Here’s a Track of the Day for those of you who still think Hendrix had the best cover of “All Along the Watchtower.” Träd, Gräs Och Stenar—Swedish for “trees, grass, and stones”—was a quartet of Swedish musicians who had worked together through the ‘60s as members of Pårson Sound, Mecki Mark Men and International Harvester. Träd, Gräs Och Stenar were a pretty big deal within the Swedish counter-culture of the early ‘70s, having played the June 1970 festival at Gärdet that’s been likened to the Swedish Woodstock. It’s this festival that’s credited with much of the rise in awareness of Sweden’s Progg scene (short for the Swedish progressiv musik), the anti-capitalist musical movement with which Träd, Gräs Och Stenar are often associated.
The band put out a trio of studio albums in the ‘70s—this track’s off their self-titled debut, but all three are well worth a listen if you like your music heavy and improvisational and psychedelic. In addition, the Swedish psych label Subliminal Sounds released a double-LP of the band’s set at Gärdet, which is more or less contemporaneous with the release of their first record. The band got back together in the early ‘00s and has continued to release albums (including a 2007 tour-exclusive split CD with tour-mates Acid Mothers Temple), but make sure to start with their old stuff.