Ragnarok - s/t. 1976 Sweden

Ragnarök - s/t. 1976 Silence

CD reissues: 1995 Silence; 2011 Belle Antique (Japan mini-LP)

Packaging details: My personal copy is the Silence CD which I bought not long after release. This CD, however, fell out of print and became quite rare for some time. The Japanese mini put the product back on the shelves, but of course at a higher price. The cover is somewhat nondescript (single sleeve), so I'll probably stay with the Silence CD. My first copy of the album was the original LP, but moved it years ago to no regrets.

Notes: Soft, quiet instrumental rock based on typically Swedish themes. Like a less rollicking Kebnekaise circa their second album. Flute, acoustic/electric guitar and Rhodes piano lead the instrumental parade. A fine album that aurally represents a Nordic winter by the fire. The band's later albums, coming in a full four years after this, are considerably more energetic than this debut.

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