Karisma Records announces fourth release from back catalogue of Prog legends Ruphus

Just over a year ago, Karisma Records announced that they would be releasing the entire six-album back catalog of ’70’s Norwegian Prog legends RUPHUS. And now, with the band’s first three albums “New Born Day”, “Ranshart” and, “Let Your Light Shine” already released, the time has come for the fourth album, “Inner Voice” to be released.

By the time “Inner Voice” was released in 1977, and spurred on the by the massive success its predecessor, “Let Your Light Shine”, had found there, RUPHUS had relocated to Germany, where they stayed for some time, touring extensively around Europe, and releasing a further two albums (Flying Colours” and “Manmade”), which will also be available from Karisma Records in the coming months.

“Inner Voice”, was once again produced by the legendary Terje Rypdal, and, with new members, Sylvi Lillegaard (vocals) and Jan Simonsen (keyboards), bringing with them fresh blood and musical influences, the album was a prime example of the Norwegian Proggy Jazz Rock genre of the ’70’s, and cemented the band’s reputation as one of the leading lights on the European Jazz-Rock Scene.

As with all the re-releases in the series, “Inner Voice” has been mastered by Jacob Holm-Lupo  (White Willow, The Opium Cartel, etc), and with cover design by Jan Ole Norum and cover photo by Kim Hart, track listing for “Inner Voice” is as follows:

1. Inner Voice
2. Come Into View
3. No Deal
4. Too Late
5. Within The Walls
6. Left Behind

“Inner Voice” will be released on the 22nd of May and will be available in CD, black vinyl, and a 250 copy limited edition in transparent blue vinyl.  It is now available to pre-order from https://www.karismarecords.no/artists/ruphus/

A versatile and ground-breaking band, RUPHUS, with their long, melodic, compositions, and multiple, intertwined themes, were regarded as being the Norwegian equivalent of YES, not just in style, but also in skill.   The band’s revolving door policy as regards their lineup meant that, as members left and others joined, RUPHUS’ sound changed accordingly,  taking them from their early days playing hard progressive rock, to becoming one of the leaders in the field of jazz-rock. Only Kjell Larsen (guitar) and Asle Nilsen (bass, flute) would go on to play on all of RUPHUS’ albums.

More information about RUPHUS can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/thebandruphus/

A video of RUPHUS playing live at the studios of Norway’s  NRK TV can be seen at https://youtu.be/5RnuFIuAn0U

Author: Jacopo Vigezzi

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