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15 Jan 2017

Word of Life.“Further Ahead” first lp 1992 Sweden Psych Space Rock






Word of Life.“Further Ahead” first lp 1992 hand made sleeve & incert original Xotic Mind records Sweden only 500 copies pressed Swedish Psych Space Rock reissued in CD by Satori records

many collectors talking one of the best European psychedelic album on 90`s. 
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For a short period in the early to mid 1990’s, a collective of Swedish musicians decided to relive the past and create improvisational psychedelic rock music similar to the early 70’s masters such as International Harvester and Algarnas Tradgard.
Acts such as S.T. Mikael, Adam, Stefan and the Entheogens all recorded for the low budget label Xotic Mind. The primary difference between the modern day copiers and the 1970’s masters is the one-dimensional nature of the recordings.This trait can be attributed to most of the albums being solo projects with only guest musicians.This trait can be attributed to most of the albums being solo projects with only guest musicians.Long burning jams such as “Space Fu?king” and “Can You Feel it - Flowing Free” are offset by calm flute and hand percussion ragas like “The Devil”. What one notices in repeated listens is the need for an editor (a problem for many of these kind of solo ventures). Most of the jams meander on for too long and the inclusion of a couple of Earthy country-bumpkin vocal tracks with Louisiana-front-porch harmonica are in complete contrast to the hazy heady cosmic aspirations the album pretends to be.Still, the album works on many levels, most notably the trance-like jams, which can get quite intense. The guitar tone is super fuzz loud and the percussion is particularly active. Recommended for all Krautrock, space rock and early Swedish pioneer groups. The original LP contained a paste-on cover and is now quite rare. Better to find the CD on Satori.The sophomore effort, Dust, is quite a bit different from the predecessor. More variety and less jam oriented, this album tries to please on a number of fronts. “When I Was in Space” opens promisingly enough with oscillator-emulated synth runs and heavy percussion. But, alas, this goes on too long and becomes redundant, and one wishes for the sage advice of a wily producer.The songs on this album have a sort of “retro lounge” naïve melody line motif which I find oddly appealing. No doubt there are plenty of sizzling guitar jams to bang your head to, just less of them than the ambitious debut. I find both of their albums to be good fun if you don’t take them too seriously. And a few tracks are just devastating, especially on the debut…….

Måns Månsson started out with the legendary Crimson Shadows, one of the most celebrated groups of the mid-80s Swedish garage punk movement. After that he started a Surf group, the Livingstones (pre-Daytonas), then moved in to psychedelic-hardrock territory with the group Zonk together with Stefan Kéry. He contributed to the trance-a-delic sounds of the Entheogens and ventured into innovative metal hard rock with Gone. He created the mind bending musical experience of the Word of Life, taking psychedelic festival trance rock in to the future. He recorded with Swedish indie group Friends and now spends most of his time with the Maggots..........


The first non-Mikael release was a big hit with psych fans everywhere and
remains one of the classics on the label. Essentially a one man-project
featuring Mans P Mansson of 1980s garage legends the Crimson Shadows, this
musically versatile guitar-psych LP added fuel to the growing popularity of
the Xotic Mind label and showed it to be more than a single artist-outfit…lysergia……

Credits
Bass – Mats Ståhl (tracks: A3, A5)
Design – Phil Smee
Drums, Congas – The Man From Planet X (2)
Electric Piano – Daniel Stahl (tracks: A3, A6)
Flute – Anna Nyström (tracks: A4 to A6)
Maracas – Daniel Stahl (tracks: A4)
Vocals, Guitar, Effects – Måns P. Månsson

Tracklist
A1 Dust My Shroom
A2 Blowing Away
A3 Can You Feel It Flowing Free
B1 The Devil
B2 Space Fu?king
B3 Furthur Ahead
B4 Infinity (Symbol) 

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