Given that it is a compilation of rarities and live performances, this double-CD retrospective is not the best starting place for those interested in the back catalog of Wigwam. It is, however, an excellent addition to those already initiated.
Wigwam was one of the key players of the Finnish progressive rock scene in the late '60s and early '70s, and an instrumental group in establishing English-language rock music as a viable alternative for Finnish bands. Its ability to work clever pop melodies into their complex and innovative albums should have resulted in a much larger scale success than they achieved, but their attempts at breaking into the British market through a contract with Virgin failed, and as No-One Else Could Love Me - The Searchers - The Searchers Play The System - Rarities, Oddities & Fli result they're not well known outside Finnish borders.
Vocal and composing duties mainly alternate between keyboardists Jukka Gustavson and British ex-pat Jim Pembrokethough bassists Mats Hulden and Pekka Pohjola as well as later period guitarist Pekka Rechardt pitch in. Gustavson 's material has a raw progressive edge, while Pembroke composes Luulosairas - Wigwam - Fresh Garbage - Rarities 1969 - 1977 most accessible material whilst still retaining an exploratory attitude. A good example of the former is the minute "Fairyport," which holds interest throughout, but also illustrates why it was sometimes difficult for the band to perform Gustavson 's complex material in a live setting.
A comprehensive chronicle of the band and its various stages is presented in the accompanying booklet. Unfortunately, the CD set doesn't contain any material from their album Nuclear Nightclub as there were no technically satisfactory recordings available but regardless the set gives Luulosairas - Wigwam - Fresh Garbage - Rarities 1969 - 1977 fine overview of what the band could accomplish in a live situation.
Blues Classical Country. Electronic Folk Cat People - Cujo - Adventures In Foam. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes.
Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Track Listing. Must Be the Devil. Greasy Kids' Stuff. Chest Fever. Robbie Robertson. Fresh Garbage. Jay Ferguson. King Harvest Has Surely Come. Losing Hold. Nothing Shows. Captain Supernatural. John Lennon. Marvelry Skimmer Friend from the Fields. Do the Pigworm. Never Turn You In. Pekka Rechardt. No New Games. In and Out. Looking for the Eddie and the Boys Jam Session.
Chest Fever Robbie Robertson. Fresh Garbage Jay Ferguson. Imagine John Lennon. Wardance Pekka Rechardt.
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