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    Posted: October 10 2011 at 14:29
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Unreleased session from 1971, recorded month before "Mrowisko".

Klan, one of Poland’s first truly genuine rock bands, became a legend almost instantly. They did not stoop to sing about love, however. Instead, they experimented with musical form, and were pioneers in using stroboscopic lights and artificial fog during gigs. The Warsaw-based group, comprised of Marek Ałaszewski (voc, g, f), Andrzej Poniatowski (dr), Maciej Głuszkiewicz (org, p) and Roman Pawelski (bg), recorded their first SP in 1970 (the single featured „Z brzytwą na poziomki”, their biggest hit ever). A year later the album “Mrowisko” surfaced, featuring music from the ballet show of the same title. Sadly, Klan were too subversive a group to be accepted by the authorities and thus be given opportunities for further development. This meant almost instant death. By August 1971 the band was no longer.

In February 1971 Klan were at the apex of their creative efforts. It was at that time that they recorded a dozen or so tracks intended as soundtrack to the Polish Film Chronicle, a newsreel shown in Polish cinemas; these included modified arrangements of their well-known hits, excerpts from the “Mrowisko” show, as well as brand new compositions.The band combined elements of jazz, rock, and the psychedelic with great ease. Despite poor equipment they managed to create distinct, inimitable, fresh sound.

The recordings have survived in excellent quality. They have been transferred from original tapes and meticulously remastered by Andrzej Poniatowski, Klan’s original drummer and a superb sound engineer in his own right. The booklet comes replete with fantastic, hirtherto unpublished photos, and a lavish essay on the band’s history, explaining the behind-the-scenes of this truly unique session.

Opening track, "Automaty" is available on SoundCloud

CD is available directly from label.
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