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The polish progressive band Collage are somewhat legendary within the genre. With several albums under their belts, their album Moonshine is considered a staple within the subgenre. Collage eventually broke up, but Wojtek Szadkowski still had the fire within him. "I wanted to go back to the beginnings, to playing music spontaneously, music which could be played without any barriers, to feel this fresh breeze of creativity again. ... It was like a new beginning for me. I wanted to start from the scratch to feel creative again, and to feel a particular uncertainty, which one can experience only in the beginning of writing new music for a totally new project."

Initially, Satellite started as a solo project for Wojtek, but took on a completely different life of it's own. He finished some vocals and arranged some basic background, but some textures were better provided outside of himself. He met Sarhan Kubeisi, who ironically was a drummer in a friend's band. After hearing him play so beautifully on a song, he knew he had his guitarist.

Wotjek needed a vocalist...plain and simple. So, who better than his old bandmate from COLLAGE than Robert Amirian, who also plays bass. Remarks Wotjek, "Great, distinctive voice, very fluent English language and outstanding sensitivity. Robert agreed to participate". On keyboards, he brought on another Collage alum in Krzysiek Palczewski. Natural comparisons to Collage are expected.

A Street Between Sunrise And Sunset debuted on March 10, 2003. It's follow-up, Evening Games (2006) reached number 8 at the top 100 best selling albums in Poland.

In 2007, Satellite were invited to play the famous Baja Prog Festival in Mexico and released Into The Night towards the latter part of the year. Since then they have added bassist, Jarek Michalski to the band, freeing Robert to concentrate on vocals.

Eric Walker (USA)
See also:

- Collage
- Strawberry Fields

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3.85 | 185 ratings
A Street Between Sunrise And Sunset
2003
3.80 | 140 ratings
Evening Games
2004
3.91 | 220 ratings
Into The Night
2007
3.57 | 116 ratings
Nostalgia
2009

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2005

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 A Street Between Sunrise And Sunset by SATELLITE album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.85 | 185 ratings

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A Street Between Sunrise And Sunset
Satellite Neo-Prog

Review by poito

4 stars Short and easy. I like listening to eastern Europe bands 'cause they bring fresh flavors different from mainstream anglophile sounds. This is not the case here, but does not matter: how good it is when great musicians play great music! This album is full of textures, lots of great synth layers, delicate drums that really improve the composition (and that is not frequent: Szadkowski is superb here), and some guitar moments. The voice is bland but does not hurt, it fills discreetly. It is one of those albums that can make it without voice; even transitions are full of ideas. You'll find more and more at every new listening. Themes are blended, a great idea to make a long epic when there are no fillings to spoil it. You may drop "Midnight Snow" and the album can be listened eyes closed all in one go till a great subtle end in "Children".

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 Evening Games by SATELLITE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.80 | 140 ratings

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Evening Games
Satellite Neo-Prog

Review by poito

2 stars Short and easy. This album has only one round theme: "Evening overture", and a brief delicatessen "Take it as it is". Apart from this and a few guitar highs in "Evening games" and "Beautiful World", the other themes don't ask for a second listening. It seems the album gets more brilliant by the second half, which in my view it's a producer's mistake; a first good impression is always a must. One gets bored waiting for the highs to come. This band has more than they show here. The bonus track "I'll follow the rain" also needs a listening, nice work at the keys.

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 A Street Between Sunrise And Sunset by SATELLITE album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.85 | 185 ratings

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Satellite Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars While Satellite may be a new name in the prog field, and 'A Street Between Sunrise And Sunset' their debut album, this is a band that have been formed out of one of Poland's most well-known and best-loved prog acts, Collage. Originally this was set to be a solo project by drummer and main Collage songwriter Wojtek Szadkowski but he gradually brought in more and more musicians, many of whom he had performed with in Collage. They are signed to Metal Mind, the most important label of it's' type in Poland, and the artwork has been provided by Mark Wilkinson of Marillion/Fish fame. In fact, if you look at the Satellite site at www.satelliteprog.com you can see the whole series of covers that he designed for this, a real work in progress.

But what about the music? The band themselves have compared it most to 'Moonshine' era Collage but how about Western proggers who may have never heard that band? In fact there is a lot going on, and while certain influences such as Genesis and Pendragon or Pink Floyd can be picked out, it is easier to say that this is easy listening prog that is thoroughly enjoyable throughout. The album is sung in English, and in fact the feel is that this is an American project and not a Polish one at all. The album starts with street noise and a snippet of a radio commentator, and the impression is a bustling American city. That is an intriguing way into the first song, "The Evening Wind", which at nearly thirteen minutes long is a great start. Of course, the guitar can't be hidden totally by the keyboards and there are some very powerful plays indeed. A particular favourite has to be "No Disgrace" which is a belting prog rock number driven along by dynamic percussion and sizzling keyboard runs.

This could easily be the most important album out of Poland this year, and the finest I have heard from that country since Quidam. Which one is the better? The jury is still out.

Originally appeared in Feedback #73, Jun 03

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 Nostalgia by SATELLITE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.57 | 116 ratings

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Nostalgia
Satellite Neo-Prog

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Satellite's first three albums formed a sort of trilogy of day, evening and night, so Nostalgia marked the start of a new era for the band, being their first album outside of this context. Once again, Satellite put an even bigger emphasis on drawing on more non-prog influences to spice up their sound, as is particularly notable in the keyboards and drums on this release. Recorded in Wojtek Szadkowski's home studio, it's entertaining enough, but to my ears the mix is a little off - particularly with regards to the drums, which I feel are a little overwhelming. Still, fans of the band's combination of dance music rhythms with neo-prog will find it entertaining.

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 Into The Night by SATELLITE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.91 | 220 ratings

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Satellite Neo-Prog

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Satellite follows up the more traditional neo-prog release Evening Games with Into the Night, on which they once again try to incorporate more modern (particularly modern electronic-leaning) musical influences into their sound, creating a more diverse piece of work than either of their preceding albums. On Evening Games they'd already mastered melodic neo-prog and gentler musical approaches, whilst on Into the Night they show a greater flair for louder and more raucous outbreaks of technical virtuosity. It's another very strong album which shows how the band's musical talents have matured like fine wine over the years, and will appeal to most fans of neo-prog, though I find it a little colder emotionally speaking than Evening Games.

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Review by Warthur
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4 stars Satellite's debut album had a really great cover but musically speaking was somewhat average; their second album, Evening Games, has a completely atrocious cover (seriously, what is it with bands accepting miserably poor CGI when an amateur DeviantArt artist could do better for cheaper?) but musically speaking is a substantial improvement. The balance this time has swung more towards the band's symphonic and neo-prog side and less towards the spacey, ambient, almost dance music-inspired rhythms that underpinned the previous album (though they are still present here and there), and on the whole the mixture is far more successful this time around. Those who miss the old classic Collage sound will find it alive and well here.

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3.85 | 185 ratings

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Review by Warthur
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3 stars The prospect of a spiritual successor band to Collage, one of the absolute greats of the Polish neo-prog scene, is surely enough to make any neo fan excited. As it stands, though, Satellite's debut album shows potential but does not quite live up to it to my ears.The interesting experiment of having dance music rhythms underpin a lot of the songs (there's even a song with preprogrammed drums) with neo-progish keyboard and guitar solos over the top was probably worth a try, but here at least they don't quite mesh into a coherent whole. Still, the Mark Wilkinson cover art (which seems to be his take on the cover to Neil Young's Trans) is a nice touch.

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 Evening Games by SATELLITE album cover Studio Album, 2004
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Evening Games
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Review by apps79
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4 stars Two years after their beautiful debut, Satellite return with a second album but without Mirek Gil on board, who went on to form Believe.Absent in the line-up is also bassist Przemek Zawadzki.They were replaced by bassist Piort Zaczek, while Sarhan took over both lead and rhythm guitars.''Evening games'' was released again on Metal Mind Records and became one of the most succesful rock albums in Poland.

And not just accidentally, as this one is an album that defines what modern Polish Prog is all about with Satellite's sound being synonymous to the term.The great 17-min. eponymous opener is propably the perfect example of this style.A mix of contemporary Symphonic Rock, COLLAGE-styled Neo Prog and Psych/Ambient/Space Rock, where power meets softness and roughness gives its place to delicacy.The rest of the album is certainly defined by this description.An album full of sudden breaks but always based in melody, where deep atmosphere is the undisputed king.Smooth parts with light guitars, sensitive warm vocal lines and soft piano burst radically into dynamic passages with powerful solos, grandiose keyboards and a symphonic attitude.And a big part of Satellite's sound is the alternation between normal and distorted vocals, the constant use of sound effects and the careful use of analog keyboards as well like organ and mellotron.The electric guitars have an evident PINK FLOYD vibe, especially in the solo parts, while COLLAGE's ghost seems to be all over the place due to the high quality of the musicianship, characterized by the grandiose synths, the elegant vocals of Amirian and the light symphonic sound.

Another huge album by this excellent Polish band, maybe a little better compared to their debut.Contemporary prog means ''Evening games'' to me and the album comes as an essential addition to any collection of a decent prog fan...4.5 stars.

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 Nostalgia by SATELLITE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.57 | 116 ratings

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Nostalgia
Satellite Neo-Prog

Review by 1791 Overture

4 stars What a bizarre, fascinating album. Satellite has always been a band that I've respected from afar; their brand of Polish neo-prog is consistently satisfying, if not exactly mind-blowing. This album has the band sort of derailing in the most amazing way possible - the Banks-inspired keyboard leads are still there, though in a stripped down form. But something is different - the songs are a mishmash of crossover influences, including, incredibly, a strong RnB presence.

I won't bother going through every track of this album, as there are too many surprises, too many musical goodies, to detail. Instead I'd like to focus on the incredible "Am I Losing Touch?" which another reviewer has mentioned (rightly so) as the highlight of the album. It begins as sort of a cheesy film sound track backed by electronic percussion and fretless bass and somehow - I have no idea how - ends up as a disco number, and eventually collapses into a contrapuntal Renaissance-styled vocal section. And, AND [dear Lord, I can't get over the fact that I actually heard this] the bass vocals in this little interlude are the deep "doos" characteristic of 70's RnB tracks...the RnB influences somehow catapult into the Renaissance music and fit *perfectly* - I just...how the hell does that even happen? There are few times when, listening to music, I feel truly SHOCKED by what I hear, by the way various influences are combined to create something astounding. But "Am I Losing Touch?" was one such case. I still can barely believe that this song was written - I don't even know how to talk about it without sounding like an incoherent idiot (as you've probably noticed). This album is a curious fusion of genres throughout, and that is only the most incredible example; *please* give this album a chance and rather than being put off by the various pop music influence throughout, welcome them and try to appreciate how they turn this neo-prog outfit into something utterly unprecedented and unique.

The album is not perfect - as other reviewers have mentioned, some of the song times are bloated and the song structures may not satisfy the more demanding prog fan. But judge this album on its own merits, not on a preconceived notion of what prog should be like. This is wild stuff.

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 A Street Between Sunrise And Sunset by SATELLITE album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.85 | 185 ratings

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A Street Between Sunrise And Sunset
Satellite Neo-Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock/Fusion/Canterbury Team

3 stars One of the better Neo-Prog albums I've heard in that Collage/Satellite's brand of Neo-Prog is highly original, highly melodic, and contains the wonderful guitar work of maestro Mirek GIL. In my humble opinion, Mr. Gil surpasses the emotional impact of the guitar player he most emulates--Mr. Steve HACKETT. Gil just takes it to another level--almost every time his solo takes the stage, not just here and there--which is astounding. Keys, drums and bass play here are great, though the sound is often of that 90s period that COLLAGE came out of, but the compositions here are great, and the vocals of Robert AMIRIAN are wonderful--really top notch! And I love the addition of the violin, but I live to hear Mirek GIL's screaming guitar. Too bad Mirek left after this one. At least he's gone on to play in other bands.

Favorite songs: the gorgeous, powerful and concise, "Not Afraid" (3:56) (10/10) and the great epic, "On the Run" (14:51) (9/10).

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