Life – Life (1970)

As a fanatic of Tages (Sweden’s answer to The Beatles), I stumbled upon the band Life and their eponymously titled album, the only record they made. It’s a very good progressive rock album, with a psychedelic edge to it. From the now defunct Cherry Red Records website:

Life’s eponymous album, issued in 1970, is one of the most sought-after Swedish progressive albums. The album describes the cycle of love in life; it boasts tight, melodic songs underpinned by tough drums and lacerating guitars. The trio were supplemented by psychedelic-flavoured string arrangements.

Although recorded in and released in Swedish, 800 copies were manufactured in 1971 of an English-language version of the album for the export market. RPM International’s reissue brings them together for the first time and adds the tracks from Life’s non-album singles.

Life was produced by Anders Henriksson, fresh from just having completed the legendary prog album by Quatermass at Abbey Road. Before that, Henriksson had been the long-term producer of Sweden’s Tages. Issued with the cooperation of EMI Sweden, RPM International’s reissue of the Life album includes input from band member Anders Nordh.

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