Monday, March 18, 2019

Kormorán - Folk & Roll (Hungary 1984) @320


Back then, in the 60s and 70s, Hungary had a strong rock movement (though only few bands like OMEGA and, in lesser degree, LOCOMOTIV GT became known outside the Eastern Bloc). And Hungary has rich folk traditions. KORMORÁN were probably the first who combined these parts in absolutely natural, organic way.
Founded in 1976, the band released a couple of singles, took part in ''Kőműves Kelemen'' rock opera, came through some line-up changes and only in 1984 released their first LP ''Folk & Roll''. The title says it all: folk traditions and rock power. In many ways it was a revolutionary record. ''Folk & Roll'' defined the band's future sound for many years, most of these songs became classics and were re-recorded, live and in studio, by different KORMORÁN line-ups. Many of them are played in concerts till now. And, last but not least, songs are memorable.

This album does not contain long epics, but songs are quite complex in structure, have good contrasts between lighter and heavier parts, the interplay between acoustic (violin, flute, bagpipes, Turkish pipe) and electric rock instruments is masterful. There is a lot of things to discover with each new listen.

The release of ''Folk & Roll'' made it evident that a unique band, powerful, versatile and at the same time very Hungarian in nature, was born. Personally I prefer some later KORMORÁN records, but nothing would be possible without this short (by today's standards) album. Essential part of the band's discography. Highly recommended.

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01 - Zöld Szemű Rózsa
02 - Védelmezz!
03 - Egy Ágyon Egy Kenyéren
04 - Trák Attak
05 - Alig Volt Zöld
06 - Ne Sírj
07 - Ilju Haramia
08 - Ha Meghalok
09 - Gyere Ki, Te Gyöngyvirág
10 - Adjon Az Isten
11 - Macedon Expressz
12 - Jöjj Be Szobámba
   
- Péter Gál / violin, vocals
- Gergely Koltay / folk shwn, bagpipe, flute, recorder, zhiter, vocals
- József Margit / bass guitar, vocals
- László Neumayer / drums, percussion, vocals
Guest musicians:
- Szilveszter Jenei / acoustic guitar, electric guitars, vocals
- Endre Csillag / guitar
- László Dés / soprano saxophone
- Kamilla Dévai Nagy / vocals
- Poliviosz Korogiannopulosz / Turkish chash
- Gyula Papp / Hammond organ
- Csaba Szíjgyártó / viola, violin
- Levente Szörényi / electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bird-percussion

5 comments:

CrimsonKing said...

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Alexander said...

Kormorán are one of my favourite Hungarian folk rock bands (and I listen to Hungarian folk-rock a lot). Still haven't listened to their entire discography, because it's huge...

FishGuy said...

Thanks! It is amazing to be able to learn of the folk rock scene in Europe.
The spreadsheet of 'my folk collection' lists a number of Loreena McKennitt cds that are rare or that I have never heard of, like Live in San Francisco, The Mummer's Dance (Rare Edition), Live in Paris and Toronto, Nights from Alhambra, A Winter Garden - Five Songs for the Season....
Any chance of being able to put some of those up here? (and things like the Bert Jansch vinyl rip of Moonshine, Fairport Convention - Myths and Heroes?)

CrimsonKing said...

FishGuy.
I will up some.
:)

FishGuy said...

Thank you!!!

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