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SBB - Lost Tapes Vol. 1 (Studio & Live Recordings 1974-1978) CD (album) cover




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5 stars "Lost Tapes"? They certainly are!

A keen collector of SBB's works, I've never been able to obtain this set of 9 CDs as a whole package. I have four individual CD's only that form part of this release. (Chances are that Periferic Records in Hungary may have the odd copy left.)

Anyway, what I have on hand warrants a comment and a very positive one, too! These tracks are not leftovers, filler material pieces, but a combination great tunes. Either performed in concert, or broadcast on Polish Radio only without being released on vinyl back then. This is not a compilation, but individual performances in their own right.

Holidaying in Poland in my youth I've heard SBB for the first time on Polish Radio. The band has raised my interest immediately as the music was bursting with energy and a progressive quality that wasn't common in Eastern Europe then. Suffice to say, some of those tracks are featured here, while others were made available on different releases.

Here we find the band in full flight, eager to impress - as the title of CD 1 "Impresja" implies. They were already seasoned performers by this time that only recently became a band on their own. If you know their early live performances then you know what to expect here. Brilliant fireworks, guitar, keyboard duels, practically squeezing out every possible sound of their limited gear.

Some of the tunes may sound familiar as they formed the foundation of future releases, but the band are not known about playing a tune twice in an identical way, Those pieces still come across with freshness, along with never before released material.

The four CDs I have showcase SBB at their best and on that basis I have to give this release the highest mark. Worth tracking down.

BORA | 5/5 |


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