Play It Maestro (Prim 570.580) 1979 Sweden *
In the early 1980s the Lamb & Lion label attempted to expose this unusual Swedish lp to the American market. Apparently it must have ﬂopped in a big way – I seem to remember every Odd Lots store in Ohio ending up with about one million copies each. Pity because it’s a fairly interesting attempt at a progressive jazz-rock fusion style. Solid electric guitar with occasional blues-rock inﬂuences, especially ‘Big City Blues’ and ‘The Beast And The King’ (the latter sounding a little like fellow countrymen Vatten). The synthesizer, piano and violin leads give a couple faint impressions of artists like Chick Corea/Return To Forever and Jean Luc Ponty. Curious titles like ‘Queen Of Nothing’, ‘Unborn Child’, ‘Life Is Not A Passing Dream’ and ‘I Was Walking Through The Gardens Of The Night’. Some of the slower plodding tracks can be difficult to approach on ﬁrst listen, but overall Play It Maestro stands as a rather singular expression in Christian music. This original 1979 Swedish press (sung in English) is the same recording as the US version, though it comes in a much classier gatefold cover. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
Thank you George for the front and rear cover photos.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-1||Queen of Nothing||5:03|
|1-3||Big City Blues||4:48|
|1-4||Play It Maestro||5:54|
|2-1||Life is not a Passing Dream||6:32|
|2-2||The Old Man’s Word||3:05|
|2-3||The Beast and The King||4:11|
|2-4||I Was Walking Through the Gardens of the Night||2:35|
|2-5||The King is Alive||5:09|