sabato 5 agosto 2017

SBB - "SBB" [aka "WOŁANIE O BRZĘK SZKŁA", "SLOVENIAN GIRLS"] (1978)

Third SBB album on Soviet Sam, and it won't be the last one.

During the Seventies the band had the honour of touring outside of Poland, which was quite rare during the Iron Curtain era. They recorded this album in April 1977 in Prague. It was released one year later exclusively in Czechoslovakia and West Germany. It was sung entirely in Polish, but it probably didn't matter that much, since most of it is instrumental and the band only had a small cult following in those countries.

Like their previous effort, "Ze słowem biegnę do ciebie", this consists of two long pieces, one on each side of the LP. The band seems to be more skilled than ever; the sound is beautiful, harmonic, deeply futuristic, but also able to show off some muscles. A mix of jazz rock, space rock, and occasional ambient parts, which partially predated the electronic world music of the Eighties (just think of the beginning of "Odejście").
All in all, this may be SBB's masterpiece.

Józef Skrzek - keyboards, harmonica, vocals
Apostolis Antymos - guitars, bouzouki
Jerzy Piotrowski - drums, percussion

Composed by Józef Skrzek 
Produced by Hynek Žalčík
Lyrics by Julian Matej

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lunedì 22 maggio 2017

R.I.P. ZBIGNIEW WODECKI, 1950 2017

Zbigniew Wodecki has died today from a stroke.

Soviet Sam posted his legendary debut album back in November 2015: 
http://sovietsam.blogspot.it/2015/11/zbigniew-wodecki-zbigniew-wodecki-album.html

A must if you like baroque pop, folk, bossanova, and soft-rock.



venerdì 19 maggio 2017

MAREK GRECHUTA & ANAWA - "MAREK GRECHUTA & ANAWA" (1970)

Marek Grechuta's debut album with backing band Anawa is one of the most important Polish albums of the Seventies.
Complex and beautiful folk pieces which mix strings in the 18th century style, cabaret-like piano marches, and jazzy double bass lines.
Most of these songs are familiar to the majority of Poles. My favourites are "W dzikie wino zaplątani", "Nie dokazuj", and "Piosenka".

Marek Grechuta – lead vocals
Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz – piano
Tadeusz Kożuch – violin
Zbigniew Wodecki – violin
Anna Wójtowicz – cello
Tadeusz Dziedzic – guitar

Producer: Zofia Gajewska


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lunedì 10 aprile 2017

FISZ EMADE TWORZYWO - "DRONY" (2016)

If you liked Fisz Emade Tworzywo's previous album, "Mamut", you should listen to this one too. The atmospheres are quite similar, with electronic downtempo rhythms, mysterious keyboard sounds, and a melancholic but tense mood throughout the tracklist. "Kręte drogi" is probably the best song they ever made, with those beautiful mystical voices above an impressive foktronica background.

The album debuted at no. 1 on the Polish chart. 

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mercoledì 29 marzo 2017

SBB - "ZE SŁOWEM BIEGNĘ DO CIEBIE" (1977)

Another beautiful album from SBB, the most important Polish prog band. Compared to "Pamięć", which you may have already appreciated, the sound quality has even improved. 
There is only one song on each side. The title track is a mix between symphonic prog and space rock, passionately sung by keyboard player Józef Skrzek, while "Przed premierą" is instrumental and more jazz fusion oriented. The whole album is characterized by ethereal, liquid sounds, originating from guitars and keyboards as well.

Released as a limited edition of 50.000 copies, the vinyl version quickly went out of print. It was finally reissued on CD in 1997.


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