Saturday, 21 April 2018

Paroni Paakkunainen (with Harri Saksala from Kalevala) "Plastic Maailma" 1971 Finland Prog Psych


Paroni Paakkunainen (with Harri Saksala from Kalevala)  "Plastic Maailma" 1971 mega rare & excellent Finland Prog Psych…recommended …!
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The next release in our „Suomi-Series“ is the extremly rare LP from Paroni 
Paakkunainen named ‚Plastic Maailma’ (Plastic World). 
Already a musical legend in the 60s, Paroni Paakkunainen gathered a group of guest musicians together in 1971 (e.g. Harri Saksala from Kalevala) and recorded this excellent progressive album, using a various amount of styles and influences, ranging from Folk-derivated music to Jethro Tull-affected rock. And there is a striking Sitarpiece, too! But Paroni Paakkunainen’s Jazz-roots are always shining through the song-structures and the musicianship of all participants is beyond any doubt. This is the first official Vinyl-Reissue, including an insert and the original cover reproduction. …~


The first rock album released by Teosto, Seppo “Paroni” The Paakkunaisen Plastic Maailma (1971) has been a pickup for years for vinyl but now the whole nation can be bought! This is a great obscure work featuring influences from progest, jazz, latin, blues and funk. Here are some of these familiar members: Arja Saijonmaa, Harri Saksala Edward Vesala, Nono Söderberg, Esa Katajavuori, Pedro Hietanen, Juhani Aaltonen, Mike Koskinen….~


How to define an album such as Seppo ”Paroni” Paakkunainen’s Plastic Maailma using typical definitions? An album that has bolero, blues, Indian music, modern jazz, funk, left-wing and soul-influenced rock – among many other styles. 
Luckily that is not important. An obscure collection of various styles like on Plastic Maailma seems very far-out on paper, and that is the essential beauty of it. In spite of its various styles, it is still a very coherent record simply because of the time it was recorded. 44 years after its release, it is possible to view the record from a historical perspective and understand it better as a statement, a recorded piece of Finnish underground history and the alternative movement, that many couldn’t understand then. And so it happened that many didn’t, and the record did not sell well, and naturally became a very expensive collector’s item like many other experimental Finnish records of that time. 
The album was recorded in 1971 with the help of a Teosto grant. The lineup was quite spectacular: Arja Saijonmaa, Harri Saksala Edward Vesala, Nono Söderberg, Esa Katajavuori, Pedro Hietanen, Juhani Aaltonen, Mike Koskinen… 
The Svart reissue is mastered for vinyl from the original tapes and comes with a new interview with Paakkunainen…..~


Woodwind-player Seppo “Paroni” Paakkunainen has had a long career as a session musician, band leader and arranger, with a stylistic spectrum encompassing rock, pop, jazz, folk and classical. On the progressive front he has been the driving force behind the progressive folk group Karelia, while his horns have graced the albums of, among others, Wigwam, Jukka Tolonen and Pekka Pohjola. His first bonafide solo album, Plastic Maailma (LP Scandia SLP 559), is a kind of sweep through those many styles, progressive in the sense that styles are juxtaposed and explored with little prejudice. Four instrumentals join six vocal numbers where the gruff vocals of Harri Saksala alternate with the purer voice of pop-chanteuse Arja Saijonmaa, criticising consumerism, poking fun at contemporary sexual mores or singing praises to Nordic egalitarianism with the kind of sincerity that makes it hard to distinguish seriousness from levity. Throughout, the “Baron” acts as an old-style band leader, tastefully adding his saxophones and flutes to the normal flow of guitars, organs, pianos and rock rhythm section, resulting in some very colourful arrangements. He goes to East with the quasi-raga sitar/flute duet “Mango”, grapples some hung-over blues-rock with “Laulajan blues” (“Singer’s Blues”) and takes delight in lightweight vocal pop with jazzy arrangements and a few progressive touches (e.g. sudden textural and dynamic shifts) in the likes of “Kun elämä alkaa” (“When Life Begins”). More obvious homages to prevalent progressive role models appear too: The flute carries the swaying main melody of “Ennen nyt” (“Before Now”), taking to Jethro Tull-like hoarse riffing and soloing during the instrumental interlude, while “Beat Bolero” has Coltraneish saxophone stabbing riffs in unison with the guitar and wailing over gloomy organ chords and the martial drumbeat, very much out of the Crimson cookbook. The end result is a slightly dated, but charmingly odd-ball collection that can be of interest to fans of early progressive. It is still best remembered for its surrealistic cover painting. …~


A tripped-out bit of jazz rock from the same Finnish scene that recorded the legendary records on the Love label – but a set that’s a lot more obscure than even those rare albums! The group’s led by reedman Paroni Paakkunainen – who blows tenor, wooden flute, baritone, and soprano sax on the set – but the music has a very collaborative feel, especially as the mood shifts from track to track – sometimes with songs that are loose and organic, sometimes with vocal numbers that have a bit more punch. Arja Saijonmaa sings lyrics on about half the record, and the other tunes are instrumental – and draw from a rich array of performances from Pekka Sarmanto on bass, Edward Vesala on drums, Nono Soderberg on guitar, Juhani Aaltonen on soprano sax, and Mike Koskinen on trumpet. …Dusty Groove…~


Paakkunainen’s debut features a typical all-over-the-map kitchen sink mentality. Eastern ragas, groovy hippy rock with cute female Finnish vocals, blues rock with tough male vocals (from Apollo lead singer), moody atmospheric jazz, soft religious revival music, heavy organ proto prog, Nosferatu-like guitar/flute rockers etc… Paakkunainen is the winds player and he provides some nice sax and flute leads. More focus would have lead to an even stronger album, as the production and playing are top notch….~


Credits 

Bass – Pekka Sarmanto 
Drums – Edward Vesala 
Flute, Saxophone [Alto, Tenor] – Paroni Paakkunainen* 
Guitar – Ilpo Saastamoinen, Ken McLeod, Nono Söderberg 
Piano, Organ – Esa Katajavuori, Heikki Hietanen* 
Saxophone, Flute – Junnu Aaltonen* 
Trumpet – Mike Koskinen

With: 

Arja Saionmaa 
Harri Saksala 
Junnu Aaltonen 
Ilpo Saastamoinen 
Mike Koskinen 
Nono Söderberg 
Pekka Sarmanto 
Esa Katajavuori 
Heikki Hietanen 


Tracklist 
A1 Beat Bolero 4:18 
A2 Laulajan Blues 3:16 
A3 Mango 3:24 
A4 Kaksi Pientä Ihmislasta 3:30 
A5 Panu Toivoton 4:48 
B1 Kun Elämä Alkaa 3:56 
B2 Ennen Ja Nyt 4:20 
B3 Summer Flowers 5:20 
B4 Vain Kaiku Jää 2:50 
B5 Plastic Maailma 4:00 



Discography
Paroni Paakkunainen: Plastic Maailma (1971) 
Karelia: Suomi Pop (1971) 
Karelia: Suomi Pop 2 (1971) 
Paroni Paakkunainen & Karelia Group / Nunnu Big Band: Nunnu (1971) 
Tuohi Klang: Penselmann hits vol. 2765 (1972) 
Unisono: Unisono (1975) 
Paroni Paakkunainen: Lauluja Kansanmusiikkinäytelmästä Kanteletar (1980) 
Paroni Paakkunainen ja Karelia-Yhtye: Tuohihuilu (1981) 
Karelia-Yhtye: Hyvää Joulua t. Karelia-yhtye (1981) 
Hurriganes: Seven Days, Seven Nights (1983) 
Karelia: Maanitus (1983) 
Karelia: Karelia (1986) 
Karelia: The Best of Karelia (1990) 
Sámi luondu, Gollerisku (1992) 
Saxperiment: Saxperiment (1997) 
Paroni Paakkunainen: Baritone (2002)

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