Kingston Wall was a psychedelic/progressive rock group from Helsinki, Finland, originally formed in 1987. Influenced by such artists as Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, the group combined eastern themes, mysticism and vivid psychedelia with acid-rock. The band consisted of Petri Walli (guitars, lead vocals), Jukka Jylli (bass, backing vocals) and Sami Kuoppamäki (drums, percussion). Walli took the most active role in the band. He formed the group, composed most of the songs and wrote all the lyrics. He was also Kingston Wall's producer and manager and ran the band's own Trinity record label.
They played their last public show in Lepakko, Helsinki on December 1994 and their last show ever was some days later in Sörnäinen' prison at Helsinki. After this, the band called it quits in a local cafeteria and each of the members went on their separate ways. Walli left for India and shortly after his return to Finland, on the 28th of June, 1995, jumped to his death from the tower of Töölö church in central Helsinki. This marked the end for Kingston Wall. Walli was later buried in the Hietaniemi Cemetery, about one kilometer away from his place of death.
During their active time, Kingston Wall never achieved mainstream popularity. All their albums were printed in limited amounts and released on Walli's own independent label, Trinity. It was only after the group had disbanded that their popularity slowly grew through word-of-mouth. Kingston Wall was known for their energetic live performances. The band held their own Freak-Out Club three times in Helsinki. They started playing live from small local pubs but as their popularity grew they could sell out the biggest clubs in Helsinki.
Although Kingston Wall never played outside Finland apart from one gig in Tallinn, Estonia during their early days, the group is considered even by many Finns as one of the country's best hard rock groups. Their albums have appeared on the Finnish Top 40 album charts. The cult following status of Kingston Wall has also gained them a steadily growing fan base around the world, mostly thanks to the Internet.
After a long period of silence, a live CD box set was released from Kingston Wall. The box set featured three CDs recorded from various gigs during the bands existence. The tracks were selected to this album by bass player Jukka Jylli.
All tracks encoded with Nero AAC LC codec (~200kps VBR). Inludes albums:
- I (1992)
- II (1993)
- III: Tri-Logy (1994)
- Real Live Thing (3 CD set) (2005)