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31 Aug 2016

Mikael Ramel "Till Dej"1972 Swedish Hippie Rock










Mikael Ramel "Till Dej"1972 Swedish Hippie Rock- Member of (Steampacket, Mikael and Michael, Fläsket Brinner )

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The recording of this album initially began in 1969, mostly in Mikaels own primitive studio , but was seriously delayed as Mikael was arrested and imprisoned for smoking hashish. While in jail he wrote the song 'Artificial Prana' which was featured on the album. Mikael does fantastic Swedish folky psych rock progressive music backed by members from legendary Swedish underground bands like Flasket Brinner, Kebnekajse and Turid. One of the best, most influential and appreciated recordings from the Swedish hippie underground. I heartly reccomend that album..i am sure all of you will like that...Cheers! 
~ by: Nahavanda. 

Legit reissues (via Universal) of these Swedish underground albums from the early 70s. "Solo debut recording from 1972 by this acclaimed Swedish psychedelic/progressive musician released on CD for the first time. Mikael previously played with Flasket Brinner and Steampacket. The recording of this album initially began in 1969, mostly in Mikaels own primitive studio , but was seriously delayed as Mikael was arrested and imprisoned for smoking hashish. While in jail he wrote the song 'Artificial Prana' which was featured on the album. Mikael does fantastic Swedish folky psych rock progressive music backed by members from legendary Swedish underground bands like Flasket Brinner, Kebnekajse and Turid. One of the best, most influential and appreciated recordings from the Swedish hippie underground. This beautiful CD release contains the full album perfectly re-mastered from the tapes + 7 exclusive bonus cuts and itās housed in a digi-pack with informative liner notes in English." 
~ by: forcedexposure. 

This album from 1972 by former Steampacket II member Mikael Ramel is a curiosity among curiosities. Ramel is your basic one man band on this record and while many who attempt the one man format sometimes fall short of making a cohesive album, Ramel seems to thrive in undertaking it all himself. As for the music, my best description would be folk-psych-prog-rock. The first track "Hφr du pε?" features open tuned guitars, well-recorded percussion and a lovely melody. It ends up sounding like a cross between Crosby, Stills and Nash and something Pete Townshend would write. The second track is a bit bluesy and whimsical that's almost Cream like in its execution. The record is all over the place: Pink Floyd, CSN, early Al Stewart, Pete Townshend. Moments will remind listeners of all those from time to time and probably a few others, too. Ramel uses tape recorder manipulation to produce many of the electric guitar parts. Speeding up solo's to produce some interesting sounds. Several songs feature solid flute playing somewhere between Ray Thomas and Ian Anderson. Violin is also a featured solo instrument and is put to outstanding use on several tracks.For the most part the album is rather low key and somewhat quiet in tone. " Lεngt in i naturen" uses outdoor sounds for a soundscape. A terrific organ solo keys the track and will remind one of Pink Floyd's "Several Small Species..." track from Ummagumma when the organ fades out and leaves the outdoor sounds with curious sped up vocal noises. Ramel's variety of instrumentation, strong sense of melody and his psychedelic sensibilities manage to take a record that could easily come apart at the seems and turn it into something unique.While none of the album's tracks are overly progressive, many have prog leanings such as the nearly eleven minute "Artificiell Prana". The track starts off with a brief bit of tape manipulation into an almost Doobie Bros. feel, if the Doobies had been from Sweeden. Something about the way the acoustic guitars are produced has that Doobies sound. Numerous solos abound on this tune and it probably is the highlight of the record.The bonus tracks on the CD reissue don't really do anything to surpass the original album versions, although "Jam-jam", which is not part of the original LP, does have nice Zappaesque guitar work.To sum it up, the first time I heard the album, I thought it was curious, but with further listening, I've decided it's still a curious record, but it has unique charm all its own. 
~ by: AdmKirk. 

Mikael Ramel's debut starts off almost like a children's album on Swedish Public television, in a silly folk manner with cartoonish voices. After about 6 minutes of that, the music becomes far more interesting in a progressive folk rock direction starting with 'Pengar'. Wonderful flute and guitar throughout the album, and the melodies stick with the listener. The next two following tracks further draw the listener in, until we get to the massive one-two punch of 'Långt in i Naturen' (7:41) and 'Artificiell Prana' (10:52). When in the midst of the large scale percussion and voice piece that suddenly appears on the latter track, you begin to realize you're in another zone completely. And then the subsequent high energy jam that blows out of that, with wah wah "electric speed guitar" blistering your speakers (and your ears), completes the wallop it set out to do. The album then closes as it starts, with a goofy two minute outro. This is the type of album I often refer to as the "wonderful freaky underground". The liner notes mention that Ramel had experimented with various tape recording techniques, which no doubt gives the album those odd dimensions. In some ways, I believe the artist intended to release something straight forward, and ended up with something far more different... and yea, freaky. Love it. 

The original LP comes in a gatefold, and the CD is housed in a wonderful triple FOC digipak, filled with liner notes (in English), photos, bonus tracks, lyrics, and perfect sound. The Ljudspår label had rolled up into the Universal chain, and fortunately this album, along with the second Flasket Brinner that we featured long ago (and Ramel was a member at the time), has been lovingly restored with the assistance of Mellotronen. I recently picked up the Sonet LP as well (which looks similar to the second photo I found online). 

July 2016 update: I have recently learned via Discogs that this press is from the 1980s (the label design is the giveaway), so I don't have the original after all, though this is obviously a very fine pressing, and I was certainly fooled into thinking it was from the 70s. review by Unencumbered Music ......









Members: 
* Anders Nord - Picollo, Piano, 
* Bengt Dahlén - Guitars, 
* Bobo Stenson - Electric Piano, 
* Erik Dahlbäck - Drums, 
* Mats Glenngård - violin, 
* Mikael Ramel - Guitars, Bass, Vocals, 
* Per Bruun - Bass, 
* Stefan Höglund - Bass, 
* Sören Hansen - Bongos, Congas.

TrackList: 

01. Hör du på [02:00] 
02. Nå då så [03:57] 
03. Pengar [06:48] 
04. Imorron e en ny da [05:04] 
05. 5emtaktarn [03:03] 
06. Långt in i naturen [07:41] 
07. Artificiell prana [10:51] 
08. Vi må oxå [01:54]

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