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Pekka Pohjola - Keesojen Lehto [Aka: The Mathematician's Air Display; The Consequences Of Indecisions] CD (album) cover


Pekka Pohjola


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.73 | 127 ratings

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3 stars Mike Oldfield's famous, so we'll credit him with the album

When a friend told me he had a rare Mike Oldfield album titled "The consequences of indecisions (sic)" released in 1981, I was intrigued to say the least. Such an album does not appear anywhere in Oldfield's discograhy, even as the alternate title or regional release of one of his albums around that time.

Further investigation revealed that the album was in fact the subject of some convenient slight of hand by the record company who had acquired the rights to the music. The first hints of this are on the LP label, which shows the performers' names as Mike and Sally Oldfield, with Pekka Pohjola listed below them.

The album is in fact a repackaging of an album originally released under the name of Pekka Pohjola in 1977 under the title "Keesojen Lehto" in most countries, and "The Mathematicians Air Display" on Virgin records in the UK. Pohjola's association with Oldfield stems from when he played bass for him on tour. Pohoja is in fact the principal artist on the album, as all the material was composed and arranged by him. Apart from Mike, he also brings in Sally Oldfield to vocalise on two tracks, Pierre Moerlen (Gong) and vesa Aaltonen to play drums and percussion, George Wadenius on guitar and Wlodek Gulgowski on keyboards.

Oldfield plays on four of the five tracks but does not feature at all on the opening "The sighted light" (The translation of the titles vary according to the version, but the order remains consistent). That said, the music has the definite feel of an Oldfield album, this is not jazz/fusion (Pohjola's assigned genre here) album by any means. Only the two part feature track which dominates side two "The consequences of indecisions" stands apart as being a little more experimental and generally looser.

While this may not be the holy grail it purports to be for Oldfield fans in terms of being a long lost album, it will undoubtedly appeal to those who enjoy his music. To borrow from the words of Roger Waters, it is a pretty fair forgery.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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