From Namsos, Norway, hailed this interesting Folk Rock band, named after The Beatles song “Dear Prudence”, formed in 1969 (actually they were renamed from Whoopee Choop) and featuring two future stars of Norwegian music, guitarist Åge Aleksandersen and multi- instrumentalist Terje Tysland.They were supported by bassist Kjell Ove Riseth, drummer Kaare Skavik Jr., mandolin/guitar player Johan Tangen and singer/multi-instrumentalist Per Erik Wallum.They recorded their debut “Tomorrow May Be Vanished” at Rosenborg Studios in August 1972 and the album was released the same year on Polydor. With the choice of singing in English Prudence actually brought to surface all of their influences, which had been BOB DYLAN, THE BEATLES, JETHRO TULL with also some touches of STRAWBS.The album is filled with short and fiery Folk rockers with strong guitar moves by Aleksandersen, a powerful rhythm section but also a fair amount of traditional instruments in heavy use.Lots of driving flutes in the style of IAN ANDERSON performed by singer Per Erik Wallum, rural soundscapes produced by the harmonica of the same man and also some great mandolin passages by Johan Tangen, who even battles with the flutes and electric guitars in a frenetic mood.There are also a couple of tracks closer to Psychedelic Folk with a more smooth but not less intense sound.The approach is overall nice and rich with a very JETHRO TULL-like atmosphere and the mix of the hard rockin’ guitars with the solos provided by the traditional instrumentation sounds very attractive.
Decent and well-executed Folk Rock with a great balance between the folk elements and the rockin’ riffs.Warmly recommended…. by apps79 …………..
The start of Prudence can be traced back to 1967 and the band Whoopee Choop, where Kaare Skevik jr. was drummer and Per Erik Wallum vocalist. Later came bassist Kjell Ove Riseth with. In October 1968 underwent the band rearranging the lineup, and Åge Aleksandersen (vocals, guitar) was incorporated. Late autumn 1969 changed Whoopee Choop name to Prudence, after the Beatles song “Dear Prudence,” and shortly after the band got an offer from Stein Ingebrigtsen to join his touring band. Prudence backing Ingebrigtsen on occasional tours the next two years. Fifth man in the lineup at this time was Per Formo (guitar), who in March 1970 was followed by Jan Erik Moe (guitar).
A newly established record label based in Mosjoen should prove to be very important for Prudence. The man behind the Experience Records, Nils Øybakken, made a series of recordings with the band, and the first of three singles were released in 1970. The A-side was a version of Deep Purple song “Into The Fire”, while the B-side was the self-composed “Come, come along to Copenhagen.” The song was banned played NRK because of the text, which was about to go to the Danish town to have fun with marijuana and LSD.
William Hakkvåg (guitar) from Zoo replaced Moe in October 1970, but stopped again in March the following year. In April 1971 came two important new members: Terje Tysland (guitar, vocals, accordion) and Johan Tangen (mandolin, congas). Now the band started to stake out their own style, a cross between progressive rock and the sounds of the countryside. Two more singles were released on Experience - “Small Things In Life” / “Happy Fairies” and “My New Day” / “The Sky Gets Blue” - and worked with an LP was begun.
In their eagerness to release an LP with Prudence, contacted Nils Øybakken company PolyGram to ask if they could assist with the distribution. Bosses at PolyGram blocked ears up when they learned trial footage, and went sporenstreks Namsos to offer Prudence record deal on the label Polydor. Øybakken ended up on the sidelines, while Prudence went to Oslo in August 1972 to record their first LP with Johnny Sareussen as producer. The result was a milestone in Norwegian rock. Tomorrow May Be Vanished, with the cryptic subtitle Victoria “Then became good pass dæ!”, Got the reviewers to take comparisons with the likes of Jethro Tull and The Band. And even so many years later, the album as one of the most style secure and innovative which is made of Norwegian rock. The plate came on the market a week after Prudence made a clean sweep on Kalvøya festival. Sareussen was producer also the sequel Drunk And Happy (1973), where Prudence as the first in the world connected noisy rock with traditional yoik. The title of the song underscored the group’s humor: “I Hope We Never Get Too Serious About The Music So This Is Just A Joke”. The album was also the operator in Denmark, where the group had great success at the Roskilde Festival in 1973. It was talked a lot about the overseas launch at this time, but instead of becoming rich and famous was Prudence disappointed and broke: Summer 1974 drove the band from Alta to Oslo’s errand to attend Ragnarock festival, only to find that they did not play. The reason was that a set of congas to the group Titanic did not make it in time, and it led to time lags in the program. In return, did Prudence furore at Roskilde same summer, where the climax during the group’s performance was reached when Tysland and Aleksandersen ran to the opposite side of the stage with an accordion between himself and struggled there in two.
Prudence and Johnny Sareussen shared the producer role on album number three, clear and concise called No 3. The disc was well received in Denmark, where all the reviewers seemed to agree that Prudence was Norway’s answer to The Band. In the wake of the release in the autumn of 1974 the downturn started. Deepening debt did that Prudence had to tour Norway crisscross in one set, and in addition to the members take up jobs on the side to survive. For bassist Kjell Ove Riseth got this tragic follows: During an accident at the sawmill in Brasov in January 1975 he lost three fingers and damaged a fourth of his left hand. Without Riseth the team, lost Prudence little of its identity - and a lot of sparkle.
Blodslitet on the road, the accident to Riseth and the fact that Polydor would launch them abroad anyway, was crucial reasons why Prudence decided to dissolve. First, however, they would make a last LP, with Norwegian texts, and conduct a farewell tour. Frode Viken (later D.D.E.) was a short time back on bass, before Jan Devik took over permanently. The album Thank tea dock (1975) contained the manifestation “Æ e trønder æ” which was Aleks Andersen sharp charged reaction to trønder hetsen as Rolv Wesenlund parodic Should Børson jr. had brought with it.
The last tour was a triumph journey across the country. Farewell concert in the Student Union in Trondheim on 11 December 1975, recorded with Jahn Teigen as producer. The group then went to PolyGram and offered recording for 30,000 kroner. PolyGram demanded recording free, and threatened to send out a compilation instead. Finally, the recording released as double LP on the newly established Arctic Records in Trondheim, while PolyGram released a compilation on cheap label Karussell.
Prudence received Grammy Award for Thank tea dock, and therefore had to set up one last time on television in February 1976 to play “Æ e trønder æ”. The whole country was suddenly aware of this phenomenal band, but then it was too late. Aleksandersen and Tysland continued with each his new band, Devik made solo album Spark !, Wallum and Tangen let music be a hobby, while Skevik eventually became a journalist and writer, and wrote a book about the band in 2002. The six musicians - plus an injured but happy Riseth - were reunited for a single concert in Trondheim in 1980.
In the summer of 1996 it was clear for a new reunion, this time in the TV series Tore slot on BBC1. It became an emotional appearance, where the crew Aleksandersen, Tysland, Skevik, Tangen and Riseth played together for the first time after Per Erik Wallum died of cancer in 1990.
Prudence was pioneered in Norwegian rock, both in terms of music and instrumentation. The group created a distinctive style through their own material performed with mandolin and accordion alongside electric guitars and drums, and also laid the foundation for the concept of “Trønderlag.”…………….
Credits Bass – Kjell Ove Riseth Drums – Kaare Skevik Jr. Engineer – Inge Holst Jacobsen Mandolin, Congas – Johan Tangen Organ [Draw Organ], Guitar – Terje Tysland Producer – Johnny Sareussen Vocals, Flute – Per Erik Wallum Vocals, Guitar – Åge Aleksandersen
Tracklist North In The Country 4:15 Mild Grey Fog 3:27 Tomorrow May Be Vanished 4:27 What Man Has Made Of Man 2:03 14 Pages 4:27 Going Through This Life 4:02 Oh, Grandpa 3:39 Lost In The Forest 2:15 Kerre Volin 4:06 Daida 4:06
Albums: Tomorrow May Be Vanished - 1972 Polydor Drunk And Happy - 1973 Polydor (CD: Tomorrow May Be Vanished/Drunk And Happy, Progressive Line, PL586, 2003) No. 3 - 1974 Polydor (CD: Polydor 843 331-2, 1990) Takk Te Dokk - 1975 Polydor (CD: Polydor 843 333-2, 1990) 11/12 ‘75 (2LP) - 1976 Arctic (CD: Pan Records, PACD 08, 1992) The Legendary Tapes Vol.1, 1992 Colours COSLP 008 (contained previously unreleased archive material from 1970-1971) (CD: Colours, COSCD 008, 1992)