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Blue Effect (Modrý Efekt) - A Benefit of Radim Hladík [Aka: Modrý Efekt & Radim Hladík] CD (album) cover


Blue Effect (Modrý Efekt)


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.28 | 165 ratings

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4 stars Almost fully instrumental, this record includes a reworked number from Nová syntéza 2 (Je třeba obout boty a pak dlouho jít) as Boty and several new ones.

Boty 5 Very much similar to the vocal version on the previous record, also in structure. The former vocal melodies are mostly provided by Hladík´s guitar and there is also some nice flute added (courtesy of Jiří Stivín), making a richer sound. I like Hladík´s solos on here even more than on the previous version.

Čajovna 5 A moody instrumental, which in my book is right up there with Santana´s Samba pa ti or Fleetwood Mac´s Albatross. Hladík creates wonderfully subdued lead guitar melody, augmented by fabulous bass playing again. Lešek Semelka adds ome nice keyboards as well, while Vlado čech´s drumming is also great, with the band acting really cohesive. It is however, the guitar taht commands this epic, dreamy instrumental.

Skládanka 2 A jazzier piece, with fine flute from Jiří Stivín and bass playing from Kustka, who is the star on this number. Great drumming by Vlado čech, as well as nice, subtle keyboards by guest Martin Kratochvíl. Hladík is a bit more in the background on this one, although he plays a somewhat uninspired guitar solo, which is pretty repetitive and too much alike to those on the previous two records. The melody is not that great as well, just average. ovearall a messy hodge-podge with some nice soloing.

Ztráty a nálezy 5 A melancholic piece, with lyrical electric guitar playing. Kustka and Čech are great as always and Semelka plays some nice organ in the background. The melody is carried by the guitar, which is a good thing on this one, Since Hladík is at his most melodic. The song then concludes with themournful opening part.

Hypertenze 4 The longest number. The song strats off with a marvelous hard rock riff and fabulous rhytm section work, over which Hladík plays another one of his lightning fast wah wahed guitar solos. The instrumental part is agreably more jazzy, with a nice piano by Martin Kratochvíl, and even a solo on saxophone.m with some noisy chaotic parts, before the song returns to the opening riff, followed by a more atmospheric part with Semelka adding background vocals and the soong then comes into another noisy fusion phase and abrubtlyy ends.

Overal track evaluation: 5+5+2+5+4=21:5=4 points


Peto | 4/5 |


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