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viernes, 11 de marzo de 2016

Tasavallan Presidentti - Six Complete (2006)

Para cerrar una semana a puro Tasavallan Presidentti, traemos el sexto trabajo de su carrera (como su nombre indica, contando el directo del año 2001 que aún no tenemos). Reunidos después de 32 años de su último disco en estudio, vuelven a editar un CD que ahora les traemos y compartimos. Salvo por el fallecido Pekka Pöyry mantinen su formación clásica, y también su estilo.

Artista: Tasavallan Presidentti
Álbum: Six Complete
Año: 2006
Género: Jazz Rock
Duración: 54:43
Nacionalidad: Finlandia

Lista de Temas:
1. Take Six
2. Last Night
3. Chesterfield Blue
4. Don't Ask Why
5. Climb The Ladder
6. The Maze
7. Dance
8. Five Leaves Left
9. Blast From The Past

- Jukka Tolonen /electric guitar
- Juhani Aaltonen / saxophones, flute
- Frank Robson / voice, keyboards
- Heikki Virtanen / electric bass
- Vesa Aaltonen / drums

Ya los Tasavallan Presidentti han deslumbrado en el blog cabezón y no tiene muchoi sentindo hablar mucho de ellos, bastante ha dicho Vicky más los comentarios de terceros que hemos dejado, más los comentarios que han dejado los cabezones, así que no vamos a sumar mucho más. Tasavallan Presidentti mantiene su fórmula, que los llevó junto a los Wigwam a ser uno de los grupos más importantes de rock progresivo de Finlandia, con músicos de altísimo nivel que han colaborado tcon muchos otros grupos y músicos de renombre mundial.
El disco no tiene el nivel de los discos de los 70s pero tampoco no está mal, quienes se hayan desgustado con los discos ya presentados, péguenle una escuchada a éste. Luego sacarían el DVD titulado "Six + Live!" en el año 2007, pero eso ya es otra historia y tampoco lo tengo.
Así que vamos, entonces, con lo último de los TP, un disco que no será una locura de bueno pero no está mal y permite cerrar el círculo.

Vamos con algunos otros comentarios, y ya saben, el disco está disponible en la lista de correo.

I bought this CD last year but haven't listened to it more than three times. The problem, I guess, is in me rather than in the quality of the music, which is high, no doubt. TP has a strong reputation as the leading Finnish progressive band (founded already in the 60's), and while WIGWAM, its best known rival, took a pop-oriented path in mid-70's, TP has kept the course on jazz-oriented, blues-flavoured rock focusing on instrumental skills. For example guitarist Jukka Tolonen and flute/saxophone player Juhani Aaltonen are both among the most respected musicians of their fields here. Six Complete was long awaited new studio album of the legendary group, and it received quite fair welcome (though not very visibly as far as I see).
But do not expect very PROGRESSIVE sounding album. The British-born vocalist Frank Robson sounds even bluesier than almost 30 years ago, and also the compositions seem to be relatively straight-forward bluesy jazz-rock stuff. What I personally miss is the more emotional, delicate side to the music, as well as the clearer progressive structure to the songs. Funny, if the old TP reminds me of the bluesy side of PROCOL HARUM here and there (not only in the voices of Robson and Brooker), this album left me the similar disappointment as Harum's Wells on Fire, especially in the sense that the compositions don't make a big impression on me.
My favourite is - sadly the only instrumental track - 'Dance', which gives Junnu's flute a central role. But on the whole I tend to get bored each time I try to listen to this album from start to end. I'm just not very much into bluesy rock in general. If you are, you most likely enjoy this.

A fine return from a classic Finnish Progrock band. This has been awaited by some, yet it was a bit of a surprise to most. SIX complete, their sixth album, is pretty much like an extended version of six, which was an EP published a bit earlier, and is a very stable CD with, unlike the title would suggest, 9 different songs.
Take Six, I find some influence by Dave Brubeck's all time hit in the tilte of this song. The song is a good piece, for an opening track. Completely composed by Frank Robson who wrote words to all the songs that had words. This track shows pretty much where Tasavallan Presidentti ie. Pressa stands nowadays. The music isn't as imaginative as before. The unconventional feeling of the music has disappeared, and the band has gone quite a lot to a more mainstream direction. I don't take this as a bad thing, the music is still good, and very progressive. It's actually quite funky rock rather than progrock as far as the genre tells. This song as most go in simple 4/4.
Second song, Last Night was composed by the superb guitarist, Jukka Tolonen, who also composed half the songs on this album. It begins with a long instrumental part then coming up with lyrics. This track has very imaginative riffs and is a top class rock song. Not easy, but not too difficult either.
Chesterfield Blue is a slower song with great lyrics. Personally I find Junnu (Juhani) Aaltonen doing a great job on this track. The track is a ballad in a way, yet made in that great groovy Pressa way, with a really tricky bridge in between verses.
Don't Ask Why doesn't sound at all like Tasavallan Presidentti to begin with. Aaltonen plays great flute and that is pretty much what this song has to offer, something to listen to on the lyrics side and the awesome fluteplaying.
Fifth is Climb The Ladder is what AOR stands for, this is a step down in the class I was expecting. Reminds me quite a lot of Wigwam's new stuff, there isn't a lot to say about this. Good playing, but the song doesn't "give me the kicks". Possibly the worst song on this album, yet good enough to listen to every now and then. Not bad at all.
The Maze is again composed by Tolonen. It's easy to hear, Mr Tolonen has kept his rock'nroll style for long. The riffs run like in the young days and the song has something catchy to it. I enjoyed this song very much.
Dance is an istrumental composed by Jukka Tolonen, originally from the Lambert Land album which was made in 1972. This is a modified version. A bit more artistic, but not as ambitious as the early one. It is as if they decided to take a calmer approach to it and atill take the values further and bring something more to the song. They have kept the silly feeling of the song though. It sounds very good and very fresh, probably the best song on this album which is a bit daft since it's a new version of an old song.
8th, Five Leaves Left is what old rock bands do best. This song I've heard Deep Purple play too. Not exactly, but in the same sclaes and notes. A good song, not something to make your socks spin, but good enough to be worth listening to.
The last song, Blast From The Past I heard live also and remembered it before I bought this album. This song is very awesome, very moody and yet greatly striking. I really enjoy this song, there doesn't seem to be any bad parts in this. Possibly the second best on the album. The bass pattern that goes through the whole song is really hypnotic. I really like this.
It appears as if the band grew older, which is only natural. It also seems that there are two kinds of songs, composed by Tolonen or Composed by Robson. could be because I'm a guitarist myself that I find myself liking more the songs Tolonen did, not counting the last one that is. Robson did great songs too, but they appear a bit more like poprock.
The songs are mainly quite long, for example Dance the longest is 7,24 while the shortest, Blast from the Past is 4,33. Not hit material obviously, but the long length and not so much lyrics means one hears awesome playing on each track, so even a moderate track will sound superb once the professionals get to the solos.
I gave this 3 stars, good but not essential. Why? Because Pressa has many essential albums that are better than this, and this shouldn't be the one you listen to first if you want to get into the earlier stuff. This album is good enough for me to recommend it to others than just big fans. 4 stars on the other hand would be lying. I don't want to give stars too easily.
Tuomas Renvall

2 comentarios:

  1. Esta semana tuvimos un disco de los Tasavallan Presidentti por día, no se pueden quejar!!!!
    Y por si no lo saben, no hay más links de descarga, tengo que poner el cartelito amarillo indicando que todo pasa por la lista de correo!

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