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Blue Effect (Modrý Efekt) - Svět Hledačů CD (album) cover

SVěT HLEDAčů

Blue Effect (Modrý Efekt)

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.31 | 137 ratings

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sgtpepper
5 stars Blue Effect reached their compositional and instrumental peak and the artistic symbiose on this masterpiece of progressive rock. In support of a missing bass player, there are two talented keyboard players who create a multi-layer sound with a multitude of keyboards. The guitar being edgy, acoustic, mellow and symphonic, Radim was a man of several guitar faces. Vocals are provided by the two keyboard players and sometimes indistinguishable.

King Crimson and Yes come to the mind, however B.E. were already since long time having their own sound. Best moments are when all instruments play. There are no self-indulgent moments, everything including soloing has its place. No other album, apart from 33, is so well balanced with layers, soloing and "improvisation".

The first track may be the most representative one on the album with mature mood set. "Hledám své vlastní já" is a keyboard-based ballad-style piece.

"Rajky" is an incredible track with astounding complexity, sequence of chords and continuing development. What a symphony of keyboards and progressive guitar! Some King Crimson inspired moments appear here. Anxious vocals only kick in after the first 3 minutes. Guitar exhibition later is mesmerizing. Drums have a special place in the mix and add more colours.

The next track, "Zmoudření babím létem", has a great dark symphonic motive before calming down into a mellow electric piano and synth territory, then comes an organ a la early Banks and a mid-70's disco beat with complex fill-ins, however the guitar storm and another drummer pattern are pulled out to astonish the listener even more. Another excellent number.

The last triumphant track is another ouverture of surprising chord sequences and instrumental layers although less dynamic than on the previous two tracks. We are graced by a drum/guitar experimental solo before changing to a keyboard led symphonic section with the known motive.

A very high quality album, indeed and excellent one to start with for this band.

sgtpepper | 5/5 |

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