Mid-70s symphonic vikings Ruphus were the subject of a recent PE inquiry, to which I responded with the following:

Ranshart (1974), the second album from these mighty Norwegians, was their best, chock full of infectiously melodic Yes-like prog with coed vocals, especially the three songs which comprise the first side, all of which can be heard on this page:


After that I’d go for their third, Let Your Light Shine (1976), which has them dancing on crystallized fusion ice, with two of the more exuberant numbers also featured on that page.

Their fourth, Inner Voice (1977) album continued the fusiony trend, albeit with added disco elements, whilst their 1973 debut (YMMV – one track included up above) went for a more song-oriented, heavy prog style with somewhat dubious vocal performances.


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