Sunday, April 15, 2007


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.

"Undir Áhrifum" (1970) was recorded in Denmark by a revamped version of the band. All of the material was written by the group this time around, but mostly featuring English lyrics. Among the 8 tracks were some fantastic imitations of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young ("In The Country" and "Everything's Alright"). Slightly more progressive tendencies are detectable on the great closing track, "Stjörnuryk" (7:28).

"...Lifun" (1971) was their pop opera comprised of interconnected tracks, influenced by The Move, Led Zeppelin and Keith Emerson (and also the Beatles and CSN&Y). The album came in a hexagonal cover and was their most accomplished work, recorded with Gerry Boys in London.

"Mandala" (1972) was a simpler offering and a return to basic, well-crafted pop style. Taken from Scented Gardens of the Mind - A guide to the Golden Era of Progressive Rock (1968-1980) in more than 20 European Countries, by Dag Erik Asbjørnsen, Borderline Productions, ISBN 1-899855-12-2

Thanks to Alex Giltin

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Trúbrot - S/T(1969)

Trúbrot - Undir Áhrifum (1970) &  ....Lifun (1971)


kosice said...

Another great post and a nice retrospective of this excellen band from Iceland. Lifun is the most acclaimed of their albums but I prefer Undir Ahrifum by far - in fact, I think this is one of the best albums from Scandinavia. Great songs, vocals, and instrumentation - a perfect blent of rock, pop, and progressive elements. Just perfect!

Anonymous said...

Some info for the 2nd/3rd album:

Trubrot: "Undir Ahrifum & Lifun" (2 in 1 CD)

Third album from the Icelandic progressive hard rock group, originally released in 1971.

I Forleikur
To Be Grateful
School Complex
Tangerine Girl
Am I Really Livin
Ii Forleikur
What We Believe In
Is There a Hope for Tomorrow
Just Another Face
Old Man
Death & Finale


Second album from the Icelandic progressive hard rock group, originally released in 1970,

Everythings Alright
In the Country
Feel Me

Tuotteen sijainti

Anonymous said...

I am sorry to say, but Scion has switched the names of the albums: LIFUN is the third album and starts with "Forleikur" and ends with "Death & Finale", UNDIR ÁHRIFUM is the second one.

Jóhann, Iceland