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2.70 | 17 ratings | 5 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1976

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hotellinainen (3:10)
2. Kuinka Ollakaan (4:45)
3. Romanssi, Sarjasta Kuutamo (4:17)
4. 2 + 2 = 5 (2:52)
5. Leppäkerttu (2:53)
6. Golgata (3:15)
7. Für Hanna (2:15)
8. Aamu (4:33)
9. Jäähyväiset (2:34)

Total time 30:34

Bonus Tracks on 2013 CD release:
10. Eskimo Quinn (Mighty Quinn) (3:24)
11. Kunkut valvoo torneissaan (All Along the Watchtower) (3:20)
12. Rautakaivos (North Country Blues) (4:34)
13. Kun laivat laskevat laituriin (When the Ship Comes In) (2:05)
14. Janne (3:41)

Total time 48:07

Line-up / Musicians

- Matti Heinänen / vocals
- Vesa Lattunen / vocals, guitars, piano, organ, bass
- Harri Pystynen / flute, tenor saxophones
- Timo Vuorinen / bass
- Markus Heikerö / drums, triangle, tubular bells

- Auli Lattunen / vocals
- Erkki Summala ("Igor Sidorow") / vocals
- Lahti Symphony Orchestra / horns & strings

Note : The actual instrumentation could not be fully confirmed at this moment

Releases information

LP RCA Victor ‎- YFPL 1-809 (1975, Finland)

CD Rocket Records ‎- ROK-131 (2013, Finland) With 5 bonus tracks by "Vesa Lattunen & Company"

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HAIKARA Iso Lintu ratings distribution

(17 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(24%)
Good, but non-essential (29%)
Collectors/fans only (35%)
Poor. Only for completionists (12%)

HAIKARA Iso Lintu reviews

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Review by Marty McFly
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2 stars Of course, it's a good record, actually pretty good psychedelic/heavy prog. Except first terrible, completely ugly and nasty song, because of which I almost threw this record away in anger and stomped over it gazillion times (think jiggawats) to shred it to the microscopic dust particles.

This fortunately didn't happen. However, if this song reminds me something, it is "Trout Mask Replica", which is my prog Nemesis number one. Except this, other tracks are quite different, following path of Eclectic prog (but not as much as KC, or VdGG), they simply remains mild and calmer during late minutes of this album, to the extent that they became something, undefinable, mellow keyboards driven thing that escapes definitions. Again. Some songs (variant on "some argue") sounds even like rock 'n' roll more than prog.

And everything is extremely rough, raw and sounds almost like demo. Not bad quality of sound, but of record instead. But at the same moment, there's beauty of flute passages with minimalistic sound (and almost lacking other instruments), reminding me old classic films from 40-50's. Very weird feeling, which I haven't had for a long time.

4(-) with skipping first song, or at least only to play it when I'm "in mood". Some songs, however, are extraordinary and are little bit "out", reaching high ratings and conceptions, while others are just nice fillers, with not so heavy weight. Unequal album.

Review by Matti
3 stars The highly acclaimed Finnish prog group HAIKARA confronted the dilemma between artistic ambitions and commercial demands, when their 2nd album Geafar (1974) didn't sell well enough to please the record company. Left without a deal, they found a new opportunity after Vesa Lattunen had made arrangements for Jukka Kuoppamäki's album. The popular singer had his own record company, Satsanga Records. Iso Lintu was recorded in March 1975 with a new vocalist, Matti Heinänen, in the line-up. The album received mixed feelings at the time, and basically that hasn't changed in nearly 40 years.

'Hotellinainen' (Hotel woman) sounds nearly terrible: hard and gritty, riff-based rock finished with bad vocals and noisy saxes. 'Kuinka ollakaan' is also rather straight-forward rock song, but the brief orchestration, flute and an instrumental part make it very interesting. In under five minutes (still the longest track of the album) it's extremely economic prog! Actually, nearly half of the songs are less than three minutes; the total length is about 31 minutes. 'Romanssi' is a melancholic and romantic nocturnal song with a very elegant arrangement, especially various wind instruments are put in excellent use. Beautiful, classically influenced prog!

'2+2=5' may also have a nice arrangement, but the repetition of "kaksi ynnä kaksi on viisi!" is irritating. I'm not sure whether I like 'Leppäkerttu' (Lady Bug) or not. It has some prog rock feel in a naiive, tight song structure. 'Golgata' I definitely don't like as a whole, which is a pity since it contains some very nice details within three minutes. Maybe the vocals make it bad to my ears.

'Für Hanna' is a tiny pretty art music piece, or at least an attempt to be one; the percussion is not credible at all, but so what, this is a rock album anyway. 'Aamu' is a beautiful highlight the same way as 'Romanssi', and the final song 'Jäähyväiset' (Farewell) is perhaps the album's finest fusion of art music and pop music elements. So, this album is indeed very uneven. It includes beautiful stuff for a measure of an EP / mini-album.

As bonuses in the 2013 CD release one gets all four songs (by Vesa Lattunen & Company) of the 1979 EP called Lauluja Dylanilta (Songs by [Bob] Dylan). Wasn't 'Mighty Quinn' covered by Manfred Mann? The synths in this translation sound very Mannish. 'All Along the Watchtower' has seen numerous covers from Hendrix to Affinity etc, but it has never been among my personal Dylan favourites, despite its intensity. Lattunen & Co. do a decent job musically, but the vocals are quite bad, maybe the translation as well. 'North Country Blues' was not a familiar song to me. Here its good translation is sung by Liisa Lampi - why I haven't heard of her before? An excellent folk performance à la Joan Baez! 'When the Ship Comes In' was neither familiar. As a song it resembles 'Times They Are A-Changin' and this version featuring both male and female vocals makes me remember The Seekers.

The fifth bonus track 'Janne' was Lattunen's composition for a yearly Finnish song contest (Syksyn Sävel) in 1980. It's about Jean Sibelius, whose Finlandia hymn is also cited in the music. This song may be a bit kitchy cross-over entertainment music, but quite charming! With these bonuses Iso Lintu is without a doubt worth three stars.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Haikara is a quite famous Finnish band which first and second records have gained a lot of appreciation. This third record though seems to be forgotten. It has an ugly cover, low rating and it's perhaps impossible to get outside Finland, I don't know. Well I saw it on Spotify and couldn't resi ... (read more)

Report this review (#1036125) | Posted by DrömmarenAdrian | Monday, September 16, 2013 | Review Permanlink

1 stars (2/10) First to second album was somewhat of a change for Haikara, but second to third was a drastic change. The band is now almost entirely removed from the music of their excellent debut. This is strange, because a lot of things are the same. The cover art is still weird, the instruments are th ... (read more)

Report this review (#812643) | Posted by ScorchedFirth | Thursday, August 30, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is absolutely hardest to find of every Haikara albums. I have only borrowed it from the library couple of times and there is only one Iso Lintu vinyl in only one library of whole Helsinki area. It haven´t been released in cd format. That´s real pity, because this one is also very good, th ... (read more)

Report this review (#32752) | Posted by | Thursday, March 10, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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