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25 Apr 2017

Gunder Hägg (Blå Tåget) “Tigerkaka” 1969 + “Vargatider” 1970 + “Glassfabriken” 1971 Sweden Prog Folk Rock Pop

Gunder Hägg (Blå Tåget) “Tigerkaka” 1969 + “Vargatider” 1970 + “Glassfabriken” 1971 Sweden Prog Folk Rock Pop 

 Gunder Hägg [1967-1971] was a Swedish progg-band (not to be confused with progressive) with their lyrics cover a wide range, from marxist analysis and invitations to revolution to satire, art criticism, 1940s childhood nostalgia, images from daily life and experimental pop art works. Despite the political view the members mainly had upper-middle class/upperclass background. The group took the name from Gunder Hägg (December 31, 1918 – November 27, 2004) who was a Swedish runner and multiple world record breaker of the 1940s. He later forced the group to change the name to Blå Tåget 1972. Band members: Torkel Rasmusson (vocals, accordion, harmonica), Leif Nylén (drums), Mats G. Bengtsson (keyboards), Tore Berger (vocals, clarinet), Roland Keijser (saxophone, flute), Göran von Matérn (guitar, 1968-70), Urban Yman (bass, violin, 1968-72), Kjell Westling (guitar, violin, winds, 1968-72), Carl-Johan De Geer (trombone, accordion, vocals, 1970-72). …………
Gunder Hägg was the band name for this group when they released their first longplaying (LP) on vinyl in 1969. But, first public appearence as a band together was earlier at the Andy Warhol exhibition at Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden in February in 1968. They called themselves Tjalles Horizont on that occasion. During the rest of the spring in 1968, they toured using the band name Sound of Music. Torkel Rasmusson had written a vignette song called “Come to where the flavour is / come to Sound of Music”, and accompanying the band was also Leif Nylén’s wife, Elisabet Nylén, on cello on this mini-tour. In May in 1968, Urban Yman and Kjell Westling joined the group, and soon thereafter Gunder Hägg was formed. After a dispute with the former Swedish world track and field record holder in middle-distance, Gunder Hägg, the band name had to be changed. So from 1972, they called themselves Blå Tåget. 
Blå Tåget is a Swedish prog rock band . The group was originally called Tjalles Horizont then become Gorilla Orchestra , The Sound of Music , and in 1969 Gunder Hägg . In January 1972 the group was forced to change its name to Blue Train , due to a name conflict with athlete Gunder Hägg .

The group’s origins can be traced from Leif Nylén , Torkel Rasmusson , Tore Berger and Mats G. Bengtsson used to meet in Tore Bergers studio around 1967 to play together. After a while, also joined the improvisational musician Roland Keijser and Göran von Matérn .

The group’s first actual appearance took place at the opening of Andy Warhol exhibition at Moderna Museet in Stockholm in February 1968 . Tjalles Horizont , as the band called themselves for the evening, had been allowed to play in one of the main attraction Paerson Sounds breaks. The band had for this one gig strengthened by pianist Torsten Ekbom . Soon the band changed their name to the Gorilla Orchestra.

In the spring of 1968 left the group, now called themselves the Sound of Music , on a mini tour to Lunds- and Göteborgs Konsthall , now with Leif Nyléns wife Elisabet Nylén on cello . Torkel Rasmusson had composed a vignette song called Come to where the flavor is / come to the Sound of Music and performed songs that Teddy Bear Baby , Vetekatten and let me live .

Of May 1968 joined the Urban Yman and Kjell Westling and the group began to transform from being an anarchist experimental pop group to become one of the groups within the left movement of politically conscious lyrics. With this, the group changed its name to Gunder Hägg .

Half-funded by Tore Bergers gave money Gunder Hägg 1969 released his first LP, Marble cake . It was on the newly formed record label Music Network ( MNW ) in Vaxholm , which was the precursor to the music network Vaxholm . Most of the material on the disc had created a radio play that was about Saltsjöbaden agreement . Using material from the new album they pulled out of their first real tour, and in June 1970 attended by the example of the first party at Gärdet .

The same year the LP Varga times and the 1971 LP Glass Factory . In 1972 the group changed its name to Blue Train and played that year in the double-LP ruptured Valentine hotels . 1974 came LP Slowfox whereupon group suddenly dissolved. During the period from 1968 to 1974 was when the band played more or less regularly together. Göran von Matérn and Roland Keijser had left the group for a while, while Carl Johan De Geer had joined.

For a few years during the second half of the 70th century played Nylen, Rasmusson and Berger together in Group Stockholm North . The group released an LP and the single “What do you wish for something for Christmas?”, The back of which was “The latest government”.

In the early 1980s, they gathered for a series of concerts that resulted in the live album Blue Train to Blue Bird . Ten years later carried to a concert on the road in Gothenburg, in connection with the Gothenburg Film Festival. Then it happened just nothing until 1996 , when a series of gigs at Mosebacke brought the idea to make a record again. There were a dozen new songs and more arrived before it was time to once again go into MNW Studio in Vaxholm. 1999 released a comeback album Modern materials and the same year the band played at the Hultsfred Festival .

Best known of their songs is probably “ The one hand knows what the other is doing ,” who Ebba Green did a cover version of the name “ State & Capital ” (which was also what the song was called internally within the Blue Train in the 1970s). …………..

Gunder Hägg “Tigerkaka” 1969 Sweden

1. Teddy bear baby
2. Kära nån
3. I hajars djupa vatten
4. Ingenting mera blev sagt
5. Farbror Jakob
6. Mrs Klein
7. Jag har sett det förr
8. Jag tog bilen in till stan
Sida B:
1. Om idealismen
2. Enbomvisan
3. Sweet love
4. Tigerkakan
5. Smoking
6. Aj-aj-aj
7. Inget är längesen
8. Låt mig få leva

Gunder Hägg “Vargatider” 1970 Sweden
I Stället För - Så Länge
Bröderna Surf
Ligga Lågt
En Höstbild
Tyck Synd Om Mig Nu
Tio Svarta Pantrar
En Främling Stiger In
I Guds Frånvaro
I Vargatider

Gunder Hägg  “Glassfabriken” 1971
Det Var En Sådan Dag
Ner Med Allt
Kalla Kriget
Uppå Landet
Var Glad Att Du Är Liten
Stampa Takten

Line-up / Musicians

Torkel Rasmusson/vocals,accordion,harmonica
Leif Nylén/drums
Mats G. Bengtsson/keyboards
Tore Berger/vocals,clarinet
Roland Keijser/saxophone,flute
Göran von Matérn/guitar
Urban Yman/bass,violin
Kjell Westling/guitar,violin,winds
Carl-Johan De Geer/trombone,accordion,vocals 
  Mats G. Bengtsson (1944-2005) - keyboards
Torkel Rasmusson (born 1941) - vocals, harmonica
Tore Berger (born 1938) - vocals, clarinet
Urban Yman (b 1939) - base, violin
Leif Nylén (1939-2016) - drums
Kjell Westling (1942-2010) - wind instruments, guitar, violin
Carl Johan De Geer (born 1938) - trombone, vocal, 1970-1999
Göran von Matérn (1941-2002) - guitar on Marble cake
Roland Keijser (f 1944) - flute, saxophone 1967-1972 

Studio albums 

1969 – Tigerkaka (som Gunder Hägg)
1970 – Vargatider (som Gunder Hägg)
1971 – Glassfabriken (som Gunder Hägg)
1972 – Brustna hjärtans hotell
1974 – Slowfox
1999 – Moderna material
2004 – I tidens rififi

Live Album1982 
– Blå Tåget på Fågel Blå 

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