Exposé Online banner

Tasavallan Presidentti — Tasavallan Presidentti
(Love Records LRCD 7, 1969/2003, CD)

Tasavallan Presidentti — Lambertland
(Love Records LRCD 60, 1972/2010, CD)

Tasavallan Presidentti — Milky Way Moses
(Love Records LRCD 102, 1974/2010, CD)

by Roel Steverink, Published 2005-03-01

Tasavallan Presidentti Cover artLambertland Cover artMilky Way Moses Cover art

The first eponymous album Finnish band Tasavallan Presidentti recorded was a cross between folk, blues, and jazz-rock with pop influences. A really diverse album with an immaculate rendition of the “Ancient Mariner” from Coleridge. They excel in fast, raw guitar or sax improvised pieces as well as almost dreamlike excursions a la Procol Harum which feel like a stroll through the countryside thanks too the flute.

On Lambertland the band plays pure complex jazz-rock with lesser folk, full of improvisations on peeping sax and wah-wah guitar. Gone is the blues side. “Dance,” which has the most emotional wah-wah riffs I have ever heard, deserves special mention.

Milky Way Moses, their last, is their improvisational tour de force with duelling guitar and Turkish sounding sax (title track) and freaky electric piano and organ (“Caught from the Air”) to name just two highlights. The jazz-rock sometimes is more sophisticated, bearing off to Canterbury. Jukka Tolonen is the nucleus of talent here, besides the incredible sax hooks from Pekka Pöyry that is, his guitar playing is sometimes stunning, only surpassed, I think by his chops and melodies on his solo albums. These albums all come recommended.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 31, 2003 releases, 1969 recordings, 2010 releases, 1972 recordings, 1974 recordings

Related artist(s): Tasavallan Presidentti, Jukka Tolonen

Latest news

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

John Surman - Way Back When – John Surman (saxes), John Marshall (drums), John Taylor (electric piano), Brian Odgers (bass guitar). For many readers, that list alone puts this on the must-have list. Throw in the recording date of...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues