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4.48 | 42 ratings | 1 reviews | 48% 5 stars

Essential: a masterpiece of
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Studio Album, released in 1974

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Aurora Borealis (12:56)
2. Starfish (6:17)
3. The Sea (8:22)
4. The Hook (8:36)
5. Together (3:15)

Total Time: 39:26

Line-up / Musicians

- Jukka Tolonen / guitar, piano, composer

- Esa Kotilainen / Moog, clavinet, accordion
- Pekka Poyry / soprano & alto saxophones, flute
- Jan Kling / tenor sax
- Torgny Nilsson / trombone
- Bertil Löfgren / trumpet
- Seppo Paakkunainen / baritone saxophone (2)
- Heikki Virtanen / bass
- Esko Rosnell / drums, percussion

Releases information

Artwork: Sauli Rantamäki

LP Love Records ‎- LRLP 113 (1974, Finland)
LP Svart Records ‎- SRE042 (2016, Finland)

CD Love Records ‎- LRCD 113 (2004, Finland) Remastered by Pauli Saastamoinen

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JUKKA TOLONEN The Hook ratings distribution

(42 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(48%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (17%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by Matti
5 stars - First Review of this Album -

This is the third solo album by the most legendary guitar hero in the Finnish prog history (in addition to a large and respected solo career - mainly in Fusion - he was a key member of TASAVALLAN PRESIDENTTI). Already the list of musicians is very promising: Esa Kotilainen (moog, clavinet, accordion), Pekka Pöyry (saxes, flute), four other blowers, and the rhythm section of Heikki Virtanen and Esko Rosnell. Tolonen himself plays also piano. The music was recorded in Stockholm's Marcus Music AB and produced by Måns Groundstroem.

The nearly 13-minute 'Aurora Borealis' is a gorgeous celebration of excellent musicianship, and it gives a lot of attention to various instruments - both in combo playing and in soli - in the slightly funky environment. Wow! What a moog solo and drum work! Perhaps the groove continues a bit too long occasionally.

'Starfish' is equally energetic Fusion, loaded with reeds and brass. Full of musical joy that makes you feel happy. The band is just fantastic. All of them. 'The Sea' slows the pace graciously. Nice laid-back groove starring piano, accompanied by the rest of the group in perfect balance. The flute solo... lovely, lovely! The title track starts in a very funky manner and gives the main attention to Tolonen's technical excellence on guitar. This is my least favourite track but still quite interesting as it proceeds.

The relatively brief (3:15) closing track 'Together' is mellow, emotional ballad focusing on piano but containing also nice guitar sounds. I think this album has deserved full rating. In a word, Top Class Fusion in an international scale!

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