Friday, February 22, 2008

Råg i Ryggen

Råg i Ryggen was a short lived prog/hard rock band made up of some very young and talented musicians from Sweden. This was their only album, it was released in 1975, and it is fantastic.

11 comments:

theheft said...

Wow this is the shit! Cheers.

Ambassador MAGMA said...

That has to be the ugliest album cover I've ever seen. OK I exagerate.

But the music OWNS! Ditto: The SHIT!

zehl said...

nice! has a good goblin/camel feel ;p

Anonymous said...

due to you i ´ve gone hunting for other rare and great seventies albums - the hearse is currently one of the most unconventional and most interesting blog PERIOD - harry lime

Aesop said...

Thanks, Mr. Lime, let me know if you should come across any gems I missed.

Anonymous said...

Incredible album, glad I came across this!

Anonymous said...

love it love it love it! I can't stop listening to track number two... Thanks so much, Aesop!
-Emily

Eric said...

I met some Swedes this past week who actually know one of these guys. Swedish was deciphered. The last track is a love song with pretty good lyrics, especially for a bunch of teenagers, but the first song is about peer pressure and how it's okay to not do drugs!

This is phenomenal stuff, though. I've burned copies for several friends now and everyone loves it.

Aesop said...

That's awesome, Eric. Some of the lyrics are in English, and are pretty trite, but these kids could really play, and more importantly, construct a really great song. Any Idea what the name is about?

eric said...

They said the name means something like a person who can stand up for himself or is brave. One of those things where there's no word for word translation.

Dag said...

This band is the closest Sweden gets to Deep Purple, kind of. But cooler. They're more or less adolescent, which is properly reflected in the amateurish (but very charming) lyrics.

The song about how dangerous it is to take (mainly psychoactive) drugs is clearly based on their own experiences.

Literally the bans name translates into "Rye in the back"!!!

Of course this is an expression that isn't supposed to be translated literally... As a previous poster stated, it's about having guts n' balls.