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Dezider "Dezo" Ursiny - 4 October 1947 (Bratislava, Slovakia) - 2 May 1995

Dezo Ursiny started playing guitar in his early teens. In 1963 he played in his first group FONTÁNA and at the end of the year 1964 he founded the group THE BEATMEN. Ursiny was the lead guitarist, lead singer and also composed own songs for the band, which was influenced by the Beatles. The group was immensely popular in Czechoslovakia and they released two singles in 1965. In 1966 they played in Munich, beeing the first rock group from behind the iron curtain to play in the west. Ursiny, however, grew unsatisfied with the group in the same year. In 1967, Ursiny founds the trio THE SOULMEN, which played covers of bands like Cream and also performed own material in that style. in December, the group won the first Czechoslovak beat festival in Praguie in the band category. in 1968, soon after the recording of their EP, THE SOULMEN split up. Ursiny creates the progressive rock band NEW SOULMEN. The group records three songs and disbands in 1969. In 1970, Ursiny founds another Progressive rock band called PROVISORIUM and they disband after only two concerts in 1971.

Part of the material Ursiny played with the group gets recorded in 1972 for Ursiny´s first LP, released in 1973 under the title "Provisorium". After problems with communist estasblishment and writing music mostly for film documents, ursiny finally releases his second LP in 1978 and he would never quit recording for such a long time again until his death. All of his albums from that time on are sung in Slovak and the lyrics are written by Slovak poet Ivan Strpka. In 1978, Ursiny also creates the band BUR?IAK, with which he would record his next two albums. From 1983 he performed with what what would be his most stable band, called again PROVISORIUM, although in different line up than the one from 1970. In 1992, his group, under the same name, underwent major changes. The nucleus of this group would work with Ursiny until his untimely death in 1995 from cancer.

URSINY was a vital part of the Slovakian progressive movement and was a prolific composer and producer.

- Peto

Dezo Ursiny & Provisorium, studio album (1973)
Pevnina detstva, studio album (1978)
Nové mapy ticha, studio album (1979)
Modrý vrch, studio album (1981)
4/4, studio album (1983)
Bez po?asia, studio album (1984)
Zelená, studio album (1986)
Na ceste domov, studio album (1987)
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3.53 | 30 ratings
4.41 | 38 ratings
Pevnina Detstva
3.61 | 19 ratings
Dezo Ursiny & Ivan Strpka: Nové Mapy Ticha
4.41 | 25 ratings
Dezo Ursiny & Ivan Strpka: Modrý Vrch
3.15 | 11 ratings
Dezo Ursiny & Ivan Strpka: 4/4
2.60 | 11 ratings
Dezo Ursiny & Ivan Strpka: Bez Počasia
4.35 | 14 ratings
Dezo Ursiny & Ivan Strpka: Zelená
5.00 | 1 ratings
Dezo Ursiny & Ivan Strpka: Green
3.25 | 11 ratings
Dezo Ursiny & Ivan Strpka: Na Ceste Domov
4.00 | 1 ratings
Dezo Ursiny & Ivan Strpka: On The Way Home
3.95 | 10 ratings
Dezo Ursiny & Ivan Strpka: Momentky
2.55 | 11 ratings
Dezo Ursiny & Ivan Strpka: Do Tla
3.11 | 10 ratings
Dezo Ursiny & Ivan Strpka: Ten Istý Tanec
4.48 | 18 ratings
Dezo Ursiny & Ivan Strpka: Príbeh

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3.25 | 4 ratings
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2.40 | 6 ratings
Pevniny a vrchy
2.21 | 5 ratings
Pevniny a vrchy 2 (Rarity)

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 Provisorium by URSINY, DEZO album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.53 | 30 ratings

Dezo Ursiny Crossover Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Dezo was an influencial musician back in the early days of Czech Rock music. This is his first solo album released in 1973 and he has the FLAMENGO rhythm section playing on it which is a big plus. Vocals are in English surprisingly and are okay. For me they aren't good or bad although I know if this was an all instrumental album i'd like it better.

"Christmas Time" is the side long opening track. It's fairly laid back early on with chunky bass. Vocals a minute in. It picks up before 2 1/2 minutes but it's brief as the tempo continues to shift throughout. Vocals to the fore around 9 minutes in but again they're brief. Organ after 10 1/2 minutes then it settles back. It picks back up with guitar then the vocals take over and they are hit and miss for me.

"Looking For The Place To Spend Next Summer" opens with the sound of cars whizzing by as acoustic guitar and piano take over. Vocals then lead as the organ joins in, then it settles again. "Apple Tree In Winter" opens with piano and vocals. This sounds like MUSE doing a ballad. "I Have Found" is another vocal track. Drums lead after 4 minutes when the vocals stop but they are back late.

This didn't do a lot for me but it is proggy and an important part of the Czech music scene.

 Provisorium by URSINY, DEZO album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.53 | 30 ratings

Dezo Ursiny Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars An important part of the ex-Czechoslovak rock scene,Dezo Ursiny was born in Bratislava in 1947.He was a member of the Beatles-esque beat group The Beatmen in mid-60's,but refused to follow the band in West Germany,when the rest of the members were after some more commercial success.He was also to be found on the Cream-influenced The Soulmen,who had only an EP released back in 1968.He then collaborated with keyboardist Jaro Filip on the group Provisorium in 1970,but the band performed only a few shows.However they managed to sign a recording contract before this and the album was evetually recorded with the help of Flamengo members Vladimír Kulhánek and Jaroslav Sedivy,released in 1973 on Supraphon as ''Dezo Ursiny and Provisorium''.

Surprisingly for a Slovak album,''Provisorium'' was entirely sung in English,containing only four tracks.Side A is dedicated to the sidelong 19-min. epic ''Christmas time'',a complicated track with evident Jazz and Blues influences all the way,even with a touch of Avant-Garde music, characterized by the distinctive voice of Ursiny.The complex passages with the psychedelic interplays and the individual soloing indicate the straight links with the progressive movement.Piano,organ and jazzy guitars are always on the front with the Flamengo rhythm section supporting well,while the track requires plenty of listenings to be fully appreciated.

Side B opens with ''Looking for the place to spend next summer'',again influenced by British Psych/Jazz-Rock with complicated breaks throughout and some flutes to be heard wrapped under Filip's light piano and organ and Ursiny's smooth jazzy playing.On ''Apple tree in winter'' it is hard to recognize this is a Slovak musician performing.Very smooth straight Blues with Filip's piano on the front and Ursiny's non-accented clear vocals,the track also features an orchestrated section with strings,but sounds rather dated for today's standards.''I have found'' is more on the straight rock side of Prog music with hard guitar soloing,fast piano passages and great vocals by Ursiny,but the needless ending drum solo marks a black hole for the track.

Noone denies this album was quite a daring step for a communist society back then.''Provisorium'' has its moments,especially on the sidelong track,it has a great historical importance,but no more than that.Recommended warmly to fans of Progressive Rock,who don't mind some Jazz and Blues references thrown in.

 Pevnina Detstva by URSINY, DEZO album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.41 | 38 ratings

Pevnina Detstva
Dezo Ursiny Crossover Prog

Review by kub

5 stars De?o is the most important person in slovak popular music. His opus is mixture of Varga's (Collegium Musicum) musicality with classical influence and Jazz fusion essence of Griglák's Fermáta. De?o in the early 70s claimed the only language of rock is English, but Ivan ?trpka (slovakian poet) completely changed his mind. De?o consider his poems as some kind of challange and he offered ?trpka collaboration. This was beginning of long year friendship and a lot of good music.

Pevnina detstva (The mainland of childhood) is their - Ursiny, ?trpka - first product. I'd rather say it's Eclectic Prog not Crossover because of dark mood, variety of music is mixed here and also the entire album is not connected to popular music at all. I don't want to compare his compositions because they are very specifical and got their own feeling. Try this album, this artist and you won't be disappointed.

 Dezo Ursiny & Ivan Strpka: Nové Mapy Ticha by URSINY, DEZO album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.61 | 19 ratings

Dezo Ursiny & Ivan Strpka: Nové Mapy Ticha
Dezo Ursiny Crossover Prog

Review by andympick

2 stars Dezo Ursiny, arguably one of the most influential artists and geniouses coming from behind the 'iron curtain', in duo with poet Strpko, have created a jewel on this album. Similar to "Modry Vrch" and "Pevnina Detstva", it is a very moody music, inclined to more jazz than rock. I have a little problem to clasisify his music as progressive but it is very original, nonetheless, and therefore from that prospective we may look at it as prog music. For the listeners who do not understand the language, it may sound as unemotional piece of music, sometimes sounding monotone like, with mechanical playing of all the players in the band. However; Ursiny's singing, intonation and a special phrasing of his personal rhytm changes the entire prospective here, especialy when one understands the lyrics - among the most haunting and beautiful poetry I have had chance to hear or read ever, period. Clearly, there is a great chemistry between the musician and the poet and it all translates into a very special atmosphere that is created on almost every album. Although I have no clear favorites on any album, on this one, the mirror-symetrical built composition 'Na Malej Stanici' (At a Little Train Station') has clearly the edge as the most important title on the album, perhaps symbolizing best what this great musician was all about. Philosophically very usual theme, yet so originaly expressed that you can't but get goosebumps every time you listen to it. The melody is crystal clear, it's sweeteness enwrapping you entirely like a pleasant cacoon.

Most of the compositions look a sort of dark mode when listening to them, only to realize that the lyrics are uplifting, noticing the beauty around us in every little thing - just make a choice. Very strange combination, indeed; yet in Ursiny's interpretation it all comes alive somehow. Even the name of the band, Burciak (young wine) symbolizes the idea that by age, when everything settles down, it all will get just least that's how I look at it.

Unfortunatelly, this (and all others) record is not a material to listen to for anyone who is not familiar with the culture or a language. Nothing surprising performance wise, rather a sterile sound with seemingly no emotion, yet very exact and professional. No one rises above the solid professional level of jazz -fusion like performance.

It all has to be listened to as a package; you just can't isolate the music and try to take something from it. Even the English version of one of Ursiny records that I own just does not do it for me; it loses all the electricity to it. All the energy that otherwise flows from the slovak performance just simply disappears. To me, it is an exceptional record, indeed. My personal rating is high five, thanks to the emotional uplift it always provides me with. However, the inaccessability of this music to other than a slavic culture deems it to stay just a local phenomenon forever.

2.5 stars

God Rest Your Soul, Dezo. I've always loved you.

 Pevniny a vrchy 2 (Rarity) by URSINY, DEZO album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2000
2.21 | 5 ratings

Pevniny a vrchy 2 (Rarity)
Dezo Ursiny Crossover Prog

Review by Peto

2 stars Another compilation. This time it´s two discs, one studio and one live. I won´t go too much into details again, just an overview.

The first disc has various rarities. They are mostly songs that Ursiny wrote and sung as well (the pleassant acoustic pop of Kľúče, the straighforward rocker Muž bez záručného listu). Songs he wrote for other artists, some as duets (Vítám slunce ranní, Kdo chceš nechej, kdo ne vem), tracks he wrote but he plays only guitar on them or sings backing vocals (To písmo má tvoju tvár, Sto mien), or songs wrote by other artists tht Ursiny sang for various projects (the beautiful Tvár v zrkadle with a terrific vocal performance from Ursiny, the not that good Prázdne kúpaliská, Song o idúcom muničnom vagóne). Not all of these tracks are great, but they show Ursiny´s versatility as an artista nd performer

The live disc fetures four tracks by The Soulmen from The first czechoslovak beat festival which was held in 1967, and a full concert from Provisorium, a band which played just two concerts before splitting up. Among these, all tracks that would apper two years later on Ursiny´s first LP are present here, in rawer form, with onlya four men band. The ureleased tracks are much in the style of those from the future album, complicated and complects melodies and vocals, changes of rhytm, and a dark atmosphere( the only exception beeing the straightforward blurdy Careless girl). The sound quality is just fair, (I´ve heard many better sounding bootlegs), as this was just a private recording of the groups Bass player, Marcel Daniš. The bass is mostly inaudible and the vocals have slight echo to them). Still, there might be some people who like this more than the LP.

Again, although some tracks are great, I would recommend this to collectors/fans only.

Overal rating: 2 STARS,

 Pevniny a vrchy by URSINY, DEZO album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1997
2.40 | 6 ratings

Pevniny a vrchy
Dezo Ursiny Crossover Prog

Review by Peto

2 stars I am not going to make a song by song review this time, just a few lines about what is on this disc, since ithere is not that much prog and also it´s a compilation.

The tracks are placed chronologically, starting in 1965 with Ursiny´s Beatles influenced group The Beatmen.Ursiny was justthe lead guitarist and singer, while other members also sang and wrote material. Some tracks are great (Let´s make a summer has one of the best melodies he has ever created, the rocking Mr. Jones), and some are considerably weaker (The enchanted lie, the cheesy Safely arrived, the sloppy cover of Beatles´ She loves you in Slovak as Mám ju rád). The EP by The Soulmen (influenced most notably by Cream) from 1968 follows, with a harder, blues influenced sound. The tracks are all fine, most of them with great solosfrom Ursiny (Wake up, I wish I were, Baby do not cry). Then the two tracks by New Soulmen follow. These tracks show Ursiny as one of the progressive rock pioneers at least in Middle Europe.(the jazzy I have found). The other tracks are in Slovak, the first two comming from a single and have a more commercial and straightforward approach than most of the music Ursiny was writing and recording then. Especially noteworthy is the first track, which features some great guitaplaying from Ursiny in his uniquel way (Hra je hra), while the other one has a weak melody (Stá pieseň o daždi). The last fournumbers (Pieseň o čase, Sťahovanie, O tebe, pre teba, s tebou, Náhle) where unreleased before and they are on par with his tracks on the album Momentky, which was released when Ursiny cut these tracks.

Judging on the performances and songwriting, this compilation would get 3 stars or maybe even a weaker 4 stars, but given the fact that this is mostly not prog and that the songs are rarities, I would advice it to Collectorsú/ fans only and so

Overal rating: 2 STARS

 Dezo Ursiny & Ivan Strpka: Príbeh by URSINY, DEZO album cover Studio Album, 1994
4.48 | 18 ratings

Dezo Ursiny & Ivan Strpka: Príbeh
Dezo Ursiny Crossover Prog

Review by Peto

5 stars When Ursiny recorded this album, he was seriously ill, struggling through the recordings. Taking this into the account with the fact that his last two records were uninpired and repetitive, much behind his great classic material, one would assume that... WAIT! This, his last album, is one of the best he has ever made. Excellent melodies and musicianship. The songs are deep and very emotional. Also, the record is very accessible, but without getting poppy or losing Ursiny´s uniqueness.

Príbeh After an opening part, usual for Ursiny´s album since the mid eighties, the track gets a slower atmospheric middle part, after which a funkier passage follows and then all the passages go again one after another. František Kop plays a nice saxophono solo. Bothe šeban and Ursiny get also their lead spots, Ursiny ´s is typically minimalistic and evocative, while Šeban´s is more rocking and also technical. 5 stars

Na druhom konci palice The weakest track, very similar to work on the few preceeding albums. Still, the melody is fine, even though it´s a rip off. 2 .5 stars

Balada o prázdnej miske Rocking and much more energetic than the previous one. The melody is tremendous,typically Ursiniesque, lively and inspired. Šeban plays great guitar, with licks and two long solos he effortlessly pulls off. Ursiny´s vocals are great as well. 5 stars

Malá mucha v uchu osla A great, eastern flavoured melody, with atmospheric guitar lines from Šeban and fine drumming from Frátrik. Again, also terrific singing from Ursiny. This one has a meditative feel to it. 5 stars

Koľko je hodín In a long time, this track is the funkiest Ursiny has recorded, not only concerning the melody, but also his vocals. Filip plays minimalistic organ and Kop gets a great saxophone solo. 5 stars

Bingo Šeban plays atmospheric Gilmoresque guitar lines and Filip adds marvelous jazzy piano, while Ursiny sings really welll. Both Šeban and Filip play relaxed jazzy solos as well. 4.5 stars

Ktosi ešte bdie This one is even better, arguably one of the best songs Ursiny has ever written. The melody, punctuated by a few simple piano lines is mesmerizing, one of his most atmospheric tracks, annd perfectly performed. 5 stars

Kto to tam stojí Again jazzier, and the melody is solid, even though not that great than others on the album. Ursiny even plays a solo, with his typically "lazy" notes. Similar to much of his mid eighties, early nineties work, which makes the rating lower. 3 stars

Sestra Beta The second funky influenced track on here. Jaroslav Filip plays another hypnotic melody consisting of only a few notes, similar to that one in Ktosi ešte bdie. With it and Kop´s saxophone, the track becomes more jazzier. 4 stars

Samá voda The track is again based upon a funky groove, but the melody is better. Also, Šeban is more prominent, playing a nice guitar solo. the track gets enhanced by a flute solo, too, courtesy of guest Juraj Bartoš. 4 stars.

Heroín A nice track with great work by the band and fine vocal performance from Ursiny. Still, the melody is basically the same as Koľko je hodín, creating a nice sequel to it. 4 stars

Stojatý vodný tulák Great melody, fine guitar and vocals from Ursiny. The track flows really nice and the whole band works perfectly. 5 stars

Overal rating: 5 STARS


 Dezo Ursiny & Ivan Strpka: Ten Istý Tanec by URSINY, DEZO album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.11 | 10 ratings

Dezo Ursiny & Ivan Strpka: Ten Istý Tanec
Dezo Ursiny Crossover Prog

Review by Peto

3 stars Ursiny´s only double album, with a radically changed line up (a new rhytm section) and another guitarist added to the band as well, Andrej Šeban, who is arguably the best Slovak guitarist of the nineties. Ursiny even started writing lyrics, as he had a lot to say, reflecting his feelings and life, because he battled with cancer.

Cestou na poštu pre balíček knih An ok, opener, although the track is very similar to midtempo tracks from his last few records. The melody is just average as well. At least Ursiny plays some nice uderstated guitar lines. The bassplayer Aleš Charvát also sounds very much like Vladimír Kaššay on the last few albums. 3 stars

Neviem si nič vymyslieť After an opening marching rhytm of the drums, the melody comes in, and it is very similar to the previous one and Ursiny´ s singing on this one isn´t that great either. 2 stars

Spojenie uprostred týždňa A tad faster, but mostly similar to the previous tracks, with a weak melody and vocal performance. Šeban´s blazing guitar solo doesn´t msake things better. 2 stars

Vlčí sen More of the same here, but this time Šeban´s guitar playiing is so fabulous that the points are higher. Ursiny´s singing is also more exprssive, and this one is definitely the best track so far. Šeban´s slide guitar sounds so similar to Gilmour it ia almost unbelievable and it fits in well. 4 stars

Veľká vlaková lúpež A marvelous track. Great vocal performance from Ursiny and the track is atmospheric and relaxed. There is even organ to enhance the sound. One of the best tracks on the album. 5 stars

Zvláštna škola Again similar to the preceeding tracks on thi album as well as the few one last ones. Rather monotonous and repetitive. Šeban´s typically loud rock guitar is disturbing on this one, 1 star

Spojenie počas ľahkého jarného pôstu Again repetitive. 1 star

Pobehaj The vocal performance is one is horrible, probably the worst ever by Ursiny. It is also repetitive again. 0 stars

Darčeky The wonderful, melody with organ evocating the image Christmas opens the (The song is called "Gifts") startss off the track, but soon changes into a typical late period Ursiny track, but not into one of the best. Both the melody as well as the mood are again very similar to the previous tracks. 2 stars.

Ďaleké vodné zviera A perfect vocal melody with one of Ursiny´s best performances on the records and an evocative, captivating atmosphere. The band plays spare, but tight. Rudolf Bŕezina adds a fine, jazzy solo on the flute- A great track to close the first disc of the album. 5 stars

CD 2

Hovor mi do ucha A modern sounding track, with a fine rhytm section, raw vocals from Ursiny and great guitarplaying from Andrej Šeban, although a bit too metal like for my taste. The melody is really fine and hypnotizing. 4 stars

Veľké jarné upratovanie More relaxed, with a good melody again and great cooperation between Šeban and Ursiny on guitar. 5 stars

Harakiri A fine vocals performance by Ursiny, but overall the track is based on a fine melody ,but it´s too repetitive. Šeban plays a noteworthy solo on acoustic guitar. 3.5

Predposledná večera Darker in mood, with a catchy main motif based on keyboards with guitar. 4 stars

Prosba Sounds repetitive, with a melody too similar to the previous track, without enhancing it noticeably. 2.5 stars

Prepáč, že ti napovedám Funkier, with marvelous percussion from Frátrik and great bass from Aleš Charvát, but the melody is not even average and gets boring after awhile. 2 stars

Spojenie na konci mája A slow, atmospheric song, but the melody itself is not that great, even if better than on the previous one. 2.5 stars

Vzývanie rodnej sestry The song is based mostly upon Ursiny´s singing (which is very good on this one) and piano playing from Jaroslav Filip. Obviously, the song is better than the last few and one of the highlights on this disc. Rudolf Březina adds a fine saxophone solo. 4 stars

Problém A slow song. The melody is gorgeous, with crystaline piano from Jaroslav Filip and fine vocals. 5 stars

Niečo pre zasmiatie, niečo pre posmech Nothing to make the track stand out.At least Březina plays a nice flute solo. Much like the songs before. 3 stars.

Vyzliekanie A oleasant funky rhytm, but the melody is average at best. The interchanging solos between Kroczek and Šeban are great, though. 2.5 stars

Samá chyba The same as the previous track, but without impressive soloing. 2 stars

Spojenie uprostred jesene The melody is repetitive, but so marvelous and evocative that it is hard to give a lower rating. 5 stars

Ten istý tanec Another evocative track with great piano playing from Jaroslav Filip. However, the melody is average, and repetitive, even if the jazzy flavour and flute playing is fine. 3 stars

Overall rating: 3 STARS


 Dezo Ursiny & Ivan Strpka: Do Tla by URSINY, DEZO album cover Studio Album, 1991
2.55 | 11 ratings

Dezo Ursiny & Ivan Strpka: Do Tla
Dezo Ursiny Crossover Prog

Review by Peto

2 stars Ursiny´s last record with his most stable line up (Filip, Kroczek, Kaššay, Stankovský) and his first CD. And Ursiny used the format almosst to its limit, writing 13 songs that occupy 72 minutes on the disc.

Začiatok The melody is OK and relaxed on here, with a fine piano by Filip, but I don´t like Ursiny´s singing on this one. 3.5 stars

Puto. Pár slov o slobode Another one thaat sounds as a ripp off from Zelená, both in melody, arrangements and atmosphere. Not a bad rip off, but still a rip off. 3.5 stars

22 rokov. Okamih. More impressive and fresher, with atmospheric organ playing and acoustic guitar lines from Juraj Burian make the track sound less alike to those from his last few albums, although there are still obvious similarities. 4 stars

Nové vzývanie I heard this one before as well...repetition again. 2 stars

Pokojne kráča medzi levmi Now this one is even more obvious, as the main melody line as well as the guitar line are taken from Ursiny´s Radar sa krúti. 1 star

Uprene More of the same here. Both in tempo, vocals and melody. 1 star

Van Gogh. Posledný autoportrét. Finally something new . A more upbeat track with a bluesy feel, organ from Jaroslav Filip and great ringing guitarplaying from Ursiny 5 stars

Kuvik to vraví Another one that´s uptempo. Great bassplaying on this one. But the singing is not that great on this one, with Ursiny rather reciting and not singing. At least the instrumental passages are good. 1 star

Kedy ak nie teraz Again, the melody sounds too familiar, but it is at least pretty fine. with a great guitar solo on acoustic guitar from Radek Pastňák 3 stars

Spomienka na hasičov a na vzplanutie v daždi Again, too similar to older material, and a weak melody. 1 star

Nočný prúd A lively, jazzy une, with Juraj Bartoš on the trumpet. However, the track develops into a slower piece, again similar to other tracks from older albums and singing becomes monotonous again. The excellent solo on acoustic guitar (played by Pastrňák or Burian, according to the cd it should be Burian) does not help. 1 star

Prekročenie hranníc Again sounds somewhat repetitive, with an average melody and a solo on acoustic guitar. A well played track (everything on the CD is), but rather uninspired. 2 stars

Pangea. Do tla Ursiny sounds too raw on this one and the melody, even though fine, sounds too similar to the track Van Gogh. Posledný autoportrét. 1 start

A weak, uninspired record, easily the lowest point of Ursiny´s discography

Overal rating: 2 STARS


 Dezo Ursiny & Ivan Strpka: Momentky by URSINY, DEZO album cover Studio Album, 1990
3.95 | 10 ratings

Dezo Ursiny & Ivan Strpka: Momentky
Dezo Ursiny Crossover Prog

Review by Peto

4 stars Ursiny´s album, released after a longer break from recording. And as it seems, it did well to his songwriting, as the melodies are strong again, and the music more varied.

Momentky The title atmospheric track with a perfect melody (typically Ursinyesque) and atmospheric keyboard and saxophone playing, which is handled by Rudolf Březina on this album. Also, the lyrics on this track contain a lne, in which all names of the tracks on the album are mentioned. Captivating and very well crafted. 5 stars

Dychtivé ruky, cudzie mestá An uptempo track with great, funky rhytm (marvelous bass by Vladimír Kaššay). The melody, as well as Ursiny´s singing are great as well, very energetic. Březina plays another fine saxophone solo, too.The fast, nergetic passages are followed by a relaxed and slower one, which sounds like comming off the album Zelená. 5 stars

Vtáci Fine bass playing here, as well as electric violin from Richard Kroczek. The melody is considerably lesser, beeing too close to motifs from the last two records, but not recreating what made the album Zelená so unique. At least, the track contains a perfectlong flute solo. 3.5 stars

Deti A slower and also much moodier track. Great, evocative keyboards from Jaroslav Filip and hypnotizing vocals from Ursiny. One of the best melodies of his later period as well. The chorus is perfect, with subtle backing vocals. the track concludes with a Filips nice piano solo. 5 stars

Deti a zase deti The opening melody sounds like coming from a circus, which is a clever idea, although I feel like I have already heard it all before. There is a very similar melody to this one in another of Ursiny´s sons, I just don´t remember which. Even if the guest Radek Pastrňák plays a nice solo on guitar, it does not help to make the number sond less monotonous or fresher. 2 stars

Kus tváre a terrific ballad with great vocals from Ursiny. The melody coupled with his vocals is astonishingly beautiful, are the solos from Richard Kroczek. 5 stars

Letná cesta A bright track, with a relaxed feel and a good melody, although it sounds as a rip off of Neviditeľný spevák from Na ceste domov. The solo sounds pretty close to those he played on Zelená,. Although a very nice song, these facts lower the rating somewhat. 3.5 stars

Overal rating: 4 STARS


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