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Folk & Roll - Kormorán

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Genre: Folk - Folk Rock / Artist: Kormorán / Import / Audio CD released at Periferic

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      15.05.2009 14:35
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      A must listen!

      Kormoran are/were a folk rock band from Hungary, I'm not sure if they are still around today. This album dates back to 1984 back in communist years in Hungary but somehow it sounds amazingly fresh when compared to today's Hungarian folk music. Folk & Roll is what it says on the tin but its far more imaginative than you could ever guess.

      Amazing violin playing, superb guitar solos and some awesome bass playing are just some of the major qualities of this album. It's the blending of the various musical instruments that puts the sparkling finish on this sing. Adjon Az Isten sounds almost reggae like whilst a fair amount of tracks go for a progressive rock or classic rock sound, there's even a bit of psychedelic keyboard playing thrown in.

      Ha Meghalok is by far my favourite song, the changes in pace of the song and the intensity of the track is awesome. I'm not overly keen on the vocals on the album but it's a matter of choice, I don't really like Hungarian folk vocals in general but when the singer goes for an alternative sound it's much better. I'm not sure why but I didn't warm to this album on the first listen but ever since I've seen the errors of my way and find the album more amazing every time I explore it. The ingenuity shown for the year, taking into account the political situation as well as the resources available to the band is quite amazing. The musicianship shown particularly when it comes to the violins or electric guitar is unbeatable.

      01. Zöld szemű rózsa / Rose of Green Eyes
      02. Védelmezz! / Protect Me!
      03. Egy ágyon egy kenyéren / Common Bed, Common Bread
      04. Trák attak / Thracian Attack
      05. Alig volt zöld / It Hardly Was Green
      06. Ne sírj / Don't Cry
      07. Ilju Haramia / Ilyu Highwayman
      08. Ha meghalok / If I Die
      09. Gyere ki te gyöngyvirág / Lily-of-the Valley
      10. Adjon az Isten / May the Lord Provide
      11. Macedon Expressz / Macedonian Express (Instrumental)
      12. Jöjj be szobámba / Come in My Bower

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