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JUNIPHER GREENE

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JUNIPHER GREENE was a Norwegian progressive rock band who were formed in Oslo in 1967. The initial line-up included Bent Aserud on guitars, keyboards, flute and vocals, Geir Bohren on lead vocals, drums and sax, Helge Groslie on keyboards, Freddie Dahl on guitar and vocals and Oyvind Vilbo on bass. They released their ambitious debut album in 1971 called "Friendship". It stands as one of Norway's earliest progressive album and the country's first double LP.They were one of Norway's best bands together with RUPHUS and HOST, although they only released one album in 1973 "Communication" (also very good) before splitting in the mid 70s. Two compilation albums, "Best Of" (1975) and "Rewind" (1981), which also featured a number of unreleased tracks recorded between 1969 and 1980, were issued. Helge Groslie left the band to join TITANIC in 1972, Aserud and Bohren kept the JUNIPHER GREENE name for various incarnations during the 80s, although these were very different to the original group. They've since built a reputation as the creators of Norwegian movie soundtracks.


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3.90 | 38 ratings
Friendship
1971
3.15 | 8 ratings
Communication
1973
3.00 | 1 ratings
Forbudte Formiddagstoner
1982

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The Best Of Junipher Greene
1975
4.00 | 1 ratings
Rewind
1981

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A Spectre Is Haunting the Peninsula
1971
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Ugha-Mugha! Sunshine Boy
1973
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Slaraffenliv
1983

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 Friendship by JUNIPHER GREENE album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.90 | 38 ratings

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Junipher Greene Heavy Prog

Review by Warthur
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3 stars On Friendship Junipher Greene play in a proto-progressive rock style in which the prog genre's roots in psychedelia and the counter-culture are still decidedly evident. From the opening Try to Understand to the end, regular detours into more psychedelic territory occur both instrumentally and lyrically (with the themes of songs ranging from CSNY-style homages to the underground scene and freedom and us all being one to comedic yarns about magic in the form of Witches Daughter). Tending to be rather light-hearted and optimistic, the album earns its prog credentials mainly through the epic final track (Friendship), and through the Ian Anderson-esque flute work of Bent Aserud. A decent listen, though I prefer my heavy prog a little darker.

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Junipher Greene Heavy Prog

Review by stefro
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5 stars A sprawling double-album from Norway of all places, this delightful mixture of hard-edged psychedelia, acid pop and organ-laced progressive flourishes shows that its not just about symphonic music in Scandanavia. Whilst Sweden(Kaipa, The Flower Kings, Anglagard) and Finland(Haikara, Wigwam, Pekka Pohjola) have produced their fair share of progressive acts over the years, fellow nations Denmark and Norway have been pretty quiet. Step forward Junipher Greene. Formed sometime in the late-sixties(their history is hazy at best) 'Friendship', which, incredibly was the groups debut, was issued in 1971 on the Sonet imprint. Little was heard of the album throughout mainland Europe but it did make a bit of splash in the group's homeland thanks to the concerted mixture of jazzy hammond organ, roughneck guitars, playful lyrics and memorable melodies. Now, thanks to modern communication methods(the internet!) Junipher Greene's acid-rock tour-de-force has become something of a cult item, reaching the ears of fans across the globe and it's easy to see(or hear) why. Featuring eighteen tracks spread across almost an hour-long running time, 'Friendship' is some body of work. The overall tone tends to lean more towards meaty psych-rock than complex progressive-style rock, yet several listens do reveal a more measured and intricate approach at play, especially considering that the album's final eight tracks are actually one long interlocking piece. Its also interesting to note that 'Friendship' was actually, or so it is told, the first double-album to emerge from Norway, which, in many cases would showcase a group whose enthusiasm outdoes their experience, but again, this is simply not the case. Virtually every track here sounds like the work of a mature, confident outfit - Norway's own Beatles anyone? - and the fact that 'Friendship' is rarely ever dull is a testament to the bucket-loads of imagination smothered across the album. Picking stand-out tracks is incredibly difficult - there isn't a duff song to be found - yet the catchier, poppier numbers really shine. Of these, the jocular romantic witch tale 'Witches Daughter' is probably the most indelible, featuring a muscular guitar riff overlaying an almost funk-imbued rhythm and some truly funny lyrics regarding jocular occult practices. 'Maurice', a breezy ballad-of-sorts, is also worth mentioning, with lead-singer Helge Groslie putting in another fine display whilst his tightly-wound colleagues groove effortlessly away underneath. Finally, of course, their is the eight-part 'Friendship' itself, an audacious workout that cruises cunningly between playful acoustica and complex noodling, topping off an extremely satisfying album. An absolute must for all fans of progressive rock, 'Friendship' is an outstanding achievement.

STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012

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 Communication by JUNIPHER GREENE album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.15 | 8 ratings

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Junipher Greene Heavy Prog

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars 3.5 realy

Junipher Greene, what a nice name for a prog rock band, was one of the best and most well known progressive rock bands from Norway in early to mid '70's. They release 2 albums and each one worth to be discovered by many fans as possible. I had hard times finding this album , the second release of the band named Communnication, issued in 1973 on ON Records label. Finaly after couple of years searching I got it, on vinyl, because as far as I know this album never got a CD re issue, realy sad. So, after a good debute 2 years earlier, tha band that was a quintet , remains on this album a trio, but they manage to pull a realy solid heavy prog album all the way. reminescent of Host, Uriah Heep with some psychedelic touches, Communication was for many a step down from the debute, I wonder why because to me was a nice surprice and a pleasent listning. The title track for instance is excellent, nearly 13 min of great musicianship and good ideas , like it was in the glory days of prog. A fairly good album, while is nothing groundbreaking or innovative here, this second and aswell their swansong worth to be investigated.3-3.5 stars. The artwork is impressive, besides front cover, the inner drawing is awesome for sure.

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars JUNIPHER GREENE were the first Norwegian band to release a double album, and this is it from 1971. I'm a little shocked to be the first collaborator to review this one only because it's such an incredible recording.The flute, guitar and organ are very impressive throughout this record and I like the vocals as well. Interesting that the vocals are in English yet the detailed liner notes are all in Norwegian unfortunately.

"Try To Understand" is an uptempo track with flute leading early until it's replaced by the vocals and a full sound. Nice guitar after 2 1/2 minutes and the organ floats in and out. More flute later. "Witches Daughter" is mid paced and catchy with vocals. I like the guitar interlude, then back to the vocals and organ. "Music For Our Children" is a psychedelic flavoured, slow moving track with vocal sounds that echo. It kicks in after 2 1/2 minutes and he sounds like John Wetton here.The guitar lets it rip before 4 minutes to the end, and there's two of them !

"A Spectre Is Haunting The Peninsula" has a good heavy intro with organ, vocals a minute in. "Sunrise / Sunset" kicks in with organ right away but it settles some when the passionate vocals arrive.This is great ! Guitar and throbbing bass join in before 2 minutes when the vocals stop. Organ leads the way then the vocals return. "Magical Garden" is laid back with organ that pulses with that beat and bass as the vocals join in. Love this stuff. Guitar to the fore before 1 1/2 minutes. Nice.The vocals return and the guitar continues. Amazing ! The guitar is just killing it 4 minutes in. Harmonica before 5 minutes then it settles back to the end. "Autumn Diary" is mellow with piano, organ and a beat as the vocals join in.

"Maurice" is also a laid back, mid paced track but with the flute leading. "Attila's Belly Dance" is a short drum/organ piece. "Friendship" starts with this 6 minute prelude before we get the almost 20 minute suite to end the recording.The prelude sounds so good to start instrumentally.Vocals before 2 minutes.The suite opens with strummed guitar and organ as the bass and drums join in. Excellent sound here as it builds.The guitar comes to the fore as the organ floats.Vocals after a minute as it settles. It kicks back in at 2 1/2 minutes with the guitar out front. It settles again and this sounds so good.The music simply drifts along as they jam in a laid back manner.Vocals are back before 8 1/2 minutes, flute too. It picks up 10 minutes in.The guitar is on fire 11 1/2 minutes in and it's experimental sounding here as well. Nasty organ 16 minutes in, I mean evil. Drums and organ come in and out. Incredible ! Vocals are back with a calm before 18 minutes.

I'm just really drawn to their sound.There's no mistaking that early seventies flavour. A classic !

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Review by The Squirrel

4 stars Junipher Greene - Friendship,

Yes, what a discovery! This really is early progressive gem. I found about this band by accident, and don't remember actually how. I have this text file, where I collect good, promising bands, which I haven't heard before. One day I noticed that Junipher Greene was in there, and decided to order their debut album. You can clearly hear the 70's rock in this piece, but the music is strongly progressive. Very jazz influenced music and singing too. Can't say this band was a pioneer of some sort not being so famous, but excellent music from Norway. I've own this album only couple of weeks, but I've listened it so furiously and so I feel qualified to review it.

The band consists of two guitars, drums, bass, and keyboards. And flute of course. It's great that the lyrics are in English, but the booklet is written in Norwegian. Being a Finnish lad, I know some Swedish and therefore very few Norwegian words are familiar, but that really bothers that the story in the booklet can't be read. The album title is 'Friendship', which is also the last, epic, 20 minute long song's title. The concept friendship is pretty lame in the last song, but doesn't bother me much.

The album begins with the song 'Try to Understand'. Very rocky flute beginning. This is exactly what was prog rock from the 70's. Good flute jamm and couple of fine guitar solos. There is actually a guitar duel part. The song reminds little of Focus. Very good song. The next song, 'Witches' Daughter' is the weakest link. Very boring, short, mid tempo rock song with very simple rock riff and rock drumming. Fortunately, this song include a great guitar solo. 'Music for Our Children' begins with calm bass tune, and soft vocals. Very relaxing moment. "Music makes you feel free..." After that, comes very interesting part. Fast tempo, great bass playing and "Hey!" at the end of bar. Part, which folk metal bands use much. Good keyboard and guitar solos in this piece too. Good, progressive song.

'A Spectre Is Haunting the Peninsula' is short, mid tempo rock track. Great guitar work and funny story. The song ends well. 'Sunrise/Sunset' is very interesting track. This is a jazz song, but because done by rockers, it is prog rock track. If rockers do jazz, it's prog. But if jazz musicians do rock, it's jazz fusion. Back to this song. Very nice track, which has perhaps the weirdest ending. Very odd change to happy smile guitarring. The next song is wonderful. "Wake up to the sun bright and let the reasons lie, come out of the twilight and let your senses fly." 'Magical Garden' is the best track in the album. It begins with funky bass and calm vocals. There are many tempo changes to fast and back to slow. Great guitar solos and calm flutes. "Lie in the shady grass and float into the blue, the magical garden takes care of us and it can help you too."

'Autumn Diary' is beautiful track with nice guitar work. Vocal beginning and solo till the and. 'Maurice' is great track. Very beautiful, wonderful flute playing. The song is just one long flute solo. But very interesting one. The rhythm section plays this relaxing beach beat. The song is mixture of that and marvellous, beautiful flutes with good pianos and acoustic guitars. One of the best tracks in the album. 'Attila's Belly-Dance' is hypnotizing, funny, short, crazy keyboard track before the epic 'Friendship'. 'Friendship' is something brilliant. The prelude, 'Take the Road Across the Bridge' is very easy goin', relaxing rock song with great guitar work. I'm not going to go through every part in this track. What these parts combine is something great, which every prog fan should experience. There are some vocals, but mostly the last song is instrumental with incredible feelings. It is mysterious, happy, sad, relaxing, and confusing. Excellent track, just great. This exactly is something that every prog rock fan should have. There are stuff that I don't like; The song 'Witches' Daughter', dragging tempo in some songs. But that's that. Things I like: Almost all the other song, the vocals, the fact that all of the musicians are very talented, the jazz influences, guitar solos, the 70's rock sound, flutes. This album is great. Perhaps it is not a masterpiece of progressive music, but it definitely is an excellent addition to any prog music collection. And particularly for those, who are in search for early progressive rock gems and are fans of early prog music and its development. I really recommend this album. 4/5 stars. I end this review with the words of Alex K. Carlsson:

"Friendship my friends, is a matter of thought, It's a wonderful thing that cannot be bought, It comes from the heart and lasts through the years, Through hardship sorrow and human tears, It shines, like the rays of the Sun."

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Review by Agemo

4 stars Junipher Greene was one of Norway's first and best progressive bands. They also had the pleasure of releasing the country's first double album. But the big question is: "Is it any good?" Yes it is !! This album is one of those lost, early progressive gems. The album has a few short tracks and one long epic (almost 20 minutes).

The music sounds not unlike Jethro Tull or Focus. There are some nice flute solos and good guitar playing. The better shorter songs include the catchy "Try to understand" and the heavy "Music for our children". The highlight of the album is the long "Friendship" and its prelude. This track will make every proglover's heart pound a bit faster. The instrumental parts are wonderful.

A special mention has to be made to the production of the album. This is superb, especially when you consider it was recorded in 1971. In a whole this album is an absolute gem to the early prog lover.

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