Exposé Online banner

Finch — Beyond Expression
(Pseudonym CDP 1015 DD, 1976/1994, CD)

Finch — Galleons of Passion
(Belle Antique BELLE 071305, 1977/2007, CD)

by Mike Grimes, Published 1995-07-01

Beyond Expression Cover artGalleons of Passion Cover art

The second and third albums from Dutch band Finch have recently been digitally remastered and reissued on CD, closely following the reissue of their debut album Glory of the Inner Force. Finch follows the path they carved with their first release on these two subsequent albums — a full, symphonic, all-instrumental sound with guitar and keyboard solos for days. There isn't room, nor is there a need for vocals in Finch. Guitarist and primary songwriter Joop Van Nimwegen (that's such a cool name) is an excellent player who frequently shares the limelight with keyboards, especially on Galleons of Passion.

Beyond Expression was originally released in 1976 and is the same four piece band that recorded the debut a year earlier. This is probably my favorite of the three albums. The band sounds really tight and the music really grooves. In 1977, Galleons of Passion was released and had two new players: one at the keyboards and one on drums. Although the sound of Finch is really defined by Joop's guitar, this last album doesn't have the same energy as the first two releases, yet it's still quite good. Finch is one of those bands that follows a predictable formula (thanks Ranjit), yet are very creative operating within their defined parameters. Essentially every song follows the format: grand symphonic intro, fast instrumental section in odd meter, slow groove with guitar solo, another fast part, keyboard solo, another slow part, ...etc. You get the picture. Although almost every song is like this, it doesn't get boring because the band is great in this type of setting. One of the strongest points of the band is their ability to switch between these fast and slow sections during a song and make it flow smoothly. Nothing sounds forced or rough. On the down side, as the songs really focus on the guitar and keyboards, there are very few memorable bass or drum parts on either album. The rhythm section remains firmly rooted in the background. They're good, but just not featured that much.

Finch is one of those bands that, if you like any of their albums, you'll like all of them — or vice versa. They can groove and jam with the best of them. Their sound is comparable to Focus, early Pink Floyd, and even Camel (especially Galleons — the keyboards on that album are the most prominent, not to mention the best, of all three Finch releases). They really thrive on fast, odd time signature jams as well as slow moody sections. The recording quality of the CDs is quite good, especially for the time period they were originally recorded. The remastering was obviously well done. Have a listen for yourself. Finch is definitely worth checking out.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 7, 1994 releases, 1976 recordings, 2007 releases, 1977 recordings

Related artist(s): Finch

Latest news

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more

2018-06-13
Jon Hiseman RIP – One of the great drummers of the rock era has died. Jon Hiseman was a veteran of such ground-breaking groups as Colosseum (I and II), Tempest, John Mayal's Bleusbreakers, and was a founding member of the innovative large band United Jazz + Rock Ensemble. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Masque - Third Ear/Third Eye – Third Ear/Third Eye is this brazen Japanese quintet's first CD release (following a couple of cassette releases in the late 80s, plus contributions to the Canterbury Edge and Jazz Rock sampler...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues