Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Panta Rei - Panta Rei (1973 sweden, amazing heavy prog experimental jazz rock, 2011 remaster)

Panta Rei is attributed to Heraticlus thoughts about change. Panta Rei meaning everything flows in ancient Greek. And this is exactly what you get in this album. Originally issued on the Harvest label in 1973, this is a wonderful stream of trippy Heavy Swedish prog with an intensely groovy jazz-rock & fuzz oriented approach that comes close to Frank Zappa circa “Hot rats”, with some spacey-freaked-out atmospheres and an underlying Canterbury feel.   

The guitar work is predominant and menacing, whereas the all English lyrics and the rich musical texture that feeds on layers of flutes, maracas, timbales, harmonica and impressive percussion, make for a truly majestic album.
1. Five Steps (Georg Tolin, Lars Holmer) - 3:11
2. White Bells (Georg Tolin) - 6:53
3. Five O'Clock Freak (Thomas Arnesen) - 9:44
4. The Knight (Georg Tolin, Thomas Arnesen, John Hogman) - 13:44
5. The Turk (Lars Eriksson, Thomas Arnesen) - 4:10

Panta Rei
*Thomas Arnesen - Guitar, Keyboard, Percussion, Accordion
*Leif Östman - Guitar, Percussion
*Cary Wihma - Bass, Percussion, Vocals
*Tomo Wihma - Drums, Percussion
*Georg Trolin - Vocals, Percussion, Tambourine, Harmonica, Siren
*Göran Freese - Tenor Saxophone, Percussion
*Gunnar Lindqvist - Flute

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