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4.27 | 11 ratings | 3 reviews | 55% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

Live at Wyspianski Theater, Katowice, Poland, 19 November 2007
1. Pielgrzym
2. Odlot
3. Freedom With Us
4. 3rd Reanimation
5. Going Away
6. Żywiec Mountain Melody
7. Memento z banalnym tryptykiem
8. Pieoń stojącego w bramie
9. Płonące myoli (Ojcu)
10. Rainbow Man
11. Drums
12. Walkin' Around The Stormy Bay
13. Skała / The Rock
14. Sunny Day
15. Z których krwi krew moja

[Live at Spodek Hall, Katowice, February 24th 2006]:
16. Memento z banalnym tryptykiem
17. New Century (incl. Tajemniczy Owiat Mariana)
18. Odlot
19. Rainbow Man
20. Całkiem spokojne zmęczenie
21. Improv: Drums-Battle
22. Walkin' Around The Stormy Bay

1. Pielgrzym
2. Freedom With Us
3. 3rd Reanimation
4. Going Away
5. Żywiec Mountain Melody
6. Płonące myoli (Ojcu)
7. Walkin' Around The Stormy Bay
8. Skała / The Rock
9. Sunny Day
10. Z których krwi krew moja

Line-up / Musicians

- Józef Skrzek /Bass, keyboards, guitar, vocals
- Apostolis Anthymos / guitar, drums
- Gabor Nemeth / Drums, percussion

Releases information

Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MMP DVD 0127 (DVD)
Barcode: 5907785031395 (DVD)
Cat. No.: MMP DVD 0128 (DVD+CD)
Barcode: 5907785031401 (DVD+CD)

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SBB Four Decades ratings distribution

(11 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(55%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(27%)
Good, but non-essential (18%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

SBB Four Decades reviews

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Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
4 stars Should Be Bigger than they are

The title of this lavish DVD production reflects both the longevity of the band, and the wealth of material available to them from their extensive back catalogue. Featuring two full concerts recorded in Katowice, Poland in 2006 and 2007, the band play a fine selection of tracks from their early days through to the current album "The rock".

The highlight for many who have followed the band will be the 11 minute run through of the title track from "Memento z banalnym tryptykiem", but those less aware of their history cannot fail but to be impressed by the depth of the material. Although the band is but a trio, the lush keyboard layers of Jozef Skryzek create a symphonic basis for many of the extended pieces. Skyrzek usually provides the bass parts through his pedals too, but occasionally he will move to bass guitar. It is during such excursions that the band sounds more fragile. A support bassist on the tour might be a wise investment for such occasions.

That though is but a churlish criticism when the end product is of a quality such as this. The band is conveniently classified here as jazz/fusion, and there is no doubt that such influences are embedded in the live performances. It would though be short sighted to suggest that these gigs are simply lengthy improvisation sessions. The structure and rock orientation of the songs belie such notions, resulting in intricate progressive arrangements which will please prog fans of many persuasions.

The audiences are enthusiastic but respectful of the performances, which are musically based rather than intended as an audio/visual extravaganza (for want of a better way of putting it). Those in the UK could be forgiven for thinking that comedian Bill Baillie has joined the band, such is his similarity to Skryzek. There though, any suggestion of humour ends.

The DVD, which runs to over 3˝ hours, includes interviews with the band members (in Polish with English subtitles) and biographies.

If you are new to SBB, this is a superb way to discover their music. At first sight you may wonder how three aging misfits can be so highly regarded in prog, but after just a few minutes, conversion to the cause is all but guaranteed.

Latest members reviews

5 stars The title may suggest a retrospective, a documentary of sorts. The reality is that these are more recent performances where early material along with new tunes are on offer. The band - as always - plays in many different styles, ranging from Symphonic, Jazz-Rock, Lyrical and even the odd Boog ... (read more)

Report this review (#874402) | Posted by BORA | Monday, December 10, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Perhaps some neophytes don't know this band yet. But most of prog fans have heard and enjoyed the albums by this seminal outfit from Poland. Four decades of playing prog. Heard but never saw them alive because they live in Eastern Europe which means some miles away and in a country where rock ... (read more)

Report this review (#266544) | Posted by Thierry | Tuesday, February 16, 2010 | Review Permanlink

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