01. Five Steps
02. White Bells
03. Five O'Clock Freak
04. The Knight
05. The Turk
Thomas Arnesen - guitar, keyboard, percussion
Leif Östman - guitar, percussion
Cary Wihma - bass, percussion
Tomo Wihma - drums, percussion
Georg Trolin - vocals, percussion
Göran Freese - saxophone, percussion
Gunnar Lindqvist - flute
Panta Rei was created in 1970 in Stockholm, when Thomas Arnesen (guitar), Lennart Backvall (guitar), Zeke Öhrn (bass) and Anders Francisco Sell (drums) were a quartet. When the band in the spring of 1973 issued their first and only album, was of the founding members only Arnesen there. "Panta Rei" was published in the same year by EMI on their Harvest label. Not much later, the group has then resolved well. (Thomas Arnesen is still musically active as a studio musician, but also with various band projects such as the recent Arnesen Bluesband.)
In my humble opinion, album is one of best Swedish rock LP from the 70's! What a shame that this fantastic band recorded only one LP! was released in 1973 on Harvest label and consisted truly powerful collection of largely instrumental and improvised heavy progressive music. Filled a whole played with lightness ... severe, progressive exemplary playing with a bit of folk (ie, traditional music). Catchy melodies, excellent instrumental workshop, lots of guitars, sometimes an occasional flute and sax, robust, slightly broken beat, long musical works and no vaseline! In this crunched fantastic music,debut just went unnoticed and as it turned out the only LP the Swedish group Panta Rei. This record can be defined in two ways - sensationally good and criminally unknown. Without any exaggeration - it's one of the best albums progrock that appeared in Sweden in the seventies, but the very beginning does not look anything good No but the farther, the better ... lt’s worth noting that of the ?ve tracks, only two lasted less than 7 minutes. In sharp contrast to rather ugly and slightly disgusting cover the Panta Rei’s music was very matured and truly excellent.
Five tracks filled with wonderful the raging guitars, melodic solos (incredible workshop), broken rhythms, and it's all interwoven occasional flute and saxophone. The board is also pretty twisted style - we have elements of psychedelia, space rock, heavy guitar prog, folk and a moment later Canterbury, some Zappa and jazz-rock. There is space, it is hard, and orient freak. Delicious blend! 38 minutes a fantastic, lively music you will love every fan of strong guitars from the 70s.
"The Knight" here to be reviewed 1st Part: Robert Schumann is there to read in the Journal of the CD inlay. So Schumann. After extensive Schumann by tilting my little collection I'm not smarter. A piano works of Schumann could be. Or is it from Piano Concerto? Forget it! I can hear again Schumann's concerto, but the melody can discover anywhere. Thomas Arnesen, the former guitarist of Panta Rei. Spontaneously, I write: "The first part is a piano piece by Schumann-titled" Black Peter "gave way I used to play as a kid in piano school." As I continue Arnesen tells his piano teacher gave him at that time that the pieces for a knight - is (Knight, as the good man has apparently translated servant, the same root word is yes) named. Hence the song title. Panta Rei do here blues-heavy prog (Protoprog), determined by Arnesens and Östmans guitars and jazzy with clear felling. Keys do not play such a big role, although now and come on piano and organ used. Therefore sometimes enrich flute and sax, the sound spectrum. A fairly typical of the time is the most blues and west coast-influenced rock forms the basis of this music. On this basis, what is offered is moving, especially in the two long numbers in progressive, bluesy jammige and especially jazz-rock realm. The Schumann adaptation is quite successful, moved the piano part on the guitar and meets well the character of the original. After that the number converts to a sprawling, from nested interplay of electric guitars certain jazz rockers. The closing "The Turk" is characterized by the skillful integration of Turkish oriental influences and brings a fun entertaining album to end. lt’s an album which can't be missed! In a word - classic.