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A nice little slice of the times
on 30 July 2009
Wigwam was a Finnish five piece band led by British ex-pat Jim Pembroke who sang, played piano and wrote several, though not all of the band's songs. He did write the lyrics for nearly all their songs, though, and the lyrics are a key element of this refreshingly unpretentious album from 1975, by which time most prog rock, to the ears of many, had become stale and devoid of inspiration. The rest of the band played guitars, drums, bass and keyboards ~ a fairly conventional lineup, but they were all good musicians.
JP didn't have a great voice, it must be said, which may well account for Wigwam's failure to break through into the big time. But for those of us who were there at the time, as they say, this is an album fondly remembered and played with affection from time to time.
For this reissue, no less than seven "bonus" tracks have been added, and they're not bad either, though none is included on the latest (and very modestly priced) digitally remastered edition. But Nuclear Nightclub certainly has its own particular charm and will always be a part of my collection.