Saturday 15 June 2019

Blue Effect - Nová Syntéza (1971)

The third album from this Czech band.

The band was a quartet on this album with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, organs and vocals.
The had help from Czechoslovakia Radio Jazz Orchestra who provided woodwinds.

I have not found their second album so I had to jump to their third album instead.

Radim Hladik and his Blue Effect cooperated with this jazz orchestra on this album. That is like Deep Purple recording an album with Blood, Sweat & Tears.

And that is the best label you can find on this album: Blood, Sweat & Tears meets Deep Purple.

The album opens with a lot of woodwinds and a lot of Blood, Sweat & Tears like light-jazz. It is an overkill of brass.

The guitars of Radim Hladik and some more sustainable jazz takes over after a while. The heavy rock is not far away with Radim Hladik's harsh guitars and solos.

Two of the compositions on this forty-five minutes long album comes from Czechoslovakia Radio Jazz Orchestra while Blue Effect submitted the three final compositions. The Blue Effect's ones is clearly the best. It has some good stuff. The least said about the compositions from Czechoslovakia Radio Jazz Orchestra, the better.

The overall quality is therefore decent to good. But it is clear that Radim Hladik and Blue Effect is something really special based on their contributions to this album.

2.5 points


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