Feb 10, 2015

Storm [Sweden] - Storm At The Top (1975)

Famous poet Jacques Werup formed this progressive band in Malmo in 1973. His Swedish-language lyrics on Stormvarning have a socialist message with a poetic, yet violent, touch. The band strove to make the music radical, with most of the music written by Rolf Sersam. The standout cut, "Snart Bryter Stormen Ut", was written by Werup and guitarist Mulle Holmqvist, who really shines here. Ek and Karlberg were ten replaced by Lasse Berggrensson and Percy Malmqvist? who both had played with Holmqvist in 60's band The Troublemakers. Storm At The Top saw the entire band mooning on the back cover. It featiured English-language lyrics and less experimental, but still progressive, music. EMI in London wanted Storm to have a big tour in Great Britain? but bad wages made the band decline the offer. The third and final album was released in 1977 and featured a new rhythm section? consisting of former Lotus members Stefan Berggrensson and Hakan Nyberg. Casanova i Mjölby is an excellent Swedish-language concept album. It tells an anachronistic story about Italian legend Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) coming to a small town in Sweden in 1977 to witness society in decay. Like its predecessors? the album was co-produced by the band and Gunnar Lindqvist (G.L. Unit). The vinyl is hopused ina great sleeve by painter Bo Hulten. Despite the album being the peak of Storm's career, the band quit soon after. Werup went on to release several solo albums, often collaborating with his former Storm colleagues.
Taken from Tobias Petterson's & Ulf Henningsson's "The Encyclopedia of Swedish Progressive Music 1967-1979"
1. Simply Funny Honey
2. Jane
3. Where Can I Go?
4. She Sleeps In The Grass
5. Cry
6. KIng Of Love
7. His Royal Highness
8. Quality Quality
9. Owned
10. Why Coming Together
11. I'm Not You
12. We're So Many

Lasse Berggrensson - vocals
Bengt "Mulle" Holmqvist - guitar
Jaques Werup - tenor saxophone
Rolf Sersam - keyboards
Percy Malmqvist - bass
Peter Winberg - drums & percussion

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Anonymous said...

thanks for this STORM....have you also the first album release cd Stormvarning?

hanalex said...

"Stormvarning" I have only in mp3 format