:"This article is about the international progressive rock project "Kalevala". For the Finnish national epic, see
Infobox Album |
Name = Kalevala
Type = Compilation album
Artist = Various
2004, 27 January
Recorded = Various places
Length = 82:38 / 78:47 / 76:41
Producer = Various producers
Kalevala is a 3 CD
progressive rockepic based upon the Finnish national epic of the same name. It tells the story in 30 parts, each part played by a different band.
The Kalevala is considered the national epic of
Finland, it was compiled and edited by Elias Lönnrotwhile he was a district health officer in (then under the governance of Russia) eastern Finland. The poem consists of 50 "runos" or cantosand 22,795 lines of poetry. The poem tells the story of a people, from the very beginning of the world to the introduction of Christianity.
The Kalevala has been translated into about 48 languages and has been an important cultural inspiration for the
Finnish peoplefor many years.
[http://www.seaoftranquility.org/reviews.php?op=showcontent&id=986 seaoftranquility.org] calls the project "the Most Ambitious Progressive Rock Project Ever". 30 different bands from 8 different countries telling a 50 chapter story in 30 parts with each band performing in their native language (where the track is not an instrumental) making for songs in 7 different languages.
Colossus (the magazine of the Finnish Progressive Music Association) invited the 30 bands to write, compose, perform and produce their own songs for the project, they were asked to perform in their native language or if they wished they could perform an instrumental piece.
The bands were pretty much free to do as they pleased, there was really only one restriction, and that was that the bands had to use vintage equipment, for the genuine 70's sound and feeling and were to use no programmed drums. If the track was sung in their own language they were also required to provide an English translation of their lyrics and of course a small piece of information about the band for the liner notes.
The project was coordinated by
Marco Bernard, the editor of Colossus magazine.
Bands from the following countries participated:
* Finland - 6 tracks
* France - 1 track
* Italy - 13 tracks
* Norway - 1 track
* Sweden - 3 tracks
* Switzerland - 1 track
* United Kingdom - 3 tracks
* United States - 2 tracks
The 3 CDs are packaged in a standard wide CD
jewel casealong with a fairly comprehensive booklet containing introductory information about the Kalevala and a complete listing of tracks with lyrics(where appropriate) a synopsis of each track and pictures of the bands and general artwork.
* [http://www.colossus.fi/125/index.php?id=14,10,0,0,1,0 Official website]
* [http://www.answers.com/topic/kalevala-a-finnish-progressive-rock-epic answers.com Huge credits list]
* [http://www.seaoftranquility.org/reviews.php?op=showcontent&id=986 Review at seaoftranquility.org]
* [http://www.progressiveworld.net/var_kalevala.html Review at progressiveworld.net]
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