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Leb I Sol

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4.21 | 61 ratings | 9 reviews | 34% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1979

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Lenja pesma (4:32)
2. Rebus (5:12)
3. Hogar (4:21)
4. Rucni rad (5:07)
5. Kumova slama (5:20)
6. Put u vedro (5:20)
7. Verni pas (6:09)

Total Time: 36:01

Bonus track on 1999 CD release:
8. Kumova Slama (Live)

Line-up / Musicians

- Vlatko Stefanovski / electric & acoustic guitars, vocals
- Nikola Dimusevski / piano, Fender Rhodes, Mellotron, Polymoog, Minimoog
- Bodan Arsovski / bass, double bass
- Garabet Tavitijan / drums

- Milivoje Marković / tenor & alto saxes

Releases information

LP PGP RTB ‎- LP 55-5372 (1979, Yugoslavia)

CD Krin Music ‎- 411532 (1999, Switzerland) With a bonus track

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LEB I SOL Rucni Rad ratings distribution

(61 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(34%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(43%)
Good, but non-essential (18%)
Collectors/fans only (2%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

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Review by Seyo
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5 stars After two successfull albums LEB I SOL decided not to repeat the formula but to go into a deeper exploration of jazz.

For the third album they almost abandoned the lyrics and invited a saxophone guest for two tracks. Vocals are present but except "Lenja pesma", an excellent even semi-commercial hit at the time, they were utilized as an instrument. Dimusevski is more active than ever with his electric piano and plethora of synths, Stefanovski's guitar technique is brought to perfect here,while rhythm section of Tavitijan and Arsovski is impeccable as always. Macedonian folk is less present in favour of more "avant-garde" approach in a manner of jazz improvistions, so "Rucni rad" is not very accessible on the first listen.

Production of Josip Bocek is finally top notch for the time, the whole album carries the balanced sound of all instruments, perfectly arranged so you could get a sense of the band playing as a single body. Solos are rare but very effective and functional.

All 7 tracks are perfect but obvious favorites would be "Lenja pesma" (lyrics as always by Goran Stefanovski, Vlatko's brother, who is a renowned Macedonian playright), Arsovski's title track "Rucni rad" with some beautiful fretless bass melody line and Stefanovski's "Kumova slama", one of the most memorable instrumentals of the former Yugo music scene, beautiful melody with emotional guitar solo weeping. However there is present a sort of optimistic, positive feeling in this composition which sometimes reminds me of the similar style found in say "Jessica" by ALLMAN BROTHERS. This is a true gem of ex-Yugo prog and probably the best fusion album of the era just before the coming of New Wave age.

It is available on a "2LP on1CD" reissue coupled with the fourth album "Infinity" (T.Pics/PGP RTS, CD 2046, 2000) so you better go and get it!

Review by Andrea Cortese
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4 stars After having silently disappeared behind huge piles of law books, I'm finally back with some of the most exciting bands I discovered this year... thanks to Seyo and to this website and thanks also to my longly coveted holydays in Itsria.

Leb i Sol are often overlooked by many prog fellows and that's probably due to the difficulty to find albums of theirs without recurring to internet sellers. Well, I recommend you to try. Not just because you love jazz-rock sound but as prog lovers in general.

After their tremendous second album, simply titled Leb i Sol 2 (which cover I'm proud to call show now as my avatar!), the most important macedonian band gives us a more symphonic effort, slightly less eclectic and varied than the previous work. Notwithstanding, Rucni Rad is a hell of an album too, more mature and very well produced and, at the same time, very different from that. More keyboards and less guitar's aggressiveness, more delicacy as in the pleasant title track itself.

Could you imagine Mahavisnu Orchestra duet with Camel? Well, it's a fabulous experience for ears. Excellent. The only problem is whether this album is better than Leb i Sol 2 or not. After so many listenings, now I'm sure I prefer the predecessor 'cause of its more original variety of styles. Despite that, Rucni Rad comes close and sometimes delivers some of the most outsanding numbers as the explosive Rebus.

Some delicate remembrance of Banco (Canto di Primavera's period) here and there are also worthy of special mention.

Beautiful melodies and great sax solos as in the memorable closer Verni Pas. Sad atmosphere and mellow choruses. Great.

4,5 highly recommended!

Review by snobb
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4 stars Possibly, one of the best album of Leb i Sol, Macedonian band. If two previous works were more filled with Balkan world melodies and rhythms, this third one is mostly jazz fusion album.

Strongly influenced by genre leaders, the album contains well balanced music with sound, where one can find RTF,Mahavishnu Orchestra,symphonic prog traces. Sound recorded at very good level, with rich bass line and airy rounded electric guitar. Electronic keyboards play their important mission in common sound as well.

Album's opener is quite pop-oriented song with vocals, but then you will hear many instrumental fusion pieces. If there are some Macedonian motives in instrumental compositions, another characteristic moment is very melodic,soulful and rounded "Slavic" sound ( you often can hear it in music of mostly each Eastern European band). Similar nuances are quite usual in music of some French bands,or RPI.

In some compositions guest sax player added its instrument's voice, but sax sounds quite in traditions of pop-jazz. Great work,if a bit too soft and safe for my taste.

Another great fusion album from 70-s, no way masterpiece, but possibly one of the best genre's example from former Yugoslavia.

Three and half, rounded to 4.

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars LEB I SOL's third album is on a par with the first two in my opinion but I would give the first two a bit of an edge over "Rucni Rad" if I was listing them by favourites.

"Lenja Pesma" is bright and uptempo with vocals. Love this song.The bass is prominant the way I like it too. We get guitar after 2 minutes when the vocals stop followed by synths before the vocals return. "Rebus" has lots of keyboards early on and it turns jazzy around a minute with bass.The drumming is excellent here.The guitar 3 1/2 minutes in proceeds to rip it up. "Hogar" kicks in before a minute. Man this guy can drum ! The guitar is lighting it up late as the bass throbs.

"Rucni Rad" is more laid back with piano, bass and drums standing out. Some relaxed guitar before 3 1/2 minutes and vocal melodies come in late. "Kumova Slama" is another relaxed tune with synths this time.Vocal melodies around 4 minutes followed by guitar as it becomes more aggressive. "Put U Vedro" is mellow and I like the guest sax which sounds incredible. So much going on here. Good tune ! "Verni Pas" opens with keys then the bass joins in. Synths 1 1/2 minutes in and sax comes in later.Vocal melodies after 3 1/2 minutes.

If you can find any of LEB I SOL's first three studio albums or their double live recording don't even hesitate. A solid 4 stars.

Latest members reviews

4 stars By the time the band got to this point after their first two albums - that are second only to Brand X "Masques" period(!) - they've slowed down a bit. Still quality Jazz-Rock, but the inspiration is fading here. The tunes are pleasant and pleasant is the word as there is nothing groundbreak ... (read more)

Report this review (#899635) | Posted by BORA | Saturday, January 26, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I entirely agree with the P.A. community of reviewers, when assign to LEB I SOL "Rucni Rad" (side to side With "Leb I Sol II" a high note. Although, I must confess that I'm not an adimirer from the Jazz Rock Fusion Style, mainly when this style are close to a free jazz., and for this reaso ... (read more)

Report this review (#899543) | Posted by maryes | Friday, January 25, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars An interesting band name: Leb I Sol(in English Bread and Salt) which reminds me of a certain habit in my country. When we have some guests from other places we greet them and give them to eat bread and salt on a dish (usually the person who's doing this is dressed in a traditional costume). I' ... (read more)

Report this review (#124098) | Posted by petrica | Thursday, May 31, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is not only the best studio album of Leb i Sol but, I would dare to call it, one of the best studio albums ever recorded. The compositions are so marvellously arranged and performed. The whole album breathes with profound energy and south european sensitivity. It's a must! ... (read more)

Report this review (#119929) | Posted by szoze | Friday, April 27, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Vlatko Stefanovski always pointed to Allan Holdsworth as a huge influence on his guitar playing.This album,more than any other Leb i sol offering,clearly shows this influence.Band is clearly at their peak here, leaning more toward jazz side of fusion(Bruford's"One of a kind"comes to mind)."Reb ... (read more)

Report this review (#104529) | Posted by ljubaspriest | Monday, December 25, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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