Czech's rock scene in 1975)
Frankly, if you haven't lived behind the Iron Curtain in
the 1970s, I can hardly blame you.
Keep the following in mind
when you judge this LP for being or not being a "masterpiece": in 1975,
each Czechoslovak record company has released only a *handful*
(literally!) of more or less straight rock albums for the domestic
market, because in 1975 rock was politically an absolute no-no! In other
words: playing rock music was de facto considered a crime! (Ask the
Plastic People Of The Universe for a 1st-hand experience with communist
1975 rock releases on Supraphon:
• Modrý efekt & Radim Hladík (aka Benefit of R.H. for the export market)
• Neckář & Bacily "Tomu, kdo nás má rád"
• Schelinger & Čech "Báječní muži" (although there's a bunch of really silly bubblegum tracks as well)
As well as a couple of "crossover" jazzrock albums like Energit, or Václav Týfa's and Josef Vobruba's "Konstelace".
1975 rock releases on Panton:
• Petr Novák "Kráska a zvíře"
• Schelinger & Čech "Nemám hlas jako zvon" (but see above)
• Synkopy 61 "Formule 1" (a 10" mini album)
• Junior "Hledání radosti" (rather pop than rock)
1975 rock releases on Opus:
• Hammel & Prúdy "Hráč" (rather pop than rock)
• Collegium Musicum "Marián Varga & Collegium Musicum"
• Fermáta "Fermáta" (already more into jazz fusion than rock)
And that was about it for rock LPs in 1975 Czechoslovakia! (As far as I'm aware of; please correct me if I've missed any.)
this context, already the sole act of having *released* a rock album at
all can be called a "masterpiece". In 1975, this album was simply among
the best domestic rock albums *available*.
As far as Petr Novák
goes: formerly of George & Beatovens - one of the most popular and
best selling 60s beat groups - he was probably the first true "rock
star" in 1960s Czechoslovakia. Kráska a zvíře was simply an effort to
trasfer his talent into the dark and ugly "socialistic reality" of the
1970s. And the guys have made the best of the unique chance which they
had back then.
(this album's total concept)
The whole LP is a concept album This is a rock opera inspired by fairy
tale Beauty and the Beast. The story of opera takes place in the 70
years of the 20th century, the Beast is a young man disfigured after a
car accident, beauty is a woman with child and debts, left by her
husband. They meet each other in the library and follow a complicated
and painful relationship.
1. Tvář // The Face (2:42)
2. Jen v pohádkách I // Only in fairy tales I (3:16)
3. Knihovna // Library (3:27)
4. Kdybych uměl... // If I could... (2:15)
5. Jen v pohádkách II // Only in fairy tales II (0:39)
6. Východ z nouze // Way out of emergency (4:04)
7. Věř mi krásko // Believe me my beauty (3:07)
8. Knížky // Books (1:57)
9. Proč nejdeš ven // Why do not you go out (3:23)
10. Prstýnek // The Ring (1:03)
11. Týden dlouhý // Week long (2:33)
12. Snadné je zapomínat / Telegram // Easy to forget / Telegram (1:34)
13. Proč // Why? (3:19)
14. Kráska se vrací / Jen v pohádkách III // Beauty goes back / Only in fairy tales III (5:36)
Petr Novak "Kraska a zvire"
Label : Panton
-Petr Novak: Lead vocal
-Vera Mazankova: Lead vocal, backing vocals
-Jiri Cerha and Ladislav Kantor (C & K Vocal): Backing vocals
-Bohuslav Janda: Electric and acoustic guitar
-Petr Formanek: Organ, electric piano, clavinet
-Oldrich Wajsar: Bass
-Jiri Slucka: Drums
-Jiri Tomex: congas
-Jan Neckar: Moog Synthesizer
-Hanna Frankova: Church organ
(private commentary )
I knew about this album by chance when looking at RYM these days.
Three reviewers rated high scores ,so I was much interested in this album.
And at last ,I got the vinyl.
Looking at the vinyl,
Surprisingly,no grooves on both sides of the record.....Yes,one track only at each side......yes,this album is what we all want..... GREAT PROG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am very happy that we can share the joy that this real miraculous album gives us.
This post was made up with the great help of Antony,Pavel and MC.
I appreciate a lot to the three prog mates.