Friday 17 May 2019
Blue Effect - Meditace (1970)
The debut album from this band from Czechoslovakia (as it was called back then).
The band was a quartet with a lineup of flute, sitar, bass, drums, guitars and vocals.
This is another legendary from the shadows of the Iron Curtain. It was also the vehicle of the superb guitarist Radim Hladik who were the mainstay in the band.
To run a rock band in Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic and Slovakia) after the sad events in 1968 is an understatement. Communism, stalinism and anti-USA sentiments had been restored after the 1968 spring. I can only admire this band for what they did.
The band is also known as Modry Efect after the Stalinists in their country forced them to change name to a non-English name.
Meditace is a mix of the late 1960s with some beat, pop, prog and a lot of blues. These forty minutes covers a lot of bases and a lot of ground. It does not include anything of what made the band famous later on; fusion and jazz.
It is an OK start but also an album well worth pursuing. The prog and blues elements are OK. The rest is best forgotten.
The result is barely a decent album. But still a decent album. I am looking forward to reviewing the rest of their albums.