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November 13, 2007

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Romolo

I have a couple of supraphon 45's and it seems to me that at the time country music was big in Czechoslovakia. The ones that I got are mostly covers sung in Czech. You should really look for a singer named Waldemar, he was scary looking but apparently a big name in Czechoslovakia.

Dale Hazelton

Any insights to the production? Ring of Fire sounds almost like the vocal is dubbed over a Johnny Cash instrumental arrangement.

David Holt

In "A Dear John Letter" it sounds like she says, "I'm a slut you know tonight." Hee hee.

David Noades

Dale these are all arranged by Slava Kunst, Vaclav Machacek and Jiri Brabe althouggh some are close to the originals. Ladislav Vodicka does seem to have been promoted as a Czech version of Johnny Cash but it's a shame his English pronunciation lets him down.

Holmi

Hi,
I`m searching for the lyric of the song MY BANJO LIES IN A DUSTY CASE from Ladislav Vodicka. Who can help me ??

Holmi

David

Homi - here are the lyrics:

My banjo lies in a dusty case
And if I died I can't define it
The music has changed from the good old days
And no one there who seems to mind it

My banjo lies in a dusty case
That's where forever it will linger
It's fate now is hidden in a haze
They'll be no touch of the finger

In the country music
There is a lot of other new modern instruments
Since I couldn't use it
Though it was kind of bother I put my banjo down, it had no chance

I won't play my banjo anymore
Electric guitar took its place
And that's the thing I'm kind of sorry for
My banjo lies in a dusty case

In the country music
There is a lot of other new modern instruments
Since I couldn't use it
Though it was kind of bother I put my banjo down, it had no chance

I won't play my banjo anymore
Electric guitar took its place
And that's the thing I'm kind of sorry for
My banjo lies in a dusty case

My banjo lies in a dusty case

Marthin

this sounds seem so strange in this world of radio-orientated pop-"music". The vinyl is played a thousand times - since I've been a young boy - but it is as well-heard as yesterday. For the next thousand times ...
You can help me to find thy lyric of SHANE?

Nina

I'm from Russia and I loved this LP from a child, especially the first song! I have this LP, but my turn table doesn't work any more, and I was searching for these records... Thank you a lot!

jmar8692

As for the album "marketing"... In 70's the communist regime in Czechoslovakia significantly strengthened its rule after the short period of relative freedom around 1968. Music market was quite limited and western production especially. Anything from west used to be very rare and would be usually sold off immediately. There was even a strong black market with western LPs. English songs were always very popular here although most people did not understand a word :-) It had simply an anti-communist flavor.

Country revue format was already kind of "traditional" at that time unlike Rock and other unwanted modern western styles. IMHO it was one of the few options for Czech bands if they wanted to sing in English. They wouldn't be normally allowed to do so, definitely they would not be allowed to release LP in English.

I would guess that the producers spent most efforts on the permission process. Age based marketing wasn't such an issue these days, because everybody knew that anything Western-like would be selling very well.

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