This band recorded three albums for the Decca label (reissued on CD by Musea) and is still considered to be the most important Scandinavian prog act of the '70s. Stolt left Kaipa in 1979 to form his own group, FANTASIA, who recorded two albums and disbanded in 1983 after a second, more commercially oriented LP for Warner. Stolt then started to work as a session musician and record producer, drifting away from symphonic rock esthetics, something very obvious on his Hall and Oates-like 1985 solo album, "Behind the Walls" (his first performance as a lead singer) and The Lonely Heartbeat, released in 1989 under the name Stolt. Witnessing the progressive rock revival of the 1990s, a movement that partly originated from Sweden with bands like Anekdoten and Anglagard, Roine Stolt was quick to come back to his ancient love. Recruiting ex-Jonas Hellborg drummer Jaime Salazar and ex-Samla Mammas Manna percussionist Hasse Bruniusson, he released The Flower King in August 1994. Stimulated by the warm response, he enlisted brother Michael Stolt (bass, vocals) and longtime friend Tomas Bodin (keyboards) and formed The Flower Kings, which would remain his principal musical project for years to come. At the helm of the Flower Kings, Stolt experienced international fame as the band became, with U.S.A.'s Spock's Beard, the best-selling 1990s prog rock act.
Albums were released at an incredible rate: six studio albums (including two two-CD sets) in the band's first six years of existence. Meanwhile, Stolt found time to record another solo album, Hydrophonia (this time an instrumental symphonic prog CD), another one 2CD album Wall Street Voodoo and was part of the prog rock supergroup project Transatlantic, who released SMPTe and Bridge Across Forever and two 2-CD lives. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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