few years ago. The band itself appears to have consisted of six fairly young guys (most if not all of them still in their teens), and according to the liner notes they were essentially part-time musicians who worked during the week and toured on weekends.

And to be sure, there are small signs of immaturity in the music, including a few noticeable keyboard flubs on “Jan Banan” and some difficulty staying in time on the live bonus track “Land over the Rainbow”. But these are more than offset by the high level of energy and obvious enjoyment these guys bring to their music.

The band lasted only two years, and you won’t find a whole lot of information about them from most internet or written sources. No matter, they’ve included pretty much their entire biography in the liner notes of the album, which along with the bonus concert tracks makes this CD release something of an anthology as well.

Being young and new, it isn’t surprising the band shows evidence of many influences in their music. Comparisons to Uriah Heep and Deep Purple are obvious and relevant, especially in the harder-rocking tunes like “Det Kan Val Inte Vara Farligt” “Naked Man”. The twin-guitar motif calls to mind Wishbone Ash, while the Hammond tracks on songs like “Queen of Darkness” and the live “Land over the Rainbow could have come from just about any act headlining King Biscuit’s Flower Hour from around 1973 to 1975. But they also branch out on their own a bit, most notably with some Nordic folk vocals and flute inflections on “Jan Banan”, and a heavy Celtic lilt on the instrumental “Spangaforsens Brus”.

All the songs here are spacious; all ranging from around five to seven minutes, so there’s plenty of elbow room for all six players to contribute. That said, the approach is pretty much two-pronged: synth keyboards and twin fuzz guitars. The rest is just minor window dressing.

Like I said, the original vinyl of this album is rare and expensive, and going out and finding one would be an act of vanity that could be better directed at feeding some poor people or something. But the CD reissue is worth a listen if you are into heavy prog, seventies synth keyboards or decent fuzz guitar, and aren’t put off by a slightly unpolished sound. Speaking of which, the CD comes from a vinyl restoration since the master tapes are long gone, but that doesn’t detract much at all. The live cuts are pretty flat, but one can only imagine how those were recorded or even how the tapes were stored for the past thirty years, so some wear and tear is to be expected I suppose.

A very decent and fun discovery that is worth finding if you fit the description above; not a long-lost masterpiece, but pretty good nonetheless. A high three stars and recommended.


Review by b_olariu
4 stars Rag I Ryggen meaning Strength and courage is an obscure heavy prog band from Sweden formed around 1971 and surviving only 5 years before disbanding in late 1976. They release only one album in 1975 selfititled and reissued on CD by Record Heaven/Transubstans with 3 live tracks from various Swedish shows. Great heavy prog very much in same vein with Uriah Heep agreat example is Jan Banan, but also hints of Jethro Tull, only few but exists mainly because of the use of flute on some arrangements. Vocals sung in swededish but also in english. I like the guitar how easy is used by Björn Nyström and Jan Aggemyr in combination with the keyboards of Christer Sjöborg. The progressive sound developed by the band is more then ok, even some harder elements are added here and there, but the main style is heavy prog really great performed. Jan Banan is one of the highlights of the album with great keyboard solo very much like Uriah Heep ( return to fantasy era), another great piece is instrumental Spångaforsens Brus, followed by Naked Man same UH influences or even Wishbone Ash here and there. All in all a very worthy re issue, fans of heavy prog will enjoy this one a lot, one of the forgotten bands from Sweden that for sure needed more attention. The CD has as bonus 3 pieces recorded live in Sweden , the last track never being on the original album and is the last piece band ever recorded in 1976 befor deisbanding same year - Land Over the Rainbow. 3.5 rounded to 4 this time.

Latest members reviews

3 stars In spite be in almost all aspects URIAH HEEP's "clone" I wish recommend at least one audition from this only work from Sweeden band "RAG I RYGGEN", above all for make a "tribute" work very close of perfection. In fact the sound is capable of confuse the listener, except for the vocals ( which h ... (read more)

Report this review (#957239) | Posted by maryes | Friday, May 10, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I'm really impressed by this album! I was curious and I listened to it... what a surprise! Even though I don't understand a single word of swedish, all tracks are really great. The tracklist alternates between english and swedish lyrics which don't create gaps as for the cd continuity. English pr ... (read more)

Report this review (#185300) | Posted by Moonlit.Knight | Saturday, October 11, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars wow. i'm still listening to the album for the first time, as i type this, but had to place a review, especially since there are none yet. i haven't noticed, but i suppose Progarchives just put this band up, otherwise it would surely have reviews. the band only produced one album in 1975, but one ... (read more)

Report this review (#70762) | Posted by Kcrimson | Tuesday, February 28, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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