Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography


CzesŁaw Niemen

Eclectic Prog

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

CzesŁaw Niemen Niemen & Akwarele: ‎Dziwny Jest Ten Swiat album cover
3.44 | 52 ratings | 1 reviews | 22% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

Write a review

from partners
Studio Album, released in 1967

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Gdzie To Jest? / Where Is It? (3:00)
2. Nigdy Się Nie Dowiesz / You'll Never Know (3:30)
3. Ten Los, Zły Los / This Fate, This Cruel Fate (2:40)
4. Coś, Co Kocham Najwięcej / What I Love The Most (3:10)
5. Wspomnienie / Memory (3:50)
6. Nie Wstawaj Lewą Nogą / Don't Be Angry (2:10)
7. Dziwny Jest Ten Świat / Strange Is This World (3:35)
8. Jeszcze Swój Egzamin Zdasz / You'll Pass Your Exam (2:00)
9. Chciałbym Cofnąć Czas / I'd Like To Turn Back Time (3:50)
10. Pamiętam Ten Dzień / I Remember That Day (3:15)
11. Nie Dla Mnie Taka Dziewczyna / She's Not The Type For Me (2:25)
12. Chyba, Że Mnie Pocałujesz / Maybe If You Kiss Me (3:00)

Total time 36:25

Bonus tracks on 1991 - 2003 reissues:
13. Jaki Kolor Wybrać Chcesz? (2:25)
14. Proszę, Przebacz (3:15)
15. Domek Bez Adresu (2:25)

Line-up / Musicians

- Czesław Niemen / vocals, piano, organ

- Tomasz Jaśkiewicz / guitar
- Marian Zimiński / piano, organ
- Paweł Brodowski / bass
- Tomasz Buttowt / drums, percussion, sax
- Alibabki vocal group / backing vocals (3,7,9)

Releases information

LP Polskie Nagrania Muza XL 0411 (1967, Poland) Monophonic
LP Polskie Nagrania Muza SX 2547 (1988, Poland)
LP Polskie Nagrania Muza XL 0411, SX 0411 (1990, Poland)

CD Digiton DIG 107 (1991, Germany) with 3 bonus tracks)
MC Digiton DIG C 107 (1992, Germany) with 3 bonus tracks)
CD Polskie Nagrania Muza PNCD 353 (1996, Poland) Remastered (?) with 3 bonus tracks
CD Green Tree Records GTR 112 (2003, Germany, remastered, with 3 bonus tracks)
CD Polskie Nagrania Muza PNCD 1570 (2014, Poland, remastered)
LP Polskie Nagrania Muza XL 0411 (2014, Poland)

Thanks to ClemofNazareth for the addition
and to Quinino for the last updates
Edit this entry

Buy CZESŁAW NIEMEN Niemen & Akwarele: ‎Dziwny Jest Ten Swiat Music

More places to buy CZESŁAW NIEMEN music online

CZESŁAW NIEMEN Niemen & Akwarele: ‎Dziwny Jest Ten Swiat ratings distribution

(52 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (29%)
Collectors/fans only (14%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

CZESŁAW NIEMEN Niemen & Akwarele: ‎Dziwny Jest Ten Swiat reviews

Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by siLLy puPPy
COLLABORATOR PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams
3 stars CZESŁAW NIEMEN was one of Poland's most celebrated musicians of the 20th century having released dozens of albums ranging from rock and roll, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, folk, avant-garde jazz and even electronic music. Primarily known for his soulful vocal abilities with a wide range and interesting intonation, NIEMEN was a national phenomenon as a rock balladeer who was one of the most successful singer / songwriter acts to emerge on the Polish scene. NIEMEN was born in Stare Wasiliszki in 1939 which then was still a part of Poland but was annexed to the Belarusian areas of the Soviet Union after the second World War but NIEMEN was ethnically Polish so he relocated within the newly establish Polish borders before engaging in his fruitful career.

While in the Western world he is primarily known for his more adventurous musical offerings in the world of progressive rock and jazz, NIEMEN started off sounding like the Polish version of Motown on his debut DZIWNY JEST TEN ŚWIAT which translates into "This World Is A Strange Place," a phrase that never seems to be untrue. At this point in NIEMEN's career he was inspired by 60s soul acts such as James Brown and Percy Sledge and after winning the 5th Song Festive in Opole in June 1967 with the title song from this debut album which was considered a protest song, his career was launched and would stay on the scene until his death in 2004 at the age of 67.

This album is basically a fun pop record of soulful beat music with a touch of blues rock and psychedelia in the Motown style that dominated the 60s and 70s. This was very much a product of Poland and all lyrics were exclusively in the Polish language but at this stage NIEMEN was already quite adept at adapting his emotive vocal style into the Western pop music paradigm. DZIWNY is a fun little romp through 12 tracks that sounded exactly like what was popular in the West in the year 1967 when this was released. In addition to vocals, NIEMEN also played piano and organ accompanied by a backing band of four members who handled guitar, bass, drums, percussion, sax as well as an additional backing vocal group. All tracks are quite catchy and instantly addictive although the Polish language adds a very exotic flavor to a somewhat familiar style of music.

For fans of progressive rock and NIEMEN's more adventurous musical explorations you can skip the first three albums and begin with the 1970 release "Enigmatic" but if you are at all interested in NIEMEN's earliest offerings based in catchy Motown inspired soul music then i have to highly recommend these early albums because they give you a sense of what the Polish music world was like in the 60s before the more diverse sounds began to emerge in the 70s. While this one is hardly an essential album in any sense of the world, it's really a great display of NIEMEN's ability to craft soulful addictive pop hooks augmented by his charismatic singing style and poetic songwriting skills but given that the lyrics are exclusively in Polish, that aspect of the music will be absent. Still though, great 60s beat album for sure.

3.5 rounded down

Latest members reviews

No review or rating for the moment | Submit a review

Post a review of CZESŁAW NIEMEN "Niemen & Akwarele: ‎Dziwny Jest Ten Swiat"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives

Donate monthly and keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.