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Story of Haikara in English

Hezzu kirjoitti noin 21 vuotta sitten (13 kommenttia)
Muutama päivä sitten sain postia eräältä puolalaiselta progeharrastajalta, joka etsiskeli internetistä infoa suomalaisesta Haikarasta. Hän pyysi josko kotisivuiltani löytyvää Haikara-historiikkia saisi englanniksi käännettynä? Ja minähän suostuin!

Seuraavassa on siis käännös tekstistä, joka alkuperäisenä suomalaisena muotonaan löytyy osoitteesta

Yritin tehdä mahdollisimman sanatarkan käännöksen, koska alkuperäisteksti ei ole omaa käsialaani. Joissain kohdin jouduin kuitenkin oikomaan ja joissain kohdin oli muuten vain helpompi ilmaista asia hieman eri tavalla. Myös jokunen ihan pikkuinen yksityiskohta saattoi jäädä kääntämättä, jos asia ei tuntunut niin merkittävältä.

No niin, riittää jaarittelu, here we go:



The leader of Haikara (who come from Lahti), composer/arranger and singer/guitarist/keyboard player Vesa Lattunen started his career within music in the mid-60's when he was 15 years old. Beatles was the inspiration for his first band Roundbeats, which among the cover songs of Beatles and Hollies also played some original compositions by Lattunen. Roundbeats broke up when the drummer heard some symphony by Beethoven and decided he didn't want to play in the band anymore.

The next move for Lattunen was to play Chuck Berry and other rock 'n roll music in a band called The Wanderers (which was not the same Wanderers as the band in the early 60's who played Shadows type of instrumental guitar rock). After Wanderers there was The Lords and after that there was Tinkle. Tinkle had some quite good gigs as they played warm-up gigs for The Who and for Herman's Hermits. In Tinkle Lattunen sang and played guitar and mouth organ. Other members of Tinkle were Julle Kalliomaa on rhythm guitar, Jouni Heinonen on drums (he's the son of the legendary Leo Heinonen) and Make Lehtinen on bass, replaced later by Tuhkala who used to be a DJ. Tinkle was quite popular in Stump Magazine's "Hairyheadlist" polls. They broke up in 1969, after which Lattunen jammed around with lots of different people.

In 1971 Lattunen met up with Markus Heikkerö in a bar in Lahti and they decided to form Haikara. Heikkerö was known for his surrealistic paintings. Heikkerö had started his musical studies in Kuopio in 1963 playing tympani and xylophone. As he later moved to Lahti he continued his musical studies, but painting became his priority in 1966. As Haikara was formed he returned to study music with vibraphone. Heikkerö knew Timo Vuorinen who became the bassist for Haikara, formerly Vuorinen had played guitar.

For about a half a year Haikara played as a trio playing music mainly inspired by Hendrix. In the summer of 1971 Vesa "Wellu" Lehtinen came on board to become Haikara's lead vocalist, formerly he had been in Charlies. Now Haikara concentrated on doing their own music: Lattunen was composing and Lehtinen wrote the lyrics. A little bit later Harri Pystynen came on board with his saxophone and flute, he had studied music while doing his military service. Later on he had studied in music school in Lahti. Pystynen has also played in Lahti Symphony Orchestra, where also Lattunen (whose instrument was contrabass) played .

Haikara made a demo tape and almost got a contract with Finnlevy Records. However, Finnlevy wanted Haikara’s music to be more commercial and the contract came to nothing. Mosse Vikstedt from Discophon Records however heard about the band and so the contract was made with Discophon.

The debut album came out at the end of 1972. It was produced by Heikki Virtanen. The album included five Lattunen compositions with lyrics written by Lehtinen. Themes of the lyrics ranging between metaphysics and personal statements. Matti Tuhkanen from Lahti Symphony helped during the recordings by playing cello, also a horn section from Helsinki consisting of Kaj Backlund, Seppo Peltola, Mircea Stan and Markku Johansson was involved. Heikkerö’s cover painting "II katoava metsästys" (”II fading hunt”) got a lot of attention and the album was praised by radio and press, and for a reason, the album was good. Music on the album is progressive rock, where you can spot influences among others from Frank Zappa and our own Tasavallan Presidentti.

Even before the album was released had Lehtinen left the band to rejoin Charlies. He was replaced by Vesa’s sister Auli Lattunen. At the end of 1973 ”Geafar” was finally released, it was delayed because of the oil crisis. All of the six tunes are written (comp. + lyrics) by Lattunen. The album couldn't quite live up to the expectations raised by the debut due to somewhat uneven material, however it included some tasty moments like the almost 15 minute title track. The album cover was again a painting by Heikkerö (titled ”Ikaros”). A helping hand was lent by quite a big string and horn section. Also this time around the album was produced by Heikki Virtanen. However, the public was not interested in the album and so the record company demanded the next album to be more commercial. That was not accepted by Lattunen so they had to look for a new label.

Haikara’s third album titled ”Iso lintu” (”Big Bird”) was released on Jukka Kuoppamäki’s Satsanga label. The album is comprised of nine songs written by Lattunen (compositions, lyrics, arrangements). The music is more commercial than before but still the album wasn't any more successful than the previous ones because the record company didn’t want to spend any money in advertising because of the high costs of the studio time. The style of the music on the album ranges from rock to baroque. The lead vocalist on the album is ex-Charlies Matti Heinänen. Members of the Lahti Symphony lent the hand with strings and horns, other quests are Igor Sidorow and Auli Lattunen-Kuparinen.

Haikara has been touring East Germany in the spring of 1974 when they broke up mainly because of the musical differences inside the band. Vuorinen and Heikkerö joined Sleepy Sleepers for awhile and later on Heikkerö has for example been doing some cover art for LP's. Lattunen founded new Haikara with Eljas Holm (from Lahti Symphony, bassoon), Jorma Nikulainen (bass) and Hannu Rontu (drums). The new Haikara played more funk-oriented music and in 1976 they made a single "Pilven poika" ("Son Of A Cloud") (comp. + lyrics by Lattunen) for Hi-Hat Records.

The most famous composition by Lattunen is maybe "Kuutamo" ("Moonlight"). It is a composition for pop group and symphony orchestra in five parts, including "Preludi" ("Prelude"), "Kuutamo" ("Moonlight"), "Romanssi" ("Romance"), "Presto" and "Finaali" ("Finale"). The part called "Romanssi" had been included on "Iso lintu" LP. The premiere for "Kuutamo" was planned for the autumn of 1975 and a proposal was made for the board which manages the symphony orchestra. The proposal was denied without telling the reason why. Haikara decided to do the show anyway and they did it in february 1976 with the help of the horn section of Lahti Symphony, who agreed to perform without payment. The composition "Kuutamo" on the whole has also been recorded for radio.

In 1977 Lattunen was involved with Robin on his album "Moi taas Reipas" (Liikuttaja Oy LJA 003) and in the next year he participated Robin's single "Basket Baby"/"Kiitos ei" (LJA 004). Lattunen was also playing bass on the album "Hölmöläisiä" (Love Records LRLP 216) by Nostoväkinäyttämö (who are from Lahti), recorded in autumn 1976. The music on the album was written by Mari Renvall. In 1979 Lattunen did the arrangements for Nostoväkinäyttämö's album "Pekka Puupää" (Rondo ROLP 109), the album was again written by Mari Renvall.

Lattunen has also composed songs for poems (for example by Jorma Mattila, Bertolt Brecht, Nazim Hikmet, Federico Garcia Lorca), and also composed music for "Jumalainen näytelmä" ("Divine comedy"). He has also worked as a conductor for the brass band of the Lahti's Työväen Musiikin Ystävät -society ("Friends of the working class music" -society). In 1978 a group called Osviitta recorded the Lattunen compositions "Koulusta kortistoon"/"Yhdessä" (Työväen Sivistysliitto TSL 103), lyrics were written by Raimo Kariniemi. In the Music School of Lahti Lattunen has studied composing, piano, classical guitar and contrabass.

In 1979 Lattunen arranged music for the Evening of Bob Dylan Songs. Finnish lyrics for Dylan songs were written also by Rauli Nordberg, who is famous for his comics. Songs were performed by Lattunen and Liisa Lampi. The happening became famous and they got lot of offers to tour Finland which they did. Four of the Dylan songs were released on EP in 1979.

- Haikara (RCA Victor LSP 10392) 1972
- Geafar (RCA Victor YFPL 1-809) 1973
- Iso lintu (Satsanga SATLP 1016) 1975
- Poika pilvellä/Jumbo (Hi-Hat HIS 1011) 1976
- American Look (HATROCK 2, Hi-Hat HILP 122) 1976

Esko Lehtonen: Suomalaisen rockin tietosanakirja (The encyclopedia for Finnish Rock), parts 1-2 (Soundi 1983).

Translated by Heikki Kippola with a little help from and #progeyö -irc-channel.


At the end of 90's Lattunen founded Haikara again with a totally new line-up. They have made two albums:
- Haikara IV: Domino (Metamorphos META-021CD) 1998
- Tuhkamaa (Mellow Records MMP 414) 2001


Eli siinäpäs, kommentoikaa mielin määrin!! Onko käännös luonteva? Mitä kohtia korjaisitte?

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    Hezzu kirjoitti noin 21 vuotta sitten+/- saldo : 0
    Bongasin heti yhen typon tuosta mun tekstistä, ekasa kappaleesa: midde 60's, pitäis tietenki olla middle ;-) Viihtisiskös Jake korjata? :-)

    Viukkis kirjoitti noin 21 vuotta sitten+/- saldo : 0
    Suosittelen kieliasua " mid-60's".

    Jimi kirjoitti noin 21 vuotta sitten+/- saldo : 0
    Otsikonkin voisi korjata English.

    Janus kirjoitti noin 21 vuotta sitten+/- saldo : 0
    Osa näistä on vähän pilkun viilausta mutta...

    -"(who come from Lahti)" -> who hail from Lahti olisi ehkä parempi?
    -"About half a year" -> About for a half a year
    -"Lehtinen came aboard" -> on board olisi ehkä parempi tässä
    -"Now Haikara concentrated doing their own music" -> concentrated on doing
    -"Lehtinen did the lyrics" -> Lehtinen wrote the lyrics
    -"he had studied music when doing his military" -> while doing
    -"Pystynen have also played" -> has played
    -"where also Lattunen played (who’s instrument was contrabass)." -> laita played viimeiseksi sanaksi
    -"demotape" -> ei yhdyssana
    -"However Finnlevy wanted Haikara’s" -> Howeverin jälkeen pilkku
    -"commersial" -> commercial
    -"Subjects of the lyrics" -> themes voisi olla parempi?
    -"helped during the recordings playing cello" -> by playing cello
    -"section from Helsinki of Kaj Backlund" -> consisting of
    -"and by reason" -> and for a reason
    -"spot influences among others from Frank" -> among others lauseessa viimeiseksi? sen voisi vielä erottaa pilkulla
    -"delayed by the oil crisis" -> delayed because of the oil crisis ehkä parempi
    -"All the six tunes" -> All of the six tunes
    -"In the album cover there was again a painting" -> "in" ja "there" ehkä turhia
    -"helping hand was lend by a quite big string" -> oikea muoto lent, "a" ja "quite" voisivat vaihtaa paikkaa
    -"However the public was" -> Howeverin jälkeen pilkku
    -"The album comprises of nine songs" -> is comprised of
    -"barok" -> baroque
    -"strings and horns is lend by the Lahti Symphony" -> oikea muoto lent
    -"more funk oriented" -> funk-oriented
    -"Son Of The Cloud" -> Son Of A Cloud kenties parempi
    -"the board who manages" -> the board which manages
    -"The composition of "Kuutamo" on the whole" -> onko of tarpeen?
    -"and in the next year he participated in Robin's single" -> in ehkä pois
    -"Devine comedy" -> Divine comedy
    -"The happening was famous" -> became famous ehkä parempi?
    -"founded Haikara again with totally new" -> founded Haikara again with a totally new

    Janus kirjoitti noin 21 vuotta sitten+/- saldo : 0
    ...sitten vielä "lineup" tulee olla line-up.

    Hezzu kirjoitti noin 21 vuotta sitten+/- saldo : 0
    Korjaukset tehty, pari ehotelmaa hylkäsin because I felt like it ;-)

    EsaJii kirjoitti noin 21 vuotta sitten+/- saldo : 0
    Hezzu, your article is pretty good, and the English is smooth as well. With my decades of experience reading text from Finland, I could spot a few hints that a Finn had written it, but they were hard to find. You might consider a career in the music business writing press releases and such!


    EsaJii kirjoitti noin 21 vuotta sitten+/- saldo : 0
    Oh, and Janus is also partly to thank for the revisions..perhaps the two of you can apply for those PR jobs.

    EsaJii kirjoitti noin 21 vuotta sitten+/- saldo : 0
    One odd bit near the end: Rauli Nordberg is probably not famous for COMICS(Am. usage is sarjakuvalehti)but perhaps comedy or comedy routines. Unless he draws comics, which I have no way of knowing!

    Hezzu kirjoitti noin 21 vuotta sitten+/- saldo : 0
    Eihän mulla tietenkään oo aavistustakaan onko hemmo tunnettu sarjakuvistaan vai ei, mutta niin siinä alkuperäsesä tekstisä luki ;)

    Viukkis kirjoitti noin 21 vuotta sitten+/- saldo : 0
    Ja tuo "who's instrument was contrabass" pitäisi olla "whose..."

    EsaJii kirjoitti noin 21 vuotta sitten+/- saldo : 0
    Joo, kyllä se löytyi sarjakuvistakin. Laitin pari kommenttia sulle palasokeriviestinä..

    Anonyymi kirjoitti noin 16 vuotta sitten+/- saldo : 0
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