BO HANSSON

Exotica • Sweden
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Swedish keyboard player/composer Bo Hansson first emerged in the 1960s as part of a duo that made a name for itself, first in Sweden and then on tour in Europe, and issued a series of three albums. Jimi Hendrix heard the group and reportedly recorded some jams with Hansson that have thus far remained unreleased. The guitarist recorded one of Hansson's songs ("Tax-Free"), and the group later toured with the Experience.

During the early '70s, Hansson burst on the international scene with his concept album Lord of the Rings, an all-instrumental album inspired by the literary trilogy written by J.R.R. Tolkien, which had been a best-seller for years among college students. The album received gold record awards in England and Australia. Licensed by Tony Stratton-Smith's Charisma Records label in England and America, the album was the subject of an extensive television advertising campaign that turned it into a hit in
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Ur Trollkarlens HattUr Trollkarlens Hatt
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The Lord Of The RingsThe Lord Of The Rings
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Attic ThoughtsAttic Thoughts
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Music Inspired By Watership DownMusic Inspired By Watership Down
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EMI Import 2004
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Music Inspired by Lord of the RingsMusic Inspired by Lord of the Rings
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MellanväsenMellanväsen
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Magician's HatMagician's Hat
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EMI Import 2004
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Sagan Om Ringen/Lord of the RingsSagan Om Ringen/Lord of the Rings
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Silence Music 2009
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Nosag 2005
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BO HANSSON Sagan Om Ringen (aka Music Inspired By Lord Of The Rings) album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Sagan Om Ringen (aka Music Inspired By Lord Of The Rings)
Exotica 1970
BO HANSSON Ur Trollkarlens Hatt album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ur Trollkarlens Hatt
Exotica 1972
BO HANSSON Mellanväsen (aka Attic Thoughts) album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Mellanväsen (aka Attic Thoughts)
Exotica 1975
BO HANSSON El-Ahrairah (aka Music Inspired By Watership Down) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
El-Ahrairah (aka Music Inspired By Watership Down)
Exotica 1977
BO HANSSON Mitt I Livet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mitt I Livet
Exotica 1985

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BO HANSSON Mellanväsen (aka Attic Thoughts)

Album · 1975 · Exotica
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Because he scored a cult hit early in his career with an album of music “inspired by The Lord of the Rings”, Bo Hanson has always been lumped in with the art rock crowd, which is unfortunate because the people who would probably appreciate his music more are fans of incidental music, soundtracks, adverts and things like that. "Mellanvasm" aka “Attic Thoughts”, like Hanson’s other albums, consists of short instrumentals on which he plays most of the instruments via multi-tracking creating a very personal sound. As mentioned earlier, soundtrack music makes for a good reference to Hanson’s sound, you could also include the exotic pop instrumentals of Brian Wilson and George Martin. Some cuts also recall 60s lounge pop-jazz, the sort of sound that had a revival during the initial acid jazz phase.

Hanson creates his personal sound stories using a plethora of analog keyboards (as well as guitars etc) making this album a good one for those who enjoy the sound of 70s instrumental keyboard based exotic albums such as Augustas Pablo’s “East of the River Nile’ or Les McCann’s "Layers". I have heard Hanson’s music used in acid jazz mixes, so there are some out there who recognize where Hanson’s music might find a good fit. Hopefully more soundtrack and exotica fans will discover this unique and 'charming' music.

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