Thursday, August 23, 2007

Baby Grandmothers (1968)

Baby Grandmothers were a Swedish band that played extended, improvised heavy psychedelic rock that's largely instrumental. Originally an R&B group called T-Boones, they were renamed the Baby Grandmothers by the co-founder of the short lived Stockholm psychedelic club Filips, which hosted such acts as the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the Mothers of Invention. The band originally consisted of Pelle Ekman on drums, Göran Malmberg on bass and Kenny Håkansson on guitar and vocals, but Malmberg would be replaced by Bengt “Bella” Linnarsson. After adding Mecki Bodemark from the disbanded Mecki Mark Men, they would eventually transform into the second version of Mecki Mark Men. In 1970, this line-up became the first Swedish group to tour America. In 1971, Mecki Mark Men would break up and the Baby Grandmothers line-up would form a band called Kebnekajse. This album consists of live recordings from Filips. As far as I'm concerned, this is some of the greatest psychedelic music ever recorded, especially since it's live. Kenny Håkansson's guitar playing is absolutely amazing and the drums and bass compliment it perfectly.

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