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The Beatmen - The Beatmen

The Beatmen were a Slovak rock band singing predominantly in English, that existed from 1964 to 1966. Although they released only 4 songs, they remain one of the most significant bands in the history of the Czechoslovak popular music. They were one of the first widely popular Big Beat bands in Czechoslovakia and they were one of the first bands from behind the iron curtain to play in the western Europe, in Munich.The band was the first bigger success for the singer and guitarist Dežo Ursiny, who later became a legend of the Czechoslovak music.

Music and sound of the Beatmen is mightily influenced especially by The Beatles, as is obvious from the listening. Their song Let's Make A Summer has been highly critically acclaimed and remains one of the best Czechoslovak pop songs ever written.

The Matadors ‎– Classic

The Matadors  ‎– Classic

The Matadors were a beat band from Czechoslovakia. The members were Otto Bezloja (bass guitar, leader), Radim Hladík (lead guitar), Jan "Farmer" Obermayer (organ), Miroslav "Tony Black" Schwarz (drums) as well as Karel Kahovec (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Vladimír Mišík (vocals, bluesharp). The latter two were replaced in late 1966 by ex-Flamengo Viktor Sodoma jr. (vocals).

The Matadors  ‎– Classic

The Matadors formed in early 1965 from Fontana (The Fontanas), with members from Pra-Be and Komety (The Comets). Fontana's manager (and until early 1965 also their drummer) Wilfried Jelinek secured a promotional deal with an East German manufacturer of sound equipment and music instruments. Since the group began to use an electronic organ named Matador, they changed their name accordingly to promote it. The Matadors performed exclusively in East Germany until April 1966, their live repertoire consisted mostly of cover versions from popular beat groups like The Who, The Kinks or The Small Faces.

The original Czech edition cover of 1968's album The Matadors
The most successful Matadors line-up broke up in summer 1968. Radim Hladík then established Blue Effect (later also known as Modrý Efekt or M Efekt) with the original Matadors lead singer Vladimír Mišík. Jan Obermayer joined Petr Novák's George & Beatovens. Viktor Sodoma jr. pursued a solo career as a pop singer, backed by various groups and orchestras. Best remembered was his 1971-1973 collaboration with Shut Up, later known as the František Ringo Čech Group, with whom he recorded numerous "bubble-gum" singles and one side of his only solo album.

The Matadors  ‎– Classic

Otto Bezloja and Tony Black briefly reformed the Matadors, joined by ex-Komety lead singer Miloš "Reddy" Vokurka, Jiří Matoušek on organ and Petr Netopil on guitar. In fall 1968 they left to Munich, West Germany where they worked as the house band of a German edition of the Hair musical. In the early 1970s the nucleus of that band evolved to the Germany-based progressive rock group Emergency.

The Matadors  ‎– Classic

The Matadors reunited in 1991 and made rare public appearances until 2008. Otto Bezloja died in as a “special guest” of Radim Hladik’s The Blue Effect as of 2010.

The Blue Effect (Chech ) - Meditace (1969)

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Vladimir Misik - vocal
Radim Hladik - guitar
Jiri Kozel - bass
Vlado Cech - drums
Milos Svoboda - guitar
Premier Czech progressive rock band, The Blue Effect, was founded in November 1968 by Radim Hladik (guitar, ex. The Matadors ->). In came Jiri Kozel (bass), Vladimir Misik (vocals) and Vlado Cech (drums). Originally band was called The Special Blues Effect.
Shortly after the band got together, they won a full list of honors at the 2nd Czechoslovak Beat festival, including ‘The Discovery Of The Year’, ‘The Best Song’ (for ‘Sunny Grave’ penned by Misik and later featured on the debut LP) and ‘The Best Instrumentalist’ (naturally – Hladik). The next year saw Blue Effect opening for The Beach Boys on several European dates.

However, during the sessions for debut album, Misik suddenly left, to be replaced only in 1971 by Lesek Semelka (vocals, organ). Departure of Misik enabled Hladik to take dominant position within the band. His ambition was to find common ground for jazz and rock, fulfilled with next two Blue Effect albums, both recorded with famous Czech jazz musicians, and appearances at Prague Jazz festivals in 1971 and 72.

In forthcoming years more personnel changes followed. Kozel was next to leave in 1974, to be replaced by Josef Kustka (bass, violin), who, in turn, was replaced three years later by Fedor Fresko (bass, mandolin). Oldrich Vesely replaced Semelka in 1977.

The Blue Effect continued to release fairly interesting progressive-jazz-rock albums well into early 80s.
Hladik is still keeping The Blue Effect alive, currently with help from young sidemen: Jan Krizek (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Pavel Bohaty (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Wojttech (bass) and Vaclav Zima (drums).
1. Pamet Lasky 4:04 2. Blue Effect Street 4:06 3. Fenix 4:28 4. Stroj Na Nic 2:27 5. Slunecni Hrob 1:50 6. Little Girl (Devcatko) 3:55 7. Deserted Alley (Osamela Ulice) 3:11 8. Blues About Stone (Kamenne Blues) 8:00 9. Rainy Day (Destivy Den) 3:57 10. Where Is My Star (Kde Je Ma Hvezda) 3:30 11. Sen Neni Vecny 3:28 12. I Like The World (Sun Is So Bright) 3:09 13. Blue Taxi 2:40 14. Snakes 2:27 15. Slunecny Hrob 3:28 16. I've Got My Mojo Working 3:46 17. White Hair 4:19
Thanks barin99

Beginning on The Matadors

The Matadors - The Matadors (Czech) - 1968

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One of the finest R&B bands ever to emerge from Eastern Europe, The Matadors initially were a brainchild of Otto Bezloja, a bass player and veteran of one of the first East European rock’n’roll combos - The Comets. He shared last days of The Comets (1964) with Radim Hladik, a young talented classically trained musician and a future national guitar hero. Together they founded a new venture – The Fontanas. Next one to join was bassist Jan ‘Farmer’ Obermajer, formerly an accountant in ‘Artia’, The Matadors’ future record label. Tony Black, a self-taught drummer and veteran of another early 60s Czech rock’n’roll outfit The Hell’s Devils, completed the line-up in autumn 1965. Shortly before that, the band, still known as The Fontanas, embarked on East German tour. Apart from some radio sessions, the result of the tour was a new set of equipment supplied by ‘Matador’. The band quickly changed it’s name after the trademark - The Matadors.
In December 1966 in came Viktor Sodoma, not only a good singer, but a frontman in full sense of a word, a model for youngsters to follow. He and Hladik (at the time often playing with his teeth!) gave The Matadors a stunning stage act and won residency at the Prague premier venue - ‘Olympic Club’. Tours of Belgium and Switzerland followed.

However, by 1968 days of the band were numbered, as Hladik decided to move on to more complicated music and founded The Blue Effect
1. Farmer John 1:502. Sing A Song Of Sixpence 1:533. Locomotion With You 1:264. Pay, Pay Twist 2:125. Snad jednou ti dam 2:306. Malej zvon, co mam 3:517. Don't Bother Me 2:328. Old Mother Hubbard 2:079. Hate Everything Except Of Hatter 3:2810. Get Down From The Tree 3:2811. I Think It's Gonna Work Out Fine 3:0912. Indolence 3:5213. Get Down From The Tree 3:2814. I Want To See You 2:2115. My Girl 3:0016. Bad, Bad Bird 2:2917. I'm So Lonesome (Out Of Reach) 4:1518. Extraction 5:5019. Shotgun 2:5520. Hate Everything Except Of Hattered 3: 3021. I Feel So Lonely 4:0322. I Must Hope 3:3223. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue 4:2724. You'll Be Mine 2:26
One of my favorite. Recommend.

Olympic - Jedeme, jedeme (1971)

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01 Pet cestujicich02 Kdyz jsem bejval tramp03 Mr Den a Lady Noc04 Brouk05 Dany06 Elixir07 Blaznivej Kiki08 Bon soir mademoiselle Paris09 Strazce majaku10 Tobogan
11 Kufr12 Andel13 Otazky14 Strejcek Jonatan15 Slunecni pisen16 Carodejka17 Aeroplan18 Inzerat 19 Vanoce20 Dynamit

Olympic - Pták Rosomák (1969)

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Olympic-Czechoslovakia. Remarkable psychodelic fate. 68-th. Behind a window tanks, the Soviet armies have entered Prague, and they write down a surprising, light album " Ptak Rosomak "...
The story of Olympic is long so I'll tell it some other time. In short, they were likely the most important Czech group of the 1960s. Initially they played rock'n'roll and they worked as a backing combo for various pop singers. Two years later, in 1965 they were possibly the first rock band that began to compose, play and record exclusively their own material sung in Czech language instead of the ubiquitous English covers. And of course they were also the first rock group to have a full blown long play album, the legendary Želva (The Tortoise), released by Supraphon in 1968. Well, Želva was okay, but their second album from 1969 was even better: Pták Rosomák (The Wolverine Bird). Fuzz guitars, psychedelic soundscapes, sitars, freakbeats and a couple of timeless songs - an album that still sounds fresh 38 years later. The classic line-up consisted of Pacák on drums, the lyricist Pavel Chrastina on bass, Miroslav Berka on keyboards, the rhythm guitarist Ladislav Klein as well as the band leader, composer and lead singer Petr Janda.... read more...
1. Krasna neznama 2. Ikarus blues 3. Bajeene misto 4. Everybody 5. O pulnoci 6. Ptak Rosomak 7. Tve neklidne svidomi 8. Eekam na zazrak 9. Z bile eernou 10. Pohoeb sve vlastni duse 11. Kamenozrout zeleny 12. Svatojansky happening

The Rebels - Komplet (1968)

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Legendary Czech rock band. Started shining brightly in 1967 with the west-coast repertoir almost completely taken from the Mamas & Papas. Two years later a total change in style, playing R&B influenced by The Cream. Ended in early 70's, Jiri Korn moved to Olympic for a while, then definitively changed to an amorphous pop together with Helena Vondrackova and other "artists of merit" of the communist era. Trying to comeback in the late 1990's.
Jiri Korn voc,gt,bg;
Josef Pliva voc,gt;
Svatopluk Cech bg,voc;
Kasa Jahn dr(i), Zdenek Juracka gt(i)
1. Sipkova Ruzenka / Sleeping Beauty (Supraphon 1968, reissue Bonton 1996 w.8 bonuses as "The Rebels komplet")
i. Definitivni konec/Pet havranu (Supraphon 1968)
ii. A zazvonil zvonec/Hrnecku var! (Supraphon 1968)
iii. Mel v kapse diru/Zakopanej pes (Panton 1970)
01.Creeque Alley 02.Words 03.Pмt havranщ 04.Definitivnн konec 05.Љнpkovб Rщћenka 06.Snмhurka 07.Pernнkovб chaloupka 08.Hrneиku vaш 09.Hloupej Honza 10.A zazvonil konec 11.Creeque Alley 12.Dedicated To The One I Love 13.String Man 14.Free Advice 15.Twist Ane Shout 16.California Dreaming 17.Zakopanej pes

Olympic - Želva (1968)

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Olympic - The most popular band in the Czech rock'n'roll history. Started in 1962, active with some breaks by now (though the only member of the original group is Petr Janda). From genuine rock'n'roll beginnings in 60's they had a hard-rock period in 70's (avoiding jazz rock played by almost everybody in early 70's), fluently coming to pop-rock with ambitions to achieve top positions in the pop charts and earn a lot of money. That is why their music sounds exactly the same in the last 10 years, saying nothing new and stealing musical ideas from themselves.
Olympic - Zelva (1968)
One of the most prolific bands that came out of Czechoslovakia. This Prague group started out as a singles band in the early sixties and are still active. Their debut album "Zelva" was released by Supraphon in 1968 and it mixes R&B, Beat and at times Psychedelic. The whole LP is pretty strong throughout and they keep the standard on their followup "Ptak Rosomoak", where they continue to explore the psychedelic world. In the seventies their sound heading towards the progressive genre. Supraphon reissued a CD version of "Zelva" with seven bonus tracks (Supraphon SU 5534-2 / 2004).
1- Zelva
2- Vzpominka pliziva
3- Linej skaut- Dam zejtra zas flam
4- Modrave mameni
5- Nikdo neotvira
6- Nebezpecna postava
7- Snad jsem to zavinil ja
8- Dedeckuv duch
9- Jen Buh vi
10- Telefon
11- Psychiatricky prase
[bonus tracks]
12- Mary (I Must Play)
13- Smutne rano
14- Bloud kral
15 - Zahod lasku
16- Nejim a nespim
17- Dej mi na klin oci unaveny
18- Dej mi vic sve lasky
The Beatmen - The Beatmen The Matadors  ‎– ClassicVA - Beat & Psych In Czechoslovakia (1965-1972)The Blue Effect (Chech ) - Meditace (1969)The Matadors - The Matadors (Czech) - 1968Olympic  - Jedeme, jedeme (1971)Olympic - Pták Rosomák (1969)The Rebels - Komplet  (1968)Olympic - Želva (1968)

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