Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Nordvision 1975

I've thought a lot about why these albums from the seventies were so good, so incomparable and unique, when side-to-side you listen to earlier and later artistic periods. Of course some people will disagree right off the bat. I think it boils down to exposure, the musicians from that time grew up educated in classical music, almost invariably, and often knew jazz very well. The early environment was so different from what young musicians today grew up with. Then, when rock came around, it was still new and there was a willingness to play with it that is absent today except in the progressive scene itself, which is old enough that nowadays a musician doing this style is really just imitating past masters. Rarely do we hear them combine all three streams, jazz, rock, and classical into one harmonious whole. There is a demographic explanation too which I think should not be dismissed, this was the peak creative years of the infamous baby boomers. In fact I think at the time, the average age over the entire globe was in the 20s -- it was a young world back then (compared to late 30s to 40s in the western world now.) I think demographics at least explains why there has never been a band as popular and creative as the beatles. Then my friends the peak oil people will say that the seventies were the height of energy availability per capita and overall well-being.

Well it's obvious what I'm leading up to here: on a basis of folk rock and folk music from northern europe, the musicians, which include the famous Mats Vinding on bass, incorporate a lot of jazz elements, and some classical, baroque compositions. There is nothing awkward about the melding, which is why I think this album is fantastic. A couple of tracks feature some gorgeous electric piano, one in particular starting with a strange melody in F minor transitions a couple of times before, in the middle part, turning into a 70s soundtrack sound in D major, complete with spacey female voice wordlessly singing lalala (think rosemary's baby or emmanuelle). Several tracks start acoustic and turn electric in a wonderful way.

"The concept behind their album was to give a new twist to traditional Nordic folk songs from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Finland. All 11 tracks are tastefully arranged instrumentals (with acoustic and electric guitars to the fore) with strong jazz influences, almost like Björn J:son Lindh's records stripped of the flute (which really is inconceivable). Not really progressive music, nevertheless displaying hummable melodies and supreme instrumental competence. (S.G.M.)"
I disagree with the last remark, if this isn't progressive I don't know what is. It may be the writer was put off by the baroque and folk basis, but the songs sure get pretty ingenious and interesting.

Please enjoy this little example of pure seventies beauty. Any comments (negative or positive) regarding what I've written are appreciated!

I Min Ungdom Det Gladde Mig...

14 comments:

Tristan Stefan said...

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8HN7DXU3

Misongod said...

Thank you Tristan for posting my request.You, Progman and Osurec have a great collection,no doubt.
Thank you again for share!
Dom

isabelbc said...

Hi Tristan,

Very nice surprise!! I can't wait for listen this album, downloading now...

Thank you very much!!

Isabel ;o)

Dairos777azz said...

Many times i asked to myself why the 70s music was so great or for another example why Gabriel, Banks, Hackett, Rutherdord and Collins were together with right skills, in the right place and right time. So also for Yes, King Crimson, ELP, Gentle Giant, Renaissance and all others in the world. A magic flux crossed the earth from 1967 to 1979 and not only in music but also in cinema, TV, architecture. Unrepeatable.

Of course Nordvision is very top-notch stuff. All is perfect, an incredible alternance of jazz progressive rock and swedish folk with medieval touches. Strong.

Abundants thanks

Tristan Stefan said...

Yeah, good point, it was also a golden age in cinema too, although in this regard people will vehemently disagree, in my opinion the european movies, e.g. french nouvelle vague, american artists like martin scorcese, were really at the peak of their abilities. My favourite movies are also from this period.

avdo said...

Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!

savvas said...

It's wonderful to share stuff like that. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

That's quite unusual and very nice! Thank you!

Armute

Anonymous said...

Friends, I write from Chile, the monstrous earthquake country, and go, I confess: Because of Nordvision have again suffered an earthquake in my privacy. What a great band! And true, very true: If this is not progressive, I don´t know, I don´t know what can be called progressive.

Never again wrote rock as in those wonderful years: Very true

"Nordvision" is one of those little secrets that make us love this shitty life.

Thank you very much.

Is dismissed,

A man infinitely grateful.

PD: Excuse me for my poor english

fabio said...

I´m very grateful for you...this is wonderful music...just like says Grobschnitt in a song from their first album.
Thanks from Brasil

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Anonymous said...

links dead , please may you post it again in rapid or media? thank you in advance

isabelbc said...

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Anonymous said...

thanka a lot, been looking for over 7years for a copy of this one
Peace

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