Although vintage British psychedelia is viewed by many these days as an Alice In Wonderland-style enchanted garden full of beatific flower children innocently gathering flowers or chasing butterflies, there was always a more visceral element to the scene. Pointedly free of such fripperies as scarlet tunic-wearing gnomes, phenomenal cats and talismanic bicycles, the power trio format that was popularised by the likes of Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience spawned a host of imitators. As the Sixties drew to a close and pop evolved slowly but inexorably into rock, psychedelia gave way to a sound that was harder, leaner, heavier, louder.
Amazing sounds from the Swedish scene of the 60s - a record that's archly modern, yet soaringly soulful too - a really wonderful combination of modes in the hands of pianist Berndt Egerbladh! The title's a bit strange - as Berndt's hardly the kind of guy that would make us laugh, and he definitely has our ears right away from the very first notes on the record - a brilliant blend of his own piano, plus alto from Lars Goran Ulander, bass from Lars Gunnar Gunnarsson, and drums from Sten Oberg! The alto is especially nice - very sharp-edged and soulful on the tracks in which it figures - and helping to give the record and even deeper feel than some of Egerbladh's other albums - even though we like those a lot too. Tracks are all originals - beautiful compositions that make the album sparkle with a freshness you'll appreciate instantly.