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Crossover Prog • Bulgaria


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FSB (also known as Formation Studio Balkanton and ФСБ) came together as a trio in 1975, comprising Rumen BOYADZHIEV (keyboards/vocals), Konstantin CEKOV (keyboards/vocals) and Alexander BAHAROV (bass/vocals). They attempted to combine Bulgarian folk music and progressive rock in a way that seemed unimaginable to many in that country. After two albums they became a quintet, with the addition Ivan LECHEV (guitar) and Petar SLAVOV (drums), and the combination of their music and a powerful live experience made them one of the most popular bands around.

In 1983 Ivailo KRAICHOVSKI joined FSB as bassist, and the band then made history as being the first Bulgarian rock group to play a stadium concert in front of 15,000 fans. They also became in-demand session musicians that saw them have an impact on the country's pop scene, as well as definitely changing the material coming through on their own albums. In 1987 FSB started working with Jose FELICIANO, with Rumen and Konstantin arranging and producing FELICIANO's album 'I'M NEVER GONNA CHANGE'. The resulting hit single ''CIELLITO LINDO'' gained the band a Grammy, the only Bulgarian group ever to be presented with one.

Through the last 35 years the band have stayed working within the music industry, either recording and performing in their own right or working with other musicians to provide whatever is required, whether it be access to their studio, production, music etc. They are still seen as one of the most important bands ever to come out of Bulgaria, and Rumen BOYADJIEV, Konstantin TSEKOV and Ivan LECHEV are again working as a trio and still producing music.

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2.76 | 8 ratings
Non Stop
1977
3.39 | 12 ratings
II
1979
3.33 | 9 ratings
The Globe
1980
3.43 | 7 ratings
78 RPM
1981
3.88 | 8 ratings
Ten Years After
1983
3.25 | 8 ratings
VIsionary
1984
3.12 | 7 ratings
I Love You Up To Here
1987
3.67 | 6 ratings
FSB.
2010

FSB Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.67 | 6 ratings
In Concert
1985

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5.00 | 3 ratings
Singles
1989
5.00 | 3 ratings
Bonus Tracks
1993
5.00 | 3 ratings
Anthology Vol. 1
1999
5.00 | 3 ratings
Anthology Vol. 2
1999
5.00 | 3 ratings
Anthology Vol.3
1999
5.00 | 3 ratings
Ballad
2000

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FSB Reviews


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 Non Stop by FSB album cover Studio Album, 1977
2.76 | 8 ratings

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Non Stop
FSB Crossover Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team

2 stars This album was a bit of a mystery to me, in fact FSB (or as the original name goes: ФСБ) in general is weird for me!

This is a Bulgarian band that started in late 70's and it's still playing and recording. Their first albums were a mix of Progressive Rock that is a kind of a mess, honestly.

Their first album Non Stop (1977) is some strange concept to have in your first album. I mean, the playing in general is very tight and the production is not bad at all, especially when it comes to a Bulgarian band (with no traditional at all on the Prog scene).

The album is basically instrumental being half of it of versions, but not just that, half of the album is made by Gentle Giant songs... played in instrumental versions. Now tell me, what's the point in doing that? Maybe playing like this in your concerts would be a great thing to do, but to record that? No, doesn't work!

Well, anyway, interesting as a fun listening, let's say. You can stream and buy all of their albums in their Bandcamp/Website page: music.fsb.bg/

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 I Love You Up To Here by FSB album cover Studio Album, 1987
3.12 | 7 ratings

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I Love You Up To Here
FSB Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

3 stars By 1987 FSB were a very different band indeed. Only two of the members from the early albums were still there (the two keyboard players and vocalists), and the band had moved on from what many would consider prog. Now it sounded as if they had been listening to modern Genesis and indeed some of the sounds on the title song could have come from "Mama". Overall the band had moved far more into an AOR lightweight commercial rock album, but playing the three albums in the reverse order as I did initially is quite a surprise to the listener. Of course they released albums in between this and the second and third, and many more since so it is no surprise that their style has changed but with the electric guitar now much more at the forefront of their sound I was a little bemused. Also, this is an incredibly infectious album full of hooks and while this is obviously a product of the times it is great fun. For the proghead then the debut is the best but for the AOR fan then look out for 'I Love you Up To Here'.

Originally appeared in Feedback #85, July 2005

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 II by FSB album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.39 | 12 ratings

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II
FSB Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

3 stars 1979's second album saw the band dispensing with the extra musicians and doing it all themselves as they all added a bit in the way of drums and percussion. This starts off very dreamily with seagulls adding to the atmosphere, and "Wake Up" is full of long held-down chords and gentle emotion, a very delicate and enjoyable instrumental that leads into the album. But they can strengthen it when they want to, and the bass line drives it on when necessary although they don't ever really rock out. There are times when they sound as if they have been paying attention to some of the instrumental work of Saga, which certainly makes it interesting.

Originally appeared in Feedback #84, July 2005

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 Non Stop by FSB album cover Studio Album, 1977
2.76 | 8 ratings

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Non Stop
FSB Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

3 stars FSB are viewed as Bulgaria's foremost progressive rock group, and with a recording history that stretches back almost twenty years there is support for that. 'Non Stop' was the first album in 1977 and inside the cover slip is a photograph of all five band members, which was obviously taken more recently, and this is repeated in the other two albums I have here. Back then FSB were a trio with some extra musicians, and with two keyboard players and very little in the way of guitars they come across as a modern sounding Greenslade. Actually it is hard to believe that this is an Eastern European band and also that the album is as old as it is as it has dated very well indeed. Largely instrumental, with what lyrics there are sung in Bulgarian, this is an album that is still accessible and enjoyable.

Originally appeared in Feedback #84, July 2005

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