The Group The Group 2LP (blue)

2LP (blue)

24,19 

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Heavy triple gatefold jacket with two LPs and a bonus 7 inch. Blue vinyl, 200 copies.
Svart presents a heavily extended reissue of The Group’s only album, originally released on Finnlevy’s prog rock imprint Hi-Hat in 1978. The 2nd LP features an extended studio session with the Sibelius academy orchestra, and the extra 7″ has two studio outtakes from the original album.

Highly influenced by Weather Report and the jazz fusion scene of the 70s, The Group was set up after Pekka Pohjola and Vesa Aaltonen came back to Finland from Sweden. They both played in the Swedish prog/jazz rock band Made in Sweden. As The Group’s guitarist Seppo Tyni remembers, Aaltonen came back to Finland in early 1977 and Pohjola later in the summer. From the early 1977 Aaltonen and Tyni both played in Olli Ahvenlahti Quintet that for example performed at the Finnish Eurovision qualification (though they played as a quartet there). The quartet (Olli Ahvenlahti, Seppo Tyni, Vesa Aaltonen, Heikki “Häkä Virtanen) was the backing band for Markku Blomqvist who performed his song Liehuva liekinvarsi. If you listen to the song, it couldn’t be much more further in style from The Group’s material. However just in a matter of few months three of the band members would play in the jazz fusion quartet called The Group.
“This band was very remarkable for me as I had just moved to Helsinki from Pori in 1976. I played in the Swedish Theatre for one season and it led me to meet other musicians of my age like Häkä Virtanen. Then I met Olli Ahvenlahti and Vesa Aaltonen. It was the first time I got to play with real professionals”, Tyni remembers.

THE GROUP
Originally issued on Finnlevy’s Dig It label as DIGLP 1 (1978).

A1. THAI (5:15)

Composed by Olli Ahvenlahti & Pekka Pohjola

A2. RIPPLE MARKS (10:03)

Composed by Olli Ahvenlahti & Pekka Pohjola

A3. BERENICE’S HAIR (5:19)

Composed by Olli Ahvenlahti & Pekka Pohjola

B1. GADO-GADO (6:51)

Composed by Nono Söderberg, Olli Ahvenlahti & Pekka Pohjola

B2. ANNAPURNA (11:41)

Composed by Olli Ahvenlahti & Pekka Pohjola
UNRELEASED BONUS 12” LP
Recorded by HARRY HASSELBERG & HEIKKI HÖLTTÄ, Kulttuuritalo Studio, Helsinki, 1979.

C1. TRY TO REMEMBER (5:50)

Composed by Pekka Pohjola
With Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra conducted by ESKO LINNAVALLI.

C2. ARMOTON IDYLLI (4:06)

Composed by Pekka Pohjola
With Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra conducted by ESKO LINNAVALLI.

C3. BERENICE’S HAIR (5:15)

Composed by Olli Ahvenlahti & Pekka Pohjola
With Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra conducted by ESKO LINNAVALLI.

C4. A LATIN SNACK (5:54)

Composed by Olli Ahvenlahti
With Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra conducted by ESKO LINNAVALLI.

D1. INTERLUDE (4:11)

Composed by Olli Ahvenlahti
With unidentified string section of Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra conducted by ESKO LINNAVALLI.

D2. ANNAPURNA (11:30)

Composed by Olli Ahvenlahti & Pekka Pohjola
With Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra conducted by ESKO LINNAVALLI.

D3. PIECES OF THE PICTURE (3:44)
Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra conducted by ESKO LINNAVALLI.
BONUS 7” SINGLE
Recorded by TOM VUORI at Finnlevy’s Takomo Studios, Helsinki, Finland, 1978.

E1. LOVE IS BACK (6:43)

Composed by Wlodek Gulgowski

F1. NITE SPRITE (5:01)

Composed by Chick Corea*

The Group The Group 2LP (black)

2LP

23,39 

excl. VAT

Heavy triple gatefold jacket with two LPs and a bonus 7 inch. Black vinyl, 300 copies.

Svart presents a heavily extended reissue of The Group’s only album, originally released on Finnlevy’s prog rock imprint Hi-Hat in 1978. The 2nd LP features an extended studio session with the Sibelius academy orchestra, and the extra 7″ has two studio outtakes from the original album.

Highly influenced by Weather Report and the jazz fusion scene of the 70s, The Group was set up after Pekka Pohjola and Vesa Aaltonen came back to Finland from Sweden. They both played in the Swedish prog/jazz rock band Made in Sweden. As The Group’s guitarist Seppo Tyni remembers, Aaltonen came back to Finland in early 1977 and Pohjola later in the summer. From the early 1977 Aaltonen and Tyni both played in Olli Ahvenlahti Quintet that for example performed at the Finnish Eurovision qualification (though they played as a quartet there). The quartet (Olli Ahvenlahti, Seppo Tyni, Vesa Aaltonen, Heikki “Häkä Virtanen) was the backing band for Markku Blomqvist who performed his song Liehuva liekinvarsi. If you listen to the song, it couldn’t be much more further in style from The Group’s material. However just in a matter of few months three of the band members would play in the jazz fusion quartet called The Group.
“This band was very remarkable for me as I had just moved to Helsinki from Pori in 1976. I played in the Swedish Theatre for one season and it led me to meet other musicians of my age like Häkä Virtanen. Then I met Olli Ahvenlahti and Vesa Aaltonen. It was the first time I got to play with real professionals”, Tyni remembers.

THE GROUP
Originally issued on Finnlevy’s Dig It label as DIGLP 1 (1978).

A1. THAI (5:15)

Composed by Olli Ahvenlahti & Pekka Pohjola

A2. RIPPLE MARKS (10:03)

Composed by Olli Ahvenlahti & Pekka Pohjola

A3. BERENICE’S HAIR (5:19)

Composed by Olli Ahvenlahti & Pekka Pohjola

B1. GADO-GADO (6:51)

Composed by Nono Söderberg, Olli Ahvenlahti & Pekka Pohjola

B2. ANNAPURNA (11:41)

Composed by Olli Ahvenlahti & Pekka Pohjola
UNRELEASED BONUS 12” LP
Recorded by HARRY HASSELBERG & HEIKKI HÖLTTÄ, Kulttuuritalo Studio, Helsinki, 1979.

C1. TRY TO REMEMBER (5:50)

Composed by Pekka Pohjola
With Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra conducted by ESKO LINNAVALLI.

C2. ARMOTON IDYLLI (4:06)

Composed by Pekka Pohjola
With Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra conducted by ESKO LINNAVALLI.

C3. BERENICE’S HAIR (5:15)

Composed by Olli Ahvenlahti & Pekka Pohjola
With Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra conducted by ESKO LINNAVALLI.

C4. A LATIN SNACK (5:54)

Composed by Olli Ahvenlahti
With Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra conducted by ESKO LINNAVALLI.

D1. INTERLUDE (4:11)

Composed by Olli Ahvenlahti
With unidentified string section of Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra conducted by ESKO LINNAVALLI.

D2. ANNAPURNA (11:30)

Composed by Olli Ahvenlahti & Pekka Pohjola
With Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra conducted by ESKO LINNAVALLI.

D3. PIECES OF THE PICTURE (3:44)
Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra conducted by ESKO LINNAVALLI.

 

BONUS 7” SINGLE
Recorded by TOM VUORI at Finnlevy’s Takomo Studios, Helsinki, Finland, 1978.

E1. LOVE IS BACK (6:43)

Composed by Wlodek Gulgowski

F1. NITE SPRITE (5:01)

Composed by Chick Corea*

The Group The Group 2CD

2CD

11,29 

excl. VAT

Svart presents a heavily extended reissue of The Group’s only album, originally released on Finnlevy’s prog rock imprint Hi-Hat in 1978. Double digipak CD. The 2nd disc features an extended studio session with the Sibelius academy orchestra plus two studio outtakes from the original album.

Highly influenced by Weather Report and the jazz fusion scene of the 70s, The Group was set up after Pekka Pohjola and Vesa Aaltonen came back to Finland from Sweden. They both played in the Swedish prog/jazz rock band Made in Sweden. As The Group’s guitarist Seppo Tyni remembers, Aaltonen came back to Finland in early 1977 and Pohjola later in the summer. From the early 1977 Aaltonen and Tyni both played in Olli Ahvenlahti Quintet that for example performed at the Finnish Eurovision qualification (though they played as a quartet there). The quartet (Olli Ahvenlahti, Seppo Tyni, Vesa Aaltonen, Heikki “Häkä Virtanen) was the backing band for Markku Blomqvist who performed his song Liehuva liekinvarsi. If you listen to the song, it couldn’t be much more further in style from The Group’s material. However just in a matter of few months three of the band members would play in the jazz fusion quartet called The Group.

“This band was very remarkable for me as I had just moved to Helsinki from Pori in 1976. I played in the Swedish Theatre for one season and it led me to meet other musicians of my age like Häkä Virtanen. Then I met Olli Ahvenlahti and Vesa Aaltonen. It was the first time I got to play with real professionals”, Tyni remembers.

CD1

THE GROUP

Originally issued on Finnlevy’s Dig It label as DIGLP 1 (1978).

 

1. THAI (5:15)
2. RIPPLE MARKS (10:03)
3. BERENICE’S HAIR (5:19)
4. GADO-GADO (6:51)
5. ANNAPURNA (11:41)

 

 

CD2

UNRELEASED BONUS

Produced by ERKKI ”UNDE” LEHTOLA / YLE. Recorded by HARRY HASSELBERG & HEIKKI HÖLTTÄ, Kulttuuritalo Studio, Helsinki, 1979.

 

1. TRY TO REMEMBER (5:50)
2. ARMOTON IDYLLI (4:06)
3. BERENICE’S HAIR (5:15)
4. A LATIN SNACK (5:54)
5. INTERLUDE (4:11)
6. ANNAPURNA (11:30)
7. PIECES OF THE PICTURE (3:44)

 

UNRELEASED BONUS

Produced by THE GROUP and TOM VUORI. Recorded by TOM VUORI at Finnlevy Studios, Helsinki, Finland, 1978.

8. LOVE IS BACK (6:43)
9. NITE SPRITE (5:01)