Week of April 17, 2005

Ragnarok

Personnel:
Andre Jayet Synthesizer
Mark Jayet Drums
Lea Maalfrid - Vocals, Keyboards
Ross Muir Bass
Ramon York - Lead Guitar

Albums:
Ragnarok (Revolution RVLP 1002) 1975
Nooks (Polydor 2390109) 1976

45s:
Fenris/Fire In The Sky (Revolution RVZ 006) 1975
Cavier Queen/Born To Wander (Revolution RVZ 008) 1975 (as Lea Maalfrid and Ragnarok)

Although the group members came from Christchurch originally they formed this rock group in Auckland. They cut a further 45, Five New Years/The Fourteenth Knock (Polydor 2069 060) and a second album, Nooks (Polydor 2390109) in 1976. Fenris spent one week in the charts in May 1975.

Taken from "Dreams, Fantasies and Nightmares" by Vernon Joynson, an extensive guide to Canadian / Australian / New Zealand and Latin American psych and garage music 1963 - 1976.


Hard as it is to believe, this was a group in New Zealand specialising in exactly the same kind of sound as Germany's Novalis, Hoelderlin and Satin Whale: romantic, synth-driven symphonic prog!  Except the lyrics were of course in English.

Alex Gitlin
April 2005


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