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26 Feb 2017

Ragnarok “Ragnarok”1975 first album + “Nooks” 1976 second album +"Live In New Zealand," November 24th, 1976 - New Zealand Symphonic Prog




Concert, Municipal Theatre, Napier, 1977

An advert for Perraux Sound, the Napier company that provided Ragnarok with their massive sound rigs

Ragnarok “Ragnarok” 1975 first album +  “ Nooks” 1976   second album + "Live In New Zealand," November 24th, 1976 - New Zealand Symphonic Prog

Ragnarok “Ragnarok” 1975 New Zealand Symphonic Prog first album

Ragnarok were formed in Auckland in 1974, out of the remnants of breweries band Sweet Feet. Andre, Ross and Mark were originally from Christchurch, where they were together in a three piece called Flying Wild at the beginning of the seventies. They then formed Sweet Feet and moved to Auckland, where they played the pub circuit. In 1974 they disbanded this group, and it was at that point they met up with Ramon York and Lea Maalfrid.

Applying glitter, dressing loud and developing a song list of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Yes, they formed Ragnarok. They quickly established themselves as being the ultimate acid band of the mid-seventies. They were right into synthesizers, where their instruments featured guitar synthesizers, keyboard synthesizers and mellotron. They all shared the vocals, but were also very fortunate to have one of the finest female vocalists around at the time, Lea Maalfrid, as a member of the group.During 1974 they had a residency at Granny’s and also appeared regularly at the ‘Buck-a-Head’ concerts, that saw them as popular as Split Enz and Dragon. In January 1975, Tommy Adderley closed Granny’s for renovations, and when he re-opened it two months later as Granny’s Rock Palace, he decided not to run with resident bands. This left the group without a regular place to play, so they decided to take to the road and toured the country extensively. They became one of the countries top draw-cards during 1975, particularly in the South Island and the provinces.In August 1975, they released a self-titled album on Revolution, that they had recorded at Eldred Stebbing’s new 16-track studio. It sold reasonably well and from it came two singles, “Fenris”/“Fire In The Sky” and “Cavier Queen”/“Born To Wander”. “Fenris” provided them with a minor hit that made the bottom reaches of the charts.At the end of 1975, Lea Maalfrid left the group to turn solo. She released one single on Atlantic in 1977 called “Pleasure Machine”/“Lavender Mountain”, before leaving for Sydney in June 1978, and then later moving to Los Angeles and London, where she gained international recognition as a songwriter.

Ragnarok continued on without Lea, and in 1976 they released a second album called “Nooks” and a single from the album, “Five New Years”/“The Fourteenth Knock”.In December 1976, Ragnarok appeared at a one-day festival at Waikino. Other headlining acts included the Country Flyers, Rockinghorse, Hello Sailor and Th’ Dudes. By this time though, Ragnarok’s cosmic rock was definitely out of favour, and their support was now wholly confined to the provinces. They had even tried a self-promoted national tour of theatres to promote their second album, but this was a failure, and the group disappeared to the east-coast of New Zealand before disbanding.

Mark Jayet later went on to join Moviez, a Christchurch based pop group………

They released two albums. Vocalist and writer Lea Maalfrid left after the first album. The balance of the band split up in 1977. Personnel for the first album entitled “Ragnarok”: Lea Maalfrid (vocals), Andre Jayet Mellotron (Moog synthesizer, vocals), Ross Muir (bass guitar), Mark Jayet (drums), Ramon York (guitar effects, vocals). Personnel for the second album “Nooks”: Ramon York (electric & acoustic guitars, vocals), Ross Muir (bass, synthesizer, vocals), Mark Jayet (drums, bass, acoustic guitar), André Jayet (Mellotron, Moog synthesizer, piano, Hammond, drums). Their music could be best described as classic mid-70’s psychedelic prog rock.

Lea Maalfrid had a brief early solo career, (inc opening for Joe Cocker on a New Zealand tour, but no longer perform. She has been most successful as a songwriter in London, LA and Nashville, penning among others “You Could Have Been With Me” for Sheena Easton, and “Storm Warning” for Bonnie Raitt. In 2004 she released a 12 song album “Goddess of Love”……………

Auckland-based short lived act from New Zealand,formed in 1974 by three members of the disbanded Sweet Feet: bassist Ross Muir,keyboardist Andre Jayet and drummer Mark Jayet,all coming from the city of Christchurch.With guitarist Ramon York and female vocalist Lea Maalfrid joining they soon built a great fame and toured extensively around the country.By summer of 75’ the band recorded their self-titled LP,released on Revolution.
The style comes as a cross between ELOY’s spaceness,PINK FLOYD’s psychedelic face and BABE RUTH’s Hard Prog style with a few TANGERINE DREAM-like Electronic beats added.And while all members contribute on the decent vocals of the album,it’s the star of Maalfrid which really shines with her powerful,slightly hoarse chords,not unlike Jennie Haan of BABE RUTH.The album is characterized by the slow-tempo compositions,based on the strong,psychedelic use of synthesizers and the heavy guitars all over,often wrapped under orchestral-like arrangements.Notice also the great use of mellotron on most of the tracks,nicely blended with the background synths.Not all the album is based on the singing talent of Ragnarok’s members,as a couple of tracks are all instrumental with an evident leaning towards more Electronic musicianship in the style of CYBOTRON,blended with Space Rock passages.However the lack of flexibility and the similarities of the style among the tracks prevents the album to make a huge impact.

If you are a dedicated fan of the aforementioned bands,Ragnarok is definitely your thing.Good musicianship,based on orchestral mellotron, psychedelic synths, doomy guitars and some great vocal lines.Recommended….by apps79 ……..

Ragnarok (which means 'twilight of the gods’) were formed in Auckland in 1974, out of the remnants of breweries band Sweet Feet. Andre, Ross and Mark were originally from Christchurch, where they were together in a three piece called Flying Wild at the beginning of the seventies. They then formed Sweet Feet and moved to Auckland, where they played the pub circuit. In 1974 they disbanded this group, and it was at that point they met up with Ramon York and Lea Maalfrid.
Applying glitter, dressing loud and developing a song list of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Yes, they formed Ragnarok. They quickly established themselves as being the ultimate acid band of the mid-seventies. They were right into synthesizers, where their instruments featured guitar synthesizers, keyboard synthesizers and mellotron. They all shared the vocals, but were also very fortunate to have one of the finest female vocalists around at the time, Lea Maalfrid, as a member of the group (see pictured right).
During 1974 they had a residency at Granny’s and also appeared regularly at the 'Buck-a-Head’ concerts, that saw them as popular as Split Enz and Dragon. In January 1975, Tommy Adderley closed Granny’s for renovations, and when he re-opened it two months later as Granny’s Rock Palace, he decided not to run with resident bands. This left the group without a regular place to play, so they decided to take to the road and toured the country extensively. They became one of the countries top draw-cards during 1975, particularly in the South Island and the provinces.
In August 1975, they released a self-titled album on Revolution, that they had recorded at Eldred Stebbing’s new 16-track studio. It sold reasonably well and from it came two singles, “Fenris”/“Fire In The Sky” and “Cavier Queen”/“Born To Wander”. “Fenris” provided them with a minor hit that made the bottom reaches of the charts.At the end of 1975, Lea Maalfrid left the group to turn solo. She released one single on Atlantic in 1977 called “Pleasure Machine” / “Lavender Mountain”, before leaving for Sydney in June 1978, and then later moving to Los Angeles and London, where she gained international recognition as a songwriter. For a more recent photo of Lea, see this brilliant photo by David Roberts.
Ragnarok continued on without Lea, and in 1976 they released a second album called “Nooks” and a single from the album, “Five New Years”/“The Fourteenth Knock”.
In December 1976, Ragnarok appeared at a one-day festival at Waikino. Other headlining acts included the Country Flyers, Rockinghorse, Hello Sailor and Th’ Dudes. By this time though, Ragnarok’s cosmic rock was definitely out of favour, and their support was now wholly confined to the provinces. They had even tried a self-promoted national tour of theatres to promote their second album, but this was a failure, and the group disappeared to the east-coast of New Zealand before disbanding in 1979. Mark Jayet later went on to join Moviez, a Christchurch based pop group.This is an amazing debut album from an incredibly talented progressive rock band. The only way I can describe Ragnarok is to compare them to German bands such as Eloy and Jane, with heavy Pink Floyd, Yes and Genesis influences. Most tracks are instrumentals, however Lea Maalfrid’s vocals help take their music to a different level. It is hard to say which tracks are my favourite as they are all exceptional, but the highlight would definitely be the medley on the B-Side: Raga, Caviar Queen and Dream. If you like synths, mellotrons, violins and slick bass / guitar riffs then you are really going to enjoy this lost gem.
The rip was taken from vinyl at 256kps and includes full LP album artwork. There are a few pops and crackles at times, but over all this is the best rip I have been able to find (thanks to Electric Flower)………………..

Credits
Bass Guitar, Synthesizer, Vocals – Ross Muir
Design, Design Concept [Artwork Concept] – Roger Jarrett
Drum, Percussion, Vocals – Mark Jayet
Engineer – Tony Moan*
Guitar Synthesizer, Vocals – Ramon York
Lead Vocals – Lea Maalfrid
Synthesizer, Vocals, Drum, Producer – Andre Jayet

Tracklist
A1 Fenris 5:30
A2 Butterfly Sky 4:32
A3 Fire In The Sky 3:58
A4 Rainbow Bridge 7:06
B1 Raga 6:17
B2 Caviar Queen 3:39
B3 Dream 6:56
B4 Dawning Horn 4:00


Ragnarok  Perreaux promo shot, Municipal Theatre, Napier, 1975

Ragnarok in Auckland's 1ZM studio, 1976

Ragnarok Mk.2 without Lea Maalfrid - Mark Jayet, Andre Jayet, Ross Muir and Ramon York


Ragnarok Perreaux promo shot, Municipal Theatre, Napier, 1975

Ragnarok, Leopard Inn, Napier, 1977

Ramon York, Mark Jayet, Ross Muir and Andre Jayet.

Sunday 5 June, 1977, at the Munical Theatre, Napier

The poster for Granny's in Auckland's Durham Lane West.

Ragnarok “ Nooks” 1976 New Zealand Symphonic Prog second album
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This album is a real symphonic gem from the mid-70s. Ragnarok were New Zealand’s premier prog group, and this record stands up with the best. It reminds me a lot of Sebastian Hardie in its lush textures and excellent guitar playing. The vocals are good, but unobtrusive and perhaps a little lacking in excitement, but I’ll take on-key over exciting any day. The band had two keyboard players, who are allowed to stretch out on a number of beautiful, pastoral ballads. There’s even a brief section of boogie-rock a la Status Quo, which, oddly, doesn’t feel out of place. Overall, it’s hard to pinpoint why this album is so appealing, but it is undoubtedly a very melodic, peaceful and engaging listening experience…..by Heptade …….

This music is as lush as the New Zealand countryside where these guys are from. Two of the band members play synths, with another playing synth-guitar. Not only that,this is drenched with mellotron. By the way all four of these guys sing so we do get some layered vocals as well.
“Five New Years” is such a laid back,dreamy tune. Very melodic with calming vocals. Loads of synths with drums and bass in the background. Check out the mellotron 3 minutes in.The vocal arrangements that follow are very cool. “Waterfall-Capt.Fagg” is really two songs,although the “Capt.Fagg” section near the end is only a couple of minutes long. The song opens with synth-guitar as vocals and a storm of mellotron follow. I’m in love. Haha. This is so uplifting and beautiful. Amazing sound. We get some bottom end 1 ½ minutes in before mellotron waves return. Multi-vocals with a more uptempo section including guitar. Mellotron is back and i’m just drifting in a sea of bliss right now. Incredible. Back to the vocals and that catchy drum led section.The song changes completely to “Capt.Fagg” 4 ½ minutes in. This is silly with bizarre lyrics. It’s fun though with some raw guitar. Back to the floating soundscape before 6 minutes with mellotron to end it. “Fourteenth Knock” is an instrumental that opens with sounds from outerspace. Or so it would seem. These sounds swirl as a drum and bass rhythm slowly builds out of this cosmic soundscape that continues. The synths become prominant 3 minutes in. The song ends with the sound of a plane diving at a high speed, then broken glass, then the toilet flushing. Haha.

“Paths Of Reminiscence” is the only song without mellotron. It’s a folk song with acoustic guitar and reserved multi-vocals. It ends with spacey sounds. The Volsung opens with the sound of a boat creaking,seagulls and waves. Acoustic guitar and vocals come in with synths. Drums and very deep vocal melodies follow. Vocals come back and everything sounds fuller. The vocals are so good. Mellotron before 5 minutes as the guitar tastefully plays. “Semolina” really sounds like a mellow 60’s song with lots of mellotron in the background. “Nooks” is the longest song and the second instrumental featured on this album. Spacey synths with mellotron lead the way as light drums come in. The drums get louder 2 minutes in as the song just keeps getting better. The spacey waves end 2 ½ minutes in. Some aggressive guitar with drums(which are all over the place) dominate 4 minutes in. It lightens 5 minutes in with lots of synths to the end.

After 2 spins I felt this was very overated and didn’t really like it. Well after 7 listens I absolutely love it. Highly recommended by yours truly….by Mellotron Storm ………

Personnel:
Andre Jayet – Synthesizer
Mark Jayet – Drums
Lea Maalfrid - Vocals, Keyboards
Ross Muir – Bass
Ramon York - Lead Guitar

Tracklist
Five New Years
Waterfall - Capt. Fagg
Fourteenth Knock
Paths Of Reminiscence
The Volsung
Semolina
Nooks

Albums:
Ragnarok (Revolution RVLP 1002) 1975
Nooks (Polydor 2390109) 1976

45s:
Fenris/Fire In The Sky (Revolution RVZ 006) 1975
Cavier Queen/Born To Wander (Revolution RVZ 008) 1975 (as Lea Maalfrid and Ragnarok) 
Ragnarok "Live In New Zealand," November 24th, 1976 


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