Nilssen, Ole G. - World Of Dreams CD

"Unknown Norwegian guitarist, singer and songwriter, born as Ole Gunnar Nilssen, and a future member of Solaris. He released a nice album in 1976, “World of dreams”, the first ever release of the obscure Norwegian label Apollo, which it seems to have some links to his later band, as Jon Erik Henriksen was the lead guitarist of Solaris, while bassist Bjorn Henriksen produced the band's only album “Misty morning”. The list on the present album includes about 10 guest musicians, most of them with a jazz background, on sax, flugelohorn, drums, flute, keyboards and acoustic guitars.
“World of Dreams” is a great work, somewhere between Melodic Rock and CAMEL-esque Progressive Rock with obvious elements of the Singer/Songwriter style in the shorter pieces. But the long tracks contain some excellent vocal harmonies by Nilssen, who's voice is just pure poetry, very sensitive and ethereal, while the instrumental parts remind of a slower CAMEL circa-”Snow goose” with some slight jazzy influences and plenty of melancholic soundscapes, and the combination of melodic vocals with smooth electric guitars has a CARAVAN-like mood, although this is not close to the Canterbury scene.Nilssen combined an expressive lyricism and accesible vocal parts with multi-influenced instrumental sections, fronted by his KERRS PINK-like guitar work and the discreet presence of other instruments like the keyboards or the jazzy sax and horn parts.
The shorter tracks are just narrow versions of the already presented style with sentimental guitar soloing, doubled by acoustic passages in a slightly MIKE OLDFIELD-like atmosphere, with strong jazzy inspirations and some orchestral passages.The music is still very melodic and dreamy with superb structures and background CAMEL nuances, albeit more accesible in nature.
After his stint with Solaris his traces have been lost, although it appears he remained tightly linked to the local music scene of his hometown Harstad. In 2001 he released another album, “Memories of a lifetime”, which was only locally distributed, and he still performed live next to Esdor Jensen, who also played acoustic guitar on this album. Beautiful, lyrical Art Rock with progressive touches in the vein of CAMEL and KERRS PINK. Extremely melodic with a couple of standout pieces and strongly recommended."-rym
  • LabelNorske Album Klassikere
  • UPC7059135212447
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