- Boogie jungle
Kalevala was a Finnish rock group whose musical style evolved from strict rock n’ roll to progressive and back to basic rock. The band was formed in 1969 as a trio - Juha Salonen on bass, Remu Aaltonen on drums/vocals and Albert Järvinen on guitar. A year later Aaltonen and Järvinen left the band to form a Finnish rock n’ roll supergroup The Hurriganes and were replaced in Kalevala by Markku Luukkanen (drums), Matti Kurkinen (guitar) and Harri Saksala (vocals). With this line-up they released one album in 1972, nowadays really rare and in demand People no names. Their second album Boogie jungle came out 1975 and the style was changed to straight up basic rock. Of course there was some changes inside the band too, Saksala on vocals was replaced by Zape “Limousine” Leppänen and Luukkanen on drums was replaced by Beaver Aitto-oja. There was also Ari Vaahtera on bass and Moog synthesizer as an addition to the line-up and Lido Salonen again on guitar. Finnish prog rock all-around-guy Jim Pembroke was also involved with this one, he did some backing vocals and wrote the lyrics.
As mentioned, the music itself is quite strict classic uptempo rock, with a slight hint of progressive elements left. All the tracks have pretty strong guitarwork which disturbs me a little though. Of course it’s not that bad if you’re into rock music. There’s some nice drumming all the way through too. “Mind the fly hunter” and “Snow Bill” are both nice breakbeat’ish rock songs. “While the fire’s warm” starts off with a drum break and continues as a pretty regular rock song. There’s also an uptempo bboy drumbreak in the middle of “Boogie” played by Limousine Leppänen. This album is not as rare as their debut, but really scarce even here in Finland. Good thing is that “Boogie” also appears on Hi-Hat’s Hat Rock 1 compilation from 1976.
Mind the fly hunter
While the fire’s warm