venerdì 30 novembre 2018

LOCOMOTIV GT - "LOCOMOTIV GT" (1971)

One of the most popular Hungarian bands of the Seventies, Locomotiv Gt were founded in the spring of 1971 by former Omega member, Gábor Presser.
They've had a remarkable career, while their unquestionable artistic integrity has been a constant throughout their numerous changes of style.

This debut album contains a mix of blues rock and melodic progressive rock, with intense vocal harmonies. Arrangements incorporate powerful guitars, electric organ, flute, saxophone, and jazzy drum patterns. 
Some of the highlights include the slow, tragic refrain of "Egy dal azokért, akik nincsenek itt", the crystal sounding piano on the semi-acoustic ballad "A kötéltáncos álma", the wonderful groove of "Hej, én szólok hozzád", and the swing-like tempo of "Sose mondd a mamának".

Tamás Barta - guitars
Károly Frenreisz - vocals, bass, wind instruments, additional guitars 
József Laux - drums, congas
Gábor Presser - vocals, keyboards, vibraphone

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sabato 10 novembre 2018

BULDOŽER - "ZABRANJENO PLAKATIRATI" (1977)

Buldožer were the most critically acclaimed band from Slovenia. A huge part of their myth was built around their debut album, "Pljuni istini u oči" (1975). To be honest, I don't like it very much, since it was heavily influenced by Frank Zappa and featured too many comedy sketches and spoken parts.

"Zabranjeno plakatirati" is their second studio effort and their real masterpiece, looking at Captain Beefheart instead of Zappa, and mixing his influence with a rigorous, mathematical approach to guitar riffs and rhythm tricks. You can give it a try if you like avant-prog, but also if you like blues rock... something you can't say about many other albums.

Boris Bele - guitars, vocals
Vili Bertok - bass
Marko Brecelj - vocals
Borut Činč - keyboards
Tone Dimnik - drums 
Uroš Lovšin - guitars

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martedì 30 ottobre 2018

PIRAMIS - "PIRAMIS" (1977)

Piramis was the most popular rock band in Hungary during the late Seventies.
This is their debut album, their only one that I would classify as progressive rock, just before switching into a more conventional hard rock sound.
The band had a strong appeal on male rock music listeners, thanks to their powerful and elaborate arrangements, but also among the female audience, with frontman and singer Sándor Révész being considered a sex symbol. 

Their lyrics had to satisfy the authority, avoiding subversive slogans and political suggestions, but this didn't prevent them from producing great music, incorporating in their songs funk, jazz fusion, and classical elements, but also local influences from the likes of space-prog legends Omega
Every member helped during the songwriting process, with keyboard player Péter Gallai being the main composer. He also provided lead vocals in songs such as "Ki tudja, hol van", with its adorable cabaret atmosphere.

The album sold more than 100.000 copies at the time, and the ballad "Ha volna két életem" is still one of the most popular Hungarian songs ever.

Péter Gallaivocals + keyboards
Lajos Som: bass
Závodi János: guitars
Miklós Koves: drums
Sándor Révészvocals (and some guitar, I suppose, since he's credited as one of the composers of the instrumental jam "A fénylő piramisok árnyékában")

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sabato 20 ottobre 2018

INDEXI - "INDEKSI" (cassette, 1972)

This rare, never-reissued cassette was Indexi's first full-lenght release. It wasn't a proper album, but more of an anthology of unreleased songs recorded from 1969 to 1972. 

This garagey proto-progressive style was already surpassed by the time of its release, but the songs were still powerful, dynamic, and perfectly crafted. 
In fact, some of them are so amazing that I prefer this record to the symphonic prog classic "Modra rijeka" (1978), which is usually considered Indexi's masterpiece.

The delay between some of the recording sessions and the cassette release must be taken in account too. The epic suite "Negdje na kraju, u zatišju" may have been dated in 1972, but it surely wasn't in 1969, when progressive rock was at the beginning.

Sadly, the cassette didn't sell well, and these songs remained an underground affair, despite Indexi being the most popular band from Bosnia at the time.

Tracklist:
1. "Dan kao ovaj" (1970)
(Fadil Redžić/Boriša Falatar)
2. "Hej ti" (1972)
(Ljupčo Konstantinov/Maja Perfiljeva)
3. "Da li postoji ljubav" (1971)
(Milan Đajić/Nikola Borota) 
4. "Najljepše stvari" (1969)
(Slobodan Kovačević/Nikola Borota)
5. "Ja odlazim sutra" (1971)
(Slobodan Kovačević/Nikola Borota)
6. "Negdje na kraju, u zatišju" (1969)
(Slobodan Kovačević/Želimir Altarac)
7. "Galijom sna" (1969)
(Fadil Redžić)

Indexi were:
Davorin Popović - vocals (all tracks)
Slobodan Kovačević - guitar (all tracks)
Fadil Redžić - bass (all tracks)
Miroslav Šaranović - drums (all tracks)
Ismet "Nuno" Arnautalić - guitar (tracks 4, 6, 7)
Ranko Rihtman - keyboards (tracks 1, 3, 6, 7)
Enco Lesić - keyboards (track 2)
Đorđe Novković - keyboards (track 4)
(Keyboard player on track 5 is uncertain. Probably Rihtman or Lesić)

Please note - I uploaded some tracks in two versions: one straight from the old cassette and one from the digital remastersUnfortunately, tracks 3, 4, and 7 have never been remastered.

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venerdì 28 settembre 2018

DOLPHIN - "442" (2018)

Dolphin's new album is the shortest of his career, but also his most political one. 
It must not be easy to live in Putin's Russia and release a song like "520", with its statements against the Crimean invasion. 

Compared to his previous work, I think the math rock influence is stronger than ever, whilst the shoegaze component has waned. This is probably due to a new line-up of backing musicians, composed of drummer Vasily Yakovlev and guitar player Igor Babko.  
In the end, another brilliant album from a legend of Russian alternative music.

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