Exposé Online banner

Jukka Tolonen — The Hook
(Love Records LRCD 113, 1974/2004, CD)

Jukka Tolonen — Hysterica
(Love Records LRCD 149, 1975/2004, CD)

by Steve Robey, Published 1997-02-01

The Hook Cover artHysterica Cover art

Tolonen is a Finnish guitarist who spent the early 70s toiling with the progressive band Tasavallan Presidenti. After leaving that band, he put out a series of obscure but very worthwhile solo albums. The Hook and Hysterica are his third and fourth, and are available now as a twofer on this exciting new CD.

Musically, Jukka Tolonen occupies much of the same territory as the likes of Jeff Beck, with funky instrumentals supported by beautiful guitar work. However, these two albums immediately grabbed me by going several steps beyond the typical fusion-instrumental format. Each song employs a surprise or two: a head-turning sax or flute solo, an eye-widening guitar freakout, or some other unconventional performance. My first impression leads me to make comparisons to the Danish band Secret Oyster. That is the only other band that I have heard that puts so much creativity and introspectiveness into the potentially sterile domain of fusion music.

From start to finish, these two albums have a lot of heart, and they'll grow on you. I can't single out any single track, since each is unique in its own way, and each is somehow great. The re-release of these two albums from the mid-70s is the uncovering of a lost treasure. Dig in and dig it.

[The 2-on-1 reviewed here has since been superceded by individual reissues of the two albums. - ed.]


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 11, 2004 releases, 1974 recordings, 1975 recordings

Related artist(s): Pekka Pohjoloa, Jukka Tolonen

Latest news

2018-11-16
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more

2018-11-02
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more

2018-10-17
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Josiah - No Time – I can close my eyes and really believe that I'm listening to some long lost British heavy rock classic from 1970 on the Vertigo label. Josiah has that sound down cold. Think Sabbath, Motorhead, Uriah...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues