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The Plastic People of the Universe The Plastic People of The Universe & Agon Orchestra - Pasijové hry / Passion Play album cover
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Live, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Exodus 12
2. Nebo jití jest Hospodinovo / For It Is The Lord's Passover
3. Kázání na hoře / The Sermon On The Mount
4. Nepotřebujeme krále / What Need Have We Of A King
5. Čist jsem od krve / I Am Innocent Of Blood
6. Zhřesil jsem / I Have Sinned
7. Trojjediná / Trinity
8. Otče / Father!
9. Noc temná / Dark Night

Line-up / Musicians

Vratislav Brabenec / saxophones, solo voice [2, 5), choir
Josef Janíček / keyboards, solo voice [6], choir
Jiří Kabes / el. viola, solo voice [8], choir
Ludvík Kandl / drums, solo voice [4, 7], choir
Joe Karafiát / el. guitar, choir
Eva Turnová / bass, solo vocal [3, 7], choir

Pavel Zajíček (DG 307) voice [1, 9]

Agon Orchestra
Martin Čech / flute, piccolo, choir
Tomás Čistecký / clarinet, tenor saxophone, choir
Karel Dohnal / bass-clarinet
Tomás Hustoles / baritone saxophone
Jan Musil / french horn, choir
Ladislav Kozderka / trumpet, choir
Ivo Kopecký / trombone
Jan Jaros / tuba
Tibor Adamský /.percussion
Daniel Mikolásek / percussion
Michal Nejtek / clavinet, piano
Jan Simůnek / violin, choir
Vladimír Klánský / violin, choir
Igor Lecian / violin, choir
Veronika Valisová / violin, choir
Pavel Hořejsí / viola, choir
Mikolás Čech / viola, choir
Krystof Lecian / cello
Vít Petrásek / cello
Ivan Bierhanzl / double bass

Petr Kofroň / conductor

Releases information

CD KH0001-2

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Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars This is the live version of their 1980 studio album and performed as a tribute to their deceased bass player Milan Hlavsa. A 20 piece orchestra helps out on this 2004 release.This does sound quite different from their eighties albums as we don't have that catchy rhythm of bass and horns. Perhaps that's because of the subject matter on this concept album. I'll use the English song titles provided but the vocals are in their native Czeck language.

'Exodus" opens with the audience clapping before sounds and outbursts come and go including orchestral ones. It turns dark with sparse sounds. Nice. Spoken words before 5 minutes to the end. "For It Is The Lord's Supper" has this beat as passionate spoken words join in. Vocals follow and they come and go along with the spoken words. "The Sermon On The Mount" is dissonant to open then a calm arrives. It's dark as spoken words come and go both male and female.

"What Need Have We Of A King" has these almost spoken words with a beat and horns. It blends into "I Am Innocent Of Blood" as this sound continues. "I Have Sinned" opens with horns. It's dark and vocals follow with percussion. Percussion only to end it as it blends into "Trinity" where the piano joins the percussion. Strings and vocals join in. It's intense and eerie. It lightens late and blends into "Father !". It settles quickly with spoken words. It then picks up with vocals. Spoken words and guitar follow as contrasts continue. A fair amount of piano too. Dissonant horns after 8 minutes. "Dark Night" opens with strings with a beat. Guitar before 3 1/2 minutes. Dissonant horns come in. Spoken words after 7 1/2 minutes with no music. A loud yell ends it then we get applause from the crowd.

3.5 stars. I may bump this up but again because it's a concept album I feel the music takes a back seat at times to the narration. Lots of great passages here though regardless.

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