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4.00 | 8 ratings | 1 reviews | 38% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1984

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Zöld szemű rózsa / Rose of Green Eyes (Gergely Koltay, József Margit - Gergely Koltay) (3:38)
2. Védelmezz! / Protect Me (Gergely Koltay, József Margit, László Neumayer - Gergely Koltay) (3:41)
3. Egy ágyon, egy kenyéren / Common Bed, Common Bread (Gergely Koltay - József Ratkó) (5:16)
4. Trák attak / Thracian Attack (Instrumental) (Gergely Koltay, József Margit, Péter Gál, László Neumayer) (3:36)
5. Alig volt zöld / It Hardly Was Green (Levente Szörényi - János Bródy) (2:48)
6. Ne sírj / Don't Cry (Gergely Koltay) (4:42)
7. Ilju haramia / Ilyu Highwayman (Gergely Koltay - László Nagy) (2:46)
8. Ha meghalok / If I Die (Gergely Koltay, József Margit, Péter Gál, László Neumayer - László Nagy) (5:34)
9. Gyere ki te gyöngyvirág / Lily-of-the Valley (Gergely Koltay, József Margit, László Neumayer) (2:34)
10. Adjon az Isten / May the Lord Provide (Gergely Koltay - László Nagy) (3:35)
11. Macedon Express / Macedonian Express (Instrumental) (Gergely Koltay, József Margit, Péter Gál, László Neumayer) (3:16)
12. Jöjj be szobámba / Come in My Bower (Gergely Koltay) (2:50)

Total time 44:21

Line-up / Musicians

- Péter Gál / violin, vocals
- Gergely Koltay / folk shwn, bagpipe, flute, recorder, zhiter, vocals
- József Margit / bass guitar, vocals
- László Neumayer / drums, percussion, vocals

Guest musicians:
- Szilveszter Jenei / acoustic guitar, electric guitars, vocals
- Endre Csillag / guitar
- László Dés / soprano saxophone
- Kamilla Dévai Nagy / vocals
- Poliviosz Korogiannopulosz / Turkish chash
- Gyula Papp / Hammond organ
- Csaba Szíjgyártó / viola, violin
- Levente Szörényi / electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bird-percussion

Releases information

LP Pepita SLPM 1782 (1984)
MC Pepita MK 17852 (1984)

MC Gong MK 17852 (1988)
CD Gong CD HCD 17852 (1988)

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(38%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
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Review by NotAProghead
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4 stars Back then, in the 60s and 70s, Hungary had a strong rock movement (though only few bands like OMEGA and, in lesser degree, LOCOMOTIV GT became known outside the Eastern Bloc). And Hungary has rich folk traditions. KORMORÁN were probably the first who combined these parts in absolutely natural, organic way.

Founded in 1976, the band released a couple of singles, took part in ''Kőműves Kelemen'' rock opera, came through some line-up changes and only in 1984 released their first LP ''Folk & Roll''. The title says it all: folk traditions and rock power. In many ways it was a revolutionary record. ''Folk & Roll'' defined the band's future sound for many years, most of these songs became classics and were re-recorded, live and in studio, by different KORMORÁN line-ups. Many of them are played in concerts till now. And, last but not least, songs are memorable.

This album does not contain long epics, but songs are quite complex in structure, have good contrasts between lighter and heavier parts, the interplay between acoustic (violin, flute, bagpipes, Turkish pipe) and electric rock instruments is masterful. There is a lot of things to discover with each new listen.

The release of ''Folk & Roll'' made it evident that a unique band, powerful, versatile and at the same time very Hungarian in nature, was born. Personally I prefer some later KORMORÁN records, but nothing would be possible without this short (by today's standards) album. Essential part of the band's discography. Highly recommended.

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