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{ Monthly Archives } Juni 2006

VA – Rhythmus 72

Amiga, GDR, 1972
Another Compilation. Since not every artist and band could have his own record the eastern labels made alot of Compilations. This way smaller or more unknown bands could have atleast one song featured on such a compilation. “Rhythmus” was annually released from 1971 to 1979 and its mostly funk/jazz influenced rock music, with [...]

Electra – Adaptionen

Amiga, GDR, 1976
Tracklist :
A1 – Borodin suite (Alexander Borodin) – 13:20
A2 – Bach ‘75 (Johann Sebastian Bach) – 6:25 (snippet)
B1 – Säbeltanz (Sabledance, Aram Chatschaturjan) – 6.05
B2 – Prelude cis-moll op3. Nr.2 (Sergej Rachmaninov) – 4:40 (snippet)
B3 – In der Halle des Bergkönigs (In the Hall of the Mountain King, Edvard Grieg) – 3:05
B4 – [...]

VA – Jazz a la carte

Panton, Czecheslovakia, 1980
Another “a la carte” record, this time it’s jazz (and its in stereo too, but has nothing to do with the “Stereo a la carte” record).
This is a compilation giving an overview about parts of the czecheslovakian jazz-scene at that time. This is really a great record, filled with very energetic and [...]

Karel Gott – Die Neue LP

Amiga, GDR, 1975
Karel Gott was the Megastar of the eastern countries, there is no doubt about that. He started in czecheslovakia but his music was not even stopped by the iron curtain and he is still recording songs and does shows all over the world, including the US and Japan. One example of his work [...]

Studioorchester Gerhard Siebholz – Stereo a la Carte

Amiga, GDR, 1972
This is one of those “technical demonstration” records about the effects possible with stereo recording, however it’s a little bit different from other records I heard where it’s basically one instrument being panned from left to right and back. Each song tells a story, and its quite a crazy record with lots of [...]

Hannes Zerbe – Blechband

Amiga Jazz, GDR, 1984
A little lesson in history.
In the former communist countries all labels were led by the government or atleast some cultural division of it. Because of that and the fact that most records were sold out very fast economic reasons were a minor conisideration in the process of selecting artists to be published. [...]

VA – Beloved Irkutsk. The Middle of The Earth

Melodiya, USSR, 1986
Okay, this record is a bit of a mystery to me. First of all I can’t understand much of russian language. I had it in school for a few years but forgot almost everything about it. I still can read kyrillic letters though, and I know that “300 let” means “300 years”, But [...]

Walter Kubiczeck – Das unsichtbare Visier OST

Amiga, GDR, 1979
Soundtrack for some Spy/SecretService TV-Series from the DEFA (East Germany’s movie production company.) The series was done 1973, this record is from 1979 however (wonder what took them so long). Pretty cool record overall, the song I chose is A1 – “Tentakel”, the opener, but the whole record has alot of groove, laidback [...]

Halina Frackowiak – Geira

Polskie Nagrania – Poland – 1977
Tracklist :
A1 – Strona (snippet)
A2 – Jestes spoznionym deszczem
A3 – Wzejde polnym makiem
A4 – Otwieram list – brazowy wrzesien
A5 – W powszednie dni

B1 – Snij tylko szczescie (snippet)
B2 – Piesn geiry
B3 – Chce byc dla ciebie
B4 – Brzegi lagodne
(play all tracks)
music by SBB (Halina Frackowiak was background singer for [...]

Zodiac – Disco Alliance

Melodiya, USSR, 1980
Tracklist :
A1 – Zodiaks – 5:12 (snippet)
A2 – Pacific – 3:52
A3 – Provincials disko – 4:18
B1 – Polo – 3:17 (snippet)
B2 – Miraza – 4:02
B3 – Rokz uz leduz – 2:42
B4 – Alianse – 3:41
(play all tracks)
Janis Lusens (ARP Omni, ARP Odissey, Celesta), Zane Griva (piano, ARP Omni, vocals), Andris Silis (guitar), Ainars [...]