Monday, 19 January 2015

Paradis from Iceland, 1976-- a discovery of the mighty osurec

Utterly unknown album, with some great Beatlesian tracks and jazzy moves at the end of side b.  Occasionally it veers too much into the 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer' annoying McCartney style of music hall (which apparently he learned from listening to his father play the piano) but throughout you will see that they mix it all up: funk, tango, pop, and to me it really ties together nicely.  Wonderful to hear something so unknown turn out to be interesting after all the stuff we've heard over the years!  Credit of course to the mighty osurec.

Information is here, and note the cost of the record.

Not a terribly artistic cover painting, they could have pushed the Rousseau side of it a bit more, but don't you love the back photo with the seventies style on the guy in the middle, especially the uncomfortable bulge and the helmet-like hairstyle?


Bass, Backing Vocals – Gunnar Hermannsson
Drums, Percussion – Ásgeir Óskarsson
Guitar – Björgvin Gíslason
Lead Vocals – Pétur Hjaltested (tracks: A5), Pétur W. Kristjánsson*
Organ, Mini-Moog, Rhapsody, Backing Vocals – Pétur Hjaltested
Piano, Clavinet, Clarinet, Backing Vocals – Nikulás Róbertsson

I love the dance queen funky track on side b:


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