VARIOUS ARTISTS: Svenska Shakers

Album: Svenska Shakers: R & B Shakers, Mod Grooves, Freakbeat and Psychpop from Sweden 1964-1968)

Artist: Various Artists

Label: Cherry Red/RPM

Release Date: November 04, 2016


The Upshot: Sweden in the ‘60s, who the hell knew?


That title is a mouthful but if you’re like me and thought that Swedish pop/rock started and ended with Abba (who I love) well, give this one a listen, 41 songs spread out over two discs and I can’t say I’ve heard of a single band on here, but I like most of this. Heck, look at that classic cover shot, five serious lookin’ dudes with capes. Here we’ve got some rockin’ combos like The Acts, Moonjacks, Tages, Darling, Bamboo, Mascots, The Cheers, Fools, Namelovers and and too many more.

You’ve got Annaabee-Nox doing “The Kids Are Alright” (no major departure from the original but still sounds great…on disc two the same band does “Always on My Mind”).  Moonjacks rockin’ up and out with “Come On,” Shakers doing “Hoochie Coochie Man” and Namelosers doing “Land of 1000 Dances” just to name a few. Wow—Sweden in the ‘60s, who the hell knew?! As it states proudly/boldly on the back cover, “Choice cuts from a period when Sweden’s world-class bands beat the musical imports at their own game.” The booklet has covers of singles and liner notes by Kieron Tyler. [Hey Kieron, how ya doin’? It’s been awhile. Greetings from NC! – Editor Mills]

Come on partner, I know you’ve got your own cape in the closet along with some glue-on sideburns, put ‘em on when no one’s home and freak out!

DOWNLOAD:  “The Kids Are Alright,” “Always on My Mind,” “Come On,” “Hoochie Coochie Man,” “Land of 1000 Dances”


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