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sov gott rose-marie [Single, Import]

International Harvester Audio CD

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, little-known gem of psychedelia 15 Sep 2004
By BENJAMIN MILER - Published on Amazon.com
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In Sweden, you had many different underground psychedelic and prog acts in the 1970s like Älgarnas Trädgård, Samla Mammas Manna, Kebnekaise, Bo Hansson, and so much more. Around 1967, one of the biggest and most important name in minimalist music, Terry Riley came to Sweden and Persson got to see the guy and was inspired by his works. Persson founded Pärson Sound, which by 1968 became International Harvester with drummer Thomas Gartz, vocalist and horn player Thomas Tidholm, bassist Torbjörn Abelli, cellist Arne Eriksson, and fiddle player Urban Yman. Sov Gott Rose-Marie was recorded in 1968, but was not released until the spring of 1969. The original LP was not released in Sweden, but in neighboring Finland on that country's Love Records (where you can find releases by Wigwam, Jukka Gustavson, Jukka Tolonen, Tasavalan Presidenti, Finnforest, etc.). Silence Records in Sweden did eventually reissue this album in 1984 (on LP, since CDs were still in their infancy then), and then once again in 2001 on CD, with one extended bonus cut.

The first half of Sov Gott Rose-Marie consistes of 11 rather short pieces, none of them even approaching the four minute range. These pieces often tend to be repetitive, but never gets boring. The album starts off rather startling with "Dies Irae" which is basically a loud horn. "I Villande Skogen" sounds like some people singing during a late night campfire, pretty much background stuff there. "There is No Other Place" sounds like how Syd Barrett-led Pink Floyd might have sounded like if they were more of a garage band (this piece tended heavily to guitars and absolutely no keyboards are used - in fact there are no keybaords used on this album at all). "The Runcorn Report on Western Report" is a nice, laid-back piece with ambient background sounds. This sure reminds me a whole lot of Can's Future Days even though this was several years before that album ever came out! "Statsministern" is a short, silly piece showing the band's sense of humor here. "Ho Chi Minh" is basically the band chanting the Vietnamese's communist leader's name over and over again against a backdrop of percussion. Then they give us another pleasant, laid-back number with "It's Only Love". Again repetition plays in this song, but it works very well. "Klocken är Mycket Nu" is basically the band chanting "Klocken" over and over against a psychedelic backdrop. "Ut Till Vänster" is a short, Nordic-influnced melody played on sax. "Sommarläten" reminds me of Bo Hansson circa Lord of the Rings, but without the organ, with guitar dominating. The second album consists of two wonderful, extended pieces, with "I Mourn You" and "How to Survive". Given both pieces are over 10 minutes long, it really allowed the band to stretch out, and things really get adventurous. With "I Mourn You", there's a lot of chanting of the line "I Mourn You", while the band goes in to a lengthy, and wonderful jam. "How to Survive" is the band's idea of an Indian raga without the sitar, sarod, harmonium, etc., but instead the cello being used in its place. Lots of wonderful percussion too. There's a strong minimalist feel to the piece as well, no surprise given Riley was one of Bo Anders Persson's influence. The CD also came with an extended bonus cut with "Skördetider", which almost made it on Sov Gott Rose-Marie instead of "I Mourn You" and "How to Survive". Mainly it's an extended psych jam, although it gets a bit too repetitive in certain spots, so it was definately better the band used "I Mourn You" and "How to Survive" in place of that cut on the original LP. Still it's a fascinating piece. International Harvester proves that psychedelia was not always the Strawberry Alarm Clock or The Lemon Pipers. Nowhere do you find themes of "love is the answer to all the world's ills", "flowers and beads" and "canyons of your mind" here. You can never mistake what International Harvester did with "Green Tambourine", that's for sure. It's a truly wonderful album, and one of the more creative and inventive psych albums I've heard. After Sov Gott Rose-Marie, the band released Hemåt (in which the band was simply known as Harvester), and then Bo Anders Persson went and formed Träd, Gräs och Stenar. Anyway, Sov Gott Rose-Marie is truly an obscure gem of psychedelia that worth seeking out. A must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than just Swedish hippies... 8 Sep 2002
By J. P. DuQuette - Published on Amazon.com
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Experimental Swedish psych/folk rock hybrid - need I say more, collectors? The traditional, sometimes polka-esque feel to many of these beautiful tracks only adds to the surreal, rural-intellectual vibe here. Truly a feeling that you are listening to a time and place (1968, somewhere in Sweden) forgotten by the world...until now. Great rerelease by Silence, a killer Swedish label. Sooo good...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Just Wow. 17 Sep 2004
By HeidiKakes - Published on Amazon.com
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While Benjamin Miller basically spelled this album out perfectly. I must still show praise for such an absolutely incredible hidden gem. The atmosphere and field recordings make this a truly organic experience. Sov Gott Rose-Marie literally manages to cleanse your soul. These were not just some crazy hippies on tons of drugs, but true innovators who will sadly never recieve enough credit. Thankfully, now that psych-folk/rock groups like Six Organs of Admittance, Ceberus Shoal and Acid Mothers Temple are becoming more popular in the underground scene, International Harvester (as well as Harvester, Parson Sound and Trad Gras Och Stenar) will finally gain some of the notoriety they've been due for nearly 40 years.

Truly a psychadelic masterpiece.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album 21 May 2003
By Paul - Published on Amazon.com
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Everything the person wrote above about this album is true. If you like this, check out these bands that are practically the same band as International Harvester with almost all the same members. Pärson Sound's s/t double cd who were around before International Harvester around 1966-1968, Harvester - Hemat which was after Sov Gott Rose-Mare in 1969, and Träd Gras Och Stenar's s/t album from 1970 and they had a few live ones and a good one that just recently came out. I guarentee you'll atleast like them if you like this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Late 1960s Avant-rock 2 Jan 2012
By Jeffrey J.Park - Published on Amazon.com
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Opening with an atonal blast on several brass instruments, this 1969 release from experimental Swedish outfit International Harvester is a nice slice of psychedelic avant-rock. The influences of the major minimalist composers at the time - especially Terry Riley - are fairly heavy. In turn, I can see how the repetitive rhythmic elements on Sov Gott Rose-Marie might have influenced some of the German experimental groups; especially Can.

This music is very experimental and the composers were more concerned with breaking boundaries than making hummable melodies. As such, atonality abounds along with free-form experimentation, early "garage rock", and found sounds. Unusual scale structures and instrumentation are favored, and the vocals, where present, are a bit rough. My favorite moments on the album include those tracks that feature Swedish folk music and spacey minimalism.

This re-issue is nice and features good sound quality along with a very informative CD booklet.

All in all, this is a nice example of experimental rock from the late 1960s that is recommended along with The United States of America (1968) and one by Algarnas Tradgard (Framtiden Ar Ett Svavande Skepp Forankrat I Forntiden) (1972). For those of you that are interested in Terry Riley, check out In C (1968) and a Rainbow in Curved Air (1969).
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