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Finnforest / Lahto Matkalle
Finnforest / Lahto Matkalle
Genres: Pop, Rock
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All Artists: Finnforest
Title: Finnforest / Lahto Matkalle
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Laser's Edge
Release Date: 10/20/1998
Genres: Pop, Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 763232102521

CD Reviews

The Ghost and its Ghost
Nicky Garratt | San Francisco | 11/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Water drips from the vestiges of the sodden leafs into the still, mist-laden lake... the cover says it all. Finnforest's self titled 1975 debut is a haunting and haunted masterpiece that evades a category by dwelling in a twilight region between progressive, Jazz and rock. But that's misleading. Somehow the listener is transported to the autumn lakes and forests of Finland courtesy of the Tegelman brothers Pekka and Jussi (Guitar and Drums) along with Keyboard player Jukka Rissanen who create this almost unbroken illusion. You could make some comparisons to the Mahavishnu Orchestra in their most reflective efforts for example the opening track Power Of Love from the Apocalypse album with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the London Symphony Orchestra. Strictly speaking this is an instrumental fusion album in the Mahavishnu mold but infused with a ghostly spirit. Perhaps it's the keyboards that linger like the lake mist or the very organic performance, but this is a unique classic.
This is a double package however. Lähtö Matkalle, Finnforest's 2nd album, has all of the same elements, albeit with a slightly different line-up and the addition of a permanent Bass Player. It has some nice moments but the overall effect is less magical. Perhaps a ghost of the spirit of the first album remains and on repeated listening there is much of interest. The playing is again admirable. The way I see it, is you get the majestic first album and the 2nd for free.
Along with Wigwam's Fairyport, Finnforest's debut is an essential Finnish Progressive album.