Alwari Tuohitorvi / Kirka & The Islanders Pop-Liisa 11&12

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The Pop-Liisa and Jazz-Liisa broadcast session series presents previously unreleased and forgotten gems from the biggest names of Finnish prog and jazz of the 1970’s. The Svart LP series is going to consist of 18 parts in both Jazz and Pop series, 36 LPs in total. On CD two records are compiled on one disc.

The Pop- and Jazz-Liisa series began a year ago with 9 Pop and 9 Jazz releases. This year we are going to finish the series with parts 10 to 18 in both Pop and Jazz.
Never bootlegged and known up until now only to a few faithful servants (and largely thought to have been lost for ever), these sessions offer a hitherto unrivalled look into the state of Finnish jazz and progressive rock between the years 1972-1977. Imagine if the sessions recorded by John Peel had only recently been discovered, and you get an idea of the cultural weight of what is being brought into the light of day here.
Originally recorded as broadcasts by YLE (the national radio service Yleisradio, ”the Finnish BBC”), the thirty-four Liisankatu sessions are a genuine who’s who of Finnish prog and jazz. Interestingly, anyone with even basic knowledge of the era’s biggest bands will recognize familiar names at play within these obscure bands.
As such, these sessions provide the missing link between jazz and prog, explaining through spirited performances – and largely unknown collaborations – the instrumental prowess and dexterity of these players and bands. What’s best, these sessions show these exceptional bands playing for the moment in front of a hundred strong studio audience, not weighed down by the tedium of studio recording, and thus somehow miraculously managing to capture the best of both worlds: studio performances in front of a live audience.

ALWARI TUOHITORVI

Live at Liisankatu studios, Helsinki. Live broadcast on Channel 2, Wednesday March 13th, 1974, 8 pm to 8.40 pm. Produced by Yle. Hosted by Erkki ”Unde” Lehtola.

1. THE KING WILL COME (6:49)
Music by Wishbone Ash • Lyrics by Martin Turner

2. MOVE IT (3:07)
Music and lyrics by Ian Samwell

3. KROMIKAUNOTAR (2:35)
Music by Seppo Alajoki • Lyrics by Jukka Rautiainen

4. ROKKIBÄNDI –The Free Electric Band– (2:42)
Music and original lyrics by Albert Hammond & Mike Hazlewood • Finnish lyrics by Jukka Rautiainen

5. THE STORY IN YOUR EYES (2:25)
Music and lyrics by Justin Hayward

6. IF YOU WANNA KNOW (5:01)
Music and lyrics by Climax Chicago

7. SWEET LORRAINE (4:00)
Music and lyrics by Mick Box, Gary Thain & David Byron

8. JOHNNY B. GOODE (2:39)
Music and lyrics by Chuck Berry

9. PATHFINDER (5:28)
Music and lyrics by Ricky Gardiner

SEPPO “KALA” ALAJOKI – electric lead guitar, vocals (1, 5, 1, 8, 9) and backing vocals, JUKKA RAUTIAINEN – electric guitar, vocals (1, 2, 4, 9) and backing vocals, MIKA SUNDQVIST – electric bass, vocals (1, 3, 6, 7, 9) and backing vocals, RAIMO “RAPE” PIKANEN – drums.

KIRKA & THE ISLANDERS

Live Broadcast on Channel Two, Wednesday, November 26th, 1975, 8 to 8.40 pm.
Produced by YLE. Hosted by Jake Nyman. Recorded by Pekka Priha.

10. SPOKEN INTRODUCTION BY JAKE NYMAN (0:19)

11. I WANNA BE YOUR MAN (5:14)
Music by John Lennon & Paul McCartney • Arranged by Mircea Stan • Solos: Stan – trombone, Lahti – alto saxophone, Vesterinen – electric guitar

12. SWEET SOUL MUSIC / I CAN’T TURN YOUR LOSE (6:12)
Music by Otis Redding & Arthur Conley (based on Sam Cooke’s Yeah Man) / Otis Redding, Steve Cropper & William Robinson • Arranged by Mircea Stan

13. NOUSIN RISTIEN TAA (3:13)
Music by Kassu Halonen • Lyrics by Chrisse Johansson • Solo: Vesterinen – electric guitar

14. MIRELLA (2:55)
Music by Mircea Stan • Lyrics by Chrisse Johansson • Solos: Halonen – Moog, Pöyry – flute

15. JOS SULTA SIELU KARKAA (3:25)
Music by Kassu Halonen • Lyrics by Chrisse Johansson • Solo: Vesterinen – electric guitar

16. LAUANTAIYÖ Easy Street (3:38)
Music and original lyrics by Dan Hartman • Finnish lyrcs by Pertti Reponen • Arranged by Esko Linnavalli • Solo: Lahti – tenor saxophone

17. NO MORE ROCK’N ROLL (4:05)
Music and lyrics by Mircea Stan • Solos: Stan – trombone, Halonen – organ

18. BLUES IN G-MINOR (7:30)
Traditional blues • Arranged by Mircea Stan • Solos: Stan – trombone, Vesterinen – electric guitar, Halonen – organ, Lahti – tenor saxophone, Pöyry – alto saxophone, Koskinen – trumpet, Tuominen – tenor saxophone, Vesterinen – electric guitar

KIRKA BABITZIN – lead vocals (12–18), MIRCEA STAN – trombone, PENTTI LAHTI – alto saxophone (11), baritone saxophone (12, 17), tenor saxophone (13, 15, 16, 18), flute (14) and backing vocals, KASSUHALONEN – organ, Moog synthesizer (14, 17), lead vocals (11) and backing vocals, ESKO VESTERINEN – electric guitar and backing vocals, MATTI TYNI – electric bass and backing vocals, JOUNI KESTI – drums. With MIKE KOSKINEN – trumpet (12–18), PEKKA PÖYRY – alto saxophone (12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18) and flute (14), TAPIO TUOMINEN – tenor saxophone (12, 14, 17, 18).