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HANSSON & KARLSSON

Proto-Prog • Sweden


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Hansson & Karlsson biography
In 1966, Swedish keyboardist BO HANSSON, known especially for his album based on JRR Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings", formed a partnership with drummer JANNE KARLSSON. The latter had been introduced to HANSSON by his former Merrymen bandmate Bill Öhrström, who had become an A&R man and producer at Polydor Sweden. The two musicians immediately hit it off, and were signed by Polydor.

HANSSON & KARLSSON released three albums of uptempo, Hammond organ-based music between 1967 and 1969. They became immensely popular in their home country and Europe, and even reached the ear of JIMI HENDRIX, who took time out from his 1967 tour to jam with the duo at the Klub Filips in Stockholm. Hendrix went on to record the HANSSON song, "Tax Free". The end came in 1969, when KARLSSON became a successful comedian and TV host, and HANSSON decided to break up the partnership and embark on his solo career.



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HANSSON & KARLSSON deserve inclusion for their brand of lively, Hammond-based Proto-Prog.



Discography:
Monument (1967 - studio album)
Rex (1968 - live album)
Man at the Moon (1969 - studio album)
The Best of Hansson & Karlsson (1998 - compilation)

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3.20 | 10 ratings
Monument
1967
3.67 | 6 ratings
Rex
1968
3.14 | 7 ratings
Man At The Moon
1969
3.00 | 1 ratings
For People in Love
2010

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4.00 | 2 ratings
Gold
1969
4.00 | 5 ratings
Hansson & Karlsson
1998

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4.00 | 3 ratings
Lidingö Airport / Canada Lumberyard
1967
3.67 | 3 ratings
P som i Pop
1968

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 Hansson & Karlsson by HANSSON & KARLSSON album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1998
4.00 | 5 ratings

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Hansson & Karlsson
Hansson & Karlsson Proto-Prog

Review by Chris S
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Excellent addition to any progressive collection. Four and a half stars to be sure! When you think that Hansson and Karlsson had the respect of the likes of Jimi Hendrix all those years ago, this album simply stuns with great melodic hammond organ riffs from Bo Hansson, equally complimented by meticulously timed drums and percussion from Jan Karlsson. The whole album does not have a dull or dud moment from the opening Richard Lionheart, the grooving ' Tax Free and the ethereal "Lift Off". I have often wondered over the years what additional material of anything Hansson related was available apart from his great solo works up to Music inspired by Watership Down in 1977. This confirms the establishment of that sound from these early years in collaboration with the talented Jan Karlsson. Great liner notes make the CD package good value. It is also great to see( Youtube)and read recent input from these rare talents. Hammond organ in abundance. Warning there are no other instruments apart from drums and keyboards and because of the skill of the artists no other instruments are required. Highly recommended.

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 Hansson & Karlsson by HANSSON & KARLSSON album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1998
4.00 | 5 ratings

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Hansson & Karlsson Proto-Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
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4 stars Many years ago I got this CD as a promo while I worked for the Dutch progrock magazine iO Pages. Hansson & Karlson was a Swedish duo featuring Bo(sse) Hansson on Hammond organ and Janne Carlsson on drums. They made three albums entitled Monument (1967), Rex (1968) and Man At The Moon (1969) and the single Lidingo Airport (1967). They also were the support-act of Frank Zappa, Jefferson Airplane, Cream and Jimi Hendrix. In the booklet of this CD (including an interesting interview) you can read that Jimi Hendrix was impressed by the duo and Jimi and the duo even became friends! By the way, Bo Hansson is also known as an artist who made several symphonic prog albums in the Seventies, his effort Attic Thoughts is recommended.

So what about the music of this Swedish duo? Well, I am delighted about these virtuosic musicians, what a skills, what a great interplay and what a wide range of exciting Hammond organ sounds (especially on the outstanding track February). The music reminds me at some moments of Julian's Treatment and Rare Bird but in general it's swinging jazz and compelling blues. My highlight is I Love, You Love (live 1968 from Rex): Bo freaks out on his Hammond organ, then he slows down but he ends with a bombastic, classically inspired sound in the vein of Keith Emerson, goose bumps! In fact it's "never a dull moment" during the 70 minutes running time of this dynamic and exciting CD compilation!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and I would like to dedicate my review #1100 to the unsurpassed sound of the Hammond organ!



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