The first disc, entitled “Past,” highlights the band as they take the stage for the first time in Saltsjobaden, Sweden. The band is introduced, and imagine if you will, being in this tiny club, hearing this music coming to life. You can feel the youthful exuberance from the lads as they take the stage, the cheering from the crowd, as they break into a rousing rendition of the harmonica laden “Confusions.” As the song fades away in mid groove, the harsh groove is replaced with the more somber strains of “Perspektiv,” captured three years later in 1974. Psychedelic and spooky, the band bounces from more ambient and reflective passages to full on classic prog rock moments. Blues infused guitar solos blend with soaring instrumental waves from the rhythm section. Christer Akerberg takes us back to a time when it was cool to have shoulder length hair and sit at the corner café discussing religious or socio-political theory. The bass solo from Stefan Fredin shows the raw talent of this band and their youthful confidence to just get out there and play the music that they love.
Trettioariga Kriget does a great job of mixing up the songs on the “Present” disc, featuring a number of tunes from Hej Pa Er, Krigssang, and the self title debut. However, I was a bit surprised to see that there was only one inclusion from their latest studio effort, I Borjan Och Slutet. I was going to highlight a few tracks from this portion of the album, but there’s just not enough time to go into it, but I will say this, “Moln pa marken,” Om Kriget kommer,” and “Andra sidan” are beautifully performed and incredible renditions of the tunes. The song that grabbed my attention the strongest was “Krigssang” from the bands second album. Fiercely beautiful, passionately performed, emotionally moving . . . all phrases that work well to describe this song. This one’s getting played on the radio show . . . that’s all there is to it!
And before I roll out, special attention needs to be given to the bands lyricist, Olle Thornvall. The guy’s been with the band from the beginning and has written a great and detailed account of the bands history, which is included in the CD booklet. Olle . . . fabulous work, we fans appreciate your labors and unparalleled dedication in keeping TK a vital part of our lives! - Pope JTE
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