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2.82 | 19 ratings | 4 reviews | 11% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1969

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. När Lingonen Mognar (3:20)
2. Kristallen Den Fina (6:32)
3. Kuk-Polska (2:41)
4. Nepal Boogie (8:25)
5. Everybody (Needs Somebody To Love) (7:21)
6. Bacon Tomorrow (Live at Konstfack, November 1968) (6:30)
7. Och Solen Går Upp (4:50)

Total time 39:39

Bonus track on 2001 CD release:
8. Hemåt (Homeward) (7:46)

Line-up / Musicians

- Boanders Persson / guitar
- Thomas Tidholm / horns, vocals
- Urban Yman / fiddle
- Kjell Westling / fiddle
- Arne Ericsson / cello
- Torbjörn Abelli / bass
- Thomas Gartz / drums

- Ulla Berglund / small cymbal

Releases information

Artwork: Bertil Bylin and Thomas Gartz

LP Decibel Records - DRS 3701 (1969, Sweden)

CD Silence - SRSCD3616 (2001, Sweden) Remastered by Anders Lind with a bonus track

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HARVESTER Hemåt ratings distribution

(19 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(11%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(11%)
Good, but non-essential (37%)
Collectors/fans only (37%)
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)

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Review by Guldbamsen
3 stars Hippopotamus' Hoe-down

Continuing the Swedish Krautrock adventure, International Harvester lost the "International" part of their name and continued to fine-tune, push and redirect the confines of their brand new invention. Hemåt (Homewards) is the second and last album of theirs, and it is quite a shame because I for one would have loved to hear what could've, should've might have been. Instead they morphed into an altogether new act called Träd, Gräs och Stenar, which went even further with a certain tool shed production...

What I really like about this album, is the fact that they have evolved the intimate and minimal chug rock of their debut into something infinitely more solid, grooving and rocking. There are tracks here that just ooze wild tribal fury and fire with rumbling Cream like drumming and the apt guitar and bass visions to accompany such a thing. What those tracks turn into as a whole (and as a result of this saucy cooperation) are these magnificent raw creatures of sound tearing up the very soil with Neanderthal music stamping through the airwaves like a regular hippopotamus' hoe-down. It's primal and largely based around simple monkey like rhythm schemes, but it works wonders just as well. The second track Kristallen den Fina is a fine example of this remarkable style.

Jumping straight to my favourite cut off Hemåt - I'd like to speak a bit about the rendition of Everybody (Needs somebody to Love). This track is completely torn apart in these mellow skewed psychedelic surfaces - sounding almost like mantra like chants emanating from your local opium den. Wah wahing guitar along with the tribal tom work again points a finger back towards Cream, but this is just so much more loosey goosey and jello based. If you've heard the original song before, then don't hold your breath for anything recognisable other than the steaming vocalisations in the back... So why only 3 stars you say? Well this album's got some serious issues as well. One of them being the horrifically bad sound quality there is to some of the tracks. Audiophiles of PA take cover - you're most likely going to hate these with every inch of your body. Tracks like Nepal- Boogie and Bacon Tomorrow(HA HAH!! Gotta love that title though...) sound like they were recorded from the insides of a shed by a drunk toddler with a 1940s microphone down his nappy. Whatever qualities there are to either of these tracks are lost in complete marmalade overkill. Everything sounds muffled and gagged - like listening to a psych jam from the other end of a telephone. Too bad, because one of these sounds like an acid drenched take on Canned Heat's bobbing boogie style.

Finally, I find it pretty mesmerizing that the title track Hemåt is a bonus track that originally was left off the record. The only reason I have it is because I purchased the reissue cd, and to top it all off - the tune is actually one of the best psych jams on this outing! Maybe the guys had completely gone fishing - smoked too much space tobacco and injected the wrong kind of medicine, but I think it speaks volumes about the whole mental state of the times(and band), that a track like this was binned in favour of either of the earlier mentioned toddler recordings. Sheer madness! Still, when this album is good - it is very good, and I feel instantly shot back into those Neanderthal grooves with the hypnotic tribal drums, the occasional saxophone toots and the see saw guitars sloshing away - and then everything else just diminishes and turns into mindless concerns of the nitpicking people. 3.5 stars. 

Latest members reviews

5 stars In 1969, International Harvester shortened their name to Harvester and released Hemåt, the second official album of the group originally known as Pärson Sound. It is a natural follow up to Sov Gott Rose-Marie containing a greater focus on the droning and minimal improvisations that characterized ... (read more)

Report this review (#2241843) | Posted by south87 | Sunday, August 4, 2019 | Review Permanlink

1 stars Just what was this again? Honestly, this release leaves me dumbfounded. In my lifetime I've listened to thousands of albums, but I can't recall anything like this - and that's not meant to be a plus. Absolute confusion reigns here. From one minute to the other, I can't tell if I am listening ... (read more)

Report this review (#985255) | Posted by BORA | Monday, June 24, 2013 | Review Permanlink

2 stars If you want to try a different form of music, you really should try Harvester, or Pärson Sound, International Harvester and Träd, gräs och stenar as they alse called themselves. The best classification of their music is Krautrock but they called themselves "skogsrock" or "forest rock". Their musi ... (read more)

Report this review (#950164) | Posted by DrömmarenAdrian | Friday, April 26, 2013 | Review Permanlink

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