Sunday, 6 November 2016

November - Tillbaks Till Stockholm

Sunday, time for a classic.

NOVEMBER is a Swedish rock band formed in Stockholm, Sweden in 1969 by Christer Stålbrandt, Richard Rolf and Björn Inge. The band has been called Sweden's first Hard rock/heavy metal band in the Swedish documentary Så jävla metal from 2011.

They were known to play "as fast as they could" and with lots of guitar solos, but their style has not much in common with Speed Metal. Their music was instead partly inspired by American acid rock, but also heavy and blues based like a mixture of some early URIAH HEEP hits like "Bird of Prey" and "Easy Livin", CREAM and LED ZEPPELIN. NOVEMBER started in 1968 at Tegelhögen, a youth club in Vällingby (a Stockholm suburb). At this club Christer Stålbrandt and Björn Inge played together with two friends as The Imps. After a few months Stålbrandt left the group to form a new group called Train. Björn Inge joined shortly after. Train also included Snowy White on guitar. In the early autumn of 1969 Snowy decided to return to his native homeland, England, and Richard Rolf joined as their new guitarist.

On November 1st, 1969 they supported Peter Green's FLEETWOOD MAC at the Que-Club in Gothenburg, and therefore they decided to call themselves NOVEMBER.

NOVEMBER was one of the first Swedish rock bands with Swedish lyrics. Most of the lyrics were written by Stålbrandt, influenced by the 60's flower power movement. Despite the Swedish lyrics, November was quite popular in England. While touring in England the lyrics was often translated to English, the crowd, however, insisted on the band performing with Swedish lyrics.

NOVEMBER recorded three albums which all reached high places on the Swedish charts. After their last concert at club Domino on New Year's Eve 1972 the band split up and had up until 2007, only performed once, namely during the release party for the CD November-Live 1993 (recorded on tour in 1971) on 30 Nov 1993.

Christer Stålbrandt moved on starting the group Saga, Björn Inge joined jazz rockers Energy, and Richard Rolf was one of the forming members of Bash and later on joined Nature.

As today it's November 6, I thought I would be cool to play a tune from NOVEMBERS 3:rd album "6:e November".

Where the cover of the record is pretty historic.

The Battle of Lützen (6 November 1632) was one of the most important battles of the Thirty Years' War, which began with the Second Defenestration of Prague in 1618 and ended with the Treaty of Westfahlen in 1648. The battle was a Protestant victory, but cost the life of one of the most important leaders of the Protestant alliance, the Swedish King Gustav II Adolf, which caused the Protestant campaign to lose direction. The battle was legendary for the fog, which lay heavy over the fields of Saxony that morning. The phrase "Lützendimma" (Lützen fog) is still used in the Swedish language in order to describe particularly heavy fog.

The fallen king is remembered every year in Sweden, on Gustavus Adolphus Day the 6 November, with serene celebrations and special pastries.

Today's tune "Tillbaks Till Stockholm" is released as a single 1971, also on the remastered version of the 3:rd album "6:e November"

More info @

Official November Web

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