Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Tasavallan Presidentti (President of the Republic) founded in spring by guitarist Jukka Tolonen and drummer Vesa Aaltonen, from Eero Raittinen's Help, with bassist M?ns Groundstroem and vocalist Frank Robson, ex-members of... more »
Tasavallan Presidentti (President of the Republic) founded in spring by guitarist Jukka Tolonen and drummer Vesa Aaltonen, from Eero Raittinen's Help, with bassist M?ns Groundstroem and vocalist Frank Robson, ex-members of Blues Section, and saxophone/flute player Juhani Aaltonen of Soulset. This self titled album was their debut. This reissue features 15 total tracks including the bonus tracks 'Lounge', 'Lambertland', 'Celebration', 'Bargain', 'Dance' & 'Last Quarters'. Walhalla. 2005.
M. Harris | BRIGHTON, EAST SUSSEX United Kingdom | 04/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Firstly this isn't their debut. This is the second album and i'd suggest getting the first issue not because the quality is any better (they're both excellantly produced)but the original issue has a better booklet with nice photo's. Then again at just over thirty minutes its not surprising the excellant 'lambertland' has been added in its full glory.I have to admit the original vocalist is better than the latter.Frank Robson has a similar voice to Stevie Winwood, very expressive and soulfood. I assume he was English with that name? The closest i can describe this is like a jazzier Traffic. Even the short tracks are used to great effect. There is some nice flute work and as usual Jukka Tolonen is on top form throughout. The solo and ensemble playing on 'dance' is amazing-outdoing Zappa and that's high praise! I would recommend getting these two on one first and move hell and earth to get the stunning 1969 debut (along with Wigwam's 'hard and horny' the first Finnish rock albums) They made one more album 'milky way moses' which was patchy and Jukka Tolonen is still delivering the goods many years later. The good news the original line up have reformed and are as good as ever. Essential!"