Mike McLatchey 15-September-2002 Kattvals

It's amazing to find the spirit of Santana alive in this incredibly rare Swedish oddity, apparent from the very opening with its chunky B3, varied percussion and wailing guitar. Fans of Satin Whale, Chango and Dakila (haha) will be amazed at this fusion of Latin and northern stylings. It's not often said that a lot of Swedish progressives had noticeably strong influences from late 60s/70s groups like the Allman Brothers, Santana or the Grateful Dead, but it should be. From a more contemporary perpsective, Kvartetten Som Sprangde are perhaps the most noticeably influenced, swinging from more familiar Kebnekaise-like moments to excerpts that sound like Greg Allman and Dickey Betts belting it out at their best. Kattvals is not the most polished album, in fact, it almost sounds like a series of instrumental jams, but polished is not the point. This is a rarity for the fan of the Hammond B3 sound, good guitar work, the breezy jam feel of the late 60s/early 70s, and simple, but effective melodies. File this one next to Eat a Peach, Eden Rose's On the Way to Eden or early Kebnekaise. Rare doesn't always mean good, but this is one of the cases where it does.

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