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24 Nov 2016

Blues Section “Blues Section“ 1967 Finland Psych Blues Rock

Blues Section in 1968. Left to right: Eero Koivistoinen (alto sax), Hasse Walli (guitar), Jim Pembroke (vocals), Pekka Sarmanto (bass, replacing Måsse Groundstroem) and Ronnie Österberg (drums). Helsinki, Finland, 1968.

Promo photo of Blues Section Left to right : Ronnie Österberg, Hasse Walli, Måsse Groundstroem, Jim Pembroke and Eero Koivistoinen. Photo: Jukka Vatanen, Summer 1967

Eero Koivistoinen making faces during a Blues Section tour in 1967. Behind him, on the left, is Hasse. Photo: Hasse Walli's album

Blues Section performing at the Down Beat Jazz Club in Helsinki on October 11th, 1967. Left to right: Jim Pembroke, Eero Koivistoinen and Hasse Walli.  Photo: Tuomo Olkkonen

romo photo of Blues Section, meeting a dedicated fan. Photo: Jukka Vatanen, Summer 1967

 Promo photo of Hasse Walli in 1967. Photo: Olavi Kaskisou.

romo poster of Blues Section. Left to right: Jim Pembroke, Eero Koivistoinen, Ronnie Österberg, Hasse Walli, Måsse Groundstroem. Photo: Jukka Vatanen, Summer 1967

Promotion photo of Jim Pembroke. Jim was later a founding member of the reknown group Wigwam. Photo: Jorma Weneskoski's archive

Blues Section in 1968. Left to right: Eero Koivistoinen (alto sax), Hasse Walli (guitar), Jim Pembroke (vocals), Pekka Sarmanto (bass, replacing Måsse Groundstroem) and Ronnie Österberg (drums). Helsinki, Finland, 1968.  Photo: Hasse Walli's album

Blues Section playing a concert at the House of Culture in Helsinki in December 1967. This was probably a Christmas Party Concert arranged by the rock journal, Stump, with several top bands performing. Left to right: Jim Pembroke, Pekka Sarmanto, Ronnie Österberg, Eero Koivistoinen and Hasse Walli. Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki, December 1967.  Photo: Tanja Tolonen's album.

Blues Section recording at the new Finnvox studio. Left to right: Måsse Groundstroem, Hasse Walli, Ronnie Österberg, Jim Pembroke, and in the background Eero Koivistoinen. Helsinki, Summer 1967. Photo: Hasse Walli's album

Blues Section, formed in March 1967, was the first modern Rock / Blues band in Finland, and the first band to record an album of their own original songs. Their rise to number 1 position was the fastest ever seen in the country. Left to right: Pekka Sarmanto (bass, substituting Måsse Groundstroem), Eero Koivistoinen (alto sax), Jim Pembroke (from the UK, on vocals), Ronnie Österberg (drums) and Hasse Walli (lead guitar). Photo: Jukka Vatanen, Autumn 1967

Blues Section “Blues Section“ 1967 Finland  Psych Blues Rock
One of the pioneers of Finnish rock formed in 1967. The leader of the group - singer Jim Pembroke, British composer, who lived at that time in Finland. Their sound was created under the influence of «John Mayall ’s Bluesbreakers» and Jimi Hendrix, who played in Helsinki in May 1967. The songs, which are mostly composed Jim Pembroke, you can also hear some echoes of «The Beatles» and «The Kinks». The team during its short existence has produced a total of 9 singles and a self-titled album in November 1967 on «Love Records» in Helsinki. In 1968 Groundstroem Pembroke and left the band, being replaced by Pekka Sarmanto and British vocalist Frank Robson, but by the end of 1968 the band broke up. The musicians continued their activities in such well-known progressive rock bands like «Wigwam» and «Tasavallan Presidentti». Eero Koivistoinen became world famous jazz musician. Hasse Walli joined the «Piirpauke». …… 

Blues Section achieved in just one and a half years of existence, a unique position in the Finnish rock scene. It was our first progressive assembly and field work led the way for the Finnish for independent rock music. 

Blues Section was created in the spring of 1967, when Love Records influenced by Henrik Otto Donner asked bassist Måns “Mosse” Groundstroem the size of the country to the blues band. According to the beginning of the year were returned to their home country to Finland British singer Jim Pembroke , the PEMS played -muodostelmassa guitarist Hannes “Hasse” Walli and saxophonist Eero Koivisto digit . Envisaged drummer Martin “Edward” Vesalaa , which, however, felt like sitting in the assembly properly. Thus, the first gigs of his holding was seen Raimo Iron Rinne , who soon replaced by Wallin, like the late Pembroke Pemsistä familiar Ronnie Österberg , as the “ratchet” Iron Rinne focused to play the Roosters in the band. 

For the first time Blues Section was seen and heard on stage 22.04.1967 Nyländska Nation Up or fit into the Banquet Hall in Helsinki, and the wider public got a feel for the assembly in May, when the band appeared in the US by the Beach Boys warm-up band, the then capital of the Group of Trade that is, the current Kisahalli. New suomalaismuodostelma introduced in the summer of 1967 in several concert also riikinruotsalaisille. 

Early on it became clear that the Blues Section, was not, despite its name, none of the orthodox blues messenger. Rather, it was an experimental progressive rockmuodostelma, whose live performances were marked by long improvised solo parts. Audio discs the group expression was different, far more commercial. 

Mayall and Hendrix’s life 

Both the name of the band that style strongly suggested to hold one of the British role model for John Mayall Blues Breakers on this day. England breakthrough in the issuing American guitarist Jimi Hendrix with passionate admirers which belonged to Walli an effort to bring the powerful Blues Section music influences of imitation robed, but jazz in the name of sworn Koivistoinen balanced the band’s performances in the other direction. As a result, had to be stylistically to a certain kompromisointiin, which gave the music for your exciting tone. 

“Blues Section was too creative, own original and multidimensional carry out direct power trio pany approach, like Hendrix or The Cream”, Esa Kuloniemi and Pekka Laine note in his article “Six-speaking Finnish” work Finland rang 2 - wire hip hop . (January 2004) 

The first album Blues Section in May 1967. Its content was Pembroke compositions Call Me On Your Telephone and Only Dreaming . Closer to autumn followed by a continuation of recording Hey, Hey, Hey and Shivers Of Pleasure , the first of which was re-Pembroke and the latter trio Eero Ojanen-Otto Donner-Atte Blom’s handwriting. 

Kiril “Kirka” Babitzinin with Blues Section immortalized in 1967 Donner composition Give me a kiss just as well Eero Ojanen tune Then the human being is the most beautiful . In the same year was also the band’s debut album, which is considered groundbreaking of its kind. After all, it is the first sound recording collection, the content of which was completed in the band’s members controlled without external constraints. 

The first album raised to the top of 

the experts to be very successful characterization of LP’s were produced by Blom and Donner, and it consisted of lisähöysteenään Donner, Pembroke and Wallin achievements of the Chinese revolution in the song The East Is Red (Eastern is red). Groundstroem appeared on the disc also an organist and a cam huili Stina and together with her presentation tuurasi bassist Pekka Sarmanto . All in all, the disc can be considered a breakthrough in Hasse Wallin, the Finnish elite guitarists. 

The last gig in 1967 Blues Section made again in mid-December in Sweden to assist Concert Hall The British team Move'ia Stockholm and the 1968 and presents it opened 5.1. Oravais. Since then, the band was known to work quite enough around Finnish. 

Blues Section, accompanied Babitzinia addition to the existing single also record, which was made in 1968 Donner film The Green Widow composed by Space the song . Pembroke place team inherited the vocalist Frank Robson recorded with the band’s two own life product, Faye and the Sun of Love , and drummer Österberg artist as Ronnie Donner compositions a long time will pass , and Hi only . At the same kit can also be connected Pertti “Pepe” Will Berg’s single-recording Donner and Aulikki Oksanen ballad Who would tell me the movie Red Riding Hood . 

The year 1968 was a Blues Section recordings with respect to työntäytteistä time, because then arose addition to the aforementioned recordings Jim Pembroke'in immortalized the semi-circle of Solitude and Cherry Cup cake Twist and Österberg sung recordings no longer and When night caressed 1968 (Love Records) .Yhtye recorded at the time the presentation the Straight and Narrow , which, however, was not published until the following year single collection Some Of Love . 

the rise was followed by stagnation 

Blues Section, however, paralyzed in some manner over time. New material was not born to such an extent as would be necessary, and the team practiced enough. Thus, appearances were treated more or less on the basis of jam, which did not satisfy any more than Groundstroem Pembroke. 

HYY’s celebrations in 1968 machined LP has respectives ‘68 Blues Section Koivistoinen shows the composition of Football . The recording of the band fell short of the last installment, the Groundstroem had left the assembly in the spring due to ylioppilaskirjoitustensa and his replacement had become Pekka Sarmanto. In summer 1968 Eero Koivisto digit resigned from the formation and the entire camp was split definitively Sarmanto After the fall to perform his military service. 

Koivistoinen and transferred to Jussi Österberg Raittinen The Boys band, Robson traveled to England and Walli continued to work Donner Treatment -muodostelmissa. Österberg was a little later co-founded the Wigwam , to Pembroke joined. Robson, in turn, returned in the summer of 1969 Groundstroem the size of the President of the Republic . 

Blues Section fine but got a brief history thus a worthy continuation. In 1969, as appeared in another posthumous single time-assembled LP Some Of Love , and later published year reunion album was the production of the band included performances For Mods Only and Lucy Jane , where Koivistoinen got better highlighted. 

Two concert comeback in 

the autumn of 1996 Blues Section returned to the stage 28 after slightly refreshed. Drummer was now Vesa Aaltonen , Koivistoinen played the tenor saxophone and Robson was assisted by keyboardist. Comeback Estrada at the legendary Tavastia in Helsinki, where the group at the beginning of a new live show in September-October. 

At the time, the band also recorded the presence and three of its issues were included in Hasse Wallin five years later published by disk Actual Live . Blues Section of old recording songs End Of A Poem and Wolf At The Door was heard in this context, for the first time live, and sampling was completed back three decades bravuurinumero Hey, Hey, Hey . …… 

Although, unlike Blues Section lp concert repertoire includes mostly normal time to the beat of pop, after all, it will begin a 12-stroke program declaration. Jim Pembroke composed by Paint It, Michael And Others, Maybe give Hasse Wallin, electric guitar and saxophone solos Eero Koivistoinen tell you first turn and then at the same time ränttätänttä from-behind this is the case. In the background komppaa exceedingly adore drums-bass-pair. Also, a few sober laulusäe pulled, so everyone can immediately show their skills. Disc second rhythm blues Once More For The Road is the handiwork of Wallin and shows that even the dusky atmosphere of blues successful group nicely. Wallin guitar playing is determined, or at least for a sense of style. Or the opposite. 

In addition to the opening track on the disc, there are three tracks Pembroke. Answer To Life is an effective simple pop song, which is set against each other love declarative valssitempossa hippie and ökeltävä 4/4, the pace of hippies beaten up pulling the rakkari. Feelings are some souvenirs from the British Isles, as well as recitals Please Mr. Wilson , by referring to the music hall traditions humppakomppi and waggish Prime Minister lyrics are reminiscent of sorts Kinksien Mr. Pleasant and Dead End Street satirical songs. Behind the song are heard clinking of glasses and drunken örveltämistä. Wolf At The Door includes more special effects. Ronnie’s calling bongoja and Maassen urkutaiteilua consulted backwards-recorded. Horror Feelings from this excellent song adds Otto Donner flute. 

Hasse does not fall behind Jimpasta small pop-author of masterpieces. Violent blueskitaristimme composed End Of A Poem is Kinksien (again) Sunny Afternoon brings to mind a piece, which will be the background of the chorus originality springs finishing touches. Apartment 51 is a bit raisumpaa stuff, even if the rhythm does not seem quite all the time to remain together. A special feature are Maassen played by Hammond solos, alternating with Eero foniosuuksien. At the end of the two instruments möyryävät together. Bass is exceptionally Pekka Sarmanto. 

The album has two songs Otto Donner. The Day The Bird Of Paradise Looked Down Through Crack In The Cloud And Shed A Tearissa it comes to a few seconds-long inability of the piano, accordion and drums, as the name might have foreseen. Atte Blom lyrics Carpets And Bags And Balls is jazzahtavinta issue plate. Mostly ¾-song rhythm of progressive increase gradually intensities and culminates progressivisesti saxophone and guitar and piano vinkunaan kilkutukseen. Koivistoinen can be reached along revittämään opening song most here. Disk popeimmissa songs he can not hear at all. 

In addition, the disc has Eero Ojanen on the proposal for a snack The East Is Rediksi fun at your named after a Chinese folk song. Bongos, bells, recorder and celesta create an oriental atmosphere of the best Beatles-style. So, we were up to date in that respect. CD version bonus songs Call Me On Your Telephone and Hey, Hey, Hey has been reported in connection with singles. Cd’s cover booklet also includes Hasse Wallin put together a good history of Blues Section stages. 

Blues Section lp is utterly exquisite, r & b and jazz-flavored tones poplevy, which is certainly not bursting with creativity for their lives with the shame of press reports published in 1967 in comparison to foreign albumiklassikkojen. Influences have been received, but they have been rendered an original brew. The album success is essentially influenced by Otto Donner and the producers Atte Blom bet. Homma is packaged carefully track the order all the way down. Recording is not, after all nothing else like it in the best British and American studios tehdyille, even on 4-track tape recorder had been introduced. In any case, the disc really was born under a lucky star, met the right people at the right time the right marks….Mikko Meriläinen:……… 

Jim Pembroke — vocals 
Hasse Walli — guitar 
Måns Groundstroem — bass, piano, organ (02, 04, 06, 10), recorder (08) 
Eero Koivistoinen — alto saxophone 
Ronnie Österberg — drums, bongos (04, 08), backing vocals 

01. Paint It Michael And Others, Maybe — 5:56 
02. Answer To Life — 4:50 
03. The Day The Bird Of Paradise Looked Down Through Crack In The Cloud And Shed A Tear — 0:21 
04. Wolf At The Door — 4:28 
05. End Of A Poem — 3:32 
06. Please Mr. Wilson — 2:48 
07. Once More For The Road — 4:58 
08. The East Is Red — 1:43 
09. Carpets And Bags And Balls — 5:31 
10. Apartment 51 — 5:01 
11. Call Me On Your Telephone — 2:26 
12. Hey Hey Hey — 4:11 

Selected discography 
Blues Section & Jim Pembroke: Call Me On Your Telephone / Only Dreaming 1967 (Love Records) 
Blues Section & Jim Pembroke: Hey, Hey, Hey / Shivers Of Pleasure 1967 (Love Records) 
Blues Section: Blues Section 1967 (LP) (Love Records) 
Kirka Babitzin & Blues Section: Give me a kiss only / Then the man most beautiful is the 1967 (Love Records) 
Kirka Babitzin: Space Song 1968 (Love Records) 
Blues Section & Frank Robson: Faye / Sun Of Love 1968 (Love Records) 
Ronnie (Österberg) & Blues Section: a long time I pass / Hi only 1968 (Love Records) 
Pertti Willberg: Who would tell me 1968 (Love Records) 
Jim Pembroke & Blues Section: Semi-circle Solitude / Cherry Cup cake Twist 1968 (Love Records) 
Ronnie (Österberg) & Blues Section: No longer / When the night caressed 1968 (Love Records) 
various artists: respectives '68 1968 (Love Records) 
Blues Section: Some Of Love 1969 (single compilation LP) (Love Records) 
various artists: Reunion 1970 (Love Records ) 
various artists: One More For The Road 1980 (EMI / Love) 
Blues Section: Classics - The Ultimate Collection 1990 (2 CD) (Castle) 
Blues Section: Blues Section 2 of 1995 (Love Records) 
Hasse Walli: real Live 2001 ( HCD) 

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