Week of January 11, 2004
Shady Owens - vocals
Gunnar Ţórđarson - guitar, flute, vocals
Karl J. Sighvatsson - organ, piano
Rúnar Júlíusson - vocals, bass
Gunnar Hákonarson - drums, vocals
Magnús Kjartansson - piano, organ, vocals
Ólafur Garđarsson - drums
Trúbrot - 1969 Steinar SPCMA 27
Undir Áhrifum - 1970 Parlophone MOAK 23 (DK)
Lifun - 1971 Geimsteinn GS 150
Mandala - 1972 Private Press TR1 (DK)
Trúbrot were born when members of Hljómar (Owens, Júlíusson and Ţórđarson) and Flowers (Sighvatsson and Hákonarson) decided to form a 'supergroup' in 1969. Their first album appeared in the same year - a collection of late-sixties pop songs (featuring male and female vocals) with orchestral arrangements on some tracks and a kind of Bacharach-like aura, due to the frequent use of jazz chords. They did Icelandic versions of José Feliciano's "Rain", Lennon-McCartney's "I'll Be Back" and Holland-Dozier-Holland's "My World Is Empty Without You". More ambitious is their pop version of an extract from Richard Wagner's opera, "Tannhäuser" and their own tongue-in-cheek pop opera, "Afgangar" (9:00). The album was recorded at the Trident Studios in London. It was strongly influenced by British pop music. Perhaps those tracks with a hint of hippie folk and vocal harmonies, acoustic guitar, flute and percussion are the most memorable ones. It is not a bad album within its field.
"Undir Áhrifum" (1970) was recorded in Denmark by a
revamped version of the band. All of the material was written by the group this
time around, but mostly featuring English lyrics. Among the 8 tracks were some
fantastic imitations of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young ("In The
Country" and "Everything's Alright"). Slightly more
progressive tendencies are detectable on the great closing track, "Stjörnuryk"
"...Lifun" (1971) was their pop opera comprised of interconnected tracks, influenced by The Move, Led Zeppelin and Keith Emerson (and also the Beatles and CSN&Y). The album came in a hexagonal cover and was their most accomplished work, recorded with Gerry Boys in London.
"Mandala" (1972) was a simpler offering and a return to basic, well-crafted pop style.
Taken from Scented Gardens of the Mind - A guide to the Golden Era of Progressive Rock (1968-1980) in more than 20 European Countries, by Dag Erik Asbjřrnsen, Borderline Productions, ISBN 1-899855-12-2
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