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Tasavallan Presidentti

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Studio Album, released in 1969

Songs / Tracks Listing

LP side 1
1. Introduction / You'll Be Back For More
2. Obsolete Machine
3. Who's Free
4. I Love You Teddy Bear
5. Crazy Thing No: 1
6. Drinking

LP side 2
7. Crazy Thing No: 2
8. Driving Through
9. Ancient Mariner
10. Wutu-Banale
11. Woman Of The World
12. Roll Over Yourself
13. Thinking Back

CD bonus tracks:
14. Solitary
15. Deep Thinker

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Line-up / Musicians

- Jukka Tolonen / guitar, piano
- Juhani Aaltonen / saxophone, flute
- Frank Robson / vocal, piano, organ
- Mns Groundstroem / bass, organ
- Vesa Aaltonen / drums


Releases information

Lp: Love Records LRLP 7 (1969) / CD: Love/Siboney LRCD 7 (1990) with bonus tracks (1970)

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3.67
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Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
3 stars TP is Finland's second-most important group of the 70's after Wigwam (both had English mother-tongued singers), but it was born out of the ashes of a previous band called Blues Section, when US singing-pianist Robson (whose voice can be reminiscent of Stevie Winwood) and bassist Goundstroem teamed up with brilliant guitarist Jukka Tolonen and the Aaltonen brothers (drums and winds). The debut album is strange and unfocused affair, where the blues crosses progressive rock, but there is also plenty of other musical references, from jazz to classical tidbits. Released in 69 on the inevitable (for Finland) Love Record label, the album sports a misleading Greek-mythical musician artwork on its sleeve, one that doesn't relater well to the music inside it.

The opening Robson-penned Back For More is a fairly good example of the mix of the album with a blues-derived voice and vocals over a prog riff, the whole thing not being that far from early Traffic, not only due to Robson's voice, but also Aaltonen's sax and flutes. The following Obsolete Machine and Who's Free are also like a bluesier and harder Traffic, but they lack the refinement of their inspiration. But the album takes a sudden dip with a crooner version (read involuntary pastiche) of Procol's Whiter Shade Of Pale with the near-atrocious Teddy Bear. The book-ending and amateurish-clumsy classical tidbits Crazy Things surround the prog-bluesy Drinking, where Aaltonen's flute and Tolonen's guitar solos take the spotlight.

Over the flipside, the hard-driving bluesy Driving Through track features some solid musical interplay, but it's not like we're in groundbreaking mood or anything. This could find space on a John Mayall's Bluesbreaker album, and this without the slightest disrespect. The album suffers another dramatic turn of ambiance with the cheesy narration over dissonant musical improvs during Ancient Mariner (check out David Bedford's version instead, but it came out much later), than another shift with the superb but heard-elsewhere (let you guess where, it won't be hard) Wutu-Banale, even if Steely Dan will sound a lot like this later. Woman Of The World is a hard-driving blues-rocker, where Robson sounds more like Gary Brooker than Winwood, but another untimely(and ill-advised) mood changes occurs with the rock-n-rolly Roll Over Yourself definitely ruins the album's cohesiveness. The closing Thinking Back is a fairly-dramatic (if a tad cheesy) piano-piece, oddly written by guitarist Tolonen, but played by him over bird noises.

Two non-album bonus tracks are included, most likely from a single released around the time (no details given), which are more or less in line with the album's overall mood and sound, especially the nice Solitary (again dj-entendu), while the jazzy Traffic-like Deep thinker gives an enjoyable final touch to the CD reissue. A rather enjoyable but clumsy debut affort, it's a little unfortunate that most of the tracks on the album have a dj-entendu or heard-elsewhere, but they are all attributed to the TP members. Certainly if they had not been Finnish and little heard-of, there might have been a few lawsuits thrown in. To be honest, it is limit-scandalous they got away with it. But this shouldn't take away the charm of this uneven and unfocused debut album that should spin once in a while in your deck.

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Review by Eetu Pellonp
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars I liked this album very much! The voice of FRANK ROBSON is more pleasing to my ear than EERO RAITTINEN's, who replaced him on the forthcoming "Lamberland" album. I would like to add BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS to the batch of bands, which were mentioned as the influences of these guys. Pressa's ballad "I Love You Teddy Bear" sounds a bit like "Sometimes in Witer", and Frank has a similar voice as DAVID CLAYTON-THOMAS. Along that song, my favorite tracks are "Obsolete Machine" (bluesy rocker), "Drinking" ("I want to go naked in the pub, and hit the doorman in the face" !), "Driving Through" (another bluesy rock song a l CREAM) and "Thinking Back", which is a beautiful piano tune by JUKKA TOLONEN, with birds singing over it in the vein of early PINK FLOYD tunes. The bonus track "Deep Thinker" is also an excellent song! It was on their single with the another bonus track, but it was also on their second album which was a really rare collectors item for a long time.

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5 stars I would like to start my first review with this album. And what i'd like to say is that this is the best finnish rock album ever! I really can't find anything negative about the sweet 54 minutes and 50 seconds this album can offer to us. This also (As many of us already know) one of the first r ... (read more)

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