Monday, 30 April 2018

Asoka “ 36 Years Later” 2007 Swedish Prog Art Rock


Asoka “ 36 Years Later” 2007 Swedish Prog Art Rock
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Asoka was formed in 1971. Evolved out of the 60¹s group “Taste of blues”. 
After a short but intensive period of touring and recordmaking, including their highly sought after first album, the members went separate ways and the group split up. In 2004, three of the original members rejoined, now in a blues band with no other ambitions than to have a nice time and make music together. In connection to a performance at a big music seacruise called ³Rock at Sea², together with other legendary Swedish rock groups, the idea of a rebirth of Asoka came up. Asoka was born again, this time including some new members. The three original members together with the two guitarists from the blues band and a new singer became the new ASOKA. Today, at the time of the making of this record, ASOKA consists of Tore (guitar, chorus), Falsterbosse (singing, percussion), Daffy (drums, percussion), Tjobbe (bass, chorus) and Clabbe ( Keyboard, chorus). 

One of the original members wrote a lot of songs between 1979 and 1989 which were not recorded. These songs had a strong connection to the original Asoka concept and therefore it seemed natural to have these songs as a point of departure, a kind of skeleton that in certain aspects were modified and completed. Gradually the repertoire increased and in the summer of 2007 the group felt ready to show its new face on a record…..~



Continuation of the topic. Swedish hard-prog group Asoka appeared after the collapse of the blues-rock group Taste of Blues, which operated on the territory of Malmö and nearby cities in the late 60’s. Although, in fact, just the vocalist and percussionist Patrick Erixson, along with the keyboard player Claes Erickson (Claes Ericsson), decided to assemble a new line-up for the sake of performing a little more different music, and therefore, in order not to leave unnecessary associations with the old band, name. However, from the past, of course, it did not work out in one fell swoop, so it’s not surprising that the blues roots still sounded in the music of the new band, although it’s impossible to notice an obvious evolution towards psychedelic music. Especially it concerns concert performances, where the musicians arranged simply a feast of instrumental improvisations. Considering this peculiarity of the band’s composition, as a double drum section (a separate drummer plus percussion), the concerts turned into a real shamanic festival. In fact, the birth of the band began somewhere after 1969, when the only album of the band Taste of Blues was born, which produced no tangible commercial success and was the reason for the band to split up, for a while, after changing its name to Take Off . 
A little later, two Erickson, who, by the way, are not brothers, met just the real brothers Kent and Alf Bengtsson (Kent & Alf Bengtsson). The first played the bass and wore the nickname Tjobbe, the second - on drums and was called Daffy. This was enough to put together a new group, already called Asoka (Skeleton). The debut of the new group took place in 1971, when the self-titled album of the band was released, recorded for 3 days in the summer of the same year. In our time, this record has already become the golden legacy of Swedish psycho-blues-prog, along with the work of such a collective as November. At the same time, the album did not justify the financial expectations of the band’s musicians, and after it became clear that this attempt would not bring the dividends necessary for existence, both Erickson’s group was abandoned. With their departure, the group’s stylistic path began to change its trajectory, which the Bengston brothers did not like in their turn. It’s one thing not to get money for a favorite occupation, but when you still have to play not what you would like, it’s no longer any reason to continue to do this further. They also leave the group soon. Naturally, this finally finished off the team. 
In 2004 the reunion of the group took place. Of the old men, only three of them took part - the Bengtsons and Claes Erickson…..~



2nd album from 2008, and 36 years later the debut, the South Swedish rockers return with a effort that is more bluesy than their debut from the early 70’s, but certainly still got the groove and feeling from the 70’s left !…~










Asoka was formed in 1971 and evolved out of the 60s group “Taste of blues”. After a short but intensive period of touring and recordmaking, including their highly sought after first album, the members went separate ways and the group split up. In 2004, three of the original members rejoined, now in a blues band with no other ambitions than to have a nice time and make music together. In connection to a performance at a big music seacruise called “Rock at Sea”, together with other legendary Swedish rock groups, the idea of a rebirth of Asoka came up. Asoka was born again, this time including some new members. The three original members together with the two guitarists from the blues band and a new singer became the new ASOKA. One of the original members wrote a lot of songs between 1979 and 1989 which were not recorded. These songs had a strong connection to the original Asoka concept and therefore it seemed natural to have these songs as a point of departure, a kind of skeleton that in certain aspects were modified and completed. Gradually the repertoire increased and in the summer of 2007 the group felt ready to show its new face on a record…..~



Credits 
Bass, Chorus – Kent (Tjobbe) BengtsonDrums, Percussion – Alf (Daffy) Bengtson
Guitar, Chorus – Tore Kjell 
Keyboards, Chorus – Claes (Clabbe) Ericsson 
Layout – Tommy Löfgren*, Torsten Niklasson 
Vocals [Singing], Percussion – Bo (Falsterbosse) Malmqvist


Tracklist 
1 Varje Gång 5:16 
2 Du Kan Söka 5:34 
3 Berit Österberg 5:52 
4 Geographic Love 6:06 
5 Negative People 4:11 
6 Madavisan 3:37 
7 Merry-Go-Round 5:43 
8 Jag Blir Så Kåt 6:17 
9 Tryck På Knappen 5:23 
10 Visst Är Det Bätter, Men Int’ Är Det Bra 3:51 

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