Monday, February 9, 2015

Trúbrot - 1969 - Trúbrot


01. Sama Er Mér 2:36
02. Hlustaðu Á Regnið 2:34
03. Þú Skalt Mig Fá 4:37
04. Við 3:41
05. Frelsi Andans 2:59
06. Konuþjófurinn 2:48
07. Byrjenda Boogie 0:24
08. Elskaðu Náungann 4:59
09. Án þín 4:32
10. Lít Ég Börn Að Leika Sér 3:21
11. Afgangar 9:03
12. Breyttu Bara Sjálfum þér [bonus track] 2:59
13. Ég Sé það [bonus track] 3:41
14. Ég Veit Að þú Kemur [bonus track] 3:18
15. Starlight [bonus track] 5:03
16. Hr. Hvíta Skyrta Og Bindi [bonus track] 2:38
17. A Little Song of Love [bonus track] 2:15

- Shady Owens / voices
- Gunnar Þórðarson / guitar, flute, voices
- Karl Sighvatsson / organ, piano, keyboards
- Rúnar Júlíusson / voices, bass
- Gunnar Jökull Hákonarson / drums, voices

An Icelandic super rock project TRÚBROT were founded in 1969 via two of the most popular bands in Iceland - Karl SIGHVATSSON (piano, organ, keyboards), Gunnar Jökull HÁKONARSON (drums, voices) from FLOWERS, and Gunnar ÞÓRÐARSON (guitar, flute, voices), Rúnar JÚLÍUSSON (bass, voices), Shady OWENS (voices) from HLJÓMUM - against the "commercialized" Icelandic pop scene in late 60s. They'd appeared on stage in July 1969 for the first time, and at the end of the same year, recorded their debut self-titled album (it's said 3000 copies only), featuring some organ-based pop songs like The BEATLES or The SUPREMES, or a five-minute Opera titled 'Elskaðu Náungan'. In the summer of 1970 an organist / trumpeter Magnús KJARTANSSON replaced Karl who had gone back home, and Shady left them away. Gunnar took the place of Shady as a vocalist, and on the other hand they recruited Ólafur GARÐARSSON as a drummer and released their second album "Undir Áhrifum", song-written in English (that called pros and cons in Iceland actually but their albums released later have been written in English as well), in November 1970. In 1971 TRÚBROT, with gigging several times, went on a trip to London for recording their third album "Lifun", that came in a hexagonal envelope, released via Tónaútgáfan label. During 1972 the members has been pressed with recording with other artists as session musicians, whilst they took more and more times to record enormous material for their fourth (and the last) album "Mandala" between their appearances on the stages e.g. in Copenhagen. "Mandala" was released in the summer of 1972 on their own and the time was coming ... TRÚBROT were disbanded in 1973, sadly.

Trúbrot were born when members of Hljómar (Owens, Júlíusson and Þórðarson) and Flowers (Sighvatsson and Hákonarson) decided to form a 'supergroup' in 1969. Their first album appeared in the same year - a collection of late-sixties pop songs (featuring male and female vocals) with orchestral arrangements on some tracks and a kind of Bacharach-like aura, due to the frequent use of jazz chords. They did Icelandic versions of José Feliciano's "Rain", Lennon-McCartney's "I'll Be Back" and Holland-Dozier-Holland's "My World Is Empty Without You". More ambitious is their pop version of an extract from Richard Wagner's opera, "Tannhäuser" and their own tongue-in-cheek pop opera, "Afgangar" (9:00). The album was recorded at the Trident Studios in London. It was strongly influenced by British pop music. Perhaps those tracks with a hint of hippie folk and vocal harmonies, acoustic guitar, flute and percussion are the most memorable ones. It is not a bad album within its field.

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