Arbete Och Fritid

Also known as A&F, Arbete & Fritid, Arbete Å Fritid
Members of Arbete Och Fritid: Bengt Berger, Bosse Skoglund, Kjell Westling, Ove Karlsson, Roland Keijser, Thomas Gartz, Torbjörn Abelli, Tord Bengtsson, Torsten Eckerman, Ulf Lauthers

Discography of Arbete Och Fritid:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Slottsbergets Hambo Å Andra Valser 20 Audio 2005 MNW Resonans
2 Arbete Och Fritid 10 Audio 1973 MNW
3 Käringtand 15 Audio 1976 YTF
4 Håll Andan 7 Audio 1979 MNW
5 … Sen Dansar Vi Ut 18 Audio 1977 Hurv
6 Slottsbergets Hambo Å Andra Valser 18 Audio 1972 MNW
7 Deep Woods 16 Audio 1993 Resource Records (3)
8 Sweden Radio Toukraft 1979 2 Audio Not On Label


Swedish new-music, folk, jazz and rock group of the 1970's. Arbete Och Fritid means Work And Play. They were an extremely influential and seminal band, a meeting ground for musicians from many other bands before and after, especially as a link between Harvester and Archimedes Badkar.

Early recordings cross-bred traditional Swedish folk themes with systemic and contemporary styles, with vaguely rock rhythms and jazz instruments. They were never easy to classify, running through many styles, encompassing melody, fury and dissonance, through to almost straight folk, and all other bases.

They also recorded albums with other musicians, sometimes in collaboration or just as the backing band, played at folk, jazz and rock festivals. Their final album Håll Andan "Keep the spirit" from 1979 was a no-holds-barred exploration in innovation, pushing the envolope in a manner similar to the German band Faust.

All the musicians in Arbete Och Fritid have gone onto other projects, many still active 30+ years on.


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