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Pekka Airaksinen


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5 stars As I told already in Pekka's 'Love and Addiction' review, Pekka recorded this album already in the 1975, but released it not until nineties as CDr under name 'Gandhi-Freud'. I believe those are his first fully keyboard-base recordings, atlhough 'Golden Age'-album could have recorded in same times. To me it sounds Pekka used Moog-synthesizers in this album, but there could have been also some other keyboards. Anyway I don't believe anybody else had made such sounds in Moog! I use in this review 2017-vinyl edition, that has every pieces from the original CDr-release, but also three more pieces. As the album name says, here are compositions from almost all the vitamins and many minerals, but I guess Pekka thought also important persons of the human history like Gandhi as vitamins. One of the additional track is 'Opium', but I think it's a joke or then just added into this vinyl edition because recorded in the same time.

Album starts with 'Molybdene' that's also in 'Madam I`m Adam'-compilation. It's quite noisy, but in 'Gandhi' direction changes much calmer, although there is some sadness. Next 'Michelangelo', 'Platon' & 'Picasso' are quite restless and trembling. 'Freud' is really anguished, but direction changes again in very great 'Akupunkture 1'. It has synth sound that reminds Nico's harmonium, also there are interesting synths that sounds like bombing in the end of piece. Second version is also really great where are used backward tapes in a very interesting way. In the end of first vinyl comes first true vitamin 'B12'. All the vitamin pieces have same kind of circling soundpath around them.

But the second vinyl starts with 'Chromium' that is the most cheerful piece in this album. I believe it also irritates many. End of third side is full of vitamins that have that same kind of base, but interesting variations. 'A' was also released in 'More Artic Hysteria'-compilation and 'E' and 'B3' were in 'Other Power'-compilation. The last side of this album starts with 'B6', then comes 'Magnesium' that reminds a lot with it's pulsing path 'Vitamin'-serie. But 'Copper' and 'Manganese' are sounding like some big animal is trying to run and ending 'Zinc' has really great, snake -alike sounds.

This is masterpiece! I don't think you can hear these other world-sounds anywhere else! I don't believe Steven Stapleton had heard this album when he took Sperm and Pekka Airiksinen into the famous 'Nurse With Wound'-list as only Finnish acts, but I believe he also thinks this album as masterpiece! Together with 'Afrodinpankara' I think this is the essential Pekka's keyboard-base album, but recommend the last one for the beginners!

Mortte | 5/5 |


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