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~ The Samas Antaral track list ~

1  Glindar (S Ottman)
~ In the realm of Glindar it all began, when serpents still shared this world with man. Glindar was one of the first songs to be recorded for the album


2
  Samas Antaral (P Lindahl/ S Ottman/ M Lövroth)
~ The magic crystal lost in the deep is destined to return one day when an Island shall rise up from the sea. The first embryo of this song emerged in 1987 and was completed many years later

3  The Raven Prince (P Lindahl/ S Ottman)
~ The deceptive lust for greed, as here portrayed by the Raven prince steeling the crystal and then dropping it into the ocean. On pedal guitar: Robert Eklund, on daf: Fereidoun Nadimi and on violins: Marcos Chagallo while helping out on harmonies with Peter is Helena Selander 

4  Vormakk of the Marshlands (P Lindahl)

~ This is the rular of the marshlands breathing frost and mad- ness on whoever dares trespass the borders of his serpentine kingdom.

5  Gar Skuorras (P Lindahl)
~ The birdlike defenders of Nargal's dark power, ready to hunt down any one who dares oppose him are called Gar Skuorras. This song, for which the basic track was cut in 1974, features - among other instruments - a pair of acoustic guitars played with bow and then speeded up for more intensity

6  Jambekko (P Lindahl/ S Ottman)
~ Written by Stefan back in the seventies, this largely medieval song received additional themes by Stefan and Peter years later. Jambekko is a seed with magical prop- erties playing a vital part in the saga 

Nargal (P Lindahl/ S Ottman)
~ This is a partly remixed and fully remastered version of the track that once appeared on the ITL album 'Dryad'. It was written and recorded as part of Samas Antaral and has now finally found its way back.

Undimon (In the Deep) (P Lindahl/ S Ottman)
~ A part of a recording called 'Atlantis', made by Peter in 1974, was copied and spliced in to form the mid section of this song. It serves as a backdrop for Stefan's recitation, which was added more recently. For the rest of it, the arrangement is built up mainly around mellotrons, synthesizers, a concort of viola da gambas and the voice of Helena Selander


9
  The Eagle Dreamer (S Ottman)
~ This song was put together by Stefan in the 80s. It used to have lyrics in the form of a lullaby addressed to his daughter Tuva, but is here presented in an instrumental version


10 
Return of the Hermit (P Lindahl/ S Ottman)
~ Written essentially on two guitars, this was for a brief period, considered a contestant for the parallel ITL project 'The garden of mysteries', but was eventually shelved for better options, as it did not quite fit in.
 

11  Elk Warriors (P Lindahl/ S Ottman)
~ Warriors, saddled on elk back, come to the young pilgrim Jorim's rescue after Vormakk has left him in a 'daze of milk and honey' out in the darkling mire. This instrumental starts off with Styrbörn Bergelt playing on a willow flute before string and bowed instruments take over

12  Perrisendrach (S Ottman)

~ This was one of the first tracks to be recorded for Samas Antaral, with Stefan on Spanish guitar, then gradually giving way to a more lofty arrangement with zither, melodion, synthesizer, guitar and background choirs, flute and - finally - sounds of the forest 

13  The Heart of the World (P Lindahl)
~ This is the predecessor and template for the opening track on The garden of mysteries, called 'Gates of Andorra'. Written and recorded by Peter in 1993, it was eventually released as part of a cassette called 'Mysteriernas Trädgård' (i e The garden of mysteries). Helping to inspire this instrumental was, more than anything, renaissance concort music of the 16th century

14  Samirala (P Lindahl)
~ The healer Samirala plays an important roll in the saga by bringing Jorim back to life after his faitful endeavor with the sinister forces of the mire. This song is inspired by such diverse styles as Greek Rebetiko, Scandinavian folk, prog rock, but also ethnic music of the high Andes. Alejandro Vega contributes with charango, pan flutes (zampona and toyo) as well as violin. Carlos Yoyi on Bb trumpet. Stefan Lakatos on trimba.
 

15  The Road from Raudalinn (P Lindahl/ Ottman)
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Recorded by Peter in the 90s, this ballad picks up on almost exactly the same theme as The  raven prince but with different lyrics

16  Gates of Cornat (P Lindahl)
~ This began as an instrumental under the name of 'Christos of Megalohori', its inspiration deriving mainly from Greek rebetiko but also from baroque music 


17
  The Fall of Tombuk (P Lindahl/ S Ottman)
~ Stefan came up with the main theme to this one in the late 60s, while 25 years later, 'Tombuk' received a face lift with several more themes collectively added by Stefan and Peter. On accordion: Miriam Oldenburg


18
  Balindargoth (P Lindahl/ S Ottman)
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In the ancient city of Balindargoth lives the mad priest of Gormoth. This track began as a synthesizer piece but was eventually supplemented with instruments such as mellotron, acoustic guitar and later on, Alejandro on charango as well as Helena's angelic voice


19
  Gormoth's Dance (S Ottman)
~ An early version of this song called 'Arabesque Grotesque' was recorded in 1978, this eventually serving as a template for what was to come 15 years later. A mixture of mostly acoustic instruments but also electronic ones


20  Logrila (P Lindahl/ S Ottman)
~ It's here that the Island of Samas Antaral rises with the shining crystal, 'as it had once been foretold by Logrila who saw the rising of a blue star'.


Total playing time: 76.56



Gates of Oneiron, which was also recorded with the intention of having it as part of the Samas Antaral concept, ended up on the In The Labyrinth album Walking on clouds, released by TAP/Record Heaven in 1999

Also there was an instrumental piece called Aurora Australis borrowing inspiration from both China and Scotland that didn't make it in the end. And last but not least, there is the fore-runner to the opening track Glindar, mockingly named Who am I, which - in all essence - is just a lot of happy banter and wild experimen- tation from the side of Stefan and Peter




Images of participating musicians from top to bottom:
Stefan Ottman, Marcos Chagallo, Peter Lindahl, Helena Selander, Robert Eklund, Styrbjörn Bergelt, Miriam Oldenburg,  Håkan Almkvist,  Alejandro Vega
And farthest down below on the left side is Micke Lövroth an
d to the right, Fereidoun Nadimi


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