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LEB I SOL (Eng. "Bread and Salt") was a premier fusion ex-Yugoslavian band. They were formed on 1 January 1976 in Skopje, the present "Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia", with the original line-up consisting of: Vlatko STEFANOVSKI-guitar and vocals, Bodan Arsovski-bass, Nikola Dimusevski-keyboards and Dimitrije Cucurovski-drums. In mid-1977 Garabet Tavitijan replaced Cucurovski on drums and this line-up would last until 1980, making the first three albums of largely instrumental Macedonian ethno-jazz-fusion that remain their best work so far. Dimusevski left in 1980, to be replaced for a short time by Miki PETKOVSKI (ex-SMAK) but he also quit shortly. The remaining members decided to continue as a trio (without keyboards), so the fourth album introduced a change of music direction from pure jazz-fusion into more rock-based territory, retaining some ethno-fusion elements but making them more accessible to mainstream pop/rock audience. Tavitijan left in summer 1982 and his replacement was Dragoljub Djuricic, ex-YU GRUPA drummer. The same year they changed their record label from Belgrade-based PGP RTB to Zagreb-based Jugoton. The 8th album "Tangenta" was produced by the Canterbury scene veteran Kevin AYERS. Tavitijan was back on drums in 1986, while the following year they added saxophone and keyboards for "Kao kakao" album, making another radical shift towards AOR laid-back sound with all vocal tracks, including several pop-hits, abandoning prog explorations almost entirely. Dimusevski was back in team for the last studio album "Putujemo" in 1989, while Djuricic again replaced Tavitijan on drums for the North American tour and "Live in New York" album in 1991. They played their farewell concert in Thessalonica, Greece, December 1995, after which LEB I SOL disbanded. Stefanovski and Arsovski founded their private label Third Ear Music in 1990 and continued with successful solo careers.

In the beginning LEB I SOL were much under influence of SMAK, especially in similar attempt to marry the jazz-rock instrumental approach with the traditional Balkan sounds. First two albums are essential collection of excellent instrumental songs often covering the Macedonian traditionals. "Rucni rad" is their most demanding effort, exploring the deep space of jazz impro...
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4.08 | 42 ratings
Leb I Sol
1978
4.32 | 45 ratings
Leb i Sol 2
1978
4.27 | 37 ratings
Rucni Rad
1979
3.47 | 15 ratings
Infinity
1981
2.84 | 6 ratings
Sledovanje
1982
3.55 | 5 ratings
Kalabalak
1983
3.00 | 6 ratings
Tangenta
1984
2.91 | 3 ratings
Zvucni Zid
1986
3.17 | 6 ratings
Kao Kakao
1987
2.63 | 4 ratings
Putujemo
1989
2.94 | 6 ratings
I Taka Nataka (feat. Dado Topic)
2008

LEB I SOL Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.96 | 7 ratings
Akusticna Trauma
1982
1.51 | 3 ratings
Live In New York
1991
3.29 | 3 ratings
Live Anthology
1999
4.86 | 2 ratings
Live in Macedonia
2006

LEB I SOL Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

5.00 | 1 ratings
Live in Macedonia
2006

LEB I SOL Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.84 | 7 ratings
Anthology
1995
4.00 | 1 ratings
Devetka
1997
5.00 | 1 ratings
Leb i Sol Vol. 1
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
Leb i Sol Vol. 2
2003
3.00 | 2 ratings
Leb i sol kolekcija 1983-1989
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Ultimate Collection
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of 1-2
2009

LEB I SOL Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.82 | 2 ratings
Nie cetvoricata
1978

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 Nie cetvoricata by LEB I SOL album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1978
3.82 | 2 ratings

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Nie cetvoricata
Leb I Sol Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by aneznam

4 stars This is a nice single vinyl record. I bought it in Serbia when i was there visiting someone. When i was listening to the record for the first time I heard something strange and interesting. At first i liked it but then it sounded unreal, so i remembered to put the turntable on 45r/p.

In this funny moment my fiancee was laughing at me until i turned it from 33 to 45r/p. Than there was the known patern of Macedonian Leb i Sol that silenced you.

Excellent guitar work and soft tones merging with Macedonian melody. Definitly nice combination for a SP.

Would recomend it, no question about it.

Peace

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4.32 | 45 ratings

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Leb I Sol Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Anon-E-Mouse

5 stars Perhaps I shouldn't do this as the album is hard to find anymore and bringing attention to it could be considered as teasing. Then again, ignoring this excellent work would only assist in letting this often fantastic band fall into further obscurity. The good news is that much of their material had been released in compilation format and likely to be still in circulation. A warning. You mat want to peruse the track list as some of their later works are just plain horrible.

Some bands start out on the weaker, Pop-ish side, but do get better as they mature. Leb I Sol did the opposite. Bursting to the scene with absolutely professional musicianship and flawless compositions on their early albums. Only to drop it altogether and turn into a totally forgettable Pop act following some changes in their line-up before band leader and exceptional guitarist Vlatko Stefanovsku has come to his senses again in recent years.

I can't recall the circumstances, but many decades ago this album has found me in an LP format and became an instant hit. I was heavily into Jazz-Rock by then, the likes of Mahavishnu, Soft Machine, Brand X, Return To Forever, etc. At this stage this band was in the same league with such giants, I kid you not. Established in Macedonia which was then still a state in the former Yugoslavia, one would not have expected such quality material performed, let alone recorded in that part of the world then. But it did happen.

The material here is pure, instrumental Jazz-Rock consisting of shorter compositions that blend together quite nicely. There are no extended pieces, no stretching out, but somehow such is not missed, either. The most interesting feature here is that one could pay full attention to every note, or just let the album run in the background on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Far from elevator music, it's soft, yet intense and wholesome at the same time working it's magic from beginning to the end.

My only reservation is that it's a very short album, but perhaps it's not the artists' fault. Highly recommended, well worth the effort of tracking it down.

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4.32 | 45 ratings

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Leb I Sol Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
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4 stars The smoke of the flaming Leb I Sol debut hasn't been blown out and the ex-Yugoslavian quartet had already prepared material for a second album.It was a common practice for a band back in the 70's to release more than just an album during the same year and Leb I Sol were no exception, releasing ''2'' in 1978, again on the mega PGP RTB label.

With this album the group epitomized the fact of being one of the best Fusion acts, not only in East Europe, but worldwide.Stefanovski and his intelligent, stunning guitar work still leads Leb I Sol's fiery yet deeply melodic music, being supported by the nervous electric piano of Koki Dimusevski.The album is filled with energetic and passionate solos, technically perfect drumming and furious keyboard passages, sometimes surrounded by ethnic overtones, but mostly coming in a tight mix of Jazz/Fusion and Progressive Rock.The ability of the group to combine the music roots of the country with the rockin' attitude is more than impressive, while some tracks contain also some nice and spacey synth preludes.The vocal moments are now quite limited, giving more space to solid instrumental interplays and virtuosic deliveries, characterized by odd meters and shifting tempos.But the music of Leb I Sol had always a deep sense of melody, thus a wide audience always supported the group.

This group needs a wider recognition by the public.Clever, intricate, melodic and demanding Prog/Fusion with lovely melodies and a personal character.Highly recommended to all Prog fans.

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 Rucni Rad by LEB I SOL album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.27 | 37 ratings

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Rucni Rad
Leb I Sol Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by BORA

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 groundbreaking here anymore. Still, it's much better than the Pop-oriented approach that was to follow a few years later - till Vlatko had re-invented himself as one of the most talented guitar players in Prog.

Not meaning to be patronizing here, but for a Macedonian band to deliver world class music is quite an achievement. If you care to hear them at their absolute best, check out their previous albums and don't forget to hold your jaw from dropping - that is if you are into Brand X at their best!

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4.27 | 37 ratings

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Leb I Sol Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by maryes

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 reason maybe I'm not the most capable member from that community to wirite one review about this album. Even so in this record I have stayed "enchanted" for almost all of tracks, and between these tracks I wish detach the track 2 "Rebus" a delicious sound which even can be appreciated in a comfortable armchair or driving in a highway, the track 3 "Hogar" with his intial space prog theme and the sequence "in the mood" of RETURN TO FOREVER themes and the track 4 "Ručni Rad and his meditative "landscape" with a excellent work from the musicians whit a very tender touch in their instruments. For this reasons my rate is 4 stars !!!

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4.27 | 37 ratings

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Leb I Sol Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
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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.

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3.47 | 15 ratings

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Leb I Sol Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars I enjoyed LEB I SOL's first three albums very much, but my feelings aren't quite the same for this fourth album. The keyboardist has left and they didn't replace him making them a trio at this point. I don't even think that the lack of keyboards is the issue as I really enjoyed their double live album which also has no keyboards. It's just that the songs aren't of the same quality in my opinion even though this album does have it's moments.

"Hars" has these steady drums as the guitar and bass help out.The guitar starts to light it up before 3 1/2 minutes. "Skakavac" is another uptempo track and check out the bass on this one. "Ziva Rana" is the first vocal track and it's a good one. A scream before 4 minutes as it then kicks in with some passion. I like the guitar here. "Ajdi Sonce Zajde" starts to pick up a minute in with drums. I like this. It kicks in hard before 2 minutes then settles back before 3 1/2 minutes before kicking in one more time.

"Beli Mrak" opens with drums as vocals join in. Flugelhorn after 2 1/2 minutes as drums pound. "Neplacena Struja" picks up before a minute. I like the drumming and guitar. "U To Je Stvar" is a relaxed tune with vocals. "Stomacne Vijuge" is uptempo with guitar. Clapping 2 1/2 minutes in to end it. "Kasno Popodne" has these intricate guitar melodies a minute in as the guest flugelhorn follows.

3.5 stars.This is a good album but when comparing it to their previous three it does pale somewhat in my opinion.

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3.96 | 7 ratings

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Leb I Sol Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This was LEB I SOL's first live release from 1982. It was a double album and I noticed fairly quickly that there were no keyboards to my surprise. So we basically get a power trio here of sorts with lots of instrumental music featuring in your face bass and drums with intricate guitar work often playing over top.

The first four tracks of this concert are exactly as I just described it. All instrumental with chunky bass lines, crisp drumming and guitar over top. It's not until the fifth song "Utrinska Tema" that we get the first vocal track. A popular tune from the band that really moves me.Vocal melodies late. Amazing but too short. This is followed by "Mile Opo Jordanov" which starts slowly but then kicks in with drums around a minute. Another instrumental in "Ajde Sonce Zajde" follows (and it's a killer) before we get four straight vocal tracks to end the first album. Up first is "Kumova Slama" which is relaxed as faint vocals join in.The guitar replaces the vocals and leads the rest of the way. "Runci Rad" picks up quickly and the vocals join in.This is excellent ! I really like the guitar. Vocals are back late.

"Talasna Duzina" is laid back with the focus on the vocals. Beautiful. "Nisam Tvoj" is another classic LEB I SOL tune. Gotta love the bass in this one. The second album becomes with "Ziva Rana" which is an extended jam with vocals. Lots of tempo shifts in this one. "Bonus" opens with bass and drums as the crowd claps along. Vocals before a minute.It's fuller 2 minutes in as the guitar starts to solo. It settles back when the vocals return. "Kokoska" has a good guitar intro as huge bass with drums join in. Check out the guitar 2 minutes in. "Aber Dojde Donke" is different with those drum and guitar outbursts. "Damar" ends it as this is the encore track.Intricate guitar to start then the tempo picks up. Great sound. Huge bass lines here too. What a fantastic way to end it.

Easily 4 stars. Man I enjoyed this recording. I think it's the prominant bass and interesting guitar work that drew me in.There is quite a bit of variety too and vocals.

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4.32 | 45 ratings

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Leb I Sol Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I'm still not sure if I like the debut or this one better. Both are very good albums no questions about that.This band's second album would be with the same lineup as the first and the same overall style too.

"Akupunktura" has this relaxed intro then it kicks in at a minute. Nice drum and guitar work here. In fact the guitar provides a light show after 3 minutes. Nice. "Kako Ti Drago" has these intricate sounds that come and go and the tempo continues to shift too. "Aber Dojde Donke" opens with atmosphere as the guitar makes some noise. Keys come in. Drums 2 minutes in. So good.

"Talasna Duzina" opens with synths and guitar. Drums and vocals join in. I like this one, it's very enjoyable. "Dikijeva Igra" kicks in quickly to an uptempo instrumental soundscape. "Uzvodno Od Tuge" is spacey with piano and bass. Drums and guitar follow. "Marija" opens with electric piano and cymbals. It picks up with drums out front. Guitar 3 minutes in. Killer stuff. It's the keyboards turn after 5 minutes then the guitar returns 6 minutes in to end it. "Bonus" is a short piece with laid back guitar and vocals.

They started their careers with a couple of exceptional albums that would satisfy any Progressive Jazz / Fusion fan.

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4.08 | 42 ratings

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Leb I Sol Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars What an excellent debut from this Yugoslavian band that was released back in the latter half of the seventies. I was reminded of SMAK and SYNKOPY at times with their steller instrumental work and enjoyable vocal tracks.

"Devetka" gets things started with laid back guitar and piano before the clavinet arrives.This is all so inventive and it sounds really good too. I like the electric piano and bass around 2 1/2 minutes as well. "Pod Vodom" is more uptempo and the electric piano is fantastic. Guitar and piano take turns leading the way. "Utrinska Tema" features vocals for the first time. This is a relaxed song with piano,drums and vocals leading.The bass becomes prominant later on.

"Kokoska" opens with a good drum show then the guitar and bass come in after a minute then keyboards. Clavinet and guitar follow. "Nisam Tvon" is mellow with vocals, piano and drums. It gets fuller as contrasts continue. "U Senci" features some killer guitar a minute in then it settles right down before 2 minutes. It kicks back in late. "Cudo Za Tri Dana" opens with acoustic guitar and reserved vocals.Synths wash in then it kicks in to a fuller sound at 2 minutes. "Pesma O Sonji H..." is laid back with piano. Flute comes and goes. It picks up 3 1/2 minutes in but not for long. Not a fan of this one. "Damar" becomes uptempo and synths wash in after 3 minutes.

A solid 4 stars and a worthy addition to any collection. A very talented band.

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