Monday, February 15, 2010

Plain Brown Wrappers #7- The Unveiling

Well, this one wasn't too popular with the readers, and even the faithful commenters weren't sure what they thought of this tasty platter. What can I say? I can't please everyone all of the time, but I would have hoped for a little more feedback on this one.

It seems like the Plain Brown Wrappers series has run its course, at least as far as most of my visitors are concerned. Your silence speaks volumes. Maybe there is nothing that I can post on here that hasn't been said or done before. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that I have decided to call it a day here at Eclectic Grooves. I just need to rethink the direction of this blog, as hits, comments and reader appreciation has been at an all time low.

For the two commenters who were actually curious about the identitiy of last week's featured Plain Brown Wrappers, this post is for you.

While some interesting band names were dropped, neither of the commenters were able to guess last week's artist and album title. Although I will say that I was intrigued enough with the bands that were mentioned to search for some of their stuff.


















Without further ado, the answer is Sweden's Arbete Och Fritid's 1977 double album entitled Se Upp for Livet. This was the first disc, and in my opinion it's the better of the two. I felt that it ecapsulated what makes the Plain Brown Wrappers series so enticing to the readers: obscure, mind-bending music that is hard to pin down to any specific genre or era of time.


Tonight, I will be working on the next I Hear a New World podcast that will probably be uploaded sometime later in the week.


Until next time...

4 comments:

No-head said...

Clearly there is a huge gap in my collection (and knowledge) labelled "70s Swedish prog". :) However with the exception of the opening track, which is immense, I didn't really get on with this one. Never mind. Roll on the next one!

Jeremy said...

Hey Kevin, I had no idea who it was so wasn't gonna guess, but thought it was an excellent album so I shoulda commented! Struck me as very Amon Duul II-like, bits of Mythos, bits of Faust but clearly not German coz of the language. In fact it relates to that german sound in just the same way as some of the other contemporary swedish groups - this WFMU blog post on International Harvester opened my eyes recently. So now to see what can be bought on CD, if anything...
Thanks for posting, and don't get too dispirited. I promise to try to feed back more...

said...

Just because this didn't rock my boat don't mean shit. I post up musick over at NSS that probably two people on the entire interweb find listenable, & I'm being generous to myself...then sometime the selection gets dl'ed in the thousands...no accounting for taste, yours, mine, or others. Still have loads of fun trying to remember, figure out, or detect...whichever it takes, the latest Plain Brown Wrapper. How about a reverse PBW, challenging visitors to post up what they think might be an unknown nugget? Keep up the great work.

mretx2 said...

thanks very much for your endeavors.