June 17, 2018

Laboratorium ‎– Anthology 1971-1988, Nagrania Wszystkie (No... Prawie Wszystke) (2006, 10xCD Box-Set, Poland)



This box set compiles all the albums released by the Polish Jazz-Rock Fusion ensemble Laboratorium, which was without a shadow of a doubt one of the best and most important Fusion outfits in Eastern Europebefore the fall of the Iron Curtain. Over the years the band managed to release ten albums, an unprecedented achievement at the time, of which seven were studio recordings, two were recorded live and the last one was a compilation of previously unreleased tracks. Two of the studio albums were released on the legendary Polish Jazz Series (Volumes 49 and 58). All the ten albums were remastered for this box set release and expanded with a plethora of bonus tracks, which include studio outtakes, radio and live performances and mini-sleeved. The booklet includes a detail history of the band and reflections about the albums by the band's founder / leader keyboardist / composer Janusz Grzywacz.
As all ensembles Laboratorium changed lineups over the years, but enjoyed relatively steady personnel for extended periods of time, which undoubtedly added to their success. Most of their material, which is covered by their second to sixth albums (and the compilation album), was recorded by a steady lineup, which included in addition to the leader also saxophonist / vocalist Marek Stryszowski, guitarist Pawel Scieranski, bassist Krzysztof Scieranski and drummer Mieczyslaw Gorka. On the later albums the lineup includes Grzywacz and Stryszowski (who are the only musicians appearing on all the ten albums) with guitarist Ryszard Styla, bassist Krzysztof Olesinski, drummer Andrzej Mrowiec and percussionist Jan Pilch. The debut recording, which initially occupied only one side of an LP, features the legendary Polish violinist Zbigniew Seifert and is stylistically quite close to Free Jazz in contrast to the Fusion direction adopted later.
The band performed only original music, which of course was a courageous decision, and with a singular exception, all the music enclosed herein was composed by Laboratorium members, mostly by the leader but also by others or co-composed by the band. Over the years Grzywacz emerged as a first rate tune-weaver with an excellent ability to write great melodies and riffs, which make the music accessible, even when it becomes quite complex. The music remains intelligent and ambitious throughout, with a remarkable consistency of high-level quality. But the most important factor of Laboratorium was its ability to constantly evolve and change, which is quite evident to anybody listening to the music in the proper historic order. Grzywacz slowly moved from acoustic to electric piano and then to synthesizers, but never indulged in mindless pyrotechnics which so many of his colleague keyboardists fell victim to during that period of time. Laboratorium managed to avoid that terrible, obnoxious 1980s cheesy synthesizer sound, which is a success in itself.
Although most of the music performed by Laboratorium is instrumental, they used the human voice time and again in an instrumental capacity. These vocalese experiments are all quite interesting and present another layer of the band's musical range. It seems that Polish Jazz is particularly fond of such experimentation since its early days and it's definitely interesting to hear how Laboratorium handled them.
There are endless moments of musical joy inside this box set; virtuosic performances by the musicians, especially those by Krzysztof Scieranski, who stands easily shoulder to shoulder with such bass heroes as Jaco Pastorius, beautiful melodies, funky grooves, superb guitar and keyboards solos, in short Fusion heaven for all connoisseurs of the genre. I can't imagine any Fusion fan anywhere on this planet not being melted away by the beauty of this music.
The box set is an individually numbered limited edition and if you can put your hands on a copy, don't you dare to hesitate even for a moment – it's worth its weight in gold! (search: http://www.adambaruch.com)





CD 1: Biały kruk czarnego krążka (1972)

Songs:
1. Chorał (5:03)
2. Plazma (9:30)
Bonus tracks:
3. Kazania Kaliskie (8:36)
4. Prognoza na jutro (14:28)
5. Kryterium (10:10)
6. Poczekalnia (4:50)
7. Przed wejściem (6:00)
8. Przystanek (7:54)

Musicians:
Janusz Grzywacz / piano, Fender Rhodes
Marek Strzyszowski / vocal, alto sax, bassoon
Maciej Górski / bass guitar
Wacław Łoziński / flute, percussion
Mieczysław Górka / drums




CD 2: Modern pentathlon (1976)

Songs:
1. Pięciobój nowoczesny (20:00)
2. Funky dla Franki (4:46)
3. Szalony baca (6:00)
4. ABZ (4:58)
5. Grzymaszka (2:24)
Bonus track:
6. Pięciobój nowoczesny (live) (29:05)

Musicians:
Janusz Grzywacz / piano, Fender Rhodes, Roland 2000 synthesiser
Marek Stryszowski / vocal, alto sax, bass clarinet
Paweł Ścierański / guitars
Krzysztof Ścierański / bass guitar
Mieczysław Górka / drums




CD 3: Aquarium Live (1977)
Songs:
1. Struktura przestrzeni (16:08)
2. Taki ładny i przyjemny (6:43)
3. Bzdrągol (5:39)
4. Flamenco na miękko (10:07)
5. Dziewięćsił (2:39)
Bonus tracks:
6. Struktura przestrzeni (6:50)
7. Taki łatwy i przyjemny (6:17)
8. Bźdrągol (5:06)

Musicians:
Janusz Grzywacz / piano, Fender Rhodes
Marek Stryszowski / vocal, sax
Paweł Ścierański / guitar
Krzysztof Ścierański / bass guitar
Mieczysław Górka / drums
Paweł Valde-Nowak / conga




CD 4: Diver (1978)

Songs:
1. Beautiful driver (8:49)
2. Lower than usual (4:57)
3. Diver (5:11)
4. Late-coming (9:53)
5. Soft flamenco (9:11)
Bonus tracks:
5. Dziwne spóźnienie (live) (12:25)
6. Prevet Blues (8:41)

Musicians:
Janusz Grzywacz / piano, Fender Rhodes, Moog
Marek Stryszowski / vocal, sax
Paweł Ścierański / guitar
Krzysztof Ścierański / bass guitar
Mieczysław Górka / drums
Paweł Valde-Nowak / conga



CD 5: Quasimodo (1979)

Songs:
1. Przejazd (1:35)
2. I'm sorry, I'm not driver (7:07)
3. Etiudka (1:26)
4. Śniegowa panienka (8:16)
5. Lady Rolland (1:44)
6. Quasimodo (10:51)
7. Kyokushinkai (2:54)
8. Ikona (In Memory of Zbigniew Zeifert) (6:15)

Bonus tracks:
9. Etiudka (2:34)
10. Śniegowa panienka (11:08)
11. Odjazd (6:35)
12. Zdrowie na budowie (6:45)

Musicians:
Janusz Grzywacz / piano, Fender Rhodes, Arp Odyssey synthesiser
Marek Stryszowski / vocal, alto sax, soprano sax
Paweł Ścierański / guitar
Krzysztof Ścierański / bass guitar
Mieczysław Górka / drums


CD 6: Nogero (1980)

Songs:
1. Nogero (5:35)
2. The Cellar Suite (7:01)
3. Blues for the Lady Graduate (7:39)
4. Duck's Furcoat (6:34)
5. Bee - Flight (11:01)
Bonus tracks:
6. Nogero (live) (7:55)
7. Dealer (8:55)
8. Spokojnie w pulowerku (live) (8:53)
9. Futro z kaczora (live) (7:35)

Musicians:
Janusz Grzywacz / piano, Fender Rhodes, synthesisers (Roland Jupiter 4, Micro Moog)
Marek Stryszowski / vocal, soprano sax, alto sax
Paweł Ścierański / guitar
Krzysztof Ścierański / bass guitar
Andrzej Mrowiec / drums




CD 7: The Blue Light Pilot (live) (1982)
Songs:
1. Straight no chaser (12:44)
2. A virgin from Nowa Huta (7:17)
3. What's up in the forrest (8:50)
4. Blue light pilot (11:11)
Bonus track:
5. Punk's not dead sapierow niet (live) (3:42)

Musicians:
Janusz Grzywacz / piano, Fender Rhodes, synthesisers (Roland Jupiter 4, Micro Moog)
Marek Stryszowski / vocal, sax
Ryszard Styła / guitar
Krzysztof Olesiński / bass guitar
Andrzej Mrowiec / drums




CD 8: No. 8 (1984)

Songs:
1. Florek i Faunek (8:42)
2. Karolinka (6:40)
3. Lato '80 (4:41)
4. Szczęka w szklance, czyli jaja po wiedeńsku (8:32)
5. No. 8 (1:14)
6. Na kolana pastuszkowie (9:57)
Bonus tracks:
7. Na kolana pastuszkowie (live) (11:09)
8. Lato 1980 (live) (12:23)
9. Karolinka (live) (9:04)

Musicians:
Janusz Grzywacz / piano, Fender Rhodes, synthesisers (Korg Polysix, Micro Moog, Vocoder)
Marek Stryszowski / vocal, sax
Ryszard Styła / guitar
Krzysztof Olesiński / bass guitar
Andrzej Mrowiec / drums
Jan Pilch / percussion, marimba




CD 9: Anatomy Lesson (1987)

Songs:
1. Lady on the Goat (8:13)
2. Make up (5:38)
3. Lonely white Funk (5:27)
4. Room nr. 210 (2:30)
5. Polish calypso (5:51)
6. Baby dreams (5:00)
7. Anatomy lesson (5:14)
8. I'm so glad, punk is dead (2:31)
Bonus tracks:
9. Aria wilka (live) (4:33)
10. Pokój 210 (live) (7:25)
11. Baby dreams (live) (9:22)
12. Polish calypso (live) (7:24)
13. Jechała niewiasta na capie do miasta (live) (10:53)

Musicians:
Janusz Grzywacz / piano, Fender Rhodes, synthesisers (Sequential Circuits Prophet 600 & Prophet 2000, Micro Moog, sampling)
Marek Stryszowski / vocal, soprano sax, alto sax
Ryszard Styła / guitar
Krzysztof Olesiński / bass guitar
Andrzej Mrowiec / drums
Jan Pilch - percussion, marimba




CD 10: Zdrowie na budowie (previously unreleased material)

Songs:
1. Zdrowie na budowie (8:05)
2. Północna samotnia (4:44)
3. Cichy kącik (4:29)
4. Dove (4:40)
5. Brzózka (2:24)
6. Za piętnastą górą (5:30)
7. My z Julkiem (3:06)
8. Madonna z Poręby (7:28)
9. Długie zimowe wieczory (6:05)
10. Złota rybka i lustereczko (6:12)
11. Nowe szaty króla (4:33)
12. Lolokuki (5:18)
13. Euschaustor (6:22)

Daniela Casa ‎– Società Malata (1975, LP, Italy)

SIDE A
1. Ignoto
2. Strade vuote
3. Pericolo
4. Angoscia
5. Fabbrica
6. Oppressione

SIDE B
1. Esodo
2. Vizio
3. Occultismo
4. Noia
5. Dittatura

Music By – Daniela Casa

Società Malata (Sick Society), originally came out in 1975, is an extraordinary collection of experimental, ambient and electronic track from the Italian cult composer Daniela Casa who acts as an aural reflection of the wickedness of humanity and the decay of our world.

Antonio Riccardo Luciani ‎– Europa 1930-1940 (1975, LP, Italy)



Antonio Ricardo Luciani (10 August 1931, Palermo, Sicilia, Italy), also known as Antonino Riccardo Luciani Turicoli is an Italian musician author of soundtracks and television themes, of these, the most famous is Chanson Balladée, written in 1976 and used by Italian ​​RAI TV as the theme song of Almanacco del Giorno for fifteen years. Is to remember Tecnica Di Un Colpo Di Stato (1978) published by Titian Records, experimental suspense-tense military-action soundtrack of Italian television series directed by Silvio Maestranzi.

Sound Orchestra ‎– Storie Di Paura (1984, LP, Italy)


Side A
A1. Introduzione-Paura-Liberazione (4:10)
A2. Fatti Misteriosi (2:53)
A3. Irrealtà Di Suoni (2:55)
A4. Occhi Di Brace (3:16)
A5. Verso L'Alba (1:46)
Side B
B1. Apoteosi Del Mistero (3:55)
B2. Suoni Dissonanti (2:54)
B3. Paura Vivente (1:25)
B4. Paura E Liberazione (2:36)
B5. Tenebre Viventi (2:16)

This is Original Soundtrack of the Movie "Paura nella Citta dei Morti viventi" aka "City of the Living Dead" aka "The Gates of Hell" aka "Ein Zombie hing am Glockenseil" directed by Lucio Fulci. No musician details are listed.
Composer and Conductor: Fabio Frizzi

Fabio Frizzi ‎– Paura Nella Città Dei Morti Viventi
Beat Records Company ‎– CR 11
(Collectors' Releases – LP, Numbered)
Rear cover text: Colonna Sonora Originale del Film Paura Nella Città Dei Morti Viventi [plus movie credits, music by and tracks] ℗ 1982 Beat Records Company
Additional info:
This is Original Soundtrack of the Movie "Paura nella Citta dei Morti viventi" aka "City of the Living Dead" aka "The Gates of Hell" aka "Ein Zombie hing am Glockenseil" directed by Lucio Fulci. No musician details are listed.

June 16, 2018

October Equus - Live at BarCo (​2014, Spain)


Live at Sala BarCo, Madrid 20​-​04​-​2014

Songs:
1. Abanzaï (07:16)
2. Vestals (08:55)
3. Rex Nemorensis (04:17)
4. Trapped in the sea ice (03:52)

Musicians:
Ángel Ontalva: guitar
Víctor Rodríguez: keyboards
Amanda Pazos Cosse: bass
Guest:
Lluís Rodrigues (Difícil Equilibrio): drums

Note:
Multitrack recording from mix console by Amanda Pazos Cosse, 20/04/2014 Sala BarCo, Madrid
Mixed and Mastered by Amanda Pazos Cosse and Ángel Ontalva
Produced by octoberXart
Cover design by Ángel H. Rodríguez Morales