Ruphus were one of the most varied Norwegian progressive rock bands in the sense that they often would change their style from album to album, but always within a progressive frame. They started out as a quite big heavy prog band, featuring no less than seven members. On their debut "New Born Day" they had two lead vocalists, male and female. Gudny Aspaas was one of the very best Norwegian female singers in the 70's, possessing a high pitched and flawless voice that had no peer in Norway at that time.
The male singer Rune Sundby was unfortunately quite the opposite, delivering some embarrassingly weak English vocals that slightly weakens the otherwise good impression of a very solid album. The opener "Coloured Dreams" is rather straightforward hard rock, but things do get a lot more complex and progressive in "Scientific Ways". That track along with "Still Alive" and especially the title-track features some very slight influences from Gentle Giant, but still apparent enough to be detected (at least in my ears). "Trapped in A Game" is Aspaas' definitive moment on the album, a kind of a progressive and grandiose ballad that allows her to display her voice and range in all its impressive glory.
Among the other musicians we find keyboardist Hakon Graf who had a quite powerful organ sound, and some very sparse use of synths (although that would change a lot later). Bassist Asle Nilsen also delivered some atmospheric flute on a few brief passages, the most noteworthy one probably at the end of "Scientific Ways". "The Man Who Started It All" is similar to what Uriah Heep did at the same time, but the closer "Day After Tomorrow" is the longest, most complex and progressive piece on the record, actually sounding a lot like Aunt Mary's "Janus" album from the same year. "New Born Day" is for many people a classic of Norwegian progressive rock.
1. Coloured Dreams - 4:04
2. Scientific Ways - 5:59
3. Still Alive - 4:35
4. The Man Who Started It All - 5:28
5. Trapped In A Game - 6:06
6. New Born Day - 5:43
7. Day After Tomorrow - 8:47
8. Flying Dutchman Fantasy - 3:08
9. Opening Theme - 3:18
All Songs Composed by Ruphus
*Hans Petter Danielsen - Guitar
*Kjell Larsen - Guitar, Flute
*Hakon Graf - Organ, Piano, Vibes
*Thor Bendiksen - Percussion
*Asle Nilsen - Bass, Flute
*Gudnyaspaas - Vocal
*Rune Sundby- Vocal, Accoustic Guitar, Sax