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Dream - Get Dreamy (1967) review

Dream “Get Dreamy” (Shadoks, 2013)

Dream was a short lived Norwegian psychedelic pop band featuring legendary guitarist Terje Rypdal. They recorded their lone album for Polydor in 1967, in between his stints with The Vanguards and his 1968 debut solo album. The tracks feature groovy organ fills, loud fuzz guitars and striking, soulful vocals (particularly the tracks sung by drummer Tom Karlsen). The British Invasion was in full swing in Norway when the album was recorded and their live sets featured excellent covers of The Moody Blues, Procol Harum, and The Beatles. They were also so enamoured of Jimi Hendrix that Rypdal sent him an autographed copy of the album, calling special attention to the track they recorded in his honour, “Hey Jimi”.

Along with hard rocking blues scorchers like “Ain’t No Use” and laidback soul (“Emptiness Gone”), the band offer some intriguing arrangements which add horn embellishments, backward guitars, eerie spoken-word bits, and , er, dreamy flutework. Much of this is captured in the ferocious 8 ½ minute centrepiece “Ain’t No Use”, which incorporates some of Rypdal’s finest Hendrixian pyrotechnics.

“Driftin’” is a floating, harmony-filled pop masterpiece, reminiscent of The Rascals, with luxuriously syrupy organ backing – a lovely companion to “Groovin’”! Another highlight is the stomping instrumental, “Night of The Lonely Organist and His Mysterious Pals,” featuring screaming solos from Rypdal, walking basslines, a snazzy drum rolls, and an exceptional, Booker T- inspired solo from Christain Reim. As usual, the band add some outrageous effects in the form of a theremin-sounding spacey echo which opens and closes the song. The band are not without a sense of humour as demonstrated with the snazzy, jazzy two-step toodaloo, “You’re Right About Me”. The aforementioned “Hey Jimi” is everything it’s expected to be – bleeding solo, soulful vocals from Karlsen, a fine tribute to their hero.

Review made by Jeff Penczak/2013
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