E ‘Live’

E 'Live' LP front coverInsert 1Insert 2E 'Live' LP back cover

01 PRIOR (3:36)
02 ÚAN (Malá zkouška, Nastupiste, Absolutni Trenažér) (5:32)
03 Jen vyvlíkam hlávu z kruhu (2:17)
04 Uvnitř žárovky (1:27)
05 Nevzpomenu (1:32)
06 A on zde je a krmí tĕ (2:05)
07 Jeď (2:27)
08 Ať jsi nebo nejsi mluvím s tebou (4:11)
09 U váhy (3:42)
10 Marnost (5:17)
11 Cizí vize (4:22)
12 Žnec Kosí (3:02)

Total time 39:30
LP released by Aske Globus International (aka Globus), Praha, CR, 1990

Vladimir Kokolia: voice, lyrics, dance
Josef Ostřanský: el. guitar, hi-hat
Vladimir Václavek: bass, snare drum, drum

E in 1988 (left to right: Kokolia, Ostřanský and VáclavekMoravian avant-rock trio E consisted of two members of Dunaj – a band that also included Iva Bittová and Pavel Fajt – teaming up with painter and poet Vladimir Kokolia (see official website). Josef Ostřanský and Vladimir Václavek possibly wanted to escape the more formated Dunaj song format to venture into art rock and performance territory. That E liked risky configurations can be seen in the fact this disc, their first LP, was recorded live (Brno, Feb. 15th, 1990) and each member played various instruments at the same time – remember this when you hear the first track: there’s no drummer. The interplay between guitar and bass is faultless, from elaborate melodic counterpoints to noisy guitar walls. Their style displays the usual Czech trademarks, with angular, Cubist patterns and melancholic mood. Detailed information on E here.


4 Responses to “E ‘Live’”

  1. 1 gidouille September 21, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Thanks, I have this lp, which was given to me by one of the Tone Dogs after their 1990 or ’91 tour of Eastern Europe. I have the I Adore Nothing CD, as well, but it’s harsher and not as musical in my view as this live recording. Václavek and Ostřanský are two of my favorite musicians from the Czech indie scene, both together and singly.

    I downloaded this from some site last year, but I’m grabbing yours as well to check against the other one.

  2. 2 continuo September 21, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Well, now you have good scans ;D
    Thanks for your comment, Gidouille. I’ve been a huge fan of Czech rock 10 years ago and bought some LPs in Czech Republic at the time.

  3. 3 icastico September 21, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    I have loved Czech rock ever since my visit to Praha a few years after the velvet revolution. The radio station I found played such a great mix of styles and were not shy to include this kind of experimental stuff. What I’ve heard of this one so far is great. Thanks.

  4. 4 continuo September 22, 2009 at 7:40 am

    It’s a fine album. Thanks for your comment.

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