Magnolia - Self Titled (CD)
Catalog number: Trans022
Magnolia is the band of Swedish guitarist, Ronny Eriksson. The CD is highly influenced by the hard rock bands of the late 60’s and early 70’s like Cream, November, Mountain, Buffalo, etc.. This record has plenty of killer riffs and jams. All the lyrics are sung in Swedish. There are a couple of instrumental tracks as well and one features trombone! Track 6 is one of the best and features guest guitarist, Jack Vreeswijk, and some great guitar duals. Amazing stuff! If you are a fan of the heavy early 70’s blues rock, you can’t go wrong with this great CD. Loads of lead guitar and a great sound. This CD really grows on you as well, even if you don’t understand Swedish!
This heavy rock gem is the brainchild of Ronny Eriksson and reflects his interest in the late ‘60s early ‘70s guitar-driven sounds of bands like Mountain, Cream and Sweden’s own November. The disc takes its name from the thunderous Blue Cheer track “Magnolia Caboose Babyfinger” off their second platter Outsideinside (released 1968). Though the lyrics are sung in Swedish, the aggressive riffing and swelling song structure are more than enough to satisfy fans of bombastic rock. There is a level of progressive stoner bits in the tuned down “Resa Utan Slut,” “Natt Blev Dag” and the sinister “Dalslandsk Polska” yet most of the record contains big open-chords reminiscent of Black Sabbath in “Vem Bestammer?” Uriah Heep in “Forsvunnen” or early UFO in “Stanna Till!'.
Recorded as an analog recording, it gives the project an added thickness and depth. Even solos like the one heard in the title track “Magnolia” carry tremendous weight and dexterity. Eriksson does a fine job capturing the mood of the early ‘70s with a hollow or echoed recording, added sound effects and vocal distortion. He’s also not afraid of putting in some tasty funk beats or locking in on a catchy groove.