Blues Section

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Blues Section are a Finnish rock music group. They started in 1967, formed around the vocalist Jim Pembroke, a British expatriate song-writer now living in Finland. The other members of the band were Eero Koivistoinen (saxophone), Ronnie Österberg (drums), Hasse Walli (guitar), and Måns Groundstroem (bass). Their influences came above all from John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Jimi Hendrix, who had played a gig in Helsinki in May 1967. One can also hear in Pembroke's British-flavoured song-writing some echoes from The Beatles and The Kinks. Blues Section released a self-titled album late 1967 on Helsinki's Love Records. In 1968 Groundstroem and Pembroke left the band, being replaced by Pekka Sarmanto and (another British vocalist) Frank Robson, respectively. Also Koivistoinen would leave the band during the same year, and by the end of 1968 Blues Section was over. The Blues Section members would continue in such acclaimed progressive rock bands as Wigwam and Tasavallan Presidentti. Eero Koivistoinen was to become an internationally acclaimed jazz musician, and Hasse Walli would discover world music, playing in such bands as Piirpauke.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 Blues Section Blues Section 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 Some of Love Blues Section 3
1980 Once More for the Road Blues Section 1
1990 Classics: The Ultimate Collection Blues Section 1
1995 Blues Section 2 Blues Section 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 Call Me on Your Telephone / Only Dreaming Blues Section & Jim Pembroke 1
1967 Hey, Hey, Hey / Shivers of Pleasure Blues Section & Jim Pembroke 1
1968 Ei kauempaa Ronnie & Blues Section 1
1968 Kauan kuljen / Hei vaan Blues Section & Ronnie 1
1968 Semi-Circle Solitude / Cherry Cup-Cake Twist Jim Pembroke, Blues Section 1

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