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Mecki Mark Men – Running In The Summer Night (1969) [Remastered]

8-05-2014, 13:30
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Mecki Mark Men – Running In The Summer Night (1969) [Remastered]

Artist: Mecki Mark Men
Title Of Album: Running In The Summer Night
Year Of Release: 2004
Label: Universal 986608-2
Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Quality: MP3 | FLAC
Bitrate: VBR 0 | 16Bit/44kHz
Total Size: 167 MB | 437 MB
Total Time: 58:34
Website: Discogs

01. Sweet Swede Girls (4:20)
02. Playing Child (4:40)
03. Is He Safe? (4:13)
04. I Don't Wanna Hurt You (4:00)
05. Future On The Road (4:46)
06. Spoken Introduction (0:13)
07. Born (3:59)
08. Different Directions (2:54)
09. Being Is More Than Life (2:46)
10. Help Me Somebody (2:29)
11. Butterfly (3:18)
12. Running In The Summernight (5:13)
13. Future On The Road (6:04)
14. The Life Cycle (9:39)

Mecki Bodemark: organ & vocals
Pelle Ekman: drums
Bengt "Bella" Fehrlin (Linnarsson): bass
Kenny Häkansson: guitar

Review from ProgArchives:
Lead by keyboardist and vocalist Mecki Bodemark, MECKI MARK MEN are considered one of the first big Swedish psychedelic acts. They released an eponymous album in 1968 but soon after, Bodemark went his own way and teemed up with a threesome called the BABY GRANDMOTHERS to form MECKI MARK MEN. In 1968, they were the supporting act for FRANK ZAPPA AND THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION at Stockholm's Concert House, as well as for JIMI HENDRIX during his Swedish tour. In 1969, they released a second album called "Running in the Summer Night", made TV appearances and were part of the Swedish cast of the popular musical "Hair". The following year, they went on a U.S. tour and played at rock festivals headlining The BYRDS, SLY & THE FAMILY STONE and JETHRO TULL among others. However, the tour ended up in chaos. They had stayed there for 3 months yet their visas were only valid for 6 weeks; they were also stuck in a hotel room they couldn't afford. So they made a deal with their manager, returned home and paid their debts by recording a third album ("Marathon"). They then broke up, with most of the cast soon resurfacing as KEBNEKAISE. They released a fourth album in 1979 under their original name, where Mecki Bodemark features as the only original member.
Typical of 60's psych and R&B, their music resembles that of JIMI HENDRIX, IRON BUTTERFLY and VANILLA FUDGE: trippy, brain melting distorted lead guitar with plenty of fuzz and wah-wah, and lots of wasted, stoned out vocals from Bodemark who, btw, does the same things with his formidable Hammond organ as Hendrix with his guitar. Their better release is perhaps "Running in the Summer Night", an album of heavy acid space rock where everyone is at his best, particularly Bodemark and guitar wizard Kenny Häkansson.
Thanks to the Swedish (prog) rock label Mellotronen we can enjoy the second album "Running In The Summer Night". The music on the 14 songs (including two bonus tracks) is very similar to VANILLA FUDGE (soulful vocals and Hammond organ), The JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE (wah-wah guitar) and CREAM (powerful guitar and propulsive rhythm-section). The melodic progressive mix of rock, blues and jazz and the solos on guitar (often fiery) and Hammond (bluesy and swirling) sound very tasteful with lots of changing atmospheres in that typical Sixties mood. Not only the music is great, also the artwork: a digipack triple-foldout-cover with an inlay info book.

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