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Måltid (Swedish for "Meal Time") was the Samla Mammas Manna's second LP, the first featuring guitarist Coste Apetrea. A beautiful piece of work, although poorly recorded, this album showcases the musicianship, audacity, and downright silliness of the band. Free improvisation, Scandinavian folklore, progressive rock motifs, and Amon Düül II-like short songs all come together on this LP as a patchwork instead of an integrated whole. "Dundrets Frojder" is a kaleidoscopic piece containing the best and worst of the Samlas. It features a middle part with lush Mellotron chords and a warped electric piano solo by Lars Hollmer. "Oförutsedd Förlossning" is a simple song with self-mocking, screaming, high-pitched vocals, while the instrumental "Den Aterupplivade Laten" could have been recorded by the early Banco del Mutuo Soccorso. "Tarningen" is a dual keyboard/guitar melody that will remain in the band's live set for quite some time. "Minareten" features some extended jamming in twisted time signatures with a weird blues-like finale. Måltid is not yet the Samla Mammas Manna's prime material, but it is still a very respectable offering. [The 1993 CD reissue on the Resource label contains three bonus tracks from the same recording session. In 2008 the Japanese Arcangelo label reissued Måltid, remastered and packaged in a mini-LP sleeve. This reissue was also included in Arcangelo's eight-disc Samla/Zamla Box, featuring all the albums (also remastered and with some bonus tracks, and packaged in mini-LP sleeves) released by Samla Mammas Manna and Zamla Mammaz Manna between 1971 and 1980, along with the Gregory Fitzpatrick album Bildcirkus.] ~ François Couture, Rovi

Biography

Formed: 1969

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Perhaps best known as Lars Hollmer's group during the 1970s, the experimental and quirky avant-progressive rock outfit Samla Mammas Manna enjoyed a following in Scandinavia beginning early in that decade. The Samlas were formed in Uppsala, Sweden, in 1969, when their original lineup consisted of keyboardist Hollmer, bassist Lars Krantz, drummer Hans Bruniusson, and percussionist Henrik "Bebben" Öberg. The Samlas recorded at the Chickenhouse, which was so named because it really was built on a former...
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