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EL-AHRAIRAH

Bo Hansson

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4.30 | 19 ratings | 3 reviews | 42% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Utvandring , del 1 - 5 (16:35)
2. Patrull (1:23)
3. Skogen (3:39)
4. Flykt (4:10)
5. Watership down (9:38)

BONUSTRACK ON CD:
6. Migration Suite (Bonusspår) (11:38)

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Line-up / Musicians

- Bo Hansson / Piano, Keyboard, Guitar, Bass, Tamburine
- Bosse Skoglund / Drums, Percussion
- Fredrik Norén / Drums
- Göran Lagerberg / Bass
- Kenny Håkansson / Guitar, Bass
- Sten Bergman / Flute
- Thomas Netzler / Bass
- Torbjörn Eklund / Flute


Releases information

1977, YTF-50350 (YTF)
2005, SRSCD 3660

Tracklist for 2005 CD release:
1. Migration (16:34)
a) Master Rabbit
b) Fiver
c) Hazel
d) General Blackworth
e) Silflay
f) Migration Continued
2. Patrol (1:23)
3. The Forrest (3:39)
4. The Escape (12:25)
5. Watership Down (1:24)
6. Migration Suite (Live in the Studio) (11:45)

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BO HANSSON El-Ahrairah ratings distribution


4.30
(19 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(42%)
42%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
42%
Good, but non-essential (11%)
11%
Collectors/fans only (5%)
5%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

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Review by Chris S
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5 stars I have to disagree with Proghead here, whilst Watership Down is not as good as Attic Thoughts it is still a very good, all round album. ' Born of The Gentle South' which takes up the majority of side one is a 17 minute classic and the production as a whole is excellent. As technology improved so did the production quality and it seemed that as Hansson developed his musical style the sound quality improved too. The wood flutes and delicate guitar licks throughout this album together with the richly layered keyboard sounds lend tribute to what an excellent album this is.' Trial and Adversity' and 'The Twice Victory' on side two are great tracks although the latter does sound more like a film score and loses it's way occassionally. This was the last great work from Hansson and apart from ' Mitt I Livet' an album released in 1985 ( Have not heard it but apparently very poor)Hansson virtually disappeared off the face of the earth! Rumours abound of ill health, destitution and mere reclusive lifestyle, but I would love to know what happened to such a fine musician and how even with the advent of the punk revolution Bo Hansson simply vanished into the ether.

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Posted Saturday, August 13, 2011

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Including a track based on Watership Down on Attic Thoughts (AKA Mellanväsen) evidently inspired Bo Hansson to produce an entire album based on the book, much like his debut was based on J.R.R. Tolkien's work. Music Inspired By Watership Down (AKA El-Ahrairah) is an interesting mix of the mildly funk influenced symphonic jams of Attic Thoughts or Magician's Hat with the mystical approach of Lord of the Rings, and for my money it's Hansson's most accomplished and cohesive work since his debut, the concept apparently helping to focus his efforts. Apparently this would be Bo's last full-on prog album - the mid-1980s comeback album Mitt I Livet being a very different affair from his earlier albums - but as far as swan songs go it's a more than credible effort.

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Review by Guldbamsen
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4 stars Out of the rabbit hole

I remember the first time I read Richard Adams Watership Down. If anybody out there hasn't already read it, then I urge you to pick this one up, as it most vividly incorporates everything from Tolkien to Homer in a way I've never come across - before nor since. This book had a profound effect on me, and I had jagged edged dreams of bloody rabbits for weeks on end - imagining myself deeply immersed in the great adventures of El-Ahrairah.

Now, Bo Hansson has never been the man to shy away from "stealing" inspiration from well known novels, but in all honesty he has never really made a mistake that way. One could state that he chose the safe bet with all these records - starting off with the now famous Lord of the Rings, but back then there were no film to back up a get-rich-quick-scheme on the basis of the new Hollywood blockbuster. -Nor were there any for Watership Down, although it had its fair share of success, when it was released in 1972 - staying on the best seller list until February 1975.

El-Ahrairah is a mystical character in Watership Down - it is a rabbit legend of sorts, that inspires these little creatures to do better - to think outside the box, and to be cunning as the devil himself - just like the rabbit in your back yard eating carrots and cabbage like there was no tomorrow, when you yourself are far far away on the big oceans of sleep. In Lapine, his name is a contraction of the phrase Elil-hrair-rah, which means "prince with a thousand enemies".

Having read the book first, for then to jump on board this musical adaptation, I obviously had my doubts. Would it take away from the fantastic experience - maybe even diminish the great fondness I had for this awe inspiring tale?

No is the quick answer. Just like Lord of the Rings - El-Ahrairah feels strangely in tune with the novel's gripping proceedings. The first cut called Utvandring (Exodus) describes in sonic pomp and grandeur, how a small group of rabbits are forced to leave the comfort and security of their own home due to the overhanging dangers of a soon to be man made building project. The music is beautiful towering symphonic rock with a strong penchant for the late sixties, which comes through in the warmth and glow of the interplay between guitar and organ. Sloshing back and forth the images of rabbits torn between their home and the unknown wilderness in wait - are almost tangible to this listener.

Such is the story with every track on here, and if you are fond of the subtle natural beauty of the piano escorting mighty cascading walls of gorgeously orchestrated music, then El-Ahrairah is a safe bet. The production of the thing is another winner. Whereas most artists had adopted the pre-80s sounding mixing with the metallic cleanliness attached to nearly every electric instrument, Bo Hansson stays true to his old hippie roots(remember this guy started out back in the late 60s contributing greatly to the aspiring hippie groove scene) and delivers a vibrant and warm production that elevates the true character of both the involved musicians and the underlying storyline. Let me put it this way: Retelling a story that in short revolves around the close bond we(the rabbits) share with nature, and how we with every new modern initiative are in danger of loosing the things that link us to this old and mystical connection - retelling it with music that is heavily drenched in chrome-like surfaces and distant studio techniques would perhaps be a step too far towards playing the devil's advocate.

This album works like a story being read to you in a language you yourself discover along the way. It is exciting music speaking of horrors and impending bravery, when the plot craves it - either through dangerous sounding guitar snarls - or the lone cow bell tick tocking away in the back counting down to the moment of fear's sudden impact. The story also has great many strolls - shorter travels from rabbit hole to thicket - from undergrowth to the vegetable garden, where many of these are told through some delicate flute sections, that sprinkle the music in colours of autumn fields in receding bloom.

If you're into the oldest and most treasured way of teaching - that is telling stories, inspiring images of the mind - and then having these handed over to you through the sonic palette of a highly capable and imaginative rock n' roll band, then you should start digging around for this wonderful trip out of the rabbit hole.

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