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Wigwam - Fairyport CD (album) cover




Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.15 | 204 ratings

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4 stars Blimey, this is one remarkable album! I had never even heard of Wigwam until I discovered Prog Archives, but surely they're one of the most remarkable prog bands of the early 1970s. Their similarity to Traffic and Soft Machine has been pointed out before (to my relief, it's mainly Soft Machine's VOLUME TWO they remind me of) but it really, really struck me what exhilerating musicians they were. Was there any keyboards-dominated band in Britain which recorded SUCH sophisticated and exciting music anno 1971? Wigwam's ensemble playing certainly seems ten times more refined than what Genesis were doing at this time - how come they're not better known? And the most surprising thing of all is that this keyboards- dominated album ends on a 17 minute live jam, during which guest guitarist Jukka Tolonen improvises the solo of all solos: somewhat similar in style to Richie Blackmore, but without vulgarity, without cheap tricks, sheer inspiration from beginning to end! The live jam is inadequately recorded (in contrast to the remainder of the album, which sounds pristine) but with musicianship of this order, who cares?
fuxi | 4/5 |


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