April 7, 2013 – 5:37 am

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Song Of The Pterodactyl [no label, 1CD]

Recorded at Europa Film Studio, Sweden 1974. Excellent vinyl rip (Out of print vinyl, Grammofonverket ‎– EFG-501 5 101).

Thanks to the person who shared this on the net in 2005. The following note from is still relevant today:

Don’t let the title fool you, this has nothing to do with pop. In 1974 Tony Williams was invited to a session in Stockholm and this is the result. They really wanted Billy Cobham since he was the number one skin basher of the day. But since he couldn’t, or wouldn’t, make it, they “had to do” with Tony.

An international all-star band was put together with Janne Schaffer, Wlodek Gulgowski, Mads Vinding and Zbigniew Namyslovski. At the airport after the session Mr Gulgowski asked for an autograph. “For the kids”. Tony Signed a piece of papper, folded it and waved goodbye. When Mr. Gulgowski took a look it said : Billy Cobham!

Naturally, never reissued on disc.

The uploader had also added this note: “So, it’s 31 years since you could walk into your local Scandinavian record shop to get a copy. I think it’s about time it gets heard!”

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Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (unfortunately, the uploader only shared this at 128 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Prehistoric Bird (5.2MB)
Track 02. Song of the Pterodactyl (6.7MB)
Track 03. High Priest (5.5MB)
Track 04. Dilemma (6.8MB)
Track 05. Watusi Dance (4.5MB)
Track 06. Mammoth (5.4MB)
Track 07. Ozzy Bear (5.6MB)
Track 08. Kuyaviak Goes Funky (6.9MB)

Zbigniew Namyslowski - alto saxophone [electrified], flute, cello
Mads Winding - bass
Tony Williams - drums
Janne Schaffer - guitar
Wlodek Gulgowski - piano [Fender], synth [Synthi], keyboards
Wlodek Gulgowski - producer
Olle Ramm - engineer

Click here for those looking for the vinyl.

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  1. 13 Responses to “TONY WILLIAMS/POP WORKSHOP - SWEDEN 1974”

  2. Thanks BigO! Just a quick sampling, sounds wonderful and wild, beautiful sound. Love the wacky Godzilla-inspired artwork too. Very over the top!

    By 5yrsnojob on Apr 7, 2013

  3. Reminds me of some of Zappa’ work. Worth downloading? Yes.

    By Narrow Dog on Apr 7, 2013

  4. This is the second record made by this unit. The preceding “Vol. 1″ was released in 1973 and is equally worthy of your attention, should you dig this kind of stuff.

    Great post BigO, many thanks.

    By kingpossum on Apr 7, 2013

  5. POP WORKSHOP now THERE’S a font you’re not likely to see anytime soon on PC’s. Hmmm. You’d have to come up with negative kernling, if I recall my terminology right. Characters that would have to conform to whatever characters are beside it. Characters that would have to be self-aware and aware of their local community, in order to fit in correctly. Conformist thinking to the core. As Jonathan Winters said, “Oops, they’ll take me back to the looney bin.”

    By 5yrsnojob on Apr 9, 2013

  6. ..Thanks for this absolute gem, BigO!..The late, great Tony Williams is sorely missed, another beauty for us to appreciate..Best from Florida

    By Beega on Apr 11, 2013

  7. grabbed that first one, now this one.


    By I-) on Apr 13, 2013

  8. Thanks for this. It was unknown to me until very recently.

    By matthughen on Apr 30, 2013

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  10. Wow, a lost fusion classic with Tony and the the guitarist with ABBA.

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  13. Thanx BigO! I recorded this and not all stories are told…. if you want mer contact me… rgs Olle

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