LET ME ROCK YOU
(1984-87) is the sequel to HOT AND ABLE (1983-85), Lars' first album
made up of his early songwriting but in newly recorded versions. LET ME
ROCK YOU consists of 16 tracks of which the title track and "Take Me
Home" were released on a single by his band ETERNITY in 1987. Most of
the other tracks here were also performed by ETERNITY but never
recorded properly as the band split up as Lars was offered a solo
artist recording contract.
1987 Lars band at the time ETERNITY released a vinly single caller
LET ME ROCK YOU which gave this compilations of new recordings of Lars
material written between 1984-87. The single's B-side "Take Me Home" is
also included here as well as 11 more songs as performed by ETERNITY
back in the day. Rounding up the album you will find tree more songs
dating back to Lars first serious band JOE COOL.
In Lars Eric Mattsson's own words:
When I released my first album “Eternity” in 1988 I had been making
demos and performing a big selection of original music for five years
already, mostly with my bands JOE COOL and ETERNITY but as I was so
tired of them once I had secured a record deal I chose to write new
material very fast instead. After having revisited the original demos
many years later I came to the conclusion that there were some cool
stuff that was never recorded in a good way and I should give it a
shot. This almost 68 minute long 16 track album mostly focuses on the
material I wrote in second half of this period although “Kiss the Sky”,
“Run From Yourself”, “I Love to Rock” and “Clowns” dates back from
”Leave Me Alone” ”I am the Torch” and ”Crusaders” were written in 1987.
My band at the time, Eternity made a demo of them and we played them
live a number of times.
”In Your Crystal Ball”, ”When it’s Time for Me to Go” and ”Stormchild”
were demoed in 1986 but probably never performed live. The intro
section of ”Stormchild” which I did not like very much has now been
replaced with the theme from another unfinished song from this era.
”Always Get Burned” and ”Kiss the Sky” dates back to 1984 when I first
demoed them but both were later also demoed and performed live my by
band ”Eternity” in 1987. I even did a version of ”Kiss the Sky” for my
1988 debut album but chose not to include it for some reason.
”Clowns” (1984), ”Run From Yourself (1984)” and ”I Love to Rock (1985)”
were written for and performed by my band ”Joe Cool”. ”I Love to Rock”
(which originally featured a drum solo) was really just meant as a
joke, and still is, though I think this new version turned out quite
cool but it’s not to be taken too seriously!
“Let Me Rock You” and ”Take Me Home” were released on a vinyl single by
my band ”Eternity” in 1987. In the two previous years I had made
several versions of ”Take Me Home” with different intros and tempos and
I think it should have appeared on my debut album if it wasn’t for the
fact that I had got too tired of it at the time.
”Witches Burning” and ”The Final Poem” were recorded in 1987 and
released on a tape cassette mini solo album (The Final Poem) the same
year. “Witches Burning” on this release is very different from the
original which I did not have access to when I recorded this new
version, so it’s all more or less just as I remembered itJ This self
released mini album led me to my first recording contracts in Japan and
”Open Up Your Heart” (1985) was also preformed live by ”Eternity” but
written as a possible solo album idea
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01. Leave Me
The song we used to kick off our gigs with during the last year of
ETERNITY. Probably the first fast song I wrote...Neoclassical metal.
This one is about the end of the Viking era and how it ended with
Christianity. Musically this is very typical for where I was at in 1987
when this one was written.
03. In Your Crystal Ball I am not sure whether this one was ever performed live.
I think when I wrote the song it was me trying to link the funky side
of Hendrix and ealy Uli Jon Roth with the neoclassical stuff I was
getting very much ino at the time. I did change the main riff a little
bit for this version though.
04. Always Get Burned A slow and heavy song with quite demanding vocals.
Simple yet very original and a song I think I could have written this
year just as well as in 1986.
05. Take Me Home This one was a live favourite and a song I recorded a
number of times in different versions. Originally the song had a longer
intro where synths were imitating a symphony orchestra but I felt that
part did not really feel very interesting anymore so I left it out.
06. I am the Torch Another very demading to
sing track:-) While being a double kick metal song this one is still
heavy as it's not too fast. I did speed it up compared to the original
The oldest song on this compilation, Clowns was written way back in
1984 or perhaps even 1983.
08. When It's Time for Me to Go I think this one was never performed live. Originally
twritten as a piano ballad but the verses were a bit too short so I
added some extra bars and re-wrote some of the lyrics.
09. Witches Burning Just before I was signed to release my first album I
made an 8 track cassette album "The Final Poem". many of these songs
ended up on my first album, but not this one and the title track which
are both included here. This version was changed around quite a bit as
some of the ideas had later been used elsewhere.
10. Let Me Rock You Probably not the best track on this compilation and
very 80-ies sounding I suppose:-) Still probably the most well known
track off the album.
11. Kiss The Sky One of the first songs I
wrote and recorded mostly by myself way back in 1984. A few years later
my band ETERNITY rearranged it into a slow blues and it was even
recorded that way to be included on my first album but for some reason
never included and later the recording was lost completely.
12. Run From Yourself Dating back from 1984 and performed by "Joe Cool" but
the verses came from an even older track originally.
13. Open Up Your Heart A very demanding to sing ballad
with a guitar theme I felt very passionate about back in the day.
14. Stormchild This one had a very different intro originally but I
felt that it really did not work so I took this intro from an
instrumental song from the same era and made them work together.
15. The Final Poem The only
instrumetal I chose to include here, originally released on a cassette
album in 1987. This version was recorded in 2010 to be used on the
MATTSSON album TANGO but for some reason I could not get the mix right
so I didn't use it then.
16. I Love to Rock Now this song, performed and demoed by my band JOE
COOL in 1984 was really nothing but a big joke. And now...well it's up
01. Leave Me Alone
03. In Your Crystal Ball
04. Always Get Burned
05. Take Me Home
06. I am the Torch
08. When It's Time for Me to Go
09. Witches Burning
10. Let Me Rock You
11. Kiss the Sky
12. Run From Yourself
13. Open Up Your Heart
15. The Final Poem
16. I Love to Rock
Eric Mattsson - All vocals, guitars, bass.
Christer Jansson - Drums and percussion.
Alexander King - Hammond Organ.
Mixing and Mastering by Lars Eric Mattsson.
All music and lyrics written by Lars Eric Mattsson.
Composed 1984-87 and Recorded and mixed at the New Lion’s Cage