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3.49 | 35 ratings | 4 reviews | 17% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1975

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Răsărit / Călătorul Și Copacul (Sunrise / The Traveler and the Tree) (4:20)
2. Secolul vitezei (Speed Century) (3:20)
3. Sinteze (Synthesis) (6:55)
4. Magelan (Magellan) (2:50)
5. Lume albă (White World) (2:30)
6. Horă de băieți (Boy's Dance) (4:35)
7. Norul (The Clould) (4:35)
8. Muntele (The Mountain) (6:55)
9. Om bun (Kind Man) (3:05)

Total Time 39:05

Line-up / Musicians

- Dan Andrei Aldea / guitar, vocals
- Corneliu Bibi Ionescu / bass
- Mihai Cernea / drums, vocals
- Dan Bădulescu / guitar, vocals

Releases information

LP Electrecord STM-EDE 01113 (1975, Romania)

MC Electrecord STC 0015 (1976, Romania)

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SFINX Lume Alba ratings distribution

(35 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(46%)
Good, but non-essential (34%)
Collectors/fans only (3%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by apps79
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3 stars Sfinx came in life in Bucharest around 1963, found by three high school students and friends, drummer Cristian Valica, bassist Corneliu "Bibi" Ionescu and singer/guitarist Octav Zemlicka.Among their early members was also organist Idu Barbu, but the crucial point comes in 1967, when violin player and student Dan Andrei Aldea joined the band, he was destined to become the band's leader and an accomplished multi-instrumentalist.Several members would come and go over the span of the next 7-8 years, Sfinx'es fame though was on the rise, writing music for the film ''Nunta de piatra'' and releasing a first single in 1972.A second EP follows in 1974 at a time, when Ionescu and Aldea were surrounded by ex-Mondial drummer Mihai Cernea and a second guitarist, Dan Badulescu.Their ex-keyboardist Idu Barbu helped them during the recording sessions of their debut ''Lume alba'', which was released in 1975 on the Electrecord label.

You shouldn't expect by a band from Romania, a country with limited tradition in Progressive Rock, to break new grounds, but Sfinx appeared to be more than just a talented band on ''Lume alba'', exploring music fields that were almost forbidden for other groups.They played a mix of straight Hard Rock with some supporting poppy tunes, but I also encounter lots of folky influences and spacey, Fusion touches in their sound.The standard-structured tracks are rather of limited interest for fans with no access to the Romanian language, containing lots of punchy guitars, catchy choruses and dynamic grooves, which are sometimes surrounded by discreet keyboard sounds.But there are also tracks in here that are surprisingly good and beyond their time regarding the Romanian Rock scene.For example ''Sinteza'' is powered by great electric solos and a marching rhythm section, accompanying some impressive Moog synth solos with a slight spacey underline or the title-track, which sounds extremely trippy with its wordless vocals, background bass lines and soaring synth lines.''Muntele'' is very interesting as well, some of the guitar parts recall KING CRIMSON at their mid-period, the Hard Rock leads are still in evidence, but the semi-symphonic synths, the powerful breaks and the changing climates add a personal aura in this piece.''Calatorul si copacul'', the opening track is a nice attempt in Folk/Pop with great violin work by Aldea, while the swansong of the album, ''Om bun'', is a beautiful piece of archaic Prog Folk with a slight Medieval atmosphere, featuring poetic voices, traditional flute lines and light bass work.

That's what should be called Art Rock.Not groundbreaking by any means, however ''Lume alba'' remains a hidden gem of versatile Eastern-European Rock music with multilpe influences, likely to satisfy all lovers of flexible listenings.Recommended.

Review by b_olariu
3 stars Beautiful almost forgotten prog rock album from my country from our top band named Sfinx. Issued in 1975 named Lume alba, the debut. Definetly the sound and music was in time with prog scene around that time, it sounding most of the time to me with some italian bands from that period, Alusa Fallax comes in mind. Some great pieces here like Sinteze, Secolul vitezei or Muntele, just strong beautiful prog with some intresting instrumental sections, worth investigated.

3.5 stars for sure, a good towards great in places release, their next one Zalmoxe tops this one in every aspect, but both albums worth have.

R.I.P. - Dan Andrei Aldea 9 March 1950 - 18 January 2020

He was one of the most acomplished musicians from these parts of the world in prog scene.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Lume Alba, the 1975 debut by this Romanian Prog band, came out just in time to place them right at the fore of what I consider the Second Wave of Progressive Rock, some of their most notable international contemporaries being bands such as Rush, Camel and Kansas. This is the beginning of a near- ... (read more)

Report this review (#2692935) | Posted by DangHeck | Tuesday, February 15, 2022 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Excellent start for a band from Romania! My father bought the vinyl when I was a little kid. It was my first contact with a progressive band ever! Dan Andrei Aldea, also called The orchestra-man, the frontman and the main composer really introduced the concept of progressive music in the b ... (read more)

Report this review (#167771) | Posted by Sachis | Thursday, April 17, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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