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Samla Mammas Manna — Klossa Knapitatet
(Silence SRSCD 3617, 1974/1995, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 1996-03-01

Klossa Knapitatet Cover art

This album is the classic Swedish group's third album and perhaps the most impressive of the early Coste Apetrea incarnation. Samla in the early 70s were far more progressive rock/fusion oriented than their later RIO/avant tendencies and were somewhat more accessible – sort of. Most Samla music is fully imbued with a large sense of humor and mix their music up with lots of screaming and weird voices. Great progressive fusion can lead directly into bar-drinking songs and hilarious accordion filled romps. While their zany nature may put some off, I find Samla's humor a crucial element to what makes them such a fantastic outfit. With their undisputed technical virtuosity and dazzling arrangements, Samla were one of the most fascinating innovative rock outfits of the 70s Highly recommended.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 9, 1995 releases, 1974 recordings

Related artist(s): Lars Hollmer, Samla Mammas Manna / Zamla Mammaz Manna / Von Zamla, Hasse Bruniusson

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