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miércoles, 6 de julio de 2016

Kaipa - Kaipa (1975)


Si bien hay muchas maravillas musicales ya publicadas en el blog, aún son muchas más las que nos falta traer a éste espacio. Hoy presentamos a Kaipa, una excepcional banda sueca que nos trae el Mago Alberto y que no puede quedar fuera del blog cabezón, un trabajo atemporal que casi casi podría haberse grabado hoy. Según palabras del Mago: "suecos que vienen a engrosar las filas del progresivo más excelso, una banda exquisita por su música, sus arreglos, sus melodías, su canto, una suma de cualidades, y podríamos poner muchísimas más" y con Roine Stolt en sus filas (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic, y proyectos solistas de gente como Steve Hackett, Neal Morse, Jon Anderson, etc.). A todo esto ¿cómo es que todavía no hemos traído nada de The Flower Kings?. Ufff ¡Cuantas maravillas aún nos falta por traer!.

Artista: Kaipa
Álbum: Kaipa
Año: 1975
Género: Rock sinfónico
Duración: 47:43
Nacionalidad: Suecia


Lista de Temas:
1. Musiken är ljuset (Music is light)
2. Saker har två sidor (Things have two sides)
3. Ankaret (The anchor)
4. Skogspromenad
5. Allting har sin början
6. Se var morgon gry (See the dawn)
7. Förlorad I Istanbul
8. Oceaner föder liv (Oceans give birth to life)

Alineación:
- Ingemar Bergman / drums, percussion, vocals
- Tomas Eriksson / bass, vocals
- Hans Lundin / keyboards, synths, harpsichord, glockenspiel, lead vocals
- Roine Stolt / acoustic & electric guitars, vocals



Seguimos con el mejor rock nórdico, y éste post me ha disparado las ganas de publicar varios discos, entre ellos los últimos de ésta misma banda que sigue vivita y coleando, y sacaron un disco en el 2014 y que los muestra en un excelente estado. También otras obras y grupos de Roine Stolt: The Flower Kings y Transatlantic al menos, y éste mismo año sacó un disco junto a Jon Anderson, un tipo relacionado tanto a Jonas Hellborg, Steve Hackett, Neal Morse como a los Samla Mammas Manna o los Pain of Salvation.




Aquí se lo ve muy jovencito junto a su banda de purretes sacando un disco excelente, su homónima ópora prima que ahora el Mago Alberto pasa a comentar:


Esto parece ser un renacer o bien en algunos casos un nuevo despertar, algo así como El Vampiro saliendo del sarcófago. Sí, cabezonas/es esta es otra banda que tiene que estar casi por obligación en este blog. KAIPA, suecos que vienen a engrosar las filas del progresivo más excelso, una banda exquisita por su música, sus arreglos, sus melodías, su canto, una suma de cualidades, y podríamos poner muchísimas más, pero solo hace falta copiar un link para disfrutar de un grupo que va a sorprender a más de uno, y si por esas casualidades este comentario recae en alguna alma novata, cuasi ingenua a nivel musical, les digo que éste es un buen grupo como para tener una idea de lo que significa el genero progresivo.
Acá hay muchísimo coqueteo con el clásico, género paternal del progre, a propósito hace muchísimo tiempo que esta en carpeta aquel grupo francés Wutemberg que es muy representativo de esta mezcla y que prometo mandarle al Vampiro en estos días, desde el año pasado que han pedido a los franceses pero siempre surge otra cosa en el camino, y en esta cosa de andar la ruta siempre hay imprevistos así que como lo prometido es deuda antes del finde prometo Wutemberg aunque tambien hay que contrapesar los tiempos del Vampiro, que anda entre doncellas, vino tinto y mediasnoches.
Kaipa es una banda ideal para estos días nublados y lluviosos, así que bon appetit.
Mago Alberto

Adentrándose en su biografía comento que los Kaipa fueron líderes de la escena progresiva escandinava de la década de los '70. Entre 1975 y 1982 grabaron cinco álbumes, tomando su inspiración musical del folk sueco y complementando su estilo con un elaborado sonido sinfónico. Las canciones eran cantadas en sueco para enfatizar el contenido poético de las letras para sus audiencias. Como el grupo no tenía ambiciones internacionales, cantar en inglés no parecía tener sentido. Las composiciones musicales y líricas eran esencialmente responsabilidad de Hans Lundin que demuestra su gran capacidad interpretativa para sonar un progresivo sinfónico de primera línea tras la fuerza de los teclados, mientras que Stolt, Eriksson y Bergman otorgan elementos que contemplan el resto de una gran interpretación y equilibrio musical. Los elementos constructivos son los clásicos y tienen el agregado de una característica propia, sensitiva, que se refleja en un rock progresivo bien equilibrado en sus armonías y en el uso de vocales, con mucho movimiento, más melódico que denso, no muy intrincado pero sí complejo, ocupando un merecido lugar entre los clásicos de mediados de los setenta, la década dorada de casi todo género rock, donde el progresivo brilló especialmente. Y en grupos cómo éste, cuyos reflejos llegan hasta hoy y con marcada fuerza, por cierto.
Vamos con ciertos comentarios, les recomiendo el siguiente:


KAIPA es una agrupación sueca de rock progresivo sinfónico, con gran influencia de las grandes bandas clásicas británicas (como YES o CAMEL), el sonido y las armonías centroeuropeas (FOCUS) y el lirismo melódico italiano (PFM). Sus textos son en sueco (buscando la musicalidad de su propio idioma), siendo una sólida propuesta dentro del panorama progresivo sueco de los años 70's (junto a otros como los Samlas Mamma Manna). Su nombre hace referencia a un personaje de origen sueco y casi mitológico que aparece en la obra "Svenskarna och deras hövdingar", de Werner von Heidenstam.
La historia y evolución del grupo se remonta al otoño de 1973, momento en el que Hans Lundin y Tomas Eriksson se establecen como grupo (ya habían coincidido en la banda SAN MICHAEL SECT con la que grabarían un trabajo en 1971, y acompañando a otros artistas como Emile Ford, Umberto Marcato o Harpo), junto con el baterista Thomas Sjöberg. Su nombre fue URA KAIPA, y buscaron concebir un discurso musical en el que se aunasen influencias del pop, rock, música clásica y melodías del folklore tradicional sueco. Debido a verse afectado por un cáncer, Thomas Sjöberg tuvo que dejar el grupo, sustituyéndole Ingemar Bergman. Al poco entraría Roine Stolt (hoy conocido, sobre todo, por su grupo THE FLOWER KINGS), guitarrista prometedor (de aquella tenía tan sólo 17 años), conformándose el cuarteto que grabaría este primer disco y reduciendo su nombre a simplemente KAIPA. Previamente a este álbum, el cuarteto grabaría diversas demos con composiciones que no verían la luz, tomas previas de piezas que estarían en algún disco o algunas improvisaciones melódicas que acabarían dando origen a alguna canción posterior. Inside Out recogió algo de este material en su edición especial de 5 CDs "The decca years 1975-1978", catalogándolo como "Unedited master demo recording from 1974" y que constituye un interesantísimo documento (es uno de los CDs, junto a los otros tres editados por el grupo en los años 70's: "Kaipa", de 1975; "Inget nytt under solen", de 1976 y "Solo" de 1978, y a uno que recoge algunas de sus mejores interpretaciones en directo en aquellos años).
En febrero de 1975, KAIPA graba una Demo profesional en una 24 pistas, con cuatro temas: "Pa färd" (pieza de 12 minutos que será recopilada en la mencionada "Unedited master demo recording from 1974"), "Fran det ena till det andra", "Karavan" (composiciones instrumentales que fueron incluidas como bonus tracks en la edición de este álbum para la box-set "The decca years 1975-1978") y "Skogspromenad" (éste ya incluido en su primer disco).
Tras algunos cambios en la formación del grupo a partir de su trabajo de 1978, Kaipa volvería en los 80's aunque ya sin Stolt, quien había empezado una carrera en solitario, y con influencias más cercanas al pop melódico y al AOR. Editarían un par de trabajos ("Händer", de 1980 y "Nattdjurstid", de 1982), que a día de hoy aún no están en formato CD. No sería hasta el año 2002 cuando Hans Lundin y Roine Stolt (disfrutando ya de un cierto éxito con THE FLOWER KINGS) volverían otra vez a resucitar el nombre de KAIPA, con otros músicos y con una propuesta muy cercana a los discos de los mencionados THE FLOWER KINGS. En esta etapa verían la luz "Notes from the past" (2002), "Keyholder" (2003) y "Mindrevolutions" (2005).
Un acercamiento, a vista de pájaro, a su álbum debut:
"MUSIKEN ÄR LJUSET": rotundo comienzo, con colores claramente sinfónicos. El papel protagonista se alterna entre la paleta tímbrica de Lundin a los teclados y las frases guitarrísticas de Stolt, ya dejando ver su desarrollada vena lírica (la cual se conocería décadas después en THE FLOWER KINGS). La voz de Lundin es muy aguda, sonando cercana a la de Jon Anderson, empastando muy bien con el grupo y sus arreglos corales (recordando a veces a Queen). Una bonita tarjeta de presentación, con una pieza que presenta sus características esenciales (varias partes diferenciadas dentro de la misma canción, desarrollo de interludios instrumentales, amplio desarrollo de líneas melódicas, etc).
"SAKER HAR TVA SIDOR": una de sus primeras composiciones, aquí se continúa en la dinámica anterior, reforzando el carácter dramático de la voz de Lundin y de los arreglos corales, alternándolo con otras partes más dinámicas y progresivas (con ecos del hard-rock).
"ANKARET": pieza con elaborados arreglos instrumentales, como los casi tres minutos de introducción o el final (con ecos clásicos y claramente folklóricos, en la línea de Focus o Camel). A pesar de que Lundin y Stolt se llevan el mayor protagonismo, escuchando a KAIPA se ve que el grupo empasta bien como unidad, más que destacar algún miembro por mayor destreza instrumental, lo que, de alguna manera, otorga un ritmo ágil a la escucha.
"SKOGSPROMENAD": tema instrumental grabado en la Demo antes mencionada, que, tanto Stolt, como Bergman y Eriksson preferían que no se incluyese en el disco, al darles la impresión de que siendo más sencilla (y más representativa de una etapa inicial del grupo) no encajaría bien. Con el tiempo, y gracias a Lundin y a Markus Österdahl (el dueño del estudio de grabación en el que se registraría el álbum), pasó a ser uno de sus temas más aclamados en directo.
"ALLTING HAR EN BÖRJAN": otra de las piezas instrumentales de sus primeros repertorios, conformada por una línea solista de guitarra de carácter melódico con ecos clásicos y una parte intermedia más dinámica con un solo de teclado.
"SE VAR MORGON GRY": uno de los grandes picos creativos del grupo y del álbum, con abundantes referencias e influencias al mundo de Yes y de Genesis. La pieza está estructurada en varias partes y cuenta con una introducción instrumental con multitud de arreglos de teclados, una parte más oscura con expresivas estrofas vocales, un breve pasaje instrumental intermedio con solos y la recapitulación instrumental con temas de la introducción y una nueva melodía final.
"FÖRLORAD I ISTANBUL": breve pieza instrumental a medias entre folk y jazz, con buenos solos de teclado e intervenciones solistas de la guitarra de Stolt.
"OCEANER FÖDER LIV": final apoteósico de álbum, preludiando de alguna manera la complejidad estructural (junto con "SE VAR MORGON GRY" o "MUSIKEN ÄR LJUSET") que se verá en su siguiente álbum, en piezas como la monumental "SKENET BEDRAR". Creo que una de las características más destacadas de este grupo (representado fielmente en este tema) sería su capacidad compositiva y el tratamiento de las ideas melódicas en total coherencia. La introducción instrumental de esta pieza así lo demuestra, y no menos sus partes vocales (me recuerdan al "Watcher of the skies"). Contiene un interludio instrumental, con un cuidado trabajo de las armonías con los teclados (muy similar al de Tony Banks), incluyéndose algunos pasajes más dramáticos con voces de fondo y un final de carácter épico, con lo que dejará un muy buen sabor de boca a los amantes del rock progresivo sinfónico de los años 70's.
Este es un muy buen álbum debut de un grupo que ya entra en un momento en el que la propuesta progresivo-sinfónica ya había dado a sus grandes exponentes, aunque ello no queda exento de que el tratamiento de las ideas de este álbum sea más que bueno. Sus dos siguientes trabajos, INGET NYTT UNDER SOLEN (1976) y SOLO (1978), también estarán a un alto nivel. Cada vez se irían consolidando más los desarrollos musicales de grupos nórdicos, que a pesar de estar muy alejados geográficamente de las potencias punteras en estos estilos (como el Reino Unido), presentaban una propuesta muy sólida que iría en creciente desarrollo. En cualquier caso, este primer trabajo de Kaipa es muy recomendable para aquellos que disfruten con los discos clásicos de Yes, Genesis, Focus, Camel, el progresivo italiano o la producción de The Flower Kings.
Un saludo para tod@s
Eduardo García Salueña

Y los comentarios en inglés de ocasión. Como siempre que podemos y encontramos algo escrito que podamos traer...

KAIPA's three first albums stand as the high-point of Swedish symphonic prog in the 1970's. Their debut album is a magical album full of deep professionalism and a band hungry to share their clever song writing and symphonic sound. The first KAIPA album in many ways is their best as it introduces the world to a young, ambitious band exploring the boundaries and overlap-areas of rock, classical, jazz and folk. On this album keyboardist Hans Lundin dominates the sound with piano, organ, string-synth and both melodic and occasionally more grating synthesizer solos. When coupled with Roine STOLT's guitars, Bergmans' drumming and Erikkson's standout bass work, we get a definite allusion to the sound and feel of CAMEL. On this album KAIPA perform some wonderful symphonic music with great character and originality.
James Unger

Among all the albums by KAIPA, perhaps this is the most balanced one, very close to some of the solo works by Roine Stolte, without particular excesses and with a good taste as well. Instead after this experience Roine began to explore new music fields, also within the jazz progressive style, but with controversial results. It's difficult to indicate such a particular song inside, however this stuff resumes the best music ideas, then taken again by "The LOWER KINGS", in a remarkable way, (even though sometimes - in other circumstances - you will find some less inspiring compositions), as referred rightly to the early material by Roine. "The FLOWER KINGS" indeed performed such good and less good albums, so that for this reason alone, I should prefer listening to a good part of the early albums by KAIPA, than those ones by F.K. (with a few exceptions only). Make your choice!!
Lorenzo

Floating freely above temples in the jungle
For most of the world, Kaipa was a band to discover retrospectively. In fact, it is doubtful whether they would ever have become widely known outwith their native Sweden, had Roine Stolt not gone on to find fame with the Flower Kings. The band started life as a trio named URA KAIPA, shortening their name when they recruited a young guitarist, the aforementioned Stolt, and started work on their first album.
While Stolt has gone on to become a legendary figure in modern prog, it was Hans Lundin who was initially the dominant force in Kaipa, both in terms of song-writing and performance. He was not however the leader as such, the band being very much a democratic gathering of equals.
This, their debut album, was originally only released in Scandinavia in 1975. For their albums not to have eventually reached foreign shores would however have been a crime, as what we have here is excellent symphonic prog.
Kaipa can be seen as a link between the early classic prog bands such as Yes and ELP, and the neo-prog of Spock's Beard, Arena, and of course the Flower Kings. The music includes traditional Swedish folk influences which are seamlessly blended with complex progressive rock themes.
The opening track, "Musiken är ljuset (Music is light)" is a bold, seven minute, statement of intent by the band. There are shades of Camel in the keyboards and guitar work, complemented by some fine vocals. These vocals are of the higher pitched variety, although not in the realms of Jon Anderson. The lyrics are in Swedish, which I find to be slightly distracting, as my ignorance of foreign languages renders them meaningless to me. I found at times the Eurovision song contest came to mind during vocal passages, but such a comparison is admittedly grossly unfair!
"Ankaret (The anchor)" has one of those frustratingly familiar melodies, possibly from a piece of classical music, before developing the theme and moving into a Focus like instrumental.
"Skogspromenad" is interesting, as the majority of the band were against its inclusion on the album. The track has an almost Celtic feel, opening with a loudening bagpipes type sound, before adopting a bolero like repetitive theme. The track makes for a pleasant deviation from the rest of the album, and good sense clearly prevailed by including it.
The album is completed by a striking sleeve bearing a painting by Stolt. which "depicts an astral traveller floating freely above temples in the jungle".
2005 promises to be a good year for Kaipa. According to the bands official website, a box set is being prepared for release which will include the band's first three albums, plus 2 CDs of unreleased and live recordings. The band themselves have recently reformed, including Stolt, and a new album is imminent.
Bob McBeath

This debut could become my favourite non-English language prog album! Funnily I enjoy Swedish for the sake of change (funnily because I hated svenska i skolan). But the voice itself - and harmony vocals - is very nice too. It reminds me of Spring and Tabula Rasa, and it's a perfect pair to the symphonic and slightly folkish sound. Emphasis on soaring keyboard and guitar melodies, it is clearly a 'Scandinavian' sound, not very far from CAMEL. Drums and bass are very enjoyable too.
Compositions are mainly by Hans Lundin (kb,voc), only two by Roine Stolt (who has also painted the cover picture). Since this is vintage stuff from the 70's, it may not be correct to compare it to Stolt's newer band The Flower Kings, but for me this beats FK by many miles. There is nothing useless in songs, they are rich and progressive enough without extremely complex structures. The emotion is there, and that's what matters most. 'Musiken är ljuset', music is light, and it really feels that way. It is music that cleans your mind. 5/5!!
Matti

Oh, there were the times when Roine was young and The Flower Kings, Transatlantics and other Roine-related projects hadn't appear yet. Roine was young,he played guitar in awesome Swedish band KAIPA, which debut work I adore.
Proto-SINKADUS and pre-ANGLAGARD!!! Wonderful melodies, stuninnig musicianship and horrorful Svedishshsh language!!! :-) Sorry folks I prefer English. But vocal is great anyway. Dramatic themes as "Ankaret" and "Saker har tva sidor" create contrast with mild "Skogspromenad" which is simply classical music and opening "Musiken ar Ljuset" which I adore (kinda Scandinavian CAMEL!).
Well,this album is prominent one in Scandinavian Prog - just like "Per un Amico" by PFM in Italian Prog or "In the Court of the Crimson King" by King Crimson in English Prog. Evergreen classic and a must-have for every prog-fan. Highly recommended!!! 5/5
Igor Sidorenko

KAIPA are still the leading force of the Swedish symhonic progressive rock scene.They were formed in 1973 by long time friends Hans Lundin (keyboards) and Tomas Erikkson.In 1974 original drummer Thomas Sjoberg was replaced by Ingermar Bergman due to a serious disease.Not long after only 17-years old guitarist Roine Stolt was going to be also part of KAIPA.This was exactly the quartet that released their first eponymous album in 1975.In ''Kaipa'' the fantastic mix of classical/symphonic-oriented rock with some Swedish folk influences is leading the way.The album is mainly keyboard-driven,based on Lundlin excellent keyboard themes,not lacking sometimes in intensity through Stolt's inspired guitars.The atmosphere is quite symphonic and mellow and every single composition is tasteful,well-arranged and rich,filled with emotional tunes.KAIPA's debut is the best answer to the growing-UK progressive rock scene and I recommended it more than highly,especially for fans of folk-tinged/symphonic music!
apps79

01. Musiken Är Ljuset The keyboards and announce initial complain, the guys drank in the best sources, progressive classic, top of the guitars are a mixture of Genesis and Camel. The second is a riff broken broken concept to the topic. Keyboards sensational and very well placed. The vocals are a case apart, as it is not where we can hear bands singing in Swedish, and I tell you, was wonderful as the voice of Hans Lundin is very beautiful. The guitars Roine Stolt orchestrated by the influence of Steve Hackett (Genesis) are superb. The climates are all of a song without moorings and into the heart, the keyboards do that.
02. Saker Har Två Sidor Classical piano at the beginning and a voice that I still not sure who it is, but it was very good. A row of low Tomas Eriksson also very good, the vocalizations were fantastic. A battery of Ingemar Bergman is also the other case because they are very well built and played. O solo de teclado por aqui é bem Keith Emerson inicialmente, mas logo ele já dá lugar ao solo de guitarra que diga-se de passagem é muito diferente de qualquer outra banda progressiva já vista, normalmente as guitarras servem de pano de fundo mesmo em solos (with exceptions of course), here not mount Stolt knew everything very well. The vocalizations can not leave my head, were very nice.
03. Ankaret Almost a lullaby! I would say this is not a progressive band (laughs), but has all the progressive bands musical influences of the world I do not doubt that the idea had left then right. And once again the guitars of Roine are fantastic. And of course a save low to the ground as well. Beautiful land!
04. Skogspromenad Here are the keys for a guitar company, has a face full folk, because the melody requires that. More a song if I am not mistaken the region of the guys.
05. Allting Har Sin Början Riff initial cool the battery in my opinion mix a little bit ahead too, but nothing to panic. One song led by guitar, with a work of very competent bass and drums and keyboards with very soft in the first part. The second part became a jazz fusion with crazy land of keyboards furiosíssimos.
06. If Var Morgon Gry This time who does the role of melodist are the keyboards, the guitar hardly appears in this first part. But then the guitar is who emerges as the main character of history. The theme returns, return the guitars. The voice once more killers, as are few enjoy very well. After a couple of vocal solos of keyboard invoked the hellish depths of the soul (laughs). Until a few bandolins has lost.
07. I Förlorad Istanbul Latinidade in vein. Until seem a band exit the tropics of Latin America here. Mexico's most anything else. Very good!
08. Oceane Föder Liv A low and instigating this track and a synthesizer and present. It has a samba here! Or almost! It is the most you can get the gringos (laughter), do not know if it was the intention, but with the whole man is to be. An instrumental and worked very well with a guitar base near disc, but sensational. And of course face many of battery, and the melodic guitar solos. Voice, voice, I love, instrumental are fantastic but I need words and ideas. Water running, songs and a tecladinho smart, a perfect alchemy, a state of heady sense without leaving the place. Some discussions of foreign soil and drums, bass, guitar and keyboard in a jazz-fusion crazy.
Man, how good bands discover 'new' when I discovered that Roine Stolt of the Flower Kings (band that I love a lot) was the guitarist kaip and I was curious when a friend sent me the disc I came across a progressive very well.
Diego Camargo

I was very late to discover this band. Not that you should blame me. Even in multicultural Cambridge, Massachusetts, foreign speaking prog was a rare find. A little PFM (usually the English language albums) was about all I ever found. After hearing Roine Stolt in The Flower Kings in the past decade, I went and found his earlier recordings.
And what a find. This is high caliber symphonic prog. I would place the sound somewhere between Yes and Camel. My favorite pieces are Musiken är ljuset and Oceaner föder liv, both epic pieces, quickly putting this group at a par with the British prog bands of the same era (most of those British bands were beginning to decline, just as Kaipa was rising). Another high point is Förlorad I Istanbul, a short jazzy song.
If I had found this band earlier, the nineteen eighties might not have been such a dismal time.
Scott E.

Though it's been a few years since I first heard this prehistoric disk, I am only just getting around to my assessment because this is the best Christmas album never made, and I generally associate it with this time of year. KAIPA's debut splays its crystalline and undoubtedly folk based melodies across the frozen Scandinavian tundra like a progressive Nordic Jingle Bells. The tinny production oddly comforts, and brings optimistic daylight to hearts and minds so deprived at this time of year in higher latitudes.
I am not presently familiar with the expansive canon of these Swedish legends whose career was bolstered by the success of their guitar prodigy ROINE STOLT. Similarities to the giants of their era abound - CAMEL and YES particularly, and somewhere between the two in complexity, and FOCUS here and there. The organs scintillate and the guitars and enthusiastic voices pine. I even hear some BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST in young Stolt's guitar work on the ambitious "SevarMorgon Gry". "Ankaret" is probably the highlight among many, as it intersperses the above with slightly more threatening bass lines. "Skogspromenade" is a short instrumental with another succinct tune that you won't easily forget.
While KAIPA's music might not appeal to fans of "sophisticated" and complex prog, and the Swedish lyrics are ostensibly beyond mundane, their debut is a winner, a uniformly well played and enthusiastic epitome of symphonic prog circa 1975. Highly recommended.
Keneth Levine

I must admit i've been fascinated with this album of late.The fact Roine Stolt is an original member and still a teenager when this was released (1975) is remarkable. I'm also very intrigued with their sound. Only because later on in 2002 when the band reformed their music sounded a lot like a cross between THE FLOWER KINGS and YES while this debut album has GENESIS written all over it. Anyone who knows me will appreciate that while I like YES alot, it's GENESIS and that more melancholic vibe that i'm drawn to over the "Light" that comes from THE FLOWER KINGS and YES. Well I loved this album from the first time I heard it as these young Swedes offer up a Symphonic delight with a variety of keyboards, chunky bass lines and great guitar leads.The vocals are in Swedish which is also a big plus. I'm going to use the English song titles where I can.

Check out the keyboard intro on "Music Is Light".These guys used something called a "Logan Stringmachine" to great effect, sounding like a combination of strings and mellotron. Guitar follows sounding a lot like Hackett. Amazing sound here.Vocals after 1 1/2 minutes in a spacey atmosphere. Banks-like synths before 4 minutes. Nice.Then the vocals return with floating organ. Huge bass lines 5 1/2 minutes in. Great track ! "Things Have Two Sides" opens with piano as the vocals join in. It's building. I like the vocal melodies too.The organ / bass / drum section is killer then the guitar joins in making it even better.Vocals are back late. "The Anchor" has a light keyboard led intro.The bass becomes prominant then the guitar and synths join in. Guitar comes to the fore after 2 minutes.Vocals 3 minutes in until they stop after 5 minutes and the guitar leads. It's GENESIS-like 6 1/2 minutes in then we get a calm with bass. It does kick back in before it becomes GENESIS-like again 8 minutes in as it settles. Incredible tune !

"Skogspromenad" opens with organ followed by bass and the stringmachine as drums joins in. "Alcting Har Sin Borjan" has a beat with fat bass lines to start.The guitar joins in and it sounds amazing. "See The Dawn" opens with those strings before light keys and a beat take over. A spacey calm before 3 minutes then it kicks in with the guitar leading.Vocals follow and they sound excellent. Nice bass too. "Forlorad I Istanbul" is uptempo with these fast paced intricate sounds. "Oceans Give Birth To Life" is fairly light but with prominant bass as synth sounds join in.The tempo picks up and we get a great sound 2 minutes in.Vocals after 3 1/2 minutes. Water sounds 5 1/2 minutes in with vocal melodies. Strange vocal expressions a minute later then it picks up with the organ leading.it settles back before 8 1/2 minutes.
This is probably closer to 4.5/5 stars and a must for GENESIS fans out there.
John Davie

A beautiful album of relaxing melodic prog, Kaipa's debut album shows (to my ears) the influences of Renaissance, early Yes, and a little bit of Camel, all brought together in a compelling blend which engages my interest in a way which the group's reunion albums (which I thought pandered rather to the retro-prog movement) failed to. It's particularly impressive to note that Roine Stolt was only 19 when this album was made, though the primary songwriter this time around is keyboardist and singer Hans Lundin. Lundin and Stolt's performances elevate this album from enjoyable second-tier prog to a genuine landmark of the Swedish prog scene. The seeds sown here can be heard sprouting in Anglagard, Sinkadus, and early Flower Kings, so you could say without too much hyperbole that the groundwork for the 1990s prog revival started here.
W. Arthur

Melancholy soundscapes.
Kaipa create a beautiful melancholy sound and were blessed with incredibly talented musicians on their debut self titled album. Ingemar Bergman on percussion, and Tomas Eriksson on bass, provide an excellent rhythm. Lead vocalist Hans Lundin is an instrumental genius on Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes electric piano, Grand piano, Yamaha SY1 Synthesizer, Harpsichord, Logan String-machine, and Glockenspiel. To cap this off is the main drawcard for many who come to this album and for good reason. The incomparable Roine Stolt is here on Electric and acoustic guitars. This is years ahead of his famous input with The Flower Kings, and Transatlantic. He became a prog legend in these bands and it is fascinating to hear his early work with Kaipa at the tender age of 19. He also painted the album cover illustration depicting an astral traveller floating over a dreamy landscape.
The album is very relaxing and refreshing, nothing abrasive or heavy unless you can call those Hammond passages heavy such as on 'Saker har två sidor (Things have two sides)'. The vocals are in Swedish and sound quite lovely overall. A great deal of the album is instrumental, sounding like ELP or Camel, Renaissance. Focus and Yes.
'Ankaret (The Anchor)' has a majestic opening and Stolt's guitars are heavenly. The music is very peaceful and even slightly medieval. The presence of the Hammond is strong and one cannot help but be reminded of Emerson's style. There are many time changes but the mood is always uplifting and enchanting. At times the tempo quickens to allow Stolt to take off on lead, but the cadence soon softens with mellow synths and basslines.
This album sounds neo-classical at times, with familiar melodies and sweeping majesty. Overall the music tends to wash over the listener and it is an enjoyable journey, a chill out album to relax with, one of Sweden's finest symphonic albums without a doubt.
Scott Tuffnell

"Kaipa" is the self-titled debut full-length studio album by Swedish progressive rock act Kaipa. The album was released through Decca Records in 1975. Kaipa were active from 1973 - 1982 and released 5 studio albums in that time. They reunited in 2000 and have released several studio albums since their reformation. The only constant member of the lineup has been Hans Lundin (keyboards/synths, vocals). Although not an active part of the band through their full history guitarist/vocalist Roine Stolt is probably the most prolific member of the band courtesy of his involvement in acts like The Flower Kings and Transatlantic. Stolt joined Kaipa in 1974, only 17 years old.
The music on the album is symphonic progressive rock influences by the likes of Genesis, Camel and occasionally Emerson, Lake & Palmer (there are quite a few classical leanings in the music). The lyrics on this album are in the Swedish language, which on occasion provides the music with an ethnic folky touch. The band are well playing, delivering a living organic performance. Lead vocalist Hans Lundin has a strong voice and is often backed up by harmony vocals and choirs. The combination works like a charm. The playing of the rythm section is solid and organic and the guitar playing by Roine Stolt surprisingly well played and intriguing considering his young age. It´s the keyboard playing by Hans Lundin that takes the prize here though. His choice of vintage keyboards like organ and harpsichord provide the music with a beautiful warm sound.
The material are well written and even better arranged. What may initially appear to be simple melodies, often possess a rare level of thematic sophistication. As a consequence this is not easy listening music, but the melodies are still accessible enough to be almost instantly recognisable and memorable. The music is generally in the more "soft" end of the symphonic progressive rock spectrum and works perfectly for both deeper listening experiences and for relaxation. The warm and organic sound production only further enhances the pleasant listening experience. "Kaipa" is overall a great symphonic rock album for fans of the more bright and uplifting side of the style. A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.
UMUR

As I read the review on Kaipas "Inget Nytt Under Solen", I most reply. Thou I think, "Kaipa" is the absolutly best Kaipa album ever. I dont mean that "Inget Nytt Under Solen" or "Solo" is bad... Those are excellent albums to. But their self titled album "Kaipa" is a great, outstanding, excellent, MASTERPIECE!!! It contains various type of melodies, that makes your heart and soul melt. So if you never heard Kaipa, this is the first album you should lay your hands on. The only thing that is negative for "non-scandinavian" listeners, are that they sing in Swedish only on this record. However, the music is outstanding. Every singel track on this album is just great!
Joel Berntson

Y seguiremos presentando lo mejor del rock escandinavo. Yo quiero seguir con la saga de rock finlandés que empezó Vicky y que da mucha tela para cortar, además de todos los grupos que hemos mencionado, y que en su mayoría son grupos actuales.
Imagino que ya saben dónde encontrar ésto: en la Biblioteca Sonora. ¿Les suena?


5 comentarios:

  1. Bajando! gracias maestros. ¿Quieren Flower Kings? Yo tengo hartos discos en lossless... pensé que no les gustaban jajaja

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    1. ¿Quien dijo que no nos gustaban? Solo que a mi no me da el tiempo para publicar todo lo que quiero!

      por favor CalleNep, traénos disquitos de Flowers Kinks, al menos los mejores, sé bueníto por favor!!!

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    2. Hecho, pero tengan paciencia, ya saben que soy más lento que .... no encuentro metáfora

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    3. Se me ocurre "más lento que tortuga con resaca"... bueno, de eso sabe mucho Dark-ius

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    4. ... y no hablaba de tortugas...

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