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4.27 | 43 ratings | 4 reviews | 40% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Vtáci (1:02)
2. Ostrov (18:42)
3. Privretými Očami (8:23)
4. Nové Dieťa (3:18)
5. Jedného Dňa (5:43)

Total Time 37:08

Line-up / Musicians

- Dezo Ursiny / vocals, composer

- Anton Jaro / bass
- Jaroslav Filip / keyboards, Fender electric piano, harpsichord
- Milan Tedla / string conductor
- Dusan Húsčava / soprano & tenor saxophones, flute
- Juraj Lehotský / trumpet
- Vladimír Malý / cor anglais
- Cyril Zeleňák / drums, percussion

Releases information

Title translates as "Childhood's Mainland"

Artwork: Jozef Pernecký

LP Opus ‎- 91 16 0647 (1978, Czechoslovakia)

CD Opus ‎- 9356 0647 (1995, Slovakia) Remastered by Juraj Stubniak

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DEZO URSINY Pevnina Detstva ratings distribution

(43 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(40%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(37%)
Good, but non-essential (21%)
Collectors/fans only (2%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars In my opinion this is a big improvement over the debut that was released some five years earlier. And he's got the FERMATA rhythm section! Vocals are in their own tongue this time instead of English like on the debut. Such an interesting album with the instruments in play like trumpet, sax, flute, electric piano, keyboards, cors anglais(english horn), strings, harpsichord and bass and drums of course but no guitar. Dezo is the composer and singer.

I'm not in love with this album but there are aspects of it that really hit the mark. Again the bass and drums being from FERMATA is huge. Both sound amazing. The electric piano is my favourite instrument on here, it just sounds the way I want it to sound. The horns are hit and miss to be honest. The trumpet especially. A really good album though, very proggy with tons of tempo shifts especially on that over 18 1/2 minute second track. My favourite though is "Nove Dieta" with that rhythm section being so impressive and just the urgent sound that it has. It's just different from the rest in a good way.

Worth the 4 stars.

Latest members reviews

4 stars The closest fusion-like album by Ursiny is arguably also the most mainstream progressive album. It is highly indebted to the rhythm section and confident keyboard playing. Ironically, it is Ursiny who contributes least to the progressive sound - although he is the composer behind indeed. I fi ... (read more)

Report this review (#2953049) | Posted by sgtpepper | Wednesday, September 20, 2023 | Review Permanlink

5 stars De?o is the most important person in slovak popular music. His opus is mixture of Varga's (Collegium Musicum) musicality with classical influence and Jazz fusion essence of Griglák's Fermáta. De?o in the early 70s claimed the only language of rock is English, but Ivan ?trpka (slovakian poet) c ... (read more)

Report this review (#469211) | Posted by kub | Saturday, June 25, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Sang entirely in Slovak, this was the first album Ursiny cut in 5 years. It has a strong jazz rock feel to it, as both the drummer and bass player on the record were members of the Slovak jazz rock band Fermáta, wihere they were featured on the first two albums. Vtáci A miniature. Dramati ... (read more)

Report this review (#131501) | Posted by Peto | Friday, August 3, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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