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Re: Wigwam - Live From The Twilight Zone (1975)


Starzy bluesowi wyjadacze pamiętają zapewne sygnał audycji - "Bielszego odcienia bluesa" Jana Chojnackiego i Wojciecha Manna. To BYŁA jedna z moich ulubionych audycji, która kształtowała moją muzyczną wrażliwość (i nie tylko muzyczną). Podkreślam - była. Zawsze bardzo mnie intrygował i inspirowała "muzyczna etykietka" nadawana na początku. Fragment pochodzi z koncertu nagrania grupy Wigwam. Niestety z czasem zatarły się pewne szczegóły - z jakiej płyty? tytuł? etc - i tu nagle ... Trafiony Zatopiony. Nagranie pochodzi właśnie z tej płyty i jest to znany bluesowy standard (choćby z wykonania Ten Years After) - Help Me. Smacznego !!!


With the talents of Jim Pembroke and bass maestro and The Band fan Pekka Pohjola, Wigwam are one of the biggest Finnish bands ever, a classic of the Scandinavian progressive scene. Their music is dominated by piano and organ, with somewhat of a Canterbury feel to it, though it is unmistakebly Scandinavian in nature. Wigwam's existence as a band was divided into two periods; first with Pekka Pohjola and Jukka Gustavson as creative forces, then a second period with guitarist Rekku Reckhardt and Jim Pembroke. Pohjola and Gustavson left the band after an English tour about 1975, Gustavson for religious reasons and Pohjola for his solo career. Wigwam's first albums were heavily influenced by the Beatles, the Band and Stevie Winwood. The group reunited in the '90s after fifteen years with the studio album Light Ages, and continues straight from where they left in '78.

Their 17-minute epic version of The Band's "The Moon Struck One" on Live Music from the Twilight Zone is one of Wigwam's very few published The Band covers, but they used to perform many during their live sessions. The lineup for the cover version was Ronnie Osterberg (dr), Jim Pembroke (voc, piano), Jukka Gustavson (voc, org), Pekka Pohjola (bass), and Pekka Rechardt (gtr).

This album marked a period of transition for the band, with the first appearance of Rechardt on a Wigwam album and the final recordings with Pohjola and keyboardist Jukka Gustavson. Pembroke and drummer Ronnie Osterberg were constants during Wigwam's main run from 1969-1977. Osterberg died in 1980. In recent years, Gustavson has been known to sit in with the band on occasion as they play dates around Finland.


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