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Here is Norway, the 3rd in my Scandinavian quadrilogy, after Denmark: Vol72 and Sweden: Vol75. Norway was not a hard country to research. Compared even to Finland, there seem to have been few bands in the 60s and 70s, and almost all of what there was is well-documented and cross-referenced. There were a few surprises though, Rain and The Hugger Muggers are two extra-obscure names that I could have easily missed, and St. Helena was a late entry as they never had an official release. A special mention and thanks goes to Mick Mullin, who kindly responded to my request for help in restoring the St. Helena track. My thanks goes to all the other people who also offered, Mick's was the best-sounding to my ears. You can visit his studio services here. I must also thank the people behind the awesome resource at Rockipedia.no for it's extensive band bio's, I think they have everything Norge covered. The cover image is the Fantoft Stave Church in Bergen, which I visited in 2010.
So what did I learn about Norway? Although the pool was small, almost every band I found had a worthy track to contribute, the standard was very high. Norway's population is very small at around 5 million. That is slightly smaller than Finland, and half that of Sweden, where I found a lot more material to use for Vol75. Two of the most important 'seed' bands were Oslo's The Vanguards and The Beatniks, they were the springboard for many of the names that appear here. While not really TDATS material per se, I did find a few Vanguards covers where they added a nice heavier vibe to the original, and have included one here; I never would have believed I'd be using a Cliff Richard song down the line. Tromsø's The Pussycats deserve a mention too, recording three albums and many singles during the 60s.
'Stop Your Wishful Thinking' is also a bonus track on the Progressive Line label's 2002 re-master of the band's 1972 Album, 'Loaded'. Aunt Mary's third album 'Janus' is probably considered as their finest effort, by this time they had incorporated more elements of progressive rock, but it was their last at that time. They have recorded and played occasionally since, and here's a clip of them playing in 2008.
|New Born Day|
The Dream, included later), and percussionist Kjell Asperud, who was later in 'The New Beatniks' & Titanic (featuring later). After this early forray, Terje became a well-regarded Jazz guitarist in the Norwegian jazz community, and recorded many solo records. Classical studies at Oslo University also lead to work on orchestral productions like the Norwegian production of musical Hair, and appearances on movie scores including Michael Mann's Heat. Terje's concise and excellent little solo in 'Come On Up' is what really makes this track!
Vol4 and Vol28, and Flax appeared back on Vol13 And Vol30. They had a similar sound, and shared more members than just Willy. The sound was inventive and unconventional, combining razor-sharp riffing, sudden time changes, with a fair amount of drama and atmospheric changes in the vocals and varied song compositions.
here. They certainly heavy it up a bit compared to the original. Like a lot of rock bands in the 60's, The Vanguards and The Beatniks began making their names, and livelihoods, by mainly playing covers of the popular bands from America and the UK and Cliff Richard's backing band The Shadows were a particularly strong influence on both of them to begin.
Maiden Voyage: A Wide Selection Of Grooves From Norway '66 - '76", mostly in a big-band film score style, and this track was indeed used in the score to a movie, called 'Rivalen'. 'Whine and Wail' comes in smoothly, tabla drums and shimmering groove worthy of a modern stoner band like Sungrazer. It builds up as new instruments subtly introduce themselves; hints of brass edge their way in and the intensity builds in a wonderful way to the money-shot wah guitar solo. An absolutely fantastic track and one of my favourites here.
|Prudence - Tomorrow May Be Vanished|
|Titanic - Eagle Rock|
01. Aunt Mary - Stop Your Wishful Thinking (1971)
02. Ruphus - Coloured Dreams (1973)
from album 'new born day'
03. The Hugger Muggers - Come On Up (1967)
04. Bazar - Drabantbyrock (1974)
from album 'drabantbyrock'
05. St. Helena - Salvase  (1973)
from bootleg 'early daze'
06. Flax - Clever Man (1976)
from album 'one'
07. Høst - Gorobin (1976)
from album 'hardt mot hardt'
08. Freddy Lindquist - Sundae Sellers (1970)
from album 'menu'
09. The Vanguards - Move It (1966)
10. Jumbo - U.F.O. (1969)
11. Rain - Whine and Wail (1970)
from retrospective 'norsk suite'
12. The Dream - Do You Dream (1967)
from album 'get dreamy'
13. Junipher Greene - A Spectre Is Haunting The Peninsula (1971)
from album 'friendship'
14. Prudence - Mild Grey Fog (1972)
from album 'tomorrow may be vanished'
15. Saft - Min (1971)
from album 'saft'
16. Titanic - One Night In Eagle Rock (1973)
from album 'eagle rock'
Thanks for listening! Rich.