Label: Love Records - LXCD 626 • Format: 2x, CD Album, Compilation • Country: Finland • Genre: Rock • Style: Prog Rock
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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 Infinity (Future) - Positive Thinking - Infinite 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 Nipistys - Wigwam - Fresh Garbage - Rarities 1969 - 1977 through a contract with Virgin failed, and as a result they're not well known outside Finnish borders.
Vocal and composing duties mainly alternate between keyboardists Jukka Gustavson and British ex-pat Jim Pembroke, though 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 the 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 a fine overview of what the band could accomplish in a live situation.
For fans it's an essential compilation -- everybody else should start by acquiring copies of Tombstone Valentine, Being, and Nuclear Nightclub to gauge the talent and variety Wigwam was capable of. Acquire, please legitimate discs, which no doubt will adorn your collection!
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