For year avid prog collector Tom Hayes of CD Reissue Wish List blog fame pounded away at me on the greatness of Berits Halsband and I simply ignored him. Truth is I just wasn't ready for it until now. Now I am - will you be?
Berits Halsband was a "one and done" octet from Sweden. The album was originally released in 1975 in micro-quantities. Basically its a seamless blending of instrumental Canterbury flavored prog and kosmigroov jazz along the lines of Bitches Brew played out over 4 extended tracks. Flutes and trumpets are in the forefront with electric piano and wah-wah guitar grooving away. The music has a wonderful flow to it. If you've heard the current band Hooffoot and enjoyed that you will definitely dig this one.
This comes in a gorgeous mini-LP sleeve and the audio has been transferred from the original master tapes. The release is a collaboration between two Greek outfits - Music Bazz and Sound Effect Records. They did this up the right way. Highly recommended.
TOM YOU WERE RIGHT! I WAS WRONG!