Sing Out My Soul (Hemmets Harold LP 348) 1970? Sweden *

 

 

Just might have to hand out the ol’ 5-star rating to this irresistible Swedish custom 1p. It’s certainly the most exciting thing I’ve heard from those parts. Though much of the album is remakes of things like ‘Oh Happy Day’, ‘Calvary’ (to the tune of ‘Yesterday’), and ‘Amen’, it’s the psych, go-go, lounge, and beat interpretations these four guys apply that elevate it to the coveted “monster” status. Plastered throughout with what sounds like a ballpark organ giving mood to the softly crooned ballads and setting the bouncy numbers on fire and delivering some incredible surging solos. ‘He Is There’ gets served up with some stinging fuzz guitar. ‘I Recommend’ is a go-go masterpiece that’ll get you up out of your chair, as will the swingin’ covers of ‘I Met Him In Church’ and ‘Amen’ (for their interpretation of the latter imagine the ‘Tequila’ rhythm slowed down a little). ‘I Surrender All’ closes the set bringing back the fuzz plus some spastic bursts of wah-wah guitar for what’s got to be the most powerful rendition of this classic hymn ever recorded. Special thanks to Bob Felberg for introducing me to this classic. (The Archivist, 4th Edition by Ken Scott).

I have not acquired this album yet.  Thank you George for the rear cover photo.

Tracks:

Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Sing Out My Soul
1-2Can It Be True
1-3I Met Him In Church
1-4I Know A Place
1-5He Is There
2-1Oh, Happy Day
2-2Amen
2-3Calvary
2-4I Recommend
2-5I Surrender All

 

 

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