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5 stars By way of introduction I have say that this is polish progressive rock classic.In Poland this album is something like for example Yes "Close to the Edge" or Deep Purple "In Rock" to put it simply -one of the best rock music release of all time. Budka Suflera style on this longplay can be described as mixture of hard rock in vein of Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin and progressive rock in vein of Yes or early King Crimson.Budka blends this two types of influences smoothly. We have also very strong and powerful voice of Cugowski (one of the greatest rock singer), what a pity that he is unknown abroad.Moreover I need to mention very poetical and literary lyrics.It is worth to mention that Niemen (great polish rock star of those time) took part in recording of this album and also lent Budka minimoog and hammond organ.

Cień Wielkiej Góry - track about alpinist who died during the mountain climbing, spacious with strings section.The end of the song is a little bit similar to "Let It Be" by The Beatles

Lubię Ten Stary Obraz -very Deep Purple and Free influenced track, in second part of the song we can hear hammond organ solos a bit similar to Jon Lord works.

Samotny Nocą- the simplest song of the album.Dominated by guitar riffs and hammond organ.Towards more into typical 70's hard rock.

Jest Taki samotny Dom- one of the anthem of polish rock music, amazing heavy guitar riff, gothic atmosphere, violins, organ, choir. Still unearthly song..

Szalony Koń- almost 20 minute suite.You can find almost everything here: a little bit of Purple and even Sabbath-riffing, Zeppelin style drums solos, long minimoog solos, female choir, delicate bluesy guitars, church organ.Track full of melody and ideas, a true progressive rock masterpiece

To sum up I would like to encourage you to listen to this album because progressive rock have it's masterpiece from 70's not only in UK or Germany but also in other coutries like Poland and "Cień Wielkiej Góry" by Budka Suflera is together with "Krywań Krywań" by Skaldowie the best polish rock album in golden era of rock 1969-76.

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Posted Friday, March 23, 2012 | Review Permalink
Mellotron Storm
4 stars This is another album my Bro In Law introduced me to. This band is from Poland with Polish vocals and this their debut was released in 1975. The band I thought of most when listening to this was SBB. And I can honestly say that the instrumental work is as good as SBB and that's the biggest compliment I can give these guys. I've never been a fan of Polish vocals but man can this guy let it rip. Those vocals with the unbridled power instrumentally makes this a true must-have in my opinion.

"Cien Wielkied Gory" opens with atmosphere and female vocal melodies before fragile male vocals join in. The male vocals become passionate. Drums and guitar follow along with floating organ. Nice instrumental section before 6 minutes to the end. "Lubie Ten Stary Obraz" opens with intricate guitar melodies and sounds as the vocals join in. I like it ! It all stops before 2 1/2 minutes then a new soundscape kicks in with vocals. This is more aggressive with guitar. A slightly mellower section with strings comes in as these sections are contrasted. A guitar solo 5 minutes and check out the drum work then the organ. Nice. "Samotny Noca" has a good heavy sound with vocals. The organ leads before 2 minutes as the vocals stop briefly. "Jest Taki Samotny Dom" kicks in quite heavily but slowly before a minute. A calm with reserved vocals takes over quickly as these contrasts continue. Female vocals 3 1/2 minutes in then the male vocals join in too. It's building. So good !

"Szalony Kori" is the closing side long suite at almost 20 minutes. It opens with a gong then we get some nasty moog runs, I mean they sound evil. Drums and more join in. Vocals 1 1/2 minutes in as it calms down. The guitar, drums and vocals kick in with passion. It's RUSH-like 4 minutes in then those filthy moog runs are back. A calm 6 minutes in. Vocals follow as it becomes fuller. A change before 7 1/2 minutes as the drums and guitar show off. So impressive. Vocals a minute later. Backing female vocals after 11 minutes with the male vocals are all so passionate. Gulp. Guitar before 12 minutes and the synths join in too. A calm with vocals 13 minutes in then it kicks in again as contrasts continue. A calm with reserved vocals before 18 minutes to end it.

Just a killer album even though i'm not that into Polish vocals. Still the drum work and instrumental work in general is incredible.

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Posted Wednesday, September 12, 2012 | Review Permalink
3 stars With Polish psych/prog elder statesman Czesław Niemen guesting on Moog, Budka Suflera's debut album had a lot going for it, but set against other heavy psychedelic music of the day t feels a little uninspired. The band by and large do a competent job - though Krzysztof Cugowski's vocals are a little underwhelming - but these jams, whilst interesting, never quite attain the full potential of the format. The side-long title track finds the band getting a little ambitious at last, but even that feels flat compared with, say, the last track on Arzachel's sole album from 1969. The fact is that the prog and psych worlds had already moved on by the time this album was released, and with Niemen himself producing superior material at around the same time Iron Curtain-era isolation from Western musical innovations clearly isn't an excuse.
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Posted Tuesday, February 19, 2013 | Review Permalink
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3 stars Budka Suflera meant to become one of the leading Rock/Soft Rock acts in Poland, but their roots were definitely progressive.The band from Lublin was formed around singer Krzysztof Cugowski and bassist Romuald Lipko in early-70's with Andrzej Ziolkowski and drummer Ryszard Siwiec completing the first line-up.After several gigs and drummer changes Zbigniew Zielinski sits behind the drum kit and Budka Suflera eventually meet success in 1974, covering Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" in Polish.This was the last recording of Zielinski with the band, as he was replaced by Tomasz Zeliszewski.Having earned a contract with Polskie Nagrania Muza they headed to their debut album, inviting Czesław Niemen and Marek Stefankiewicz to help out on keyboards, while the female vocal ensemble Alibabki participated in the female choirs,Their debut ''Cien wielkiej gory'' was finally released in 1975.

First side shows the band practicing their moves between different styles with comfort and the only common thing in all four tracks are the expressive Polish vocals.The eponymous kick off is a grandiose Space Rock piece with Niemen's moog synths in evidence and a deep lyrical content, resembling to Hungarians EAST, while the follower ''Lubic ten stary obraz'' shifts easy between acoustic mannerisms, orchestral plays with strings and complex Heavy/Blues Rock with impressive guitar breaks.''Samotny noca'' is more of a conventional Hard Rocker with a typical song structure, characterized by the edgy lead guitars and the aggresive voice of Cugowski, but with ''Jest taki samotny dom'' Budka Suflera return to a grandiose Space/Symphonic Rock with pompous keyboards and excellent guitar solos in the vein of ELOY, EAST and compatriots PROGRES 2.The flipside is captured by Budka Suflera's ambitious attempt on putting up a long epic, the 19-min. ''Szalony kon''.While not fully convincing, this a pretty good example of 70's Polish Prog with a balanced sound but a rather questionable connection between the styles.It represents nicely the band's talent, which was based on deep lyricism, complicated instrumental lines and early psychedelic influences, offering extended guitar parts, furious synth workouts by Niemen and poetic passages with Cugowski's voice leading the way.It draws influences from Heavy Rock, Classical Music and Psychedelic Rock in almost equal doses, switching between angular guitar-led runs and laid-back textures with a low tempo.

I could say that this album is fully representative of 70's Polish Prog.Stuffed with psychedelic vibes, based on expressive vocal work but also filled with intricate instrumental themes.Not the best from the country, but definitely good enough one to seek for.Recommended.

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Posted Friday, November 1, 2013 | Review Permalink
3 stars Budka Suflera may be more famous for their later rock/pop records but they had good prog-rock moments on their debut album. Not as ambitious and focused as SBB, Collegium Musicum or Blue Effect, Budka Suflera retained quite raw sound in 1975 unlike many more polished prog-rock bands in Western Europe, Italy and Sweden at that time.

Vocals are quite expressive and original sung in Polish. You will hear some rock, hard-rock and even light soul shades in the singer's vocal.

Instrumentally, there is not very much complexity but I would highlight drums and keyboards that some more progressive than other instruments. The guitar drives the sound more into hard rock/hard prog direction.

The weakness of this album is the average compositional power and incoherence since the band tried to try multiple directions.

Bonus tracks are surprisingly good, enjoy the last track "Najdluzsa droga", which is one of the most progressive tracks on the album supported by saxophone, clavinet and epic motive.

Another highlight is the epic 19-minute track with shifts in the speed and I love the synth solo in the middle.

Recommended to all that like exploring prog from less traditional countries.

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