M.A. Numminen Discography LP / CD

1967 M.A. Numminen In Memoriam (Eteenpäin! LP-202)

On his first LP M.A.Numminen plays rock, tango and foxtrot among others. The texts are taken from different written sources (e.g. scientific books, the declarations of the UN etc.), Numminen's own prose or folk poetry. Jenkka hevosen puhdistuksesta ('Schottische on Horse Cleaning') from the regulations of the Finnish Army is still very popular. Kaikki ihmisolennot ('All Human Beings' from the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights by the UN), and a 30-second-long rock Iltaisin lasten nukkuessa ('In the Evening When the Children Are Sleeping') are also among people's favourites.

1970 Suomen Talvisota 1939-1940: Underground-Rock (Love Records LRLP-11)

Evergreen in the history of Finnish rock. The record is now sold as a CD version only and it is still bought 300 ¯400 copies a year. It is a fine example of the Finnish underground (mainly 1968 ¯1970), which was very different from the American underground art. The songs have titles such as Liput liehuivat miesten WC:ssä ('The Flags Were Waving in the Gentlemen's Toilet'), Kasvoton kuolema ('The Faceless Death') or Mielitauti-rock ('The Mental Disease Rock').

1970 Taisteluni ('My Battle') (Love Records LXLP-501)

Includes singles from the 1960s, such as Naiseni kanssa eduskuntatalon puistossa (With My Woman in the Parliament Park), Mitä nuoren aviomiehen on syytä muistaa (What the Young Husband Must Remember) as well as some new added songs.

1970 Swingin kutsu ('Swing Is A-Calling') (Love Records LRLP-26)

A new style by MAN, the so-called neorustic jazz, that is jazz played by accordion and violin accompanied by piano and guitar (no bass, no drums). This CD includes titles like Kissa vieköön! (Jeepers Creepers), Kangastusta (Mirage), Jos sä armaani oot (I Want You to Be My Baby), etc.

1970 Iso mies ja keijukainen ('The Big Man and the Elf') (LRLP-27)

The first children's LP with a totally new style (made together with Pekka Jalkanen). This was revolutionary in Finnish children's music. The old way to make childish songs for children was rejected. Mr. Jalkanen took his elements from serious music, Mr. Numminen used the adult music of the time: rock, pop, tango, waltz and the like. The principle of both composers was to offer children similar kind of music they would hear anyway. The workshop (Mrs. Tytti Paavolainen was a member, too) got the prize "Kritiikin kannukset" (The Spurs of Critique) in 1971. The songsValtava jänis ('The Gigantic Rabbit') and Lentävä mies ('The Flying Man') became real favourites.

1971 Perkele! Lauluja Suomesta ('Perkele Songs of Finland') (LRLP-33)

Songs for the film Perkele ¯ Kuvia Suomesta by Jörn Donner. All the songs reflect contemporary social messages of the early 1970s. Music by MAN. Arr. by Jani Uhlenius. Texts by Jarkko Laine. MAN sings a third of the songs. The other songs are sung by the rock singer Rauli Badding Somerjoki and the female singer Arja Saijonmaa (who some years later made it internationally).

1971 Niemisen pojat ja naapurin äijä äijä ('The Nieminen Guys and the Chap Next Door') (LRLP-42)

The second Numminen LP for children (Mr. Jalkanen did a record of his own). This album includes several popular songs, such as Roomeo ja Juulia ('Romeo and Juliet') and Opettaja ja lapset kaupungissa ('Teacher with His Pupils in Town').

1972 M.A. Numminen på svenska ('M.A.Numminen in Swedish') (LRLP-4)

The first LP in Swedish. Katten också! (Jeepers Creepers) became the most popular of all the songs on the album.

1972 Olen nähnyt Helga-neidin kylvyssä (I Saw Miss Helen in the Bath) (LRLP-58)

The old German song Ich hab' das Fräulen Helen baden sehn (I Saw Miss Helen in the Bath) as Mr. Numminen's translation into Finnish became a real hit in Finland. A secret cult song behind it was Munat jäi vetoketjun väliin ('Balls between Zip') but the national radio did not want to play it.

1972 Suojele luontoa - ihmistäkin ('Protect nature man, too') (LXLP-505)

The first Finnish nature conservation LP made together with a number of other authors and composers. Hymyile, Miss Universum ('Smile, Miss Universum'), music by MAN and lyrics by Jarkko Laine, became an evergreen.

1973 Haren satt i gropen i Finland ('Rabbit Was Sitting in a Hole in Finland') (LRLP-70)

The first Finnish nature conservation LP made together with a number of other authors and composers. Hymyile, Miss Universum ('Smile, Miss Universum'), music by MAN and lyrics by Jarkko Laine, became an evergreen.

1973 Aarteeni, juokaamme likööri! ('My Darling, Let's Take a Sip of Liqueur!') (LRLP-82) Aarteeni, juokaamme likööri! ('My Darling, Let's Take a Sip of Liqueur!') (LRLP-82)

MAN wanted to enlarge his neorustic jazz for a big band by unexpected instruments such as cello and viola. He also translated more German songs from the 1920s. The most peculiar and popular texts Numminen wrote for three Glenn Miller Evergreens: Tunnelmassa (In the Mood), Kuutamoserenadi (Moonlight Serenade) and Pieni ruskea ruukku (Little Brown Jug). In these songs the trumpet section was replaced by a mandolin and the saxophones by an accordion.

1973 Jestapa jepulis! Herra Huun Ihmeelliset Seikkailut ('Gor Blimey ¯ The Strange Adventures of Mr. Huu') (LRLP-93)

Songs from a film with the same name. See: "M.A.Numminen in Children's Films"

1974 M.A. Numminen in English (LRLP-108)

A collection of neorustic and other songs.

1974 Jag har sett fröken Ellen i badet ('I Have Seen Miss Helen in the Bath') (LRLP-125)

The German Miss Helen now got a Swedish word dress on her and became very popular in Sweden as well. Otherwise this record resembles quite closely the CD Aarteeni... ('My Treasure...') which is presented in this index (see num. 13).

1976 M.A. Numminen Auf Deutsch ('M.A.Numminen in German') (LRLP-178)

This collection is quite similar to the English (num. 16) and Swedish (num.9) versions. MAN had started his performances in Berlin, Germany, in 1975. But the time was not ripe for this kind of record.

1976 Kumipallona luokses pompin ain' (Like a Rubberball I am Bouncing back to You). (LRLP-190)

Old (in Finland) well-known songs from the 1950's and 1960's played together with the legendary orchestra Humppa-Veikot and its highly respected leader Kullervo Linna. This combination with MAN attracted attention among Finnish music lovers. And the title song, Kumipallo, the old American hit Rubberball from the '50s, had a comeback in Finland.

1977 Som en gummiboll kommer jag tillbaks till dej (Like a Rubberball...) (LRLP-211)

The Rubberball, in Swedish "Gummiboll", became immediately Mr. Numminen's biggest hit in Sweden. It is still today his trademark in Finland's western neighbouring country. On this record M.A.Numminen presents yet one new idea: Gerry Mulligan's pianoless quartet in the neorustic way. Chet Baker's trumpet is replaced again by a mandolin and Gerry's barytone saxophone by an accordion in the songs Bernie's Tune and Walkin' Shoes. This idea has been realised only in Swedish.

1978 Fårskallevisor ('Blockhead Songs') (LRLP-236)

The second children's LP in Swedish

1978 Jänikset maailmankartalle! ('Recognize the Worldwide Rights of the Rabbits!') (LRLP-238)

Songs from the film with the same name. See: "M.A.Numminen in Children's Films".

1979 Itsy Bitsy ja muita taidenautintoja ('Itsy Bitsy and Other Artistic Pleasures') (EMI 9C 062-38345)

The title song is the American hit Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini from the 1950s. MAN's own songs Suuharja ('Mouthbrush'), Ruusut ja kitara ('The Roses and the Guitar') and Musta on kaunis ('Black is beautiful') rose into cult status. The most peculiar idea is manifested in the song Route 66, where Mr. Numminen unites the rock classic with a well-known melody by Ludwig van Beethoven.

1979 Itsy Bitsy och andra konstupplevelser ('Itsy Bitsy and...') (Columbia 7C 062-38349)

The same LP in Swedish.

1980 Soi, sieluni, soi! ('Sing, My Soul, Sing!'). (CBS Records Oy CBS 84428)

M.A.Numminen as a composer of serious and entertaining music. The soloist is the singer Tapani Kansa. See: "Larger musical works by M.A.Numminen".

1980 Kuu mies kookospähkinä ('The Moon, the Man and the Coconut') (EMI 9C 062-38381)

A neorustic LP including such song titles as Joku vei naiseni ('Somebody Stole My Gal'), Ranskalaiset korot ('French heels'), Mä muistan sua, Elaine ('I Remember You, Elaine').

1980 Månen mannen kokosnöten ('The moon, the Man and the...') (EMI 7C 062-38382)

The same LP in Swedish.

1983 Silmälasiapina ('Eyeglass ape') (Johanna JHN-3018)

Songs from the children's musical Missä jatsi on piilossa? ('Where Is Jazz Hiding?') See: "Dramatical works by M.A.Numminen".

1983 Helena est libertas: Introductio libertatis, Antehac non, Voces concretae, Aquae glaucae, colore marino, Terra mater, Aenigma spiritus, Libertas (JHN-3024)

MAN as a composer of progressive rock and serious songs in Latin. Introductio libertatis, Voces concretae, Aquae glaucae, colore marino, etc. Sung by a female duo. See: "Larger musical works by M.A.Numminen".

1984 Koomikon kahdet kasvot ('One Comedian, Two Faces') (JHN-3030)

Artistic and humorous rock songs. This is the final part of the Libertas Trilogy (two records and one book). Seurapiirirakko ('High-society Bladder'), Mies ja nainen ('Man and woman', blues in minor key) and the original national hymn of Finland by the text writer, poet J. L. Runeberg himself. See also: "Books by M.A.Numminen".

1985 M.A. Nummisen 60-luku ('The '60s of M.A.Numminen') (RockAdillo ZEN-2003)

Collection of songs from the 1960's, mainly from the two records M.A.Numminen In Memoriam and Taisteluni (numbers 1 and 3 in this index).

1985 M.A. Nummisen suosituimmat lastenlaulut lastenlaulut ('The Most Popular Children's Songs by M.A.Numminen') (EMI 9C 062-1384601)

The most popular children songs in Pedro Hietanen's new arrangements, e.g. Minä soitan harmonikkaa ('I'm playing accordion'), a song which MAN has translated from Russian, Valtava jänis ('The Gigantic Rabbit') and Lentävä mies ('The Flying Man').

1985 Den flygande mannen ('The Flying Man') (EMI 9C 062-1384681)

The same LP in Swedish.

1988 Kamelilaulu ('Camel Song') (EMI 777-913621)

Songs from the TV-film Gommi, Pommi ja / and Pemmi. See: "Children's films by M.A.Numminen".

1989 The Tractatus Suite (Eteenpäin! GN-95)

M.A.Numminen composed six songs to the book Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein in 1966. In 1989 Wittgestein's 100th year of birth was celebrated. Therefore this record. See: "Larger music works by M.A.Numminen".

1990 Klassikot - Ne Parhaat ('M.A.Numminen: Classics The Best Ones') (Castle Finland CALP-17)

Selected songs from the 1960's and 1970's.

1990 Den eviga årgången - M.A. Numminens bästa ('The Eternal Volume The Best of M.A.Numminen') (Amigo AMLP-2025)

A collection published in Sweden. Selection from the 1970's and 1980's. Includes a very peculiar arrangement of Duke Ellingtons's Caravan. This version is available only in Swedish. Also MAN's Swedish hit from the 1980s Slå mej med din rytmenpinne ("Hit Me with Your Rhythmstick" by Ian Dury), which MAN did in Finnish and in Swedish with the rock group Aston Reymers Rivaler.

1991 Ollaan eläimiä ('Let's Be Animals!') (EMI 777 - 7 98190 2)

LP/CD from the TV series Gommi, Pommi ja / and Pemmi. Part 2. See: "Children's Films by M.A.Numminen". Examples of popular songs on this album: Kookospähkinä ('Coconut') as a new arrangement and On sika kunnossa ('Pig Keeps Fit').