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Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.85 | 144 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars. I can't help but think that BEARDFISH were influenced by this great Finnish band. The intelligent lyrics and humour really stand out, as do the absolute complex melodies. This is the same lineup that was on the "Fairyport" album, although it would be bassist Pekka's last one with the band. Incredible to think that Pekka Pohjola was involved in this outstanding album as well as his sophomore release both of which came out the same year (1974). For me this WIGWAM's greatest triumph.Tommy from the "Vintageprog" site says ""Being" is usually considered to be a classic of Finnish progressive rock, and i'll agree on that". This is a concept album that really speaks about life (Being) and how politics and religion become such a huge part of how we live and act.

"Proletarian" opens with organ and piano as vocals come in.This songs sounds so good. It blends into "Inspired Machine" both of which were composed by Gustavson.This one has a similar sound but with a pulsating rhythm. "Petty-Bourgeois" is a Pembroke song that is uptempo with almost whispered but urgent vocals.This is jazzy. The vocals become theatrical at times and I like the vocal arrangements here. The vocals are also quite humerous at times as well recalling Zappa. Great track. "Pride Of The Biosphere" has to be heard to be believed. Again this is a page out of Zappa's book. As organ plays throughout we are told this hilarious and outrageous story. This is so funny ! "Pedagogue" is the longest song at over 9 minutes. Woodwinds and piano lead the way early as bass and drums join in. Vocals before 1 1/2 minutes. Great sound ! Electric piano after 4 minutes is a pleasure. Clarinet 7 minutes in.

"Crisader" is uptempo and piano led. Organ comes in as drums pound away. Vocals 1 1/2 minutes in. "Planetist" is Pohjola's sole composition although he shared with Gustavson on that very funny track. This is symphonic with a classical flavour (strings). Piano and organ help out as drums and bass support. Aboe before 1 1/2 minutes.This song is quite uplifting, a joy really. "Maestro Mercy" is Pembroke's tune. Soft vocals and mid paced. This is beautiful and emotional. "Prophet" is darker with vocals and organ standing out early. Bass and light drums follow. A very impressive track. "Marvelry Skimmer" is led by vocals and organ.

It's incredible how much talent was in this band, I guess that's why this lineup didn't stay together for too long. Pembroke, Gustavson or Pohjola could have led this band by themselves and wrote all the songs. Too many leaders, but at least they gave us two amazing albums.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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