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3.67 | 14 ratings | 2 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1969

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Snakes in a Hole (4:38)
2. Lay Lady Lay (4:42)
3. Discotheque People (6:08)
4. Give Me Whiskey (4:22)
5. Kristallen den grymma (4:50)
6. Little Cloud (3:41)
7. Big Cloud (3:00)

Total Time 31:21

Bonus tracks on 2006 CD release:
8. Roundabout (live from Gyllene Cirkeln) (6:16)
9. Ramses the 3rd (live from Gyllene Cirkeln) (4:50)
10. The World of Mushroom Gardens (6:16)

Line-up / Musicians

- Svend Asmussen / violin (1,2)
- Bo Häggström / bass
- Tommy Borgudd / drums
- Georg Wadenius / guitar, piano, vocals

Releases information

LP Sonet - SLP-2504 (1969, Sweden)
LP Barclay - 920 271 (1970, France)
CD Universal/Mellotronen - 038153-2 (2006, Sweden) with 3 bonus tracks

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MADE IN SWEDEN Snakes in a Hole ratings distribution

(14 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (50%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by octopus-4
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4 stars Being recorded im 1969 means that the sound is very dated, but for this kind of psychedelic music, so jazzy and blues influenced I can't imagine it sounding differently. The lineup includes Georg Wadenius, later with the Finnish genius Pekka Pohjola.

The album scores around 30 minutes only, but it's time well spent for the listener. The opener and title track has the singular characteristic of crazy vocals closing each phrase and is mainly a blues with the inclusion of an electric violin with a sort of wah wah. The bass is remarkable too. Clean, it doesn't do anything special but itperfectly fit for purpose, and also the guitar riff is very good.

It looks like in 1969 nobody could record an album without including a Bob Dylan's cover. The band chose "Lay Lady Lay", arranged as instrumental. Honestly, this one is skippable. Good as soundtrack for a TV documentary or something like this. Nothing more.

Discotheque People is very interesting, instead. Vocals are almost speeched on a slow funky base. Good solos by guitar and violin for an excellent instrumental part. Give Me Whisky is a Hendrixian song based on a bass riff. A sort of acid blues interrupted by a psychedelic part quite similar to the final of Pink Floyd's Bikem then it reprises with vocal and guitar in synch as typical in rock-blues and in jazz. It's the kind of song that I liked to listen in some "situations" when I was young.

If you are wondering why this band is featured on PA under "Jazz/rock Fusion", "Kristallen Den Grymma" tells you why. It's a very nice jazzy track on which all the players find space for their virtuosity. On this track I find the bassist particularily remarkable. Since now on the album is Jazz-rock. "Little Cloud" is a very good rock-blues while Big Cloud is more funky.

So it's a very enjoyable album. Nicely, my one is the second review of this album and reading the other one I think it's funny that the track which I say "it's skippable", is the favorite of the other reviewer and vice versa. It demonstrates that our reviews shouldn't be taken too seriously, but we agree about the overrll rating.

4 stars

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3 stars This was taking place in 1969, actually before prog was a concept of fame. Made in Sweden was a well known Swedish fusion band in the late sixties and early seventies led by guitar virtuoso Georg (Jojje) Wadenius. This record is their second (of four) and contains lot of interesting compositions. ... (read more)

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