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Mats/Morgan Band

The Music or The Money?

Mats/Morgan Band: The Music or The Money? (Cuneiform)

Complex, quirky, and downright amazing rock from the band of Mats Oberg and Morgan Agren, here reissuing their 2nd album from 1997, and more than 45 minutes of live and unreleased material.

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product information:

UPC: 045775030128

Label: Cuneiform
Catalog ID: Rune 301/302
Squidco Product Code: 13058

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
"The Music or the Money" originally released in 1997. CD 2 from live and studio recordings, 2008-2009.


Mats Oberg-synthesizer, piano, mellotron, harmonica, accordion, vocals

Morgan Agren-drums, programming, keyboards, voice

Jimmmy Agren-guitar/slide, mandolin, triangle

Tommy Tordsson-bass, melodica

Patrick Ogren-cello, bass

Eric Karlsson-keyboards, accordion


Gustaf Hielm-bass

Simon STeensland-anklung, farfisa, bass, guitar, keyboards

Jonas Lindgren-violin

Gunnar Persson-bassoon

Fredrik Sohngen-oboe

Sten Sandell-voice/chants

Jan Hellman-stick

Lelo Nika-accordion

Jannis Eliasson-guitar

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Artist Biographies:

"Composer / musician / producer - piano, organ, voice, electronics,Sound/Text/Image Real-Time Composer, Doctor of Philosophy In Fine Arts in Musical Performance and Interpretation, University of Gothenburg, 2013

Cooperation with musicians/composers including Emil Strandberg, Paal Nilssen-Love, Sverrir Gudjonsson, Johan Berthling, Evan Parker, Sven-Åke Johansson, Chris Cutler, Mats Persson, Sofia Jernberg, Carl-Axel Dominique, Mats Gustafsson, Nina de Heney and Raymond Strid. Music Inside the Language was winner of Contemporary Sound in 2011 of the Journal Contemporary Music. Music and visual arts, including Bo Samuelsson, Katarina Eismann, Inger Arvidsson. Music and dance, including Jukka Korpi, Ingrid Olterman, Bo Arenander, Anne Külper. Music and Drama including Fredrik Nyberg, Magnus Florin, Magnus Jacobsson, Willy Kyrklund, Karl Dunér, Rolf Skoglund, Peter Oskarson, Stina Ekblad and Jörgen Gassilewski.

Sten Sandell was awarded the Royal Academy of Music's Jazz Award in 2012 with the motivation: "The pianist Sten Sandell is one of Swedish improvised music's most brilliant, captivating and independent voices. His musical activities are characterized by a strong artistic integrity, and he has with great consistency developed a characteristic aesthetic attitude that inspires countless musicians. " "

-Sten Sandell Website (

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track listing:

CD 1:

1. You Have to Wait in the Rain 1:19

2. If I only Had a Clavinet 4:58

3. Fortsätt Mats! 1:49

4. Sylox 4:44

5. Asaw X 2:32

6. Watch Me Pleasure 3:57

7. Spinning Around 4:15

8. Jeriko 8:05

9. Coco 3:06

10. Inget Har Hänt 4:04

11. Tyrschon 2:42

12. Nordic Ice 2:02

13. Third Movement Farmor Märta 2:54

14. I Wanna 4:49

15. Let's Stay Positive 1:28

16. Harmonium 4 3:01

17. The Difference Between Powerful and Loud 3:43

18. Baader Puff 9:23

CD 2:

1. Dr. Thor 7:14

2. Advokaten and the Jazz 6:54

3. Daisy 5:33

4. Banned Again 5:07

5. Griefen 4:17

6. Secret Room Out-takes 2:46

7. Resp Rush 0:31

8. Hjortron Från Mars 7:03

9. If I Only Had a Planet 0:43

10. Q 2:59

11. I Know Where I Have It 4:27

12. Zepp 2:20

13. Bass 2:47

14. Advokaten le Messiaen 3:13

15. Paltsug 2:13

16. Slut-text 7:33
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Keyboardist/vocalist Mats Öberg and drummer Morgan Ågren have been playing together for nearly 30 years, since Mats was 10 and Morgan was 14! They were 'discovered' at a very young age by Frank Zappa, who invited them to join his band (Zappa's ill health ultimately cancelled these tour plans) and they are musical legends in their native Sweden and beyond, known for their wild and funny musical performances.

Mats and Morgan began releasing records in 1996 on their own UAE label. Since 2005, Cuneiform has been releasing the group's new recordings as well as bringing back to print their earlier releases.

The Music or the Money is their second album and was originally released in 1997 and has never been available other than at the group's shows. This adds over 45' of unreleased material."-Cuneiform

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