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Marián Varga - Pavol Hammel, Marián Varga, Radim Hladík: Na II. Programe Sna CD (album) cover


Marián Varga


Symphonic Prog

3.18 | 19 ratings

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3 stars The best of the old Czechoslovakia comes together for an album.

When I mean the best, I mean the best prog/jazz musicians in the business. Marian Varga from Collegium Musicum and Radim Hladik from Blue Effect. Those two and Pavol Hammel. The result is a kind of a super group.

The music is a mix of symph prog with Marian Varga's keyboards. The are as excellent as always. The guitars of Radim Hladik is excellent too. Pavol Hammel adds acoustic guitars and vocals. They are also helped by numerous other musicians.

The result is an album which brings jazz/fusion, symph prog, folk music and pop/rock together on one album. The result is very commercial anno 1975 and very dated anno 2011. But remember this album was made behind the very repressive Iron Curtain for repressed people. People who deserved better than repression. But I am sure this album would had been a big seller here in the West too if it was released here.

This album feels dated today, but it is still a good album. Mostly due to the excellent musicianship of the participating musicians.

3 stars (barely)

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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