Thursday, January 17, 2013

KOM & Agit Prop - Väinämöisen soitto (Fin, 1977}

Our very own Mr. H. Morgan seems to be on a roll here, another hugely impressive gem appears as if out of the blue-- hard to understand why or how there could still be such masterpieces hidden in the darkness of oblivion after all the collecting and unearthing, but let the music stand as its own witness.

Here's a quick summary from RYM:
"Very jazzy, folky and rocky, so this must be good. Also, there's structures that resemble modern classical, and classical pop. Hard folk fusion with beautiful vocals, though the theme is anyway quite funny. First performed in 1974."

Musicians  (Please note the presence of one of the greatest fusion guitarist-composers in history in my opinion, Jukka Hauru:)

Bass – Tapani Tamminen
Chorus – Agit Prop-Kvartetti*
Composed By – Eero Ojanen
Drums – Ari Valtonen
Guitar – Jukka Hauru
Horn [Birch Bark Horn] – Erkki Saarela, Pekka Milonoff
Orchestra – KOM-Kvartetti
Piano – Eero Ojanen
Producer – Pekka Aarnio
Recorded By – Erkki Hyvönen, Harri Sutinen
Vocals – Martti Launis, Monna Kamu, Pekka Aarnio, Sinikka Sokka
Vocals [Elocutionist] – Marja-Leena Kouki

Full title of the album is: " Väinämöisen Soitto - Cantata for four singers and jazz quartet.  Two Communistic Protest Groups, KOM-kvartetti and Agit-Prop, made together this very special Fusion album without any political aspects of any sort."  -- Mr Morgan.
(In fact, it is based on the finnish national epic, the Kalevala, as he mentions in comments below.)

Isn't it amazing how that special human yearning for a perfect society made itself manifest in such a horrific way in the 20th century with the rise (and fall) of communism?  Yet this yearning is with us, in everyone, with conservatives who look to the past for perfection and  liberals who look forward to a utopia in the future. And this (to the evolutionist)  is part of the toolkit which natural selection put in our brains to make us work together better in a society full of individual actors with irregular actions, since we can always establish how imperfect human relations are in the present (in our surroundings) in comparison with the ideal we automatically, as it were, have in our imaginations.  Even young children understand this idea with their emphasis on equality.  In the same way when we look at human faces we are automatically at all times comparing with an unconscious " ideal "  face we hold in our minds.

Many thanks to Mr. Morgan for his sharing of this " ideal " record: "Jeder nach seinen Fähigkeiten, jedem nach seinen Bedürfnissen!" - Karl Marx


Tristan Stefan said...


Anonymous said...

The Lyrics of the Album are from Finnish National Epos, Kalevala.

Anonymous said...


Tristan Stefan said...

I forgot to mention that I have another beautiful gem coming soon in the pipeline, a monster fusion album that has been much in demand even by collectors... stay tuned guys (and girls) for this biggie!

DanP said...

My goodness, the descriptions here have certainly intrigued me! Many thanks for sharing this!

bob said...

Really great, I was looking for this album in lossless for a long time, thanks a lot!!!

music said...

does anybody have this:

DanP said...

Hi, is this ripped from vinyl?

Anonymous said...

It's released only as vinyl!!!

Calisan said...

Interesting album from Finland

Buddhabreath said...

Very nice. Thanks Stefan!

Anonymous said...

Hi - missed mp3 =((( -- can you reup it??? =))) Pleaaaase...

Anonymous said...

reupload possible? -- Please....

Anonymous said...

please reupload

Anonymous said...

I second the comments asking for a re-upload if at all possible. I would love to listen to what appears to be a wonderful album! :)

mess said...

will there be a re-up?

Tristan Stefan said...!s5cAlb6b!N32kWA4ikkmUCFzs72Iri1-p9TRBPriyn7fjNJLyk7U
New link as of Oct 3, 2013

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