NEW (out early September 2017)
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CEMENT - Utmaningen, Sweden 1977 (SHADOKS 192)
LP 400 numbered / heavy sleeve / 180 gram pressing / 2 page insert with liner notes + photos
CEMENT is from the island of Gotland, 320 km east of Sweden's mainland. This island has always been different from the rest of Sweden in many ways, with their own strong dialect and mythology. It’s a myth about Gotland before Christianization and dates back to 1350 AD. According to it Gotland was under water during day time and only surfaced during the night because of a mysterious spell cast upon the island.
Cement was formed during the autumn of 1973 inspired by the aforementioned acts with two guitar players (Björn Jonsson, Anders Åström) and two drummers (Ulf Abrahamsson, Thomas Harlevi) and influenced by such bands as Mountain, Grand Funk Railroad and of course the Swedish power trio November.
The recording of this album was done in 1977 and released only as a limited run of 100 cassette tapes. This is the first ever LP release of the album.
Instrumentally, ”Cement - Utmaningen” is a tour de force, every bit as excellent as any of the better known heavy rock album from the Swedish 70's. As far as the songs go, there's not one single weak track on this album so the album is a true masterpiece.
Heavy dual guitars, great songs, fantastic production and powerful bass, vocals and amazing drums. Way better than most known albums we have heard from Scandinavia. One of the best Swedish underground heavy rock LP's.


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ALRUNE ROD - Hej Du, Denmark 1971 (SHADOKS 193)
LP 500 numbered / heavy sleeve / 180 gram pressing / printed inner-sleeve / Japan protection sleeve / 2 page insert
"Alrune Rod" is the Danish name for the mythical mandrake root and was the name for one of the most popular hippie bands from Denmark. We have already released the first album from 1969 and the third album from 1972. "Hej Du" is the amazing second album from 1971.
Their name "Alrune Rod" was inspired by the Danish author Albert Dam’s book “Syv Fortællinger” (“Seven Stories”) from 1962 where a Robin Hood-like character is sentenced to hanging. While hanging at the end of the rope with his trousers open, he ejaculates, and a mandrake root grows up from where his sperm hits the ground. Just like in sagas where it is the blood from hanged men that nourish the mandrake root on gallows hills. The root, which always has a human-like form, is collected in this novel by a virgin who cares for it and in turn the root makes good things happen.
Their musical style is often described as a hybrid between THE GRATEFUL DEAD and early PINK FLOYD.
This is their real masterpiece. By late summer 1970 Alrune Rod started recording their second album “Hej Du” and were given unlimited studio time at Vanløse Bio. This was a movie theater that housed and operated “Ivar Rosenberg Lydteknik” at night after the screening of the last movie. The studio was advanced for the time with a home-built multi-track tape recorder allowing for experimentation.
“Hej Du” was released in June 1971 with promotional concerts by the new Alrune Rod scheduled across the country.
Leif Roden later recalled that “Hej Du” came on the radio charts for weeks during the summer of 1971 and sold a record high 12,000 copies. According to the chart lists, “Hej Du” entered the bi-weekly top-10 album list on June 12th, 1971 and stayed there until August 4th, with a top position as #3 after Skousen & Ingemann (“Herfra Hvor Vi Står”) and Doors (“L.A. Woman”). Economically it was also a success.
"Hej Du" is as close to an early Pink Floyd sound as any other album from Denmark. Fantastic production and great long trippy psychedelic tracks. A real masterpiece!


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NGOZI FAMILY feat. Chris Zebby Tembo - Heavy Connection, Zambia 1978 (SHADOKS 194)
LP 500 numbered / heavy sleeve / 180 gram pressing colored vinyl (transparent white) / 2 page insert
Ngozi Family, a band that started in 1975 in Lusaka and has since been rising to stardom at a very fast rate. Bandleader Paul Dobson Nyirongo, known as Paul Ngozi got together former members of his old band The Three Years.

Paul Ngozi (Nogozi means danger) with his band gave a popular voice to what later was called "Zamrock", a cool fusion of older African rhythms and 70s rockish underground modes – never too polished, but with a tightness that might have made Anglo groups up in London sit up and take notice! The guitars are razor-sharp here which sounds great next to the harder rhythms at the bottom, and the album's mix of English and Zambian lyrics.
The album "Heavy Connection" was recorded in 1978 together with his drummer Chris Zebby Tembo. Originals of this album are impossible to find and the music suits all fans into the music of his other albums as well as the music of the bands Witch and Amanaz. Fuzz guitars all over with African beats and political lyrics.


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