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nedeľa 1. novembra 2009

M Efekt - Svitanie (Dawning) 1977 (Czechoslovakia, prog.rock,)

Radim Hladík, a well known and excellent guitarist, in the 1975 re-formed M Efekt (Modrý Efekt) into a new group and this Prague musician resolved to do an unusual choice - in spite
of the geographical distances and organisation difficulties he found his ideal collaborations in Bratislava and Brno (in former Czechoslovakia) - bass guitarist Fedor Frešo, the former member of the Slovakian group Collegium Musicum and organist and singer Oldřich Veselý who was known from his performing in Brno´s group Synkopy 61. Another member of M Efekt was the drummer Vlado Čech who together with Hladík have been working in the group since its origin. Since Frešo and Veselý joined the group, a lot has been changed - Hladík has gained not only excellent players but also associates in composing who complete and agree with his ideas concerning creation of his own musical life. The music of M Efekt arises from high technical fundaments of its members (especially Hladík in outstanding in solos) respectively from their abilities to get over a difficult arrangement requiring technical preparedness and maximum concentration even of the best players. Within the context of home scene the group is, according to the use of expressive means, solitary and practically unclassified, standing aside the present main style streams. Within the world frame we might find some common features by carefully listening for example eith the British YES (in instrumentation), it regards, however only similar ways of looking for new forms of rock music in which improvisation is repressed by greater
interest in large composition formations and construction of large colour spaces as well as formation of qualitatively different moods as for example in jazz-rock. Music produced by the band draws no claims to attributes of revolutionary avantgarde - it represents pure musical aims in aquiring artistic values by means which are convenient also for the youngest listeners whom this music, by virtue of rock expressive means, brings to an understanding and revealing genuine quality. (Free according the original LP sleevenotes, 1977)

1) Vysoká stolička, dlhý popol (High Chair, Long Ashes) 10:12
2) Ej, padá, padá rosenka (Dew Is Falling, Falling) 6:39
3) V sobotu popoludní (On Saturday Afternoon) 4:11
4) Svitanie (Dawning) 19:25

Recorded in the OPUS studio, Pezinok, januar 1977

bonus (on CD reissue 1998):
5) Golem 6:47

recorded in 1976

M Efekt

Radim Hladík - electric and acoustic guitar
Fedor Freššo - bass guitar, mandoline, vocal, percussion
Oldřich Veselý - organ, piano, electric piano, string synthesiser, ARP, vocal
Vlado Čech - drums, percussion

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The Blue Effect and Czechoslovak radio jazz orchestra - New Synthesis 2, 1974(VBR:239-248@)
After the success of "New Synthesis" record , produced for the Panton label in 1971 by the Czechoslovak Radio Jazz Orchestra and The Blue Effect rock group on the occasion of their joint appearance at the Prague International Jazz Festival, the two ensembles now present their new programme for the for the Prague IJF in 1974. "New Synthesis 2", which you now hold in your hands features jazz-rock compositions by Radim Hladík and Josef Kústka on lyrics by Pavel Vrba and Boris Janíček, in modern arangements by Kamil Hála, the orchestra´s conductor. The entire Side 1 of the album is taken up by a single composition - Radim Hladík´s and Pavel Vrba´s 22-minute "New Synthesis 2", which has given the album its name. Big band sound canvases alternate in its with Lešek Semelka´s and Josef Kústka´s singing, the powerful chorale of eight bassos from the Kuhn Choir, and the electrically amplified violin played by bass guitarist Josef Kústka. Radim Hladík´s guitar solos fascinate with their technical perfection and richly inventive improvisation, and the swinging section of the works features Laco Deczi on trumpet, Karel Rúžička on organ and Petr Král on tenor sax. Side 2 contains three compositions. Hladík´s introductory "One Must First Put On Shoes And Then Walk For Quite A While" is followed by "The Tick", sung by Lešek Semelka. His voice comes into its dramatic best in this slow song, for which Kamil Hála has added a strings section to the orchestra. Josef Kústka wrote the concluding composition, "October, 11", with a grand orchestral overture. The "New Synthesis 2" album constitutes the logical development and the current tendency to combine jazz and rock elements, and I hope it will be appreciated by listeners with both jazz and rock preferences. (Original sleevenote from the vinyl edition, Panton label, 1974).

Tracklist (including translations):

1) Nová Syntéza 2 (New Synthesis 2) 22:05
2) Je třeba obout boty a pak dlouho jít
(One Must First Put On Shoes And Then Walk For Quite A While) 9:57
3) Klíště (The Tick) 3:25
4) Jedenáctého října (October, 11) 7:29

(Recorded 1973/1974 at Czechoslovak Radio Prague´s Studio A, Prague - Karlín)

5) El Dorado 3:41
6) Dívko z kamene (Girl From The Stone) 2:33

total time: 49:30

The Blue Effect

Radim Hladík - guitars
Lešek Semelka - keyboards, vocal
Josef Kůstka - bass guitar, electric violin, vocal
Vlado Čech - drums


Czechoslovak Radio Jazz Orchestra, cond. by Vlastinil Hála

The Pavel Khún Choir
Laco Deczi - trumpet
Karel Rúžička - organ
Petr Král - tenor sax

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nedeľa 25. októbra 2009

Blue Effect - Modrý Efekt & Radim Hladík (1974, Czechoslovakia, progrock 256@)

This album was not meant to be instrumental originally, but communists forced the members of Blue Effect to leave out the vocals (because of the lyrics) and later also to change the name of the band to czech equivalent "Modrý Efekt". But even these facts don't influence the high quality of the recordings, solo guitarist and song-writer Radim Hladík is at his best and shows his talent especially on the legendary song called "Čajovna". Newly released version of the album includes two bonus tracks recorded in East Germany in 1973.
This album is one of the top of the Blue Effect. It is an instrumental album,but really, I don´t missing vocals. In the period of 70´s, when I heared this album at the first time, I was breathless.
Boty (Shoes) is maybe a best song. Hard bass line in the opening goes on to the nice
flute and guitar solo. After this passage starts an instrumental hell with Radim Hladík´s
high energy guitar playing. Čajovna (Tea room) with melancholic and very nice guitar figure
in simple theme in 4 minutes, but it works. Skládanka (Puzzle) is the song with jazzrock touches
with excellent flute of Jiří Stivín (like guest). Ztráty a nálezy (Lost and found) is a nice
melancholic ballad with lame fade out. Hypertenze (Hypertension) with hard begining later
mature into the interesting jazzrock with nice vocals in the end. Song Armaggedon (in bonus)
is a vocal version of Skládanka (Puzzle). Guitar playing is more agressive and better, I think.
And song Clara? Bass line really catch you. Thank You, Blue Effect.

Total time: 54' 40''

Tracklist (including translations):

1. Boty (Shoes) 9:57
2. Čajovna (Tea room) 4:01
3. Skládanka (Puzzle) 5:49
4. Ztráty a nálezy (Lost and found) 5:12
5. Hypertenze (Hypertension) 12:30

Recorded from March 18th to June 6th, 1973 in Prague (tracks 1-5).

Bonus tracks:

6. Armageddon 6:22
7. Clara 4:13

Recorded in Germany in 1973.


Radim Hladík - guitars, circle modulator
Lešek Semelka -keyboards, vocal
Josef Kůstka - bass guitar, fiddle, vocal
Vlado Čech - drums

Martin Kratochvíl - piano
Jiří Stivín - flute, altsaxofon

cover from export variant (A Benefit of Radim Hladik - 1975).

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piatok 9. októbra 2009

Modrý Efekt (a.k.a. Blue Effect) - Svět Hledačů [Czechoslovakian progressive jazz rock fusion/1979] + 6 bonus tracks

Lead by ace guitarist Radim Hladík, MODRÝ EFEKT were one of the major progressive bands in Czechoslovakia; they were to their own country what OMEGA were to Hungary, or SBB to Poland. They started out in 1968 with a couple of early R&B-oriented albums. Actually, these were released under the band’s original name, BLUE EFFECT. However, the Czech governement strongly disapproved of English names at the time, so the band switched to MODRÝ EFEKT and later to simply M.EFEKT. After these two albums, their material veered towards jazz rock and by the early 80’s, following sereval personnel changes, their music had become a little less prog, more accessible. They released their last album in 1981 and then quietly disappeared.
Of particular interest to prog fans are three albums: “Modrý Efekt & Radim Hladík” (1975) which features an energetic mix of YES-like symphonic rock with some fusion; the overall effect will likely remind you of FINCH or CRUCIS. Emphasizing Hladik’s brilliant soloing, this was the album that established him as “the” Czech guitarist par excellence. However, it is “Svitanie” (1977) that is considered the band’s true masterpiece. With its sinewy bass lines and bold keyboard/guitar melodies, it is still quite YES-influenced but it also has a definite Czech flavour that makes it unique. Finally, there is the bolder, more complex and not so YES-like album titled “Svet Hledacu – World of Searchers” (1979); this one is characterized by many sudden tempo shifts and emphasizes the flux between the spacey synths and Hladik’s biting guitars. Except for this album, whose 5 official tracks are all sung, the band’s répertoire is mostly instrumental.
Primarily recommended to fusion lovers but YES fans will also likely find something to sink their teeth into.(
ME’s Last album of the decade - Svet Hledacu, is in some ways one of their most “prog”, it was to signal the end of the Czech’s most brilliant group, even if the following 33 album still has some moments. By this time bassist Freso has left ME, replaced by the returning Semelka, adding a second keyboard player, leaving the bass guitar spot empty. Oddly enough, while the 73 album and most of Svitanie were largely instrumental, Svet Hledacu has extended vocal tracks, with both keyboardist sharing vocal duties, and even odder, they both sound quite alike: it’s quite hard to tell which voice belongs to which singer.
From the lengthy opener Za Krokem Zen, one can say that ME had heard of Grobschnitt’s Solar Music live concept. Indeed an interesting track, a bit in the musical line of their previous Svetanie album, but nothing spell-binding past the Grobschnitt allusions. Hledám Své Vlastní is a keyboard-led track that hovers between Eloy and Yes. Closing the first side is Rajky probably the most complex of the album and has a definite Yes twist to it, but again vocally this is a cross of Ian Gillan meeting with Jon Anderson.
The flipside starts on the Zmoudření Babím Létem, a great and furious track that even Crimson clone like Anekdoten couldn't possibly match in terms of energy and is possibly my fave on the album with the opening Krokem track. Again the strong Eloy tendency resurfaces on this track. The 12-min scorcher Zázrak Jedné Noci is another excellent mini-epic, especially in its use of heavy/minor scale passages and its alternance between spacey/jazzy stretches and more symphonic lines ala Yes (especially in Hladic's Steve Howe-inspired lap steel guitar solos).
As with Freso leaving ME to refound Collegium Musicum and later Fermata prior to this album, Vesely would leave the group to reform Synkopy, the album comes with a bunch of later non-albums single releases, obviously shorter (due to the format), all sung as well and recorded after Veseny’s departure. The six bonus tracks included are not much added value to the original album, sounding like typical AOR of the late 70's with an Italian vocal delivery, with the lengthier Fotka being the best of the lot, but not coming to the waist-height of the lesser original album tracks. Nevertheless, beside these slight drawbacks, Svet Hledacu is very much in the ME trio of “must- discover” lists, even being at moments better than Svetanie, but unfortunately ruined by the unwise choice of bonuses.

Track Listings:
1. Za krokem žen (11:43)
2. Hledám své vlastní já (4:12)
3. Rajky (7:14)
4. Zmoudření babím létem (8:45)
5. Zázrak jedné noci (11:48)

Bonus tracks on 1999 CD re-issue:

6. Fotka (5:31)
7. Ptáky když kroužkujou, pouštěj' (3:49)
8. Šaty z šátků (4:05)
9. Nerad mám ráno dým (4:07)
10. Žena v okně (4:08)
11. Známe se dál (3:14)

Total Time: 68:36

Vlado Čech / drums, percussion
Radim Hladík / guitar
Lešek Semelka / keyboards, synths, clavinet, celeste, vocals
Oldřich Veselý / keyboards, synths, clavinet, vocals

Releases information:Recorded from September to December, 1978 in Prague (tracks 1-5).
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