HOT and ABLE
1983-85 is the first release in a series of two made up of Lars first
early works. This album features
16 never officially released tracks originally performed by his band at
the time "JOE COOL".
The influences of Deep Purple, Rainbow etc are never far away while
neoclassical and progressive influences add spice to some of the more
straight ahead rock material on this release which arguably is Lars
best sounding album to date.
These songs represent Lars’ first serious compositions made for and
originally performed by his band at the time, ”Joe Cool” which
originally featured a female singer, later a male one when the band
started adaping a more straight ahead hard rock style. A few minor
updates to the lyrics and music were made during the recording but
mostly this is what they were like originally. Original drummer Olle
Sjöstrand’s fine ideas have remained as an inspiration throughout the
years. Some of the songs on Lars’ debut album ”Eternity” were take from
this period though most of that album and the following ”No Surrender”
were written very fast in the studio while making those album and it is
quite likely that these songs are superior having been road tested and
developed over time while Lars was sick of them at the time and
preferred not to include them on his debut and the following
album. Lars recalls that going back to these songs was a decision
made alrealy 6 years ago, but time did not permit this to happen
sooner. So here they are, 30 years later!
The lyrics are not always to be taken too seriously while some of them
had to be editied for this release. The song ”Takes One Fool” written
in 1983 originally suggested that we world would go under in 1984.
Lars played almost exclusively Fender Stratocasters through Soldano
amplification with almost no pedals (just a phaser on a few rare spots)
on this recording. The Bass was performed on an early 70-ies
Rickenbacker and besides the Hammond organ there are very little
keyboards on this album. The last tracks was played on a fretless Bass
Maniac bass and a no name acoustic nylon string. (Originally this was a
LARS ERIC MATTSSON - HOT AND ABLE SEES DIGITAL
RELEASE VIA LION MUSIC ON 20 JUNE 2014.
01. Hot and Able
Just a simple rock track with lyrics that go with that:-) This one is
from 1984 and was quite a live favourite back in the day. Originally
the rempo was a bit faster but Lars felt this version is better.
02. Takes One
Originally a song influenced by an Orson Welles novel predicting that
the world would go under in 1984 this song more epic song was written
in 1983 but for this release the lyrics have been partially rewritten.
This is one of the longer and more progressive tunes from this era.
03. Run Tonight The Purple influeces are not too far away on this funky
tune with it's odd meter mid riff section.
04. Left Out in the Cold A bluesy track that has been updated with a somewhat
cooler main riff. This one is Lars' personal favourite on this album.
05. See the Stars Starting off with a
simple but cool Blackmore influenced riff that originally was running
much longer and a solo section that oozes neoclassical this one was a
real favourite back in the day.
06. Scarlet This one has
been re-arranged quite a lot since the original version which did not
have the same cool rhythm guitar riffs.
07. Don't Think
Neoclassical, slow and heavy track with lyrics that should not be taken
08. This Wolf Hunts Alone One of the first songs Lars wrote, the lyics won't
bring him any awards but then again this one should not be taken too
09. Lay Down Your Sword A progressive and somewhat epic anti war song that was
one of the real favourites live.
10. Rock the Nation Written for the stage this rocker should not be tarken
too seriously. The track mixes simple rock and roll with a few unusual
chords and odd beat riffing in a weird but fun way.
11.The Dream has Gone Written in 1984 this
track mixes traditional heavy metal with neoclassical in a way that was
quite unique back in the day.
12. Don't Throw Away One of the first songs Lars wrote in 1983 and one of
the first performed by "Joe Cool".
13. Enola Gay Perhaps a bit naive, but never the less an anti nuclear
weapon / arms race song. Musically this one has stood the test of time
14. Stranger in Your Own Land Typical early 80-ies track with some neoclassical
touches. The lyrics were reworked for this release to make it clear
that this song is about not accepting intolerance.
15. Eyes of a Liar The probably
most 80-ies sounding of all tracks on this release. Well, I guess Joe
Cool were dreaming of a major label deal at the time, what else can you
16. Out on My Own Originally a piano
ballad, Lars here decided to rearrange it for acoustic nylon string
guitars with a slight jazz feel.
01. Hot and Able
02. Takes One Fool
03. Run Tonight
04. Left Out in the Cold
05. See the Stars
07. Don’t Think It’s Love
08. This Wolf Hunts Alone
09. Lay Down Your Sword
10. Rock the Nation
11. The Dream Has Gone
12. Don’t Throw Away
13. Enola Gay
14. Stranger in Your Own Land
15. Eyes of a Liar
16. Out on My Own
Eric Mattsson - All vocals, guitars, bass.
Christer Jansson - Drums and percussion.
Alexander King - Hammond Organ.
Production, Mixing and Mastering by Lars Eric Mattsson.
All music and lyrics written by Lars Eric Mattsson.
Composed 1983-85 and Recorded and mixed at the New Lion’s Cage