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CzesŁaw Niemen

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3.82 | 63 ratings | 3 reviews | 32% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1973

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Ode To Venus (6:36)
2. Puppets (4:34)
3. From The First Major Discoveries (9:32)
4. What Have I Done (5:40)
5. Fly Over Fields Of Yellow Sunflowers (4:00)
6. What A Beautiful Woman You Are (4:15)
7. A Pilgrim (4:07)
8. Rock For Mack (2:01)

Total time 40:45

Line-up / Musicians

- Czeslaw Niemen / vocals, co-producer

- Apostolis Anthimos / guitar
- Józef Skrzek / electric piano, Hammond, bass
- Jerzy Piotrowski / drums

Releases information

English lyrics

Artwork: Roslav Szaybo

LP CBS ‎- S 65606 (1973, Germany)

CD Green Tree ‎- GTR 118 (2003, Germany) Remastered by Jürgen Crasser

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CZESŁAW NIEMEN Ode To Venus ratings distribution

(63 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(32%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(43%)
Good, but non-essential (18%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
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Review by Matti
3 stars I was 'cleaning' my library's database from hundreds of useless vinyls when I came across this album. I checked NIEMEN's inclusion on ProgArchives - the album looked that proggy! - and decided to give it a chance to be found by library users from PIKI library net around Tampere, Finland. So the least I must do is give it a review*.

NIEMEN was a Polish band named after the singer, who is praised in the backcover texts as a phenomenal talent and ambassador of Eastern Europe's rock. Coincidentally my only Polish prog encounter before this was an SBB album: as the lonely review of this album informs, SBB was founded the very next year by Jozef Skrzek (organ, el. piano, bass) of NIEMEN. These eight compositions are rock with heavy tendencies, some more spacy and philosophical than others, but clearly rougher than the more sensitive SBB. Keyboards, namely dark-toned organ, are not leaving guitar and energetic rhythm section in their shadow, as I had somehow expected/hoped. All except the short 'Rock For Mack' feature the beastlike vocals of Mr. Niemen. He reminds a bit of ARTHUR BROWN, though not quite that maniac and operative style. In all, a strong work, likely to please friends of ballsy prog rock with the vintage sound of early seventies, but somehow also easy to forget, at least by me.

(*PS: Recently I have practically stopped reviewing here, due to some changes in my life. I myself was surprised by the sudden loss of, not just suitable time, but also interest: I had a long list of less seen artists to review. But maybe I'll have another active PA phase in future. Greetings to you all! Keep on proggin'.)

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4 stars Czesław Niemen was one of the most important rock musicians in Poland. He had a huge influence on other artists even from younger generations. He was famous for his great voice and original approach to music. I have to admit that for years, when I was at school, I associated this musician ... (read more)

Report this review (#207574) | Posted by Marcin | Tuesday, March 17, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I regard this album as Niemen´s best work i heard to date. It features keyboardist Josef Skrzek who next year on would start the great Polish band S.B.B. Together with Niemen the band creates a mix of very original progrock with lots of twists and turns musically. Influences from Gentle Giant ... (read more)

Report this review (#117701) | Posted by magiaoblokow | Monday, April 9, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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