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Here's the best I could find from Poland. Stretching from 1968 to 1979, it's turned out to be another impressive array of unique hard rock, prog and psych from a country where it was not easy to make rock music in the period. I found a good article regarding communist censorship here. There's a couple of bands that appeared before on the East European comp Vol41, and the rest are all-new to TDATS.
The cover art here is 'Leshy', a woodland spirit in Slavic mythology who protects wild animals and forests. I have since been shown a front-page scan here of the 1906 art nouveau magazine where the image comes from, if anyone can enlighten me as to the magazine, or the artist, drop me a line!
01. Exodus - Pieśń Na Drogę (1977)
from from 'The Most Beautiful Dream - Anthology 1977-1985'
02. Budka Suflera - Memu Miastu na do Widzenia (1974)
from album 'Antologia I (1969 - 1975)'
03. Trzy Korony - Bierz życie, jakie jest (1972)
from album 'Krzysztof Klenczon i Trzy Korony'
04. Klan - Mrowisko (1971)
from album 'Mrowisko'
05. Czesław Niemen - Chwila Ciszy (1971)
from album 'Czlowiek Jam Niewdzieczny'
06. Mira Kubasińska & Breakout - Luiza (1971)
from album 'Mira'
07. Andrzej Zaucha & Piotr Figiel Ensemble - Księżniczka (1976)
from album 'Piotr Figiel Music'
08. SBB - Dyskoteka (1975)
from album 'Nowy Horyzont (bonus tracks)'
09. Niebiesko - Czarni - Purple Hazy (1968)
from EP 'Niebiesko - Czarni'
10. Grupa Stress - Granica Zycia (1972)
from 'Z Archiwum Polskiego Radia, Vol. 8'
11. Nurt - Piszę Kredą na Asfalcie (1972)
from album 'Nurt'
12. Romuald I Roman - Talizmany (1970)
from 'Z Archiwum Polskiego Radia, Vol. 5'
13. Test - W Pogoni Dnia (1974)
from album 'Test i Wojciech Gąssowski'
14. Breakout - Ona Odeszła Stąd (1979)
from album 'ZOL (Zidentyfikowany Obiekt Latajacy)'
Gdańsk's Trzy Korony (Three Crowns) is here with some fine fuzzy pop. This band included singer Krzysztof Klenczon who was previously in the hugely important pop group "Czerwone Gitary" (The Red Guitars), which was equivalent to a Polish Beatles. Warsaw's Klan made a good album of progressive psych in 1972 called Mrowisko (The Hive, or "Anthill" in English)
The previously-mentioned SBB (aka Silesian Blues Band, "Szukaj, Burz, Buduj" or "Search, Break, Build") comes in at track 8, it's an awesome heavy jam, filled with growling fuzz, jazzy drumming and expert wah guitar. Dyskoteka is available as a bonus track on re-issues of their 2nd album, "Nowy Horyzont".
|Niebiesko-Czarni EP (1968)|
The tracks I have used from Grupa Stress and Wrocław's Romuald I Roman are both taken from archival releases that were recently issued by Poland's national publicly funded radio broadcasting organization, Polskie Radio. Neither band made albums, although Romuald I Roman did get an EP and a single out. Grupa Stress is the real hard rock hopeful here, and there's a few really heavy tracks from them. Romuald & Roman were more psychedelic. Here is some information, taken with appreciation from http://www.adambaruch.com/ :- "This album compiles archive material by the Polish Rock group Romuald I Roman recorded by the Polish Radio over a period of several years, covering the group´s history from its formative years to its ultimate demise. The fact that these recordings exist at all are a miracle and since the group never managed to record an album they are the only source of material that tells their story.
|Romuald I Roman|
These recording present the musical history of the group, which went through several phases like Psychedelic Pop, Hard Rock, Progressive Rock and eventually even Jazz-Rock Fusion. Their material was very ambitious and involved a significant element of live improvisation, which of course was most evident during their live performances. Although the sonic quality of some of these recordings is not perfect, the music is excellent from start to finish and provides a wonderful glimpse into the past, serving as a fascinating document of Polish Rock history. Definitely a must to all Polish Rock fans both in Poland and anywhere in the world. Highly recommended!"
|Nurt LP 1972|