Monday, 26 August 2019

Blue Effect - 33 (1981)

The eight and final album from this Czech and Slovakia band.

The band was a trio on this album with a lineup of drums, bells, bass, organ, piano, guitars and vocals.
The band had help from three guest musicians who provided vocals, piano and flute.

The band was coming to it's end in their stalinist run country. And they ended with another change of style.

I noted more than one Genesis aka Lambs Lies Down On Broadway theme on this album. Short themes, but they are noted.

The music is in that vein.... but with a big addition.

The addition is the guitars and guitar solos of Radim Hladik. He is an extreme gifted guitarist and wasted behind the iron curtain. It is without any doubts one of the finest guitarists ever to come out of Europe. A very crowded scene... but he is among the best ones.

There is also some Saga in their music too on this forty minutes long album. Seventy minutes if you get the bonus songs on the CD. But I am reviewing the original 1981 album.

The songs are not particular good in their own right. They are decent to good. But Radim Hladik adds a lot of very interesting textures to the songs and they comes alive under his guitar strings.

I really rate this band highly and will recommend their albums to anyone. This is a good album from a band the iron curtain destroyed.

3 points

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