TITLE: The Lilac Years
YEAR RELEASED: 1969
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: I Wake Up and Call, Deep Inside My Heart, The Lilac Years
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Sailing Across the Ocean was on a few comps
LINEUP: Goran Lagerberg, Lasse Svenson, Anders Topel, Danne Larsson. Anders Nord and Bjorn Linder replaced Topel and Larsson and Mats Landahl joined after this was recorded, but before release. They’re on the bonus tracks.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Four of the Tages form their own band after the lead singer of that Swedish band quit. It’s obscure, sure, but good all the same.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Tages were a Swedish pop and rock band that were big in Scandanavia, but nowhere else. They had some interesting tracks but never made an inroad in the rest of Europe. The lead singer of Tages left in 1968, so the leftover musicians formed Blond.
What came out was a pretty solid psychedelic pop / rock record that features some interesting tempo changes (Tages had a few tracks like that) and some hooks and melodies. Goran Lagerberg was the main songwriter for Tages, so he carried forward to this project.
There are some standout tracks here that could have made an impact if they were promoted somewhat in the UK or US. (They were signed to Fontana, which wasn’t much of a label in the US). Though a few tracks fall into some overly twee psychedelia – it is 1969 after all – some tracks remind me of good old fashioned power pop.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: After this was recorded, two of the members left, and were replaced by two others that were then on the US album cover.Then they added another singer (Lagerberg was the main singer for the album) but petered out soon after a single.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: On CD, their last single, and a Swedish song broken into two parts.
GRADE B+: If you’re into the psychedelic power pop thing, you’ll dig this. I did.