Thursday, January 3, 2008

Blond - The Lilac Years (1969)

Once again by request. Blond were from Gothenborg/Sweden and evolved out of the Tages. Their one and only album is a hotchpotch of pop-psych and late sixties rock. Not the best album in the world but quite appealing. The reissue came out in 2003 (Universal 018335-2). There are also three videos added on the CD showing them performing "The Weight", "My Days Are Numbered" and "Caroline". The sound and picture quality is excellent and might interest you too.

- Six White Horses
- Deep Inside My Heart
- Sailing Across The Ocean
- Time Is Mine
- The Girl I Once Had
- The Lilac Years
- I Wake Up And Call
- Sun In Her Hand
- I Pick Up The Bus
- There's A Man Standing In The Corner
- (I Will Bring You) Flowers In The Morning
- Caroline
- Lost Child (bonus)
- How Can I Pray When I Don't Believe (bonus)
- Balladen Om Killen Del 1 (bonus by Örjan)
- Balladen Om Killen Del 2 (bonus by Örjan)
- The Weight • Live (bonus)

Göran Lagerberg (vcls, bs) [AB]
Anders Töpel (gtr, vcls) [A]
Danne Larsson (gtr, vcls) [A]
Lasse Svensson (drms) [AB]
Anders Nordh (gtr) [B]
Björn Linder (gtr) [BC]
Mats Landahl (keyb'ds, vcls) [C]
Björn Töpel (gtr) [C]

Band origin:
Gothenborg (Sweden)

1. (A) The Lilac Years (Fontana TY 881015) 1969

1. (A) I Wake Up And Call/The Girl I Once Had
       (Fontana 271281 TF) 1969
2. (A) The Lilac Years/Six White Horses
       (Fontana 271282 TF) 1969
3. (A) Deep Inside My Heart/(I Will Bring You)
       Flowers In The Morning (Fontana 1673) 1969
4. (A) I Wake Up And Call/(I Will Bring You)
       Flowers In The Morning (Fontana H 1040) 1969
5. (C) Lost Child/How Can I Pray When I Don't Believe
       (Fontana 6089002) 1970

[3. US release]
[4. UK release]

Get the sound here (Artwork included)

And the videos there:
The Weight (video clip)
My Days Are Numbered (video clip)
Caroline (video clip)

Listen to Time Is Mine


Anonymous said...

Great album, great band, thnak you for sharing this.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I also Want to Thank You!!!! Great Band!!!

cocoloco said...

Thankx a lot. Fantastic album and fantastic front cover. Beautiful.

Anonymous said...

'Sun In Her Hand' may be one of the best pop songs ever written. A little known pysch-pop gem.

Anonymous said...

Cool! Been looking for this for quite some time - many thanks for sharing. All the best,

Anonymous said...

Thanks man, I've been lookin for this album for a very long time. God bless you.

Anonymous said...

Not the best album in the world???? It's ONE of the best albums in the world. I'd certainly rate it one of the top ten albums of the 60s. The songs are very good, the performances and production outstanding.

Also, for those who notice such details, it features the best bass guitar sound on any record made before about 1971 and the drum kit also sounds pretty damn good too!

pepsycolo said...

Good band,thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tyeve said...

Thanks very much for posting this. I was amazed and pleased to find this here. I met Tages in 1966 and was friends with Tommy for a while -- all before Blond of course. I have the 1994 EMI Svenska CD set "Tages: This one's for you!", their complete recordings, in case that would be useful to be posted for anyone.

Anonymous said...

I'm looking for this cd?
can anyone help me

Anonymous said...

i saw BLOND LILAC YEARS both on cd & lp on Ebay.

Anonymous said...

I've been a prog fan since the 60's and I never heard of this group.

An excellent effort with some brilliant singing and production values.


Anonymous said...

Superb Blog...This is much appreciated.
Cheers Dan.