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The foundation of Dutch progrock band FINCH was laid by bass player Peter Vink and drummer Beer Klaasse (both ex-Q65 and The KJOE). They were eager to play progressive music: Peter was impressed by the symphonic rock of YES and BEER by the improvised rock of MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA and CREAM. After some sessions and failed efforts to find a good singer, the new band switched to instrumental music with this line-up: Peter Vink, Beer Klaasse, the 19 year old "guitar virtuoso" Joop van Nimwegen and keyboard player Paul Vink. With two Vink's in the band the name became FINCH, the English translation from this Dutch name. The EMI sub-label Negram was willing to invest in the new progrock band, in '75 this resulted in the debut-album "Glory of the Inner Force" (worldwide sold 20.000 copies). New keyboard player Cleem Determeijer's interplay with guitarist Joop sounded captivating and the first album was hailed by the music press. The single "Colossus" ('75) wasn't successful but it's now a hugh collector's item. In '76 the second album "Beyond Expression" was released, it was acclaimed as Album of the week by radio and tv broadcasting company Veronica and known music magazines were very positive. The future looked bright for FINCH: sold oud concerts, worldwide sales (15.000 copies) and in Japan FINCH became almost as popular as other Dutch progrock bands FOCUS and EARTH & FIRE! Unfortunately Cleem was no longer able to combine the music with his classical study, he was replaced by Ad Wammes and, due to musical disagreement, Hans Borsboom replaced Beer Klaasse. This new FINCH line-up released the third album entitled "Galleons of Passion" in '77, it was not received very well though the sales flagged around the 11.000 copies. It turned out to be the band's swansong until in '99 the Dutch record company Pseudonym Records released a 2-CD, including fine demos of the "Galleons of Passion" album and exciting live material from '76.

The first LP "Glory of the Inner Force" contains four melodic and often swinging compositions with strong echoes from YES. The keyboards sound tasteful (Hammond organ and Mellotron), the guitarwork is great with passionate solos and the rhythm-section plays solid (a grunting Rickenbacker bass). The second album "Beyond Expression" sound more original, inventive and dynamic with furious guitarplay and bombastic keyboards in four captivating and compelling tracks. A splendid album, a bit underrated because of the attention for the other Dutch progrock bands EARTH & FIRE, KAYAK and FOCUS. The third album "Galleons of Passion" is more in the vein of mid-GENESIS and sound pleasant but less captivating and contrasting. The 2-CD "The Making of...Galleons of passion/Stage" '76" is mainly interesting because of the live-material: it's layered with magnificent electric guitarplay (Jan Akkerman once told he was very impressed by Joop!) and great solos from Ad's newly purchased Minimoog synthesizer. The live-CD contains the previously unreleased track "Necronomicon" (over 15 minutes), a 'typically Seventies live progrock composition' with lots of solos on guitar, keyboards and bass.

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4.12 | 126 ratings
Glory of the Inner Force
1975
4.09 | 101 ratings
Beyond Expression
1976
3.39 | 54 ratings
Galleons of Passion
1977

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4.24 | 17 ratings
The Making Of... Galleons Of Passion / Stage '76
1999
4.00 | 2 ratings
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2012

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 Beyond Expression by FINCH album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.09 | 101 ratings

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Review by Epignosis
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3 stars The upbeat jazz rhythm and guitar tone are heavily reminiscent of Camel. In fact, if anyone liked Camel but thought they could've rocked out more, he would find satisfaction in Finch's second album. My greatest criticism is that the guitarist is too industrious, frequently erupting in a blitzkrieg of high-pitched notes.

"A Passion Condensed" I found the initial synthesizer a bit rough, though the lead guitar is satisfying and the rhythm section is in overdrive for much of the piece. The softer side of Finch emerges midway through, perhaps to offer the listener a respite from the rapid jazzy rock that filled the first eight minutes. The scathing guitar work is too busy, flying about like a hummingbird on uppers over a chord progression identical to "Breathe" by Pink Floyd.

"Scars on the Ego" The second and shortest piece offers the keyboardist an opportunity to shine through various sonic textures, and thankfully, the guitarist shows his more placid capabilities. Though the electric guitar solo is still riddled with activity, it serves well as a crescendo tapering off into the halcyon haze.

"Beyond the Bizarre" Gentle and melodic, this is perhaps the most solid of the three compositions, because even when it becomes heavier, it is not perforated with rapid-fire guitar. Indeed, the lead player infuses the piece with appropriate bends and phrases that accentuate the rhythmic shifts. The smooth, happy-go-lucky keyboard runs are reminiscent of "Cinema Show" by Genesis.

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 Glory of the Inner Force by FINCH album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.12 | 126 ratings

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Review by Atavachron
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4 stars Beautiful caricature of the super-arty European stuff prevalent in the mid 1970s. If one wanted to sample that classic sound for the purposes of exhibition or time travel, Finch's Glory of the Inner Force would be a great place to start. In fact the only thing holding back this tremendous piece of work is the period in which it's stuck, with the hippie dance grooves and distantly tinny recording to prove it. No complaints mind you, it is indeed glorious. Or, at least, was. I mean someone had the patience to listen to this stuff, it sold reasonably well for an instrumental rock album.

Influences here are more global than local with only a portion of their Dutch roots audible, the rest from progressive blues-jazz and British artrock. Each player is excellent, none stealing the show, composer/guitarist extraordinaire Joop van Nimwegen and keyboardist Cleem Determejer's unison circulars push off the convincing if dated 'Register Magister' laced with great little organ phrasings and guitar work. This was a case (among many) when one band impacted by others in turn had an impact itself. 'Paradoxical Moods' is rhythmic, has a little jazz and more delicious conversing between guitar and keys, very American with a strong live feel, finished with flair on Leonard Bernstein. A mood continued into 'Pisces' showing van Nimwegen's fondness for Steve Howe's raw energy, later swelling on orchestration and up with brilliant 13-minute 'A Bridge to Alice', its secret faces, quiet ambitions, subterfuge, deceptions and misdirections, a remarkable achievement for a rock quartet. Plus we get the sweet two-part single 'Colossus' as a bonus, a cut that reminds of everyone from Colosseum to UFO to early Scorpions.

Should be highly pleasing for anyone with a soft spot for progressive rock-fusion at its most ridiculous and wonderful, a definitive time capsule and a snapshot of a great moment in music.

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 Beyond Expression by FINCH album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.09 | 101 ratings

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Review by Suedevanshoe

5 stars An all out progressive assault, Finch breaks the doors open with this 1976 release. Still heavily influenced by the usual symphonic groups, Finch takes this release a step further and introduces some Allman Brothers influence. It's not clear how much the group members listened to the Allmans, but "A Passion Condenser" is heavily reminiscent of certain Allman Bros staples, like "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed, "You Don't Love Me", even "High Falls". It's a shame few other progressive groups took this approach. This element gives the music a happy, intimate feeling many progressive records lack.

Beyond Expression is an essential album for the discerning collector. A flying space sperm with a flaming mohawk on the cover wraps up this classic package.

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Review by Obersturmbannprogger

5 stars Wow, this is a genuine tour de force ride! This is full throttle 100% instrumental album, which wont leave you many time to breathe. Its my most favourite Dutch prog album too.

Stylewise its a mix of classical european symphonic prog ala their countrymen Focus or Yes and a bit of jazzrock and Canterbury played in a very nervous, fast and exciting manner.

All 4 compositions are in 9+ minutes range. Individual tracks are a mix of many evolving and interesting motives, which are often developing into a bix climax and what is always astounding me is the great cooperation of all players.

There are many breathtaking guitar solos, but they are always underlined with great and inventive bass playing (fat ripping Rickenbacker tone) and nice keyboard background. All musicians are top notch, but especially guitar player Joop van Nimwegen is the real MASTER here. This guy amazes me (i am guitar player too) everytime when i am hearing to the first two Finch albums. Hes sometimes really shredding here, but all time with great sense of structure in solos and natural gradation. Hes really very fast playing for this era, but still without technical imperfections which were often notable for many other 70s guitarists. His intonation is precise and he can play very emotionally too - listen to middle guitar solo in Pisces, its so emotional and full of feeling, that listener could even forget that hes hearing to technically perfect and virtouso progrock. Yes, he is a bit similar in playing style to his colleague Akkerman, but i prefer Joop. Hes faster, more aggressive and sometimes plays greater melodies too.

Bass guitar player is second virtuoso in this band, i recommend this album to bass players too. His bass lines are very inventive and sometimes hes playing unisono fast lines with guitar. Keyboard player (mostly Hammond and electrical piano, sometimes Mellotron and synths too) and drummer are great too, this band simply rocks.

Overall, this is a must for instrumental 70s progrock lovers, its a shamefully forgotten group and this debut album especially shows them in their most aggressive and natural position. One of my favourite 70s albums. I recommend especially the latest 2013 3 CD Mythology edition from Pseudonym records, they remastered the original master tapes and the tone is richer than on previous very average sound quality CD editions. 5 stars!

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4.09 | 101 ratings

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Review by the philosopher

3 stars Beyond Expression is the second release of the Dutch instrumental-only sympho proggers Finch. Finch prooved with their near-excellent debut "The Glory of the Inner Force" that they belong to Holland's finest 70's prog artists with a sound between Focus, Camel and Yes with the speed of Mahavishnu Orchestra. Beyond Expression has no line-up changes (although PA notes Jan v. Nimwegen instead of Joop v. Nimwegen on the debut record: this is a misstake: both records contain Joop v. Nimwegen) and has litle difference in sound in comparison with Finch's debut record. It sounds a bit more like Camel and there are less guitar pyrotechnics a la Jan Akkerman, although Van Nimwegen is still playing at intriguing speed. The record just contains three compositions, whereby the first composition is a sidefilling track.

Although the band is based on the guitarist Joop v. Nimwegen and bassist Peter Vink (ex Q65 (top Dutch acid rock band)) it is the keyboard player which delivers the nicest parts. Especially the solo's of Determijer on "A Passion Condensed" and "Scars on the Ego" are quiet brilliant. The solo's of Van Nimwegen are technically correct and interesting, but miss the sparkle it had on "The Glory..". Also the songwriting is somewhat less good then on Finch's debut. Especially "Beyond the Bizarre" cannot hold my attention.

This record misses the fresh energy it had on Finch's debut record. Finch has not changed in sound and therefor created a copy of the debut, which is less sparkling however and misses the fine touch. Together with a not-optimal production I conclude that this is a record which will amuse the fans, but is not essential. 3,5 stars.

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 Galleons of Passion  by FINCH album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.39 | 54 ratings

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Review by BORA

3 stars Well intended effort and an improvement on their first, rather hectic album.

Unfortunately, this work is still lacking direction - and as such - it fails to impress. To their credit, they applied some restraint here, but that is just not sufficient to elevate this work beyond noting the lack of irritation associated with their debut release.

My criteria is relatively simple. Would I listen to an album again? I'd have to say no to this one. Not whilst hundreds of potentially promising albums are sitting on my shelves, awaiting for the first spin. "Galleons" is not bad, it's just not quite good enough, either. There is enormous material available even from those early years of Prog, yet to be examined - and in some cases, absorbed - thanks to numerous releases from the vaults in recent times.

With that in mind, I couldn't possibly rate this work as essential. Life is just not long enough to fill with other, but the very best.

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 Glory of the Inner Force by FINCH album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.12 | 126 ratings

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Review by BORA

2 stars Ah, these guys are making it very difficult for me. The style is seemingly right up in my alley as I have a preference for instrumental works with plenty of soloing. The slight CAMEL-ish and at times reminiscent of FOCUS touch would also work in their favor with me. Honestly, I'd like to like this album, but it refuses to grow on me.

So, what's wrong with this album? Simply, too many notes, just too busy for little return. A typical case where less would have been more. Ambitious? Yes. Overkill? Absolutely!

Nervous, overzealous delivery, at times bordering on irritating where the credible bits are obscured by the cacophony of everyone is trying too hard. FINCH would have been really well served by engaging a capable arranger and arriving at a 4-5 star result.

I am truly sorry to say as I'd like to like this work, but the "Inner Force" here appears to be too over the top and remains without "Glory" in my books. Much refinement and substantially more subtlety would be in the order.

Reluctantly, I have to decline even a 3 as this album is unlikely to have another spin at my place. A real pity, but by my criteria I can't even see the point of keeping it in my collection.

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3.39 | 54 ratings

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Finch Symphonic Prog

Review by Life Line Project

5 stars In fact this is the most complete and most symphonic album by Dutch band Finch from the Hague. Unfortunately there had been this dramatic turn of the tide in which Punk rock flushed away all good music without having been carefully listened to. This appeared to be fatal for a quality band like Finch and "The Galleons Of Passion" sadly sunk away in an ocean of musical oblivion. True progfans however should certainly check out this album, because it shows Finch at their best. The keyboard sounds chosen by Ad Wammes have a fuller and richer sound, so much adored by progrock lovers and what should I say: the guitar playing by Joop van Nimwegen is simply superb. For those who need seduction by the famous Rickenbacker stereo bass sound, won't get disappointed by the solid bass playing of Dutch grand old man of rock Peter Vink. As always with Finch, the album is completely instrumental. This time the cross-over influences of jazz-rock/Canterbury are less. This is an accessable very harmonic sounding album, that can easily compete with the best Camel or Focus. The themes are all more outspoken than on their previous two albums and I should almost call this one a neglected masterpiece. Somehow all went wrong with this album. When it was released it was bon ton to put it away as rubbish. Later critics would endlessly repeat these judgements without really listening, which is a pity because there is so much to enjoy on Galleons of Passion and so many proglovers will be scared off by these unjustified negative words. This is my favorite Finch album and I think it will please many symphonic proglovers, so I think 5 stars are well deserved.

Erik de Beer.

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 Glory of the Inner Force by FINCH album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.12 | 126 ratings

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Glory of the Inner Force
Finch Symphonic Prog

Review by the philosopher

5 stars Glory to the Glory of the inner Force of Finch. The band was founded by two old-members of Q65 - probably the best psychedelic rockband of the Netherlands - together with guitar virtuoso Joop van Nimwegen and keyboardist Cleem Determeijer. They came up in 1975 with this magnificent debut-record. In my opinion this is the best symphonic prog record made in Holland.

Before Finch was founded Jan Akkerman was arguably the best guitarplayer in the Netherlands. Joop van Nimwegen however became some real concurrence to Jan. Joop van Nimwegen seems to be really Inspired by the guitarplaying of Jan Akkerman and maybe also a bit of Steve Howe (Yes). The guitarstyl is mainly faster than in Focus, but with the same kind of intellectual songwriting (Joop van Nimwegen wrote all the songs on this debutrecord).

Besides the awesome guitarplaying in Finch, the bassguitarist does really shine on Finch's debut record. The basslines are active and really fast. This bassguitarist is not just a backgroundplayer, but shines on front of the band! The keyboardist may not be as good as Rick Wakeman of Keith Emerson, but manages to fit by the other excellent musicians and adds some nice atmosphere. The drums are just fine.

In my opinion this is the best instrumental-only record ever made. Finch showed to be better than the Mahavishnu Orchestra or Return to Forever. The same speed, but better songwriting and catchier melodies. A really exciting record - a must have!

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 Galleons of Passion  by FINCH album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.39 | 54 ratings

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Galleons of Passion
Finch Symphonic Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars On their third album Finch lurched over to a much more traditionally symphonic direction - lineup changes meant they had to replace their drummer and keyboardist, and the near total absence of the Mahavishnu Orchestra-influenced sections that set apart their first two albums suggest to me that perhaps the new lads weren't so down with the fusion sound as their predecessors were. Still, it's not bad symphonic, and the band were unfailingly forward-looking, occasionally to a surprising extent - the fast-paced section towards the end of Remembering the Future reminds me of the sort of sonic territory Talking Heads would eventually explore on Remain In Light. Not their best - that remains their debut, Glory of the Inner Force - but as decent a swan song as could be expected under the circumstances and it just about keeps up the decent-but-not-exceptional standard that Finch had maintained across their career.

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