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Somebody Keeps Calling My Name - Baby Grandmothers


Take a quick listen: HERE

Download it: HERE

Track found on the Swedish trio’s eponymous single originally released in Finland on Eteenpäin! 7”, #GNS5, 1968.
Produced by: M.A. Numminen.
Written by: Kenny Håkansson, Bengt Linnarson & Pelle Ekman.

Kenny Håkansson - guitar, vocals
Bengt Linnarsson - bass
Pelle Ekman - drums

In 2007 on the Subliminal Sounds label produced a remastered/re-released Baby Grandmothers that album pulled together the songs found on the single as well as five live recordings which are of a very high sound quality.  The compilation includes music spanning September 1967 to March 1968.

This is really great stuff, especially the two long-form jams from October 1967, which together total over 35 minutes: in these pieces, which of course are mostly improv, Håkansson demonstrates an impressive ability to take a theme, play countless imaginative variations and derivations, and then finally return to the original melody with a cathartic bang. What’s more, this stuff is heavy: the fuzz tone of the guitar is delicious, and while the rhythm section sometimes gets lost behind Håkansson’s guitar heroics, for the most part they more than hold their own, offering an impressive, pounding accompaniment.

1.  Somebody keeps calling my name — 9:14
2.  Being is more than life — 5:40
3.  Bergakungen — 16:19
4.  Being is more than life (2) — 19:45
5.  St. George’s Dragon — 7:30
6.  St. George’s Dragon (2) — 0:57
7.  Raw Diamond — 1:30

Total time - 60:31 

A little background reading provided below by Interlacing Shadows who writes about the second album to be compiled of previously unreleased psychedelic gems, recorded at the Filips café, Stockholm, September 30th, 1967.

Album:  Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out
Recorded: 30.09.1967
Released: 2007
Download: Here

Baby Grandmothers were formed out of the legendary R&B / beat band T-Boones in the summer of 1967. T-Boones are probably best known for their “At the club/King of the Orient” single which is one of the best, and most collectable, out of the Swedish garage beat-era. Guitar-wiz Kenny Håkansson joined the band in 1965 and with the group down to a trio they drifted into the psychedelic sounds of the time and in August 1967 released the single “I Want You”, which definitely was the first hard-rock recording ever made in Sweden. The band was then re-christened Baby Grandmothers by the co-founder of the newly opened psychedelic club Filips, for which he needed a house-band. Filips was the legendary breeding ground for bands such as Hansson & Karlsson, Pärson Sound, as well as orgiastic all night jams with foreign luminaries such as Jimi Hendrix and the Mothers of Invention. Baby Grandmothers also supported Jimi Henrix on his Swedish tour in 1968 and then turned into Mecki Mark Men, who became the first Swedish rock band to tour the US. Founding member Kenny Håkansson went on to form the highly influential Kebnekajse, who created the Swedish electric folk psych sound. This unique collection brings live-recordings made at Filips, their impossibly rare single and a rare live recording made in Finland. Painstakingly collected and researched by Dungen’s guitarist Reine Fiske.