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SBB (1974)

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Eclectic Prog

3.53 | 73 ratings

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friso
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3 stars S.B.B - st (1974) LIVE

When the English scene was just about to stumble and move into a free-fall direction, the Eastern European countries awoken. After an equal beneficial cooperation with Cheslaw Niemen, the Sylisian Blues Band recorded it's first own lp whilst changing it's name to the Polish equivalent of Search - Break - Buildup. The debut album was recorded live, but the sound quality is actually quite good.

The cohesive qualities of the band aren't fully present yet, and one could even say this live set is a bit of a mess. Both side long compositions/jams begin with an acoustic piano-blues (with really great vocals of Józef Skrzek). Then, suddenly the style changes into improvisational dirty hard-rock with some avant-garde leanings at times. Distorted bass-solo's, heavy experimental guitar playing by Apostolis Antymos with yet some more dirty effects and fierce drumming by Jerzy Piotrowsk. During the jams Skrek sometimes plays on his key-instruments. During the heavy distorted bass-lines I sometimes get reminded of the Zeuhl genre, of which the sound is sometimes resemblant. The sound of the performance is exciting, but the lack of structure does make it a haze at times.

Conclusion. This debut/live album shows a very talented band playing with lots of energy, but lack of direction. The very sensitive blues-piano parts combined with the almost heavy-metal- like distorted bass jams just don't work together that well. Still, this album can be enjoyable for it has many interesting instrumental passages and the piano/vocals-parts are actually of a very high standard. If you are a fan of the band, this is not something that should be skipped, but it's nowhere near a good place to start. In stead, I'd would recommend Pamiec (third) for early S.B.B. exploration. This one get's three stars.

friso | 3/5 |

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