[2017·DRCD449]

Bitter Funeral Beer Band: Praise Drumming (CD)

1981 - 1986 Bitter Funeral Beer Band

Today, October 2nd 2017 a knock on my door and suddenly two boxes arrived from Dragon Records with the CD release of the second album w Bitter Funeral Beer Band, “Praise Drumming”. The album was recorded and mixed with Jan-Erik Kongshaug at the Rainbow Studio in Oslo in 1986 and has been very hard to find on vinyl. Moreover it has one of the most beautiful covers ever, created by Gittan Jönsson.

DRCD449 front and back

The reissue of this album from 1986 just received a very good Swedish review by Peter Sjöblom in Mono:
“Lyckligtvis fanns det ett och annat som lyfte åttiotalet ur sitt erbarmeliga elände, både inom jazzen och rocken. Och bortom. Sådant som Bitter Funeral Beer Band som håller än idag och som gör att man kan om kanske inte just fördra, så i alla fall lättare förtränga årtiondets mer osmakliga yttringar………….Trettio år som alltså inte märks i denna evigt unga musik.”


tracks

  1. In A Balinese Bar (8:02)
  2. Two Ewe Songs (7:23)
  3. Upper Region (8:26)
  4. Twisted Pattern (2:30)
  5. Ammasu (5:05)
  6. Pire for Palme (5:20)
  7. Dar-Kpen Gan Da Gina (4:20)
  8. Praise Drumming for ANC (3:14)

musicians

  • Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Flute, Percussion – Björn Hellström
  • Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion – Sigge Krantz
  • Bass Guitar, Percussion – Thomas Huhn
  • Cello, Percussion – Matthias Helldén*
  • Cover [Front] – Gittan Jönsson
  • Drums, Percussion – Tomas Mera Gartz*
  • Electric Guitar, Violin, Percussion – Tord Bengtsson
  • Mastered By – Rune Persson
  • Percussion – Liselotte Norelius*
  • Photography By [Back Cover] – Kärsti Stiege
  • Producer, Liner Notes – Bengt Berger
  • Recorded By, Mixed By – Jan-Erik Kongshaug*
  • Tenor Saxophone, Percussion – Ulf Wallander
  • Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute, Percussion – Thomas Gustafson
  • Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Percussion – Bengt Ernryd
  • Trumpet, Percussion – Tommy Adolfsson
  • Vocals, Amadinda, Xylophone, Percussion – Anita Livstrand
  • Xylophone [Ko-Gyil], Amadinda, Percussion – Bengt Berger

more info

Recorded at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway, March 25 and 26, 1986.

The ornaments on the cover painting are derived from Ashanti Kente-cloth patterns. They all carry a meaning.