Foundation of Dutch progrock band Finch was laid by bass player Peter Vink and drummer Beer Klaasse (both ex-Q65 and The Kjoe). They were eager to play progressive music: Peter was impressed by the symphonic rock of Yes and Beer by the improvised rock of Mahavishnu Orchestra and Cream. After some sessions and failed efforts to find a good singer, the new band switched to instrumental music with this line-up: Peter Vink, Beer Klaasse, the 19 year old "guitar virtuoso" Joop van Nimwegen and keyboard player Paul Vink. With two Vink’s in the band the name became Finch, the English translation from this Dutch name. The EMI sub-label Negram was willing to invest in the new progrock band, in ’75 this resulted in the debut-album "Glory of the Inner Force" (worldwide sold 20,000 copies). New keyboard player Cleem Determeijer’s interplay with guitarist Joop sounded captivating and the first album was hailed by the music press. The single "Colossus" (’75) wasn’t successful but it’s now a hugh collector’s item. In ’76 the second album "Beyond Expression" was released, it was acclaimed as Album of the week by radio and the broadcasting company Veronica and known music magazines were very positive.
In particular the interplay between Joop’s complex guitar work and Cleem’s keyboard runs is very reminiscent of work of Jan Akerman and This Van Leer.“Scars On The Ego” smashes through next, standing as their heaviest-ever track. Based around a riff that feels like pure epic metal, the middle of the song settles into a hypnotic cosmic caress before erupting in a fury of sparks and fire (thanks to the wailing punishment keyboardist Cleem Determeijer and guitarist JoopVan Nimwegen dish out to their instruments).While the title of third track “Beyond The Bizarre” would seem to indicate a wilder ride ahead, it is simply 14 minutes of typical Finch. It bounces between mellow and manic, highlighted by a joyous lightning-speed workout from the stringed instrumentalists.
|Joop Van Nimwegen
The only disappointment is the albums front cover – what were they thinking of. A fiery heart attached to what looks like an umbilical cord is not what I would describe as Beyond Expression – perhaps they should have called it Beyond Belief !
The rip included here was taken from Vinyl in FLAC format and includes full album artwork for both vinyl and CD. Harvest label scans are also included.
Track List :
01. A Passion Condensed - 20:08
03. Beyond The Bizarre - 14:24
Cleem Determeijer (keyboards)
Beer Klaasse (drums)
Joop Van Nimwegen (guitars)
Peter Vink (bass)
NEW IMPROVED RIP !
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