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Jazz Rock/Fusion • Sweden


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The style of this little-known Swedish quartet from the mid-70's is hard to describe as it escapes most comparisons; the closest would be FINNFOREST, and perhaps Danish fusion band SECRET OYSTER. This is fusion at its best: energetic instrumental jazz-rock featuring dual guitars, electric piano/Hammond organ, bass and drums, and stunning musicianship all around. After the release of their second album in 1976, the band, alas, split up.

Although the tracks on their first album are rather short, each one is chock full of ideas and beautiful catchy melodies based on tight, 70ish-like jazzy grooves, all charmingly and distinctively Swedish. Their second album, "Vera O'Flera", which features a guest musician on sax, is in the same vein but much more fusion oriented and perhaps a bit less convincing. The CD versions of both albums contain extra tracks: 5 live bonus tracks on the first (among them a scorchy 10-minute number) and two studio tracks on the second.

If you're a fan of early ZAPPA, circa "Hot Rats", or like bands such as KEBNEKAISE, FINNFOREST, KULTIVATOR or TRETTIOARIGA KRIGET, don't let LOTUS pass you by, especially their first album.

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  • Lotus + The Beating at Electric Factory, Philadelphia on 27 Dec 2014
  • Lotus + Kilowatts + Kung Fu at Electric Factory, Philadelphia on 28 Dec 2014
  • Lotus + Spinosa + Galaxy Dynamite at The NorVa, Norfolk on 29 Dec 2014
  • Lotus + Higher Learning + Groove Status at The National, Richmond on 30 Dec 2014
  • Lotus + Zoogma + Groove Status at The National, Richmond on 31 Dec 2014
  • Lotus at Levels Nightclub, State College, PA on 22 Jan 2015
  • Lotus at STAGE AE, Pittsburgh on 23 Jan 2015
  • Lotus at F Shed At The Market, Syracuse, NY on 24 Jan 2015
  • Lotus at F Shed At The Market, Syracuse, NY on 25 Jan 2015
  • Lotus at Higher Ground, South Burlington on 27 Jan 2015
  • Lotus at Higher Ground, South Burlington on 28 Jan 2015
  • Lotus at Toad's Place, New Haven on 29 Jan 2015
  • Lotus at House of Blues, Boston on 30 Jan 2015
  • Lotus at Terminal 5, New York on 31 Jan 2015
  • Lotus at Cat's Cradle, Carrboro on 5 Feb 2015
  • Lotus at The Orange Peel, Asheville on 6 Feb 2015
  • Lotus at Tabernacle, Atlanta on 7 Feb 2015
  • Lotus at Workplay Theater, Birmingham on 8 Feb 2015
  • Lotus at Minglewood Hall, Memphis on 10 Feb 2015
  • Lotus at House of Blues, New Orleans on 11 Feb 2015
  • Lotus at South Side Music Hall, Dallas on 12 Feb 2015
  • Lotus at Stubb's Bar-B-Q, Austin on 13 Feb 2015
  • Lotus at Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas on 14 Feb 2015
  • Lotus at Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas on 15 Feb 2015
  • Lotus at Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix on 17 Feb 2015
  • Lotus at Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach on 18 Feb 2015
  • Lotus at House of Blues (Sunset Strip), West Hollywood on 19 Feb 2015
  • Lotus at The Regency Ballroom, CA on 20 Feb 2015
  • Lotus at Roseland Theater, Portland on 21 Feb 2015
  • Lotus at Showbox at The Market, Seattle on 22 Feb 2015

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3.79 | 20 ratings
Lotus
1974
3.98 | 15 ratings
Vera O'Flera
1976

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 Lotus by LOTUS album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.79 | 20 ratings

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Lotus
Lotus Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by maryes

4 stars First excellent album from Swedish band LOTUS. The band plays a type of jazz-fusion prog of easy listening with well elaborate instrumental passages. Probably this 'easy listening' effect be due to the fact that although is a jazz fusion band, their sonority is plenty of energy, and besides this they demonstrate some latin music hints in the style of CARLOS SANTANA , a bit of FRANK ZAPPA moods and in certain moments I feel sharply a proximity to hard rock in the WISHBONE ASH ( this last trace due the presence of 2 guitars which plays sometimes in unison sometimes in counterpoint ... a good example as in track 5 "Mac") another possible influence is the rhythm blues in the molds of THE ALMAN BROTHERS BAND ( listen track 2 "Bonnalåt"). The track 7 "Ungersk Dans" brings some "hints' of R.I.O something very common in Swedish bands like Kultivator and (of course) SAMLA MAMMAS MANNA. The best moments are : Track 1 "Eelass-Ooles" , 5 "Bonnalåt", 7 "Ungersk Dans" already mentioned and Track 8 "Gatta Gatta". My rate is 4 stars !!!

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Lotus Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars LOTUS were a Jazz / Fusion band from Sweden who put out two albums in the mid- seventies. This is their debut from 1974. Tom Hayes describes them this way : "There's a unique charm contained within the melodies that are distinctly Swedish and recall bands such as TRETTIOARIGA KRIGET, KEBNEKAISE, AUTUMN BREEZE and KULTIVATOR". Two lead guitarists, bass, drums, piano and organ round out the sound of this five piece band. I really like the picture of the band on the album cover because it reminds me of my friends and I when we were younger just hanging out having a good time. 9 of the 10 tracks were composed by the two guitarists, while the keyboardist created one song.

"Eelas-Ooles" has an aggressive intro with the guitar and drums really standing out for me. Organ takes the lead after 1 1/2 minutes. "Bonnalat" features relentless drumming and check out the guitar 1 1/2 minutes in. "At El-Yago 9-3" is the one I like the least although I do like the organ to end it. "Zero" is much better with some great guitar. Organ takes over the lead role for a minute. "Mac" is a guitar led tune with some nice bass. "Musen" is really the only laid back song on here.

"Ungersk Dans" is the song the keyboardist composed and he leads the way with his organ before keys and bass come in sounding really good. "Gatta Gatta" has a good raw sound to open as the guitar and drums lead the way as the organ floats in the background. Great song. "Marschvals" sounds amazing, especially the guitar solo that goes on and on to end it. "Chico's Shuffle" reminds me of the DIXIE DREGS early before the piano arrives a minute in as the bass throbs. The guitar then comes in lighting it up. Chico by the way is Anders (the main guitarist) nickname. I like the story in the liner notes of him playing as a guest at this pub and blowing everyone away with his loud and ripping blues styled playing. He was 16 years old.

This is an energetic Jazz / Fusion album with a unique charm.

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 Vera O'Flera by LOTUS album cover Studio Album, 1976
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Lotus Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by erik neuteboom
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4 stars Lotus was a Swedish five piece band with additional musicians on saxophone, piano, bass and drums. In 1974 they released their eponymous debut album, in 1976 followed by this second effort entitled Vera O'Flera, the CD release (Duck Your Music label) contains two bonustracks. During my first listening session I was blown away by Lotus their melodic and jazzrock oriented sound and the skills of the musicans of this unknown band: a swinging and powerful rhythm-section, an excellent guitarist (an often flowing and fiery style) and an outstanding keyboardplayer who reminds me of Jan Hammer and Chick Corea but he's not a copycat. Especially the wonderful soli on the synthesizer and the sparkling work on the piano (from jazzy to classical) are really stunning, what a talent! The 11 songs on this CD (running time around the 40 minutes) sound tasteful and varied, this album should be embraced by the many jazzrock aficionados on this site, a big hand for the unknown Swedish formation Lotus!


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Lotus Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Finnforest
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4 stars Vera is one burnin hot instrumental album.

Their debut self-titled album of two years prior was great and I gave it four stars. I think I like this second one even better. Whereas the first album's shorter punchier songs were more immediate the marvelous Vera is more mature. These songs are longer with more room to expand, slightly more refined, moving more towards jazz fusion but no less exciting. This album ROCKS and the playing is incredible. All of these guys, but especially guitarist Chico Lindvall, have to be some of the most criminally under-rated musicians of their day. I keep having to lift my jaw back up after it hits the floor. But, this is not just a technical noodle-fest, the songs are very pleasing and emotional. As Chico said, "you can play any note you like, but you have to know why you're playing it." Exactly!

We start with the longest song "Dance Hall Frenzy" at near 8 minutes with a mid tempo groove. The jamming begins as the solos are traded back and forth from guitar to keys with ease. The bass is well to the forefront on this recording and the drums not so overwhelming, kind of the opposite how they do things today when you generally hear all drums and whimpy bass. Next is "Conflicts" and this is mostly a keyboard showcase with the big bass again. "Poor Man's Beat" picks up speed and keeps rolling, first with keys and then Chico lets rip with the electric. We even get a funky bass solo in this track! "F-ck, I Give Up" is next (title edited for modesty!) and features some nice alto sax, piano, and acoustic guitar in a laid back traditional jazz mode. "Rain" begins with piano mimicking the sound of falling rain I suppose. Just after two minutes the band comes roaring in and we get some wild solos over driving rhythms. Some of the nuances this drummer pulls off just thrill me. "For Jenny" is a short expressive guitar showcase (electric and acoustic) no doubt inspired by someone special to Chico. The man can play magic. "The Fountain" is a very tight jazz rock number. "Bah Bah Little Lamb" is a strange one-minute joke that shows the boys may have toked up a little before the session. "Red Whortleberry Jam" is an even shorter acoustic guitar ditty to close the regular album.

Two bonus tracks are included on the 2004 reissue. "Oh No I Give Up Again" is another acoustic solo piece that is quite nice. "Last Rehearsal" sadly appears to be just that. A poorly recorded live studio piece that was likely their last jam? It features a nice Chico solo. Very sad that this marvelous group made only two albums.

This is an album that deserves a proper reissue. The 2004 DYM version sounds OK but features a criminally lame slip cover and nothing else! They don't even give you an inner sleeve for the disc. Just the outer cardboard cover.

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Vera O'Flera
Lotus Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Speesh

4 stars Not quite as good as their great debut, but still a very good jazz-rock album.

In this effort Lotus lets the jazzier side of their music become much more prominent. Gone are the seemingly too short song structures that I loved about the debut. Tracks average around 4 minutes here as opposed to 2.

However fans of the debut need not be dissappointed, as the musicianship and songwriting is just as good as it was there. The album just relies more on the standard extended jazz-rock jams and indulges on them much more often. For this reason I wouldn't call it a classic, but I'd still call it a great addition to any jazz-rock collection.

Great for those who enjoyed jazzier side of the debut, or fans of jazz-rock in general.

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3.79 | 20 ratings

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Lotus Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Speesh

4 stars 4.5 stars.

This great fusion album out of Sweden starts off strong with Eelass-Ooles, which gives a good taste of what you can expect throughout the album. The songs are short for fusion tracks averaging about 2 to 3 minutes each, however this is certainly not a bad thing as the songs follow a unique and progressive format. Most of them will start with the band playing a jazzy hook that makes the song stand out well. The hooks are generally guitar driven, though Ungersk Dans uses keyboard for the same effect. This format gives each song a unique feel to a pretty general sound. Whenever I re-listen to this album and a new song comes on, I always find myself thinking "oh I love this one". Having an album that does that is a rare thing.

After these hooks the band will solo and the jazzier feel of their sound will take over. All of the musicianship is great in each song and is never weak. Despite the short structures, the songs still sound complete and whole. Each one ends properly and not too suddenly. Standout tracks include Eelass-Ooles, Mac, Ungersk Dans, and Chicos Shuffle, but all of them are pretty good.

I'd recommend this album to any fan of good fusion, though it probably will appeal to those who go for Symphonic/Art Rock as well.

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Lotus Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Finnforest
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3 stars "You can play any note you like, but you've got to know why you're playing it."

So says Chico Lindvall, guitarist of Lotus. Good advice for up and coming guitarists who are obsessed with speed playing. I cannot believe this fabulous instrumental album has but one other review.

This is a monster of melodic, grooving fusion instrumentals. What a shame that these Swedish lads never reached a wider audience. Their material is compelling and well played, they sound like an early version of what are today referred to as "jam bands." This is one of those vocal-less albums where the individual playing is colorful enough that you never miss singing.

The remastered CD versions includes 5 live bonus tracks recorded in 1975 along with a band history. As the bio says, if you enjoy energetic dual guitar rocking fusion played with obvious joy, you must hear Lotus.

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Review by loserboy
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4 stars Classic 70's progressive rock reminding me quite a bit of CAMEL at times with some succulent instrumental breakouts and lovely 70's warbled sounds. Music is soft and yet quite dynamic with some great musicianship. Songs are all rather short (4 min range'ish) but do still seem to satisfy the listener without sounding to abrupt in conclusion. Although albums contains dual guitarists, LOTUS still remains a heavily symphonic album with some choice guitar stabs and solos throughout. Still freaks me out a bit that such a great album is not commented on more often... IMHO a great album!

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