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Authorized reissue of Finnforest's eponymous debut, originally released on Love Records in 1975, featuring extensive liner notes by Arttu Seppänen. When Finnforest recorded their debut, the Tegelman brothers were just 17 years old. The band had shrunk to a trio after singer Aaro Mustonen and bassist Jarmo Hiekkala left the fold in 1973. The core trio remained: Pekka Tegelman (electric & acoustic guitars, bass), Jukka Rissanen (organ, electric piano, Arp Odyssey synthesizer) and Jussi Tegelman (drums). Pekka played bass on a couple of songs while the rest of the basslines were played by Rissanen using his organ.
It's amazing how diverse and intense their early material is considering the stripped-down lineup, as dynamic as it is rich in texture. The album is yet another fine example of a professional, original and convincing record in the Finnish progressive rock canon. The trio plays together extremely well – like confident, experienced session musicians. It's even more impressive considering this was the first time the three youngsters played in a proper recording studio.
Love Records couldn't afford to send all of their bands to record at the more expensive (but also more advanced) Marcus Music Studios in Stockholm but Finnforest immediately got the opportunity to record their debut there – instead of a more cheaper and less-advanced Finnish studio like the Finnvox in Helsinki or the Microvox in Lahti. This was a big compliment from the label and showed that they had faith in the material.