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Panta Rei were a Swedish Psych Prog band that released one fantastic self-titled album in 1973. Their sole album, which features a eye catching cover, is filled with tripped out and blistering fuzz guitar, and a jazzy flair complete with flutes, saxophone and various percussion and drumming.

This rare record is highly recommended.

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3.21 | 21 ratings
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 Panta Rei by PANTA REI album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.21 | 21 ratings

Panta Rei
Panta Rei Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by MJAben

3 stars This is an album that really took me by surprise for three essential reasons, it was good, it was consistent and (perhaps most surprisingly) the recording quality was good. I'm not going to say that this is a genre defining record (unless you insist that this is space rock / psychedelia -- in reality this is likely canterbury more than anything else). That being said this is a solid and consistent (if at times a tad hokey record).

The real problem with this record however is that there is little that sets it apart from other records and it is not memorable enough to grab the attention of the listener beyond base enjoyment. Thus, this is an album that falls into the immense category (what I feel the majority of three star ratings are) of "yeah, this is a good album but I'll probably never listen to it again".

I think the best song on here is likely 'Five O'Clock Freak', to me this is the most memorable track but all the songs are solid. It's a shame the band never released more music because there is strong musicianship and songwriting, but, at the end of the day this is a pretty forgettable album that I don't think anyone would call bad but would end up as a shelf-sitter, part of a collection, collecting dust.

3/5 stars

 Panta Rei by PANTA REI album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.21 | 21 ratings

Panta Rei
Panta Rei Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
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2 stars A strange, obscure little album from Sweden which I would definitely agree is more of a fusion piece (with Canterbury and Zappa influences) than a psych or space rock album. A bit of a Middle Eastern influence creeps in on The Turk, but otherwise the album boasts the usual influences for an offbeat fusion band of this type - Mothers of Invention, Soft Machine, Mahavishnu Orchestra and so on. A pleasant listen which will get your foot tapping but which I can't see myself coming back to again and again. It's a shame they never made any more albums, because I can tell there's a spark of talent here, but it doesn't quite shine through.
 Panta Rei by PANTA REI album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.21 | 21 ratings

Panta Rei
Panta Rei Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Gruvan

4 stars Well... What can one say about this album then? First off I really object to the labeling of Panta Rei as spacerock or even psychedelia. It lacks the noise of bands like Hawkwind and the sound-experiments of Pink Floyd. In my opinion it's just a typical example of the jazz-rock or fusion of the era, albeit very good indeed. The musicianship is excellent and the english vocals are sung in really good english, without any noticeable accent at all, which is nice. The music ranges from the quite intense upbeat-tempo of "Five steps" to the balladry of "White bells". (Nice flutes on that one!) There aren't a lot of over-distorted guitars but they do hammer it out on a couple of tracks such as the Zappa-esque "Five o'clock freak" and "The turk". Both songs heads off into great, seriously groovy jams which I find to be spellbinding in every sense of the word. In short it's a really good album, filled with extraordinary jazz-rock/fusion of the time and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in good music in general but to people in to prog and prog-related music in particular. I'd advice you to go out and buy a copy.
 Panta Rei by PANTA REI album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.21 | 21 ratings

Panta Rei
Panta Rei Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Deepslumber

4 stars It's sad to see, that nobody yet reviewed this album. So, I will be the first. This band from Sweden is not too much psychedelic/sace rock in my opinion. First track - Five Steps is much Canterbury scene type of prog. Good melodies, not very distorted guitars. Souns even a bit like Fuzzy Duck. White Bells is a gentle, softly track with a bit of a psychedelic felling. Nice flute parts here. But I must say that production of this lp isn't too good. We can't hear all instruments on a satisfying level. Ok, next we have Five O'Clock Freak. It's a next track that would fit good with Canterbury Scene. An instrumental track with saxophones, so it sound a bit like Colosseum. The Knight is the longest track here. Starts with a guitar melody that is in style of medieval music. Then it goes more into Mahavischnu Orchestra jazz rock sounds. Very good track, with lots of changes of atmosphere. The last number is called The Turk. It's the most psychedelic number on ths lp, and it's also an instumental track. Some heavy guitars, and even a suprize that sounds like Grobschnitt. Very good album, be sure to have it in your collection.
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