This blog will feature Finnish pop music covers and their original versions mainly from '60s and '70s.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Conquistador - Mahtava mies - Valloittaja
Kisu became popular largely by his two Santabarbara covers (presented in Finnpicks earlier, here and here), but he did also some rockier stuff. This "Mahtava mies" (Mighty man) was recorded for his album 1973 "Kun Paljon Antaa" to the lyrics of Chrisse Johansson. Kirka, on the other hand was the definitive Finnish rocker. He recorded "Valloittaja" (Conqueror) for his album "Kaksi puolta" in 1977 to the lyrics of Juha Vainio. These both song cover - in their respective mood - the same song, "Conquistador" by Procol Harum. It became a hit when Procol Harum recorded it live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Procol Harum's lyricist Keith Reid has told about this song: "... before we formed Procol Harum, Gary Brooker had been working on a tune. He said, 'What does this sound like to you?' And I said, 'Oh, conquistador.' It had a little bit of a Spanish flavor to it. I went into another room and started writing the words there and then. 99 out of 100 of those Procol Harum songs were written the words first, and then were set to music. But that particular one, the words hadn't existed before he had the musical idea." We present here rarely heard studio version of the song. Conquistadors were Spanish soldiers who set out to conquer the Americas after their discovery by Christopher Columbus in 1492.