NEW (out late February 2017)
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RAINBOW BAND - Same, Denmark 1970/71 (SHADOKS 190)
(both rare versions of the album)
LP 600 numbered / heavy gatefold sleeve / 2 x 180 gram pressing / printed inner-sleeves / Japan protection sleeves / 2 page insert with liner notes / many unseen photos
Denmark's Rainbow Band was formed in late 1969 as a supergroup consisting of Peer Frost (ex-Young Flowers), Lars Bisgaard (ex-Maxwells), Carsten Smedegaard (ex-Beefeaters), Bent Hesselmann and the former jazz players Niels Brønsted and Bo Stief. They've played jazz-influenced progressive rock in the style of Burnin' Red Ivanhoe and Traffic's second album. The rhythm section produced a powerful 60s beat, forcing Peer Frost to squeeze out some of his best guitar solos. The singer Lars Bisgaard was replaced by Allan Mortensen (ex-Tears) at the end of 1970. A Canadian group was already using the name Rainbow Band, which forced the Danish group to change their name into Midnight Sun in July 1971.
Melody Maker editor Richard Williams wrote in 1971 that "the first time I heard this album, I was immediately seduced by its sense of freshness and space. The styles of playing are superficially little different from those of their brothers in Britain and America, but I find the atmosphere of this music wholly more relaxed and open".
The first version of the album with vocalist Lars Bisgaard was released in December 1970.
The second version replacing the original Bisgaard version with vocalist Allan Mortensen came in mid-February 1971.
The third version of this album (same music but new name) came out as Midnight Sun with a new cover made by "Roger Dean".
Beside the new vocals on both Rainbow Band version they differ in the songs as well. There is 1 song on the 1st version which does not appear on the 2nd version and the are 2 songs on the second version which do not appear on the 1st version.
Perhaps one of the best Danish production in the 1970's, produced by Freddy Hansson & Rainbow Band and musically so well done that it will rank among the 5 best Danish 70's albums easily. A fantastic album from beginning to the end - and both version are great



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LARS LUNDBERG & MATS LODÉN - Rebecca, Sweden 1976 (SHADOKS 191)
LP 400 numbered / heavy sleeve / 180 gram pressing / printed inner-sleeve / Japan protection sleeve / 2 page insert
Lars Lundberg and Mats Lodén were buddies already from first grade in Luleå, located in northernmost Sweden. Although good friends, they did not share a musical interest during the first three school years. Lars was lucky enough to have a very special dad, who presented him a Hagström Standard 80 White Pearl electric guitar and a small amplifier on his 8th birthday in 1964.
In 1973, Lars and Mats formed a new band together (Savannah) with old classmate Benny Sjödin. All three played the guitar. This was of course not an ideal setup for a band. The situation was solved by recruiting the one year younger Peter Larsson on drums. Lars played the bass guitar, as well as harmonica, recorder and alto saxophone. Benny and Mats doubled on the bass guitar when Lars was busy singing or playing another instrument.
After the split of Savannah in 1975, Lars and Mats became heavily oriented towards early British progressive music. Lars was fond of bands like Pink Floyd, Traffic and Curved Air, while Mats favored music made by for example David Bowie, Tyrannosaurus Rex and The Doors.
All songs on the album are written by Lars and Mats. With one exception, all titles and song texts are in English. There are no political ambitions whatsoever. The songs can rather be described as whimsical and psychedelic, which makes the album rather unique at the time, when Swedish music was either commercial with lyrics in English or anti-commercial with lyrics in Swedish and an outspoken political message.
The album was pressed in 200 copies only, as it was intended to be a demo album. However, at the time no major Swedish record company showed any interest in the music. Lars sold his four-channel tape recorder, in order to afford the pressing. Most of the records were sold to friends and schoolmates in Luleå.
There are very cool electric underground songs but others go in the direction of the best "Tony Caro & John". A great and rare Swedish album which appears in Hans Pokoras 7001 book with 6 star value
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CAPTAIN MARRYAT - Same, UK 1974 (SHADOKS 114)
LP 400 numbered / heavy sleeve / 180 gram pressing colored vinyl (transparent white) / 2 page insert
One of our best selling albums comes again on vinyl. First reissued in 2010 as a black vinyl edition and in 2013 as a colored vinyl edition of 200 records, here is the clear vinyl edition with a color photo on the front (which just has been found).

On ebay auctions we where surprised seeing this album selling for the past few month for nearly 3500 Euro each. Before that, this album was completely unknown. Captain Marryat are from Glasgow, Scotland and recorded this demo album in 1974, released in a tiny pressing on the Thor label, hopefully to get an EMI or Chrysalis deal. They wanted to record only a single but came up with a complete album of self-composed tracks. Since it was not that easy for a Scottish band to get attention down in London, this album was the only pressing ever done and sold at band gigs only. 5 musicians, great organ, vocals, extra heavy fuzz-guitar, drums and bass, amazing underground songs, influenced by Deep Purple, Uriah Heep and Beggars Opera, a true lost classic.
Where where lucky to find the band to made a deal so this beauty can conquer the world of rock music

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CD

RÄVJUNK - Uppsala Stadshotell Brinner Igen., Sweden 1976 (SHADOKS 188)
(FOX-PISS - Uppsala city hotel is burning again)
CD: in jewelbox
Scandinavia's best Punk-Psych band from Uppsala, Sweden.
This second album by Rävjunk includes tracks from rare singles and EP's as well as completely unknown tracks picked by Peter Ericson (drums). We where working on this album for weeks and just before the album was done, Peter sadly left this world. This album is in memory of Peter Ericson, the great Swedish drummer and singer from Rävjunk!

A great selection of songs from the early pre-Punk period ala Stooges / MC5 as well as long jamming guitar tracks influenced by German Kraut & space rock bands. The bands style was quite unique, as they were heavily influenced by the German Krautrock bands, but also saw the heavy psych movement as a bright star. Several influences are evident, but it’s all blended into something unique as each member brought their own intriguing ingredients into the music. Guitarist Christer was a Hendrix freak and singer Sören was deeply involved in the new punk rock movement. Bassist Lars-Eric was very much into Jack Bruce and Cream, while Peter the drummer was an avid fan of German bands such as CAN and Guru Guru. The first album was titled in Swedish "Uppsala City Hotel Is Burning", this new album is titeld "Uppsala City Hotel Is Burning Again. A great album from beginning to end, as good as the first album for sure.