FERMÁTA — Pieseň z hôľ ( Song From Ridges)

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Album · 1976

Filed under Fusion
By FERMÁTA

Tracklist

A1 Pieseň Z Hôľ (Song From Ridges)
A2 Svadba Na Medvedej Lúke (Marriage On A Bears Meadow)
A3 Posledný Jarmok V Radvani (The Last Fair In Radvaň)
B1 Priadky (Spinning)
B2 Dolu Váhom (Downstream Váh)
B3 Vo Zvolene Zvony Zvonia (Bells Are Ringing In Zvolen)

Total Time: 40:00

Line-up/Musicians

- Tomás Berka / keyboards, percussion
- Frantisek Griglák / guitar, vocals, keyboards
- Anton Jaro / bass
- Milan Tedla / violin, Jew's harp
- Cyril Zeleňák / drums, percussion

About this release

LP Opus 9116 0521 (Czechoslovakia)

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Warthur
As with the previous album, Fermata's Piesen Z Hol presents a strongly Mahavishnu Orchestra-influenced brand of fusion based around the furious guitar work of Frantisek Griglák. With both Griglák and Tomás Berka contributing keyboard work to the mix, the album shows a somewhat greater synthesiser presence than the debut - or, for that matter, the original Mahavishnu Orchestra's albums, making Piesen's sound rather more unique. If you want to imagine what the Orchestra might have sounded like if the original lineup had stayed together and Jan Hammer had gotten some top-flight synthesisers, you should definitely consider giving this album a try.
Sean Trane
Second album from this Slovak combo that experienced their first line-up changed with Zelenak taking over the drum stool and an added violinist named Milan Tedla but as a guest musician only. These changes would not affect the group's sound much, even if Berka's presence is better felt and sounding a tad more symphonic, but still remaining franticly jazz-rock/fusion. The opening title track, Song From Bridges, is giving right off the starting block the colours that will dominate the album, especially the McLaughlin-like lightning-fast guitar playing from Griglak, but Berka's synth sometimes sounds like a moog. In this album, you can start telling who is the songwriter, especially on the closing track, where Berka's keyboards are all over (a bit unfortunately) the 10- min epic that had started so well. Sadly, this last track lowers, IMHO, the general level of the album, but it still remains extremely excellent, but I prefer their debut.

Although the 2-album-on-1 Cd doesn't hold the fifth track (Perpetuum III) of their debut album, you can safely jump on that release as this first album is at least as good as their sophomore effort, this particular release even getting an extra half star, making it 5 in all.



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