Arbete Och Fritid

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Swedish new-music, folk, jazz and rock group of the 1970's. Arbete Och Fritid means Work And Play. They were an extremely influential and seminal band, a meeting ground for musicians from many other bands before and after, especially as a link between Harvester and Archimedes Badkar.
Early recordings cross-bred traditional Swedish folk themes with systemic and contemporary styles, with vaguely rock rhythms and jazz instruments. They were never easy to classify, running through many styles, encompassing melody, fury and dissonance, through to almost straight folk, and all other bases.
They also recorded albums with other musicians, sometimes in collaboration or just as the backing band, played at folk, jazz and rock festivals. Their final album Håll Andan "Keep the spirit" from 1979 was a no-holds-barred exploration in innovation, pushing the envolope in a manner similar to the German band Faust.
All the musicians in Arbete Och Fritid have gone onto other projects, many still active 30+ years on.
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SLP-2513 Arbete Och Fritid - Arbete Och Fritid album art Arbete Och Fritid Arbete Och Fritid (Album) Sonet SLP-2513 Sweden 1970 Sell This Version
SLP-2526 Arbete Och Fritid - Arbete & Fritids Andra LP album art Arbete & Fritid* Arbete & Fritids Andra LP (Album) Sonet SLP-2526 Sweden 1971 Sell This Version
MNW 26P Arbete Och Fritid - Slottsbergets Hambo Å Andra Valser album art Rolf Lundqvist Å Arbete Å Fritid* Rolf Lundqvist Å Arbete Å Fritid* - Slottsbergets Hambo Å Andra Valser (Album) MNW MNW 26P Sweden 1972 Sell This Version
RELP 1149 Arbete Och Fritid - Club Jazz 6 album art Kustbandet / Arbete Och Fritid Kustbandet / Arbete Och Fritid - Club Jazz 6(LP, Album) SR Records RELP 1149 Sweden 1972 Sell This Version
MNW 39P Arbete Och Fritid - Arbete Och Fritid album art Arbete Och Fritid Arbete Och Fritid (Album) MNW MNW 39P Sweden 1973 Sell This Version
MNW 5F Arbete Och Fritid - Ur Spår! album art Arbete & Fritid* Ur Spår!(LP, Album) MNW MNW 5F Sweden 1975 Sell This Version
YTF-50130 Arbete Och Fritid - Käringtand album art Margareta Söderberg, Arbete & Fritid* / Pojkarna På Storholmen Margareta Söderberg, Arbete & Fritid* / Pojkarna På Storholmen - Käringtand YTF YTF-50130 Sweden 1976 Sell This Version
KRLP-3 Arbete Och Fritid - ...Sen Dansar Vi Ut album art Arbete Och Fritid ...Sen Dansar Vi Ut (Album) Hurv KRLP-3 Sweden 1977 Sell This Version
MNW 75P Arbete Och Fritid - Se Upp För Livet album art Arbete & Fritid* Se Upp För Livet (Album) MNW MNW 75P Sweden 1977 Sell This Version
MNW 92P Arbete Och Fritid - Håll Andan album art Arbete & Fritid* Håll Andan(LP, Album) MNW MNW 92P Sweden 1979 Sell This Version

Compilations

MNWCD 224 Arbete Och Fritid - 1969-1979 album art Arbete & Fritid* 1969-1979 (Comp) MNW MNWCD 224 Sweden 1991 Sell This Version

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ultimathulerecords

February 17, 2014
These are one of the most unusual lands you are likely to come across in Europe. Their music is impossible to categorise as they cover such a large area, ranging from Heavy Metal through to Cosmic dirges to strange arrangements of traditional folk melodies. Their first release for the MNW label is made up of these strange folky melodies. They seem to be able to do things to folk tunes like Popol Vuh do to Indian ragas. UR SPAR is a different kettle of fish, being one complete work recorded live in concert, it's a kind of minimalistic excursion with the strange instrumentation of violin, trumpets, bass, cello, guitars and percussion. Their most satisfying work is SE UPP FOR LIVET, a double album. This album is more diverse, delving deep into cosmic music at times and also into the minimalistic area explored by Tony Conrad and Faust, and of course the occasional Heavy Metal and Folky tracks. A warning must be given for the album SEN DANSAR VI UT as this is nothing like the other platters, being very straight renditions of traditional folk tunes - a bit like the Chieftains?
by Alan & Steve Freeman, first published in Neumusik, issue 5 (August 1981)

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