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4.09 | 111 ratings | 3 reviews | 48% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Strange Is This World (6:06)
2. Why Did You Stop Loving Me (12:06)
3. I've Been Loving You Too Long (4:14)
4. A Song For The Deceased (13:19)

Total time 35:45

Line-up / Musicians

- Czeslaw Niemen / vocals, Hammond

- Apostolis Anthimos / guitars
- Józef Skrzek / piano, Hammond, e-bass, harmonica
- Helmut Nadolski / double bass, cymbals
- Jerzy Piotrowski / drums

Releases information

English lyrics

Artwork: Bernhard Jäger

LP CBS ‎- S 64896 (1972, Germany)

CD New Music - Green Tree ‎- GTR 119 (2003, Germany) Remastered by Jürgen Crasser

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CZESŁAW NIEMEN Strange Is This World ratings distribution

(111 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(48%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(26%)
Good, but non-essential (14%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

CZESŁAW NIEMEN Strange Is This World reviews

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Review by Warthur
4 stars With a backing band including the members of SBB, Czesław Niemen's first English-language album is a wild trip through spacey, psychedelic territory. Nieman's vocal performance brings to mind the mighty lungs of old-time psychedelic greats like Arthur Brown, whilst the musical backing warps these songs - including the Otis Redding I've Been Loving You Too Long and the title track, which is a mutation of a track from significantly earlier in Nieman's career - into weird, not-quite-ambient atmospheric jams. The end result is a fascinatingly original collaboration between some of the great names of 70s-era Polish prog which will be of interest to all fans of the trippier end of prog.
Review by ProgShine
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Czesław Niemen is a musician that always amazes me, everytime I hear a 'new' album. Not different with Strange Is The World (1972), his first album in English.

As a band Niemen had the guys that later would record by themselves under the name SBB. They were, indeed, the best band in Poland, no doubt about it.

He was one of the first guys in Poland to actually go further with his music, since the very beginning, and even being succesful he wasn't afraid to venture himself into strange lands. That's what Strange Is The World (1972) is.

Niemen's music is highly Progressive and Experimental with lots of organ and keyboards, very Prog. But what is interesting is how he was able to sing even love songs ('I've Been Loving You Too Long') or break up songs ('Why Did You Stop Loving Me') with such passio and 'progness'.

Now, the passion is something to talk about. You'll not find a better singer in the Prog world. His voice is strong and full of emotion, he sings with his heart.

Unfortunatelly Niemen passed away in 2004 in consequence of a cancer, but his music will live forever!

Latest members reviews

5 stars Time to give this album another 5 stars. And why is that? Here are the reasons. First of all, Czeslaw Niemen is a great name in the Polish music industry, and has had a huge effect on a lot of bands there, including SBB. And no doubt about it, this man is very innovative, has an impressive w ... (read more)

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