Scented Gardens of Mind: Haikara is the Finnish word for a stork. The leader of the group was the talented multi-instrumentalist Vesa Lattunen. On Haikara's first album he wrote and arranged all their incredibly passionate, rich and subtle music. Lattunen is a rock composer with the ability of Tchaikovsky, giving us a "Pathetique" for the 20th Century. Tracks such as "Luoja Kutsuu" (The Creator's Invitation) are masterworks, combining melancholic arrangements for strings, brass and bells with rampant wah-wah guitars in sudden mood swings. Four tracks exceeded seven minutes in length. The music reaches a depth which few other artists even dream about. Vocalist Vesa Lehtinen wrote all the lyrics, but he left after this album. Geafar (1973) was a worthwhile second effort, but, excluding the 14-minute title track, was not up to the extremely high standards of the debut. Their music now veered closer to Tasavallan Presidentti at the time of Milky Way Moses. A plea for revolution and power to the people, "Change" was the only tracks with English lyrics.
The group was dropped by RCA but still managed to release a third album. This is reputed to be heavier than their past efforts. Haikara were among the very best groups from the Northern Europe!
1. Köyhän pojan kerjäys - The Beggings of a poor boy (5:41)
2. Luoja Kutsuu - The Lord asks for you (7:45)
3. Yksi Maa & Yksi Kansa - One Land & One Nation (9:33)
4. Jälleen on meidän - It's ours again (10:56)
5. Manala - Underworld (10:37)
Vesa Lehtinen / vocals, tamburine, cow bell, Eberhard Faber 1146 No. 2
Vesa Lattunen / vocals, electric & acoustic guitar, piano, organ, bass
Harri Pystynen / flute, Tenor saxophone
Timo Vuorinen / electric bass
Markus Heikerö / drums, tubular bells, triangle
Matti Tuhkanen, Timo Vuorinen, Seppo Peltola, Kaj Backlund, Mircea Stan & Markku Johansson
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