6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2010
Most non-Finns first discovered Wigwam in 1975 thanks to Virgin's release of Nuclear Nightclub, the band's fifth album. While that album is certainly a classic and essential for all 70s music fans, it is however a more conventional work compared to the band's previous albums which are by the original line-up and are more eclectic, esoteric and in fact bloody brilliant. The reason for this is the trio of genius composers Pembroke, Pohjola and Gustavson plus the stunning musical skills of the players and the totally unique character of the band as a unit. While one can hear influences of Lennon, Beatles, Dylan, The Band, Zappa, Stevies Winwood and Wonder, Sibelius and more, the Wigwam style of the original band is far greater than the sum of its influences and is one of the most compelling forces in 70s European music. Tombstone Valentine, Being and Fairyport are the three big ones from the original band and Being is considered by many true Wigwam fans to be their strongest. Keyboard player Jukka Gustavson is the primary driving force here and the album as a work of art is like nothing else ever released. These are serious musicians, uncompromising and innovative, who forged their own unique path in contemporary music making. Comparisons, perhaps, are Supersister and The Beatles. Being is a work of genius and distinction and should be obtained and explored by any serious lover of adventurous music from any era. Then, of course, the next step would be to get Fairyport and Tombstone Valentine. Then you might as well go all the way and get Pembroke's first solo album Hot Thumbs O'RILEY - Wicked Ivory (released on vinyl by Love Records Finland and Charisma UK in 1973, now available on CD from Love), a truly bizarre and mind stretching creation for fans of Wigwam, Beatles and Bonzo Dog Band.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2008
I first heard Wigwam in 1976 when the Saturday Rock Show with Alan Freeman played 2 tracks from Lucky Golden Stripes, the originality blew me away. I doubt if there have ever been more talented musicians. Maybe if Jim Pembroke had taken it more seriously (listen to the lyrics) they would have been millionaires. All their albums are brilliant this is one of the best.
on 3 December 2013
This Finnish band probably fall into the prog rock band that contain gentle giant, focus, camel, caravan and even soft machine etc. I listened to a few tracks from each album, and found the album "being" quite inviting. I think its worth giving them a listen. Jonny the fox.
0 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 1 October 2013
What idiots are writing reviews on this excuse for a band?
This is a plié of crap!
Don't be fooled like me into wasting your hard earned bread on this utter rubbish.
It goes nowhere from the beginning to the end
A pile of mish mash drivel that a bunch of morons could knock up in a tin shed in anyville, anytime when your bored with what's on tv on a Tuesday night!
A lot of it sounds like a cat p***ing on a tin roof on Saturday night in November!