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August 06, 2007



hi ho, nice labour of love, nice cover,
nevertheless I have to sharpen out 2 points:
1st - there is enough good & strange sixties stuff made in poland, just check out the 2 vols. of 'wrenching the wires' compis.
2nd - you are right, james last, frankie valdor and steff meeder are not to find on any compilation, if you listen you'll know why...
besides nothing they ever made should be regarded as 'easy listening' it's 'rentnerpop'.


Bill Cosby's "Silver Throat" has been reissued on CD. I don't know why.

strictly kev

(Mostly) fantastic collection, especially like the 'Fireball' cover


Speaking of James Last, here's a youtube vid of his bizarre version of Amazing Grace set to a strangely appropriate electric toothbrush infomercial (I did post this in the blather box a year ago, if it sounds familiar):

michael farris

The first is by the group Czerwono-Czarni (not the spelling, which means (roughly The Red and Black). They were a well-known (in Poland) group who played on the same bill as the rolling stones when they first played Poland (they were active 1960-76). This is according to the Polish and German wikipedia pages. I live in Poland so I'm sure I've heard them (and I've seen compilations for sale) but I can't associate any particular song with them off the top of my head and I don't recall hearing this one.

The second is not Polish but rather Czech (or maybe Slovak, it can be hard for outsiders to distinguish the two).

A pretty literal translation of the title would be "There, from where my love(r) wrote to me" (It's not so awkard in Czecho-slovak).

I don't recognize the singer and I checked the Czech and slovak wikipedias and found one czech and one slovak that it might be.

Czech? Eva Olmerová
Slovak? Eva Kostolányiová

Of the two (from my limited Czech/Slovak reading ability) the latter would seem to be the better bet in terms of time and style. The wikipedia entry specifically mentions her singing in Sweden if that means anything.

Duke DeMonde

Great info on Czerwono-Czarni. Thanks.

On the Eva record is tells that her full name is Eva Pilarova. I'd love any info on her you might have.

But mostly I'm interested in any info you've got on Gustaf Offerman. Love his whole album and would like to know a little more about him than the linernotes on the album.


michael farris

I think I've heard of Pilarova but I can't remember where. She won an award in Poland in 1967 at the Sopot music festival (for a song called requiem)

She does have her own web page (entirely in Czech it appears). She's closing in on 70 but pretty well preserved it seems.

I'll see what I can dig up (and understand) on Offerman in a day or two when I have the time.

michael farris

Oh, while I'm here. In Czechoslovakia (I don't know about now) it was _very_ common to translate and sing international hits and a lot of Czech and Slovak singers' repetoire was made up of local covers of international hits.
It was less common (AFAIK) for the singer to change the tempo and feeling of the song as radically as Pilarova does here.

This was (and is) almost never done in Poland (where it would be interpreted as ignorance of foreign languages and lack of education on the part of the performer). Foreign songs (when performed) were/are sung in the original language (whether the singer could or should try to sing in said language or not).

michael farris

The only info on Gustav Offerman I could find was that the famous (in Slovakia) jazz singer Peter Lipa sang and played guitar with him for a couple of years (1969-71).
there's a picture at Lipa's site:

Andreas Goatcabin

Hi, I´m from sweden and this album cover really caught my eye the instand i saw it. I think that the guy holding the cigar is the swedish actor and musician Janne "Loffe" Karlsson. He starred in the famous swedish movie "Göta Kanal" in the 80s. Thanx for a great site! Hopefully I will be able to contribute with some weird stuff i got stuffed away in the vinyl collection. I got tons of it!


Eva - Tam, odkud píse mi laska
this is czech woman singer Eva Pilarova

irving gribbish

Sounds Nice - Instrumentals produced by Gus Dudgeon, with Tim Mycroft on Hammond Organ. Beautiful! Thanks!

Lou Kash

For more info on Eva Pilarová, "czech" out the articles on my blog Funky Czech-In:
(more to come later this and next year, of course)

As for the Gustav Offermann tracks, the most interesting fact about those is, that at that time the lead singer, guitarist and composer of Offermann's orchestra was a certain Miroslav Žbirka, later in the 1980s one of the top (Czecho)-Slovak pop-rock superstars. But other than that, I'd say that the album "Sunny Day" is not more than mediocre muzak. I for one like the first Offerman album from 1973 much better, there's at least a nice cover version of Proud Mary à la Ike & Tina Turner...

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