In 1973 Helmut Nadolski, one of the best ever double bass virtuoso, left the group. The three remaining members of the group NIEMEN (beside the leader, Czeslaw Niemen himself) were also eager to go their own way. However, before they did, and before they became known to the world as SBB in 1974, in 1973 they recorded one more album as group NIEMEN.
"Ode To Venus" is another "foreign" album, another gem of Polish music hidden to Polish listeners for many years.
As I mentioned before, in 1974 the group SBB would begin their long and exciting career. Today most of the "progheads" know about SBB. Many even know that they were somehow involved with Niemen. However, not everyone has the facts straight. I have even seen some comments like "Niemen was at one time an organ player with SBB" :-( . Imagine that :D.
Hope you enjoy this album. In my opinion it's another example of the prog-rock at its best.
"Ode to Venus" - 6:37 (lyrics Czesław Niemen)
"Puppets" - 4:38 (lyrics Cyprian Kamil Norwid)
"From the First Major Discoveries" - 9:33 (lyrics Leszek Aleksander Moczulski)
"What Have I Done" - 5:43 (lyrics Bolesław Leśmian)
"Fly Over Fields of Yellow Sunflowers" - 4:02 (lyrics Paweł Brodowski)
"What a Beautiful Woman You Are" - 4:20 (lyrics Paweł Brodowski)
"A Pilgrim" - 4:09 (lyrics Cyprian Kamil Norwid)
"Rock for Mack" - 2:04 (instrumental)
All lyrics translated to english by Paweł Brodowski.
Czeslaw Niemen - vocals, flute, comb effect, kbrds;
Jozef Skrzek - organ, electric piano, bass, clarinet, harmonica, violin;
Antymos Apostolis - guitar;
Jerzy Piotrowski - drums.
oe: recommended also to english-languagy prog fans, imagine what will be, if Niemen & SBB not disbanded.
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