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01. Jormas - I Can't Break the Habit (1968)
from album 'sincerely'
02. Charlies - Living for Myself (I'm a King Dreamer) (1970)
from album 'buttocks'
03. Apollo - Hideki Tojo 1884-1948 (1970)
from album 'apollo'
04. Kaamos - Strife (1977)
from album 'deeds and talks'
05. Alwari Tuohitorvi - Kromikaunotar (1973)
06. Eero Koivistoinen Music Society - Hot C (1973)
from album 'wahoo!'
07. Kalevala - Escape From the Storm (1972)
from album 'people no names'
08. Tabula Rasa - Nyt Maalaan Elämää (1975)
from album 'tabula rasa'
09. Paroni Paakkunainen - Plastic Maailma (1971)
from album 'plastic maailma'
10. Eero Koivistoinen - Pientä Peliä Urbaanissa Limousinessa (1968)
from album 'valtakunta'
11. Blues Section - Hey Hey Hey (1967)
from album 'blues section'
12. Finnforest - Mikä Yö (1975)
from album 'finnforest'
13. Elonkorjuu - A Little Rocket Song (1972)
from album 'harvest time'
14. Melvin McRae Band - Law Man (1976)
from album 'queen of hearts'
15. Tasavallan Presidentti - Obsolete Machine (1969)
from album 'tasavallan presidentti'
16. Sarcofagus - All Those Lies (1979)
For those interested in the fantastic cover art; it's a famous Finnish painting inspired by the Kalevala, a collection of traditional Finnish poetry and folklore that was compiled by physician-philologist Elias Lönnrot and published in 1849. He traveled the regions in and around Finland over a course of many years, gathering spoken-word poems and mythological stories dating back to the Bronze age. The resulting epic book was an important inspiration to Finland when it was establishing and instilling its national identity during its successful 1917 declaration of Independence from Russia, taking advantage of the unrest caused by Russia's revolution. The painting itself is called 'The Defense of Sampo (Sammon puolustus)', painted by Akseli Gallen-Kallela in 1896. This is a quote describing the painting: "The scene portrayed is taken from the 43rd song of the epic, where the hero Väinämöinen, seen wielding a sword, has stolen the precious artifact Sampo from the evil witch Louhi, and she, having taken the form of a giant bird, is trying to reclaim it. The battle for the Sampo is also given a deeper connotation as a battle for the soul of Finland."
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duo and brothers Matti and Teppo Ruohonen. 'Schlager music' is the term used to describe popular and often sentimental music styles in Scandinavia, Central and Northern Europe, and the Balkans.
"Deeds and Talks" is a refined piece of prog with prominent guitar (in fact, great guitar work) and keyboards. Some tracks will remind the listener of Jethro Tull without the flute, whereas some have an almost funky, Stevie Wonder flavour but still manage to have a prog feel; others are rather bluesy while others, still, are purely symphonic. An unlikely mixture of styles quite successfully put together."
The Mathews and Kummitus appeared. At the time the song I have used here 'Kromikaunotar' (b-side, 1973) was recorded, the lineup was Jukka Rautiainen (vocals, guitar), Seppo Alajoki (guitar), Raimo Pikanen (drums) and Mika Sundqvist (bass). It's got a great jarring, proggy, almost post-punk riff. It's been hard to find much substantial information on the band so let me know if you can help out.
Now Kalevala’s musical direction was changed to more progressive direction. The new musicians on their second line-up were Markku Luukkanen on drums, Matti Kurkinen on Guitar and Harri Saksala doing singing. They recorded one album, “People No Names” (1972) which was released by Finnlevy. They had some guest musicians helping on doing it: pianist Olli Ahvenlahti, Raimo Wallen playing flute and on acoustic guitar Ile Kallio, who was playing on Hurriganes during that time. The result was quite unique.
The band was very unstable, as they had again changes in their line-up. Now they had Zape “Limousine” Leppänen on vocals, who has worked with many respected Finnish artists. The band recorded an album “Boogie Jungle” (1975), which is again more basic rock music. They had Jim Pembroke doing their lyrics plus backing vocals, and Jukka Gustavson playing keyboards on one track. Shortly after this band faced a sudden catastrophy, as Matti Kurkinen got in to a fatal car accident. Their name was defined as Kalevala Orchestra for their next album ”Abraham’s Blue Refrain” (1977). After this they toured Europe with Ange, but they faced financial problems, and the musicians disbanded Kalevala went to different directions.
Some members of the band rejoined in studio 1995, but they couldn’t get a record deal. These new tracks are available on “Anthology” (2004), which has some live recordings and before unreleased material on it."
Now we return to Eero Koivistoinen, this time his first record, which was a varied affair, that was influenced heavily by The Beatles. It includes the killer fuzz of 'Pientä Peliä Urbaanissa Limousinessa', which makes for a long garage rocker with manic guitar (courtesy of Blues Section's Hasse Walli) and tonnes of crazy attitude as the the song breaks down into chaos towards the end.
After the tumult of Blues Section's implosion, we can enjoy the cleansing crystalline sounds and new beginnings of 'Mikä Yö', some beautiful instrumental progressive rock from Finnforest. They originated in Kuopio, a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, and when they recorded their first (of three) albums in 1975, their lineup was the trio of Pekka Tegelman (guitar), Jussi Tegelman (drums) and Jukka Rissanen (keyboards).
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|Melvin McRae Band - Queen Of Hearts LP (1976)|
Thanks for listening and see you on the next one! Rich