The Finjarn and Jensen LP is another brilliant addition to the Shadoks catalog amongst a slew of Scandinavian reissues of late and alas Norway is not left out. I Desperately wanted hear this record at first sighting, and finally after months it grows stronger with every lurking listen. First impressions kind of left me thinking that a long haul was in store to hear it correctly, but don’t get me wrong, I mean the LP is strong off the bat. But for my ears, which are more attuned to the early 70s Swedish Acid Folk and Hard Psych Progressives like November, Pugh, Algarnas Tradgard, Harvester, or Trettioariga Kriget, and an even smaller amount of Norwegian psych bands like Aunt Mary, Flax, or Junipher Greene, I was befuddled by the very Anglo sound and righteously outlandish production quality. Could only guess they were gunning for a bigger audience, as this immaculate recording exhibits, its virtuosity definitely captures a creative genius ready to take a stand. The aforementioned bands typically sang in Swedish or Norwegian, though not exclusively, and were apparently not interested in jumping on the commercialized psychedelic Sgt. Pepper bandwagon. While Finjarn and Jensen embarked upon the Scandinavian super-group venture marketed to that Brit Pop Psych genre, bringing in Freddy Lindquist on guitar—whose later solo LP is a top flight, thoroughly wasted Norske guitar rampage—rounds out this LP’s guitar brain-fryer capabilities.
The album itself has a broad range of nuggetry to keep the ears happy: Freakbeat nuance; Flower Powered Swingin’ Londonesque Psychedelia; hippydom; effects; solos on drums and guitar, sonic tapestry; hash clouds; and heaviness abound. While the album has strong qualities, it may still lack a more refined tack such as Small Faces Ogden’s Nut Gone and presents itself as more of a “studio time” effort, which all in all is not such a bad thing.
Groovy record hands down on the psych collector scene, I’ll concur. Rare as F$CK!!!, and I've only seen one change hands in the $400 range, so keep an eye out for the original (released in 1970 via Norway/EMI/Columbia) and let this reissue suffice. Besides, it's the music you want anyway, right? [Shadoks]
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