It was a long wait, but, 12 years after the fact,put together a live album of his group Keep the Dog, which had previously gone undocumented. Comprised of sax/flute player , guitarist , keyboardist/harpist , sampling artist , and drummer , Keep the Dog was formed by in 1989 to perform a best-of repertoire of his career and remained his last rock group. By the time of this 1991 European tour, the unit had grown beyond its original format to include improvisation and some very different takes on familiar tunes. For fans of 's livelier, more vivacious writing, this is a must. The two sets (roughly 45 minutes each) include material from albums like , Speechless, and , plus pieces from the books of Art Bears and and his albums with and 's .
and , at the time active as the duo , feel right at home in 's quirky, occasionally childish tunes. is the wild card, his sampler spurting out the strangest sounds and ambiences. The first disc begins with a string of tunes featuring on violin; the lively "Hola, On Danse!" stands out while the "Propaganda Suite" takes us to the composer's darker, more serious side. The disc ends with a mad rendition of "Some Clouds Do" -- it's as close gets to singing something and just keeps on pushing to speed up the tune. Disc two includes the group improv "That Home We Lived In," a reggae version of "True Love," and the beautiful "Norrgården Nyvla."
The fun these musicians have together is highly communicative. Fred, please; there has to be more inside the vaults!