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This legendary Polish band emerged in 1971 as a continuation of another legendary ensemble, Romuald i Roman. Their first lineup consisted of Roman Runowicz - g, voc, Ryszard Sroka - dr, Aleksander Mrożek - g, voc, Kazimierz Cwynar - bg, voc, with the so-called artistic director Andrzej Kuryło who was the author of all lyrics.

The band's music was said to be inspired by Colosseum, Jimi Hendrix and John Mayall. It existed on and off till 1977 with some lineup changes. Other musicians who appeared in the lineup were Jan Jacek Baron (ex-Romuald i Roman), Piotr Iskrowicz (later in Bank), Mieczysław Jurecki (later in Budka Suflera). The band collaborated also with some jazz musicians such as Włodzimierz Plaskota, Tomasz Stańko, Julian Kurzawa.

The band made its debut in January 1972 at The II Modern Youth Music Festival in Kalisz. 1972 also saw the release of their only LP. In spite of public acclaim, the band proved short-lived and faded soon after. Cwynar and Mrozek moved on to Test, then became a nucleus of Porter Band's classic line-up from 1979-80.

NURT left only one, self-titled album, and also some radio recordings. In 1994 a new version of the album was released, advertised as a reissue with bonus tracks. However, it consisted of tracks with the same titles as on the LP but in completely different versions. The actual reissue came out in 2004.

At the beginning of the 90s the band reactivated (lineup: Sylwia Damasiewicz - voc, Kazimierz Marut - dr, Aleksander Mrożek - acg, g, k, psg, Bogdan Tymoszuk - bg), and released an album called "Motyle i kloszardzi". but it contained a completely different music, closer to classic rock. The next reunion took place in the new century. The band members meet with each other and play some concerts from time to time.

Bartek Ślązak (Tuzvihar) - Poland

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Even though they only released an album, NURT are undoubtedly one of the most interesting early prog bands to come out of Eastern Europe.

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The Complete Radio Sessions 1972/1974
Nurt Eclectic Prog

Review by GruvanDahlman
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3 stars Nurt was a band from Poland playing some sort of jazzy prog, though very eclectic in the sense that they seemed to plař whatever came to them. That can be a good thing but could also spell confusion and bewilderment. But! I do feel that they get away with it.

The sound on this album is very raw and though recorded in the studio for radio airplay I get the feeling that this is the way they sounded live and that makes me very interested indeed. The music is very bluesy and quite typical, to some extent, of the early progressive scene that came out of jazz, rock and blues. You won't find many classical ingredients, rather a stripped down and dirty progressive rock, bordering on hardrock.

The two opening tracks are great stuff, especially the second. It's heavy and raw bluesy, progressive rock. The fourth track, Syn strachu, reminds med of Deep Purple bar the organ but holds a surprising trumpet solo, performed in a sort of primitive Miles Davis fashion. Interesting track, which leaves the Purple territory and heads into some sort of ballad and back to the jazzy menace of Davis vs. Purple. Morze ognia is more hardrock, Holograficzne Widmo is progressive and Gato is simply raucious but great.

It is an interesting piece of history, this compilation. It showcases the diversity of Eastern bloc progressive. I like it because of the rawness but also the vision of music as something more than genres and cohesiveness. Interesting but not for everyone. I would rate it three stars but some of the music is worth more. Still, I would never part from it. It attracts me in a primitive, earthy way.

 Nurt by NURT album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.78 | 21 ratings

Nurt Eclectic Prog

Review by Gatot
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4 stars Good vintage rock with prog elements from Polish!

As I have grown up when rock music was in its glory days of 70s, I always feel listening to vintage rock music with its limited recording quality (a bit of treble but more on midrange) is a unique joy that brings me to the wonderful past days, when I was a teenager. That's why, I sometimes go to secondary market to get old cassette of vintage bands including those by local bands The Rollies, Rasela, etc. For me, the sound truly represents old days and I find it entertaining. No, it does not mean I just want to live in the past. The same is true when I met (through the net) a Polish friend who shared the same view with me in terms of appreciating vintage rock / prog musician. So we traded records of our own local prog bands, including NURT. Thanks to the internet inventor who has made my music horizon expanded, indirectly. Having heard a band which I have never known before - especially when it's 70s band, is an enjoyment for me. So, I treat this CD by NURT in a very good care. This review is based on the digipack version, not the LP.

Couple of tracks in the beginning of this album is actually not true prog music. However, the music is very energetic and entertaining. The band demonstrates their passion in rock music by delivering this album in high energy level especially through lead vocals, drums, and stunning guitar work. All songs do not use riffs as their basic elements, but they use guitar fills and melody that move along with the music. As the basic music is basically not "prog" in nature, however, the band composed "Morze ognia" (track #6) with some prog elements especially through the inclusion of flute improvisation during interlude. The next track 7." Parter na klaustrofobię" (4:06) is a straight forward rock music in fast tempo and high energy in delivery. The last two tracks "Piszę kredą na asfalcie" (5:51) and "Syn strachu" (9:40) are basically progressive in nature. The guitar solo and drumming are really stunning while the music moves in fast tempo. It's stimulating the mind, really. Especially that the sound quality is vintage analog technology. The use of trumpet at last track has made the song quite avant-garde in nature.

Overall, it's an energetic rock music (including some prog elements) with powerful guitar and drum work, high energy vocal line. Recommended. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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