Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Post World War II Blues - 60-luvun kauan soiva blues

Here's another request long overdue. The country rock group Vanha Isäntä (Old pa) recorded "60 -luvun kauan soiva blues"(The long playing blues of the 60's) in 1979. Vanha Isäntä was formed in 1973 and won the Finnish Trophy for the Best Pop Group in that same year. The group folded in start of 80's but it's members are still active musicians. The lyrics (by Heikki "Hector" Harma) of the song were telling the history of the youth of the western world and Finland in particular in the years 1946-1969. The original song "Post World War II Blues" (lyrics) targeted the same period, but from a British, and the singers own, point of view. The song was written and performed by Scottish singer-songwriter Al Stewart (b. Alastair Ian Stewart), mostly known for his mega hit "Year Of The Cat". Stewart surfaced as part of the British folk revival in the 60's and 70's. He developed his own unique style of combining folk-rock songs with delicately woven tales of the great characters and events from history, of which this song is a fine example. It was released on his album "Past, Present and Future" in 1973.

Here's the pair:

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