Thursday, May 28, 2009

Country Comfort - Maalaismaisema

Petri & Petterson Brass (see previous entry) recorded "Maalaismaisema" (Country scenery) in 1971. It was the breakthrough single for the band and has become a Finnish pop classic. There's no noubt that the songs popularity is largely explained by the touching and witty lyrics made by Jukka Virtanen (see previous entry) . The story line follows the original - depicting everyday life in the countryside - but Jukka has succeeded in adding a special Finnish flavour to it. The original song was written and performed by Elton John, and the original lyrics were of course done by Bernie Taupin. It was on Elton's 1970 album "Tumbleweed Connection".

Here's the pair:

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