Two sets of rare recordings from the Finnish Broadcasting vaults – both issued here for the first time! Wigwam have an approach that's maybe tighter and more song-focused than some of the more freewheeling, progressive Finnish rockers of the time – a style that still stretches out, but which has some of the focus of the UK jazz rock scene of the start of the 70s – as bold instrumental solos mix with more personal vocal moments, including some English language lyrics! The group features Jukka Gustavson on organ and Jim Pembroke on electric piano – both of whom sing – plus electric bass from Pekka Pohjola, who also did some fusion work in the 70s, and drums from Ronnie Osterberg. The focus on keyboards without guitar makes for a nicely unique sound – as does the group's ability to soar one moment, and come back to earth the next – on titles that include "Grass For Blades", "Fairyport", "Nipistys", "Marvelry Skimmer", and a version of John Lennon's "Imagine". Next up is searing prog from Taivaanvuohi – one of those hard-burning Finnish groups that made that nation's scene so amazing back in the 70s! There's a dexterity here that rivals the best UK, Italian, or German groups of the time – a post-fusion blend of electric elements and reed lines – all set to complex rhythms, but opening up with some more emotive solo lines too – a tunefulness that goes way beyond simple jamming! Tarmo Rosenlund provides the vocals, but the instrumental side of the group is often more prominent – especially the alto and flute lines from Pertti Paivinen, and guitar from Sami Hurmerinta – both driven on strongly by the excellent bass and drums. Titles include "Forward Bound", "Drop Drag", "Shedding", "Gloom/
Muukalaiset Yossa", and a version of Frank Zappa
's "Orange County Lumber Truck".