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Pekka Pohjola Pekka Pohjola Group: Kätkävaaran Lohikäärme album cover
3.87 | 63 ratings | 5 reviews | 31% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1980

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Kätkävaaran Lohikäärme (14:33)
2. Tehdasmusiikkia (7:34)
3. Sampoliini (12:08)
4. Inke Ja Mä (9:53)

Total Time: 44:08

Line-up / Musicians

- Seppo Tyni / guitars
- Pekka Tyni / keyboards
- Pekka Pohjola / bass
- Ippe Kätkä / drums

Releases information

Artwork: Paulyn De Fresnes "RAZ"

LP Dig It - DIGLP 12 (1980, Finland)

CD Fazer Music ‎- 4509-96415-2 (1994, Finland)

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(63 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(31%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(39%)
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PEKKA POHJOLA Pekka Pohjola Group: Kätkävaaran Lohikäärme reviews

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Review by Progbear
4 stars Part of the fun of listening to Pekka Pohjola is the "What's he going to do next?" factor. And after the grand, orchestrated epic that was VISITATION, he did an abrupt, 180° turn with its follow up.

Here we're presented with Pohjola at his most stripped-down. Bass, piano, guitar, drums and that's it! I think part of the impetus for this album was how well-received Seppo Tyni was on VISITATION. I imagine Pohjola wanted to specifically make an album that featured him. Definitely a wise decision; each of the tracks feature an infectious, intricate bassline from Pohjola and some tasty solos from Seppo. Pekka Tyni on pianos and Ippe Kätkä on drums round out the quartet.

As close as Pohjola has ever come to straight-on fusion, this is nonetheless undeniably everything one would expect from a Pekka Pohjola album. The melodies, chord progressions and, most of all, the bass parts are all unmistakably Pohjola. "Inke ja mä" is one of his finest compositions of all time, a real jewel in his crown.

So, would I recommend starting here? If you're coming from a jazz or jazz-fusion perspective, probably. Otherwise, probably not, as it's a rather atypical PP release. Which is not to say it's bad-quite the contrary, it's EXCELLENT!-but it's Pohjola trying something a little different. And, much to our delight, succeeding.

Review by Matti
3 stars If I'm not mistaken this is the only PEKKA POHJOLA album to feature the word "Group" after his name. This time the line-up /instrumentation is as elemental and unvaried as it gets with Pohjola: the composer playing bass only, accompanied by Seppo Tyni (guitars), Pekka Tyni (keyboads) and the drummer Ippe Kätkä. The 44-minute album consists of only four tracks between 7'34 and 14'33 in length.

The opening title track ('lohikäärme' means dragon) is the longest of them. It sounds very good, especially for the calmer, rhytmically clear basic part with distinctive drum sounds. Time and time again it evolves into more hectic "chorus" part in which the electric guitar screams like a frightened person, to return back. It also contains a long guitar solo, but frankly the composition is seriously over-extended for its musical substance.

'Tehdasmusiikkia' (= Factory music) is a Fusion number centering on a playful guitar melody that appears in turns with the more soaring melodic lines. The unmistakable Pohjola touch is heard in the little details but this is far from the finest music he made. I'm not fond of 'Sampoliini' either, a fast joyful number that seems to be primarily a place to show off the musicians' virtuosity.

'Inke ja mä' (= Inke and me; referring to Pekka's divorced wife) is the highlight, and in my opinion among the best Pohjola pieces ever. Unlike this album in general, it is full of emotion, and that emotion is pretty melancholic, thoughtful and introspective. The way the repetitive "chorus" melody grows and grows -- orher movements being mostly very delicate -- is truly marvelous. This track is a perfect example of Pekka Pohjola's unique style. Since the album as a whole is not that interesting to me, three stars will do.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Structured around Pekka Phjola's fluid bass melodies and arrangements this Finnish fusion jewel from one of modern music's unsung composers and arrangers breathes fire from the opening title track Katkavaaran lohikaarme ( The Dragon Of Katkavaara ), an extended showpeice that, like all the 4 trac ... (read more)

Report this review (#701163) | Posted by Vibrationbaby | Friday, March 30, 2012 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Let's get it straight, Pekka Pohjola is a master of composition; both from a progressive rock viewpoint, and the fusion perspective. And the album Katkavaaran Lohikaarme is a perfect blending of progressive elements, and the creative/compositional side of fusion. I am not a huge fan (use to be) ... (read more)

Report this review (#185774) | Posted by tmay102436 | Tuesday, October 14, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The last album in the range of the classic sounding, extermely inventive albums of Pekka Pohjola, one of the greatest bass-players ever, with long tunes featured with musical humour and extravaganza which only Pekka can do in a Sibelian way.....on the album are many great moments, the composit ... (read more)

Report this review (#26044) | Posted by | Thursday, February 3, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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