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De Gladas Kapell - Spelar Nilsson (7/10) - Sweden - 1978/2005

Genre: Progressive Rock
Label: Lion Music
Playing time: 51:09
Band homepage: -


  1. Havanna Boogie
  2. Kelt Visan
  3. Samballad
  4. De Gladas Kapell
  5. Morgonlat
  6. Rio Déjà Vu
  7. Losnasor At Konstaplarna (Bonus Track)
  8. Nyspolat (Bonus Track)
De Gladas Kapell - Spelar Nilsson

This is incredible. These four Swedes recorded this in one day back in 1978. Now, Lars Mattsson who owns Lion Music decided it was time to bring this classic back to life. This is some wild music. These guys all go off like there was no tomorrow. "Havanna Boogie" is nothing more than a jam fest that is fueled with heavy, yet technical and proficient guitar work and drums that just go all over the place. It's loud and noisy, but it's Jazz. The piano does come in eventually to smooth things over a bit and add a little class.


"Kelt…" is more relaxed and classy in sound. Beautiful guitar work surrounds this song along with professional piano work as well. There is plenty of rhythm action of "Samballad." This one will surely have your feet tapping and your hips swinging. Now, some people may say what is this kind of music doing on here if it's not brutal or heavy and hard rocking. The answer is simple. Most of your artists such as MESHUGGAH or any of those Jazzcore bands and even DREAM THEATER have studied Jazz in one form or another because they use the same notes that are incorporated on here. The only difference is that they take them and manipulate them to fit their particular style.


Now, I am not telling you to go out and buy the band's whole collection, but rather just try to listen to a song or two and see what you think. If you don't like it, then fine. At least you could say that you gave it a chance. If you do like it, then perhaps you may get into other folks like Miles Davis, John Coltrane or others. It's a whole other world to explore and if your favorite artist has been down that road before, then maybe you should slightly educate yourself and do yourself the favor and give it a try. That's all. (Online April 29, 2006)

Joe Florez

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