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3.85 | 41 ratings | 6 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2007

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Anonymiteten (8:30)
2. Engine (9:13)
3. Clouds (8:36)
4. Martins Lilla (3:01)
5. Ombadidilio (7:48)
6. Watersong (6:53)
7. Crawling Up (3:50)

Total Time: 47:51

Line-up / Musicians

- Leif Froling / Vocals
- Dag Mattsson / Electric and Acoustic Guitars
- Kent Kroon / Electric and Acoustic Guitars
- Martin Cehra / Electric Bass and Mellotron
- Thomas Lowgren / Drums and Tubullar Bells
- Susanne Sandstrom / Vocals (3)

Releases information

Tracks 1-5 recorded at Studio Decibel (1975)
Tracks 6-7 recorded at Studio Decibel (1976)

Remastered in October 2006

CD Mellotronen ‎- MELLOCD 021 (2007, Sweden)

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FRIENDSHIP TIME Friendship Time ratings distribution

(41 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
Good, but non-essential (30%)
Collectors/fans only (2%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

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Review by Tarcisio Moura
4 stars After reading Anteaterīs enthusiastic review, I was curious enough to seek for this album so I could hear this one shot, very unknown swedish prog act. It took me quite some time to find it but I finally got hold of a copy. And it was worth it! Although Iīm not as enthraled by it as my fellow reviewer, this is one hell of a good CD! The first thing I notice qhen I played was the excellent CD sound: Mellotronen has done a terrific job of remastering. The album sounds like something recorded nowadays and not over 30 years ago. Simply brilliant!

But what about the band itself? it is one of those typical cases you keep wondering how big those guys could be if they stayed together and had time and opportunity to develope their sound. They were a progressive quartet and, with only the occacional mellotron run played by the bassist, this is a totally keyboards-less record. The two guitars, bass & drums format may not be very common on the prog scene, but, boy does it it work! Itīs all very technical and the songs are all very good. Vocals are only ok, but the real highlights are the tremendous duets/duels with all three guitars (the bass is also a soloing instrument along with those six stringers). It is almost like a jazzed up version of Wishbone Ash (minus the vocal harmonies).

Although some Steve Howe influence can be heard here and there, it is clear that jazz guitar is their main source of inspiration, like Chet Atkins, but this is not a fusion record. This is a prog CD that has some of the most interesting and creative guitar lines Iīve heard in a long time. sometimes very technical (Engine) sometimes very lyrical (Ombadidilio). But always keeping a high standard of songwriting and performances.

As I stated before, it is a pity that those guys didnīt make it in the 70īs. They might have been one of the best prog bands to emerge from that decade if they kept developing such extraordinaire sound. But Iīm glad that there were people sensitive enough to reckon this CDīs qualities and release it with such superb remastering. It is a prog lost gem and anyone who considers himself a music lover should listen to it. Rating: 4 to 4,5 stars. Highly recommended it.

Review by ClemofNazareth
3 stars Here's another example of an originally jazz and blues-based band inspired by the early progressive masters who adopted a somewhat complex though derivative sound, labored long enough to secure a recording deal, then disintegrated when the release of that album fell through. The members all went on to other ventures and their music was largely forgotten until the original tapes were rediscovered and released years later. Their story is similar to that of other groups like Proto Kaw, Midwinter and Carol of Harvest, and like all of those except Proto Kaw their resurrection was also short-lived and limited only to serious prog-rock aficionados.

The band's sound shows clear evidence of their knowledge and appreciation for early Yes music, including lengthy guitar and keyboards progressions, irregular and sometimes complex tempo shifts, and bass licks that extend far beyond the range of simple rhythm enhancement. On the other hand the drum work is not up to the level of the better prog bands, and at times the keyboard and guitar arrangements tend toward rather perfunctory and unimaginative scale progressions with little to distinguish them.

Most of the album is instrumental, something that was not particularly unusual in the heyday of prog rock but a slightly dated sound by the time these tracks were recorded in 1975. The timing was a part of the band's problem of course, as the traditional progressive sound had largely fallen out of favor by then, replaced by a strong R&B scene and the early rumblings of disco. Surely record executives and promoters would have considered the band to be something of a dinosaur and they had little chance of much promotion or airplay.

The other odd thing about these songs is their brevity compared to typical prog-rock songs. Half of them exceed seven minutes but only "Engine" really fills its time with variety and depth. The lumbering "Ombadidilio" gets jazzy at times but mostly suffers from the same sort of dragged-out vocal passages that characterized early Journey albums while "Clouds" spends too much time chugging along to an unoriginal bass line, and the promising "Watersong" ends up descending into a jam session before reviving itself somewhat with a decent guitar soloing section before giving way again to the weak bass parts.

It's always fun to 'rediscover' lost and obscure prog music from years past, and for anyone who truly appreciates the creativity and ambition of traditional prog I wouldn't discourage them from seeking this one out. But just because something is uncovered and issued on CD doesn't mean it is a lost classic. This is a decent album but not exactly a gem. A three star effort perhaps, but only because this sort of music isn't made much anymore and serious fans need to do whatever we can to promote this sort of musical archeology if we hope to continue uncovering the occasional treasure.


Latest members reviews

4 stars Whenever I put this CD on, I can't help but to think of Wishbone Ash. Or more like what that band would have sounded like still at the development stage prior to their first album. Unassuming and at the sane time very ambitious seemingly amateurs having a go. Largely instrumental work and eve ... (read more)

Report this review (#1195180) | Posted by Anon-E-Mouse | Tuesday, June 17, 2014 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Chris Squire on steroids? My first and lasting impression of this release is about the dominant bass practically leading the entire album. Whilst I wouldn't excessively associate the band with YES, Martin Cehra (bass) does sound like Squire at his best - and beyond. I am rather mesmerized ... (read more)

Report this review (#926065) | Posted by BORA | Thursday, March 7, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars What ??? Only 13 ratings and 3 reviews. This are a pitiful number of reviews !!! This album deserves more attention !!! Because , besides being excellent album, the band formation are somewhat unusual in progressive rock ( 2 guitars and none keyboard ). I know which in P A line- up fr ... (read more)

Report this review (#922044) | Posted by maryes | Sunday, March 3, 2013 | Review Permanlink

5 stars If this had actually gotten released back in 1975 through Virgin Records like it was supposed to, Friendship Time's S/T here would be considered a seminal masterpiece today along with all the classic albums by Yes, Genesis, VDGG, King Crimson, etc., but unfortunately they ran out of money before ... (read more)

Report this review (#251980) | Posted by Anteater | Friday, November 20, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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