Jim Čert – Světlu Vstříc

Jim Čert - Světlu Vstříc LP front cover
Jim Čert - Světlu Vstříc LP back cover
Jim Čert - Světlu Vstříc side B

Jim ČertBorn 1956, Czech accordion player and poet Jim Čert (or Jim Devil, real name: František Horáček) became a familiar figure of Prague’s local hospody, or underground taverns with wooden benches and large, collective tables. He published his first cassette titled Cervenec (or July) in 1980, introducing the public with his mixture of folk traditionals, contemporary Czech poets, various J.R.R. Tolkien’s poems and John Peel’s Marihuana. This LP was his first offical release in 1990 and, to no surprise, was recorded in a regular hospoda. Jim Čert’s style is characterized by a mix of Slavish melancholia, gruff vocals and tongue-in-cheek provocations. Between each song on this disc, the singer is heard claiming for more “pivo”, that is, beer, that he drinks while playing accordion, as some pictures on the internet can attest. Still a favorite disc since I bought my copy in Prague in 1994, despite rumors making Jim Čert a Communist regime collaborator.

01 Hakeldama (5:14)
02 Osamelý Poutnik (U Ohne Sedím Premítám) – J.R.R. Tolkien (3:55)
03 Svetla A Stíny (3:40)
04 Lothlórien – J.R.R. Tolkien (4:04)
05 Balada O Prasvetle (5:10)
06 Člověk Je Dutina (3:30)
07 Marihuana – John Peel (3:02)
08 Já Šel Jsem Cestou Tesklivou (4:21)
09 Pocta Gandalfovi – J.R.R. Tolkien (3:20)
10 Krištálová Studánka (4:03)
11 Havran (4:26)

Total time 44:40
LP released by Aske Globus International, Czech Republic, 1990


Jim Čert's 1st cassette, 1980
Above: Jim Čert’s first cassette, Cervenec, 1980

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7 Responses to “Jim Čert – Světlu Vstříc”

  1. 1 Dalis Crespo November 29, 2010 at 8:15 am

    De antemano saludos.. Gracias por la publicacion de este gran personaje! Muy buen aporte!

  2. 2 continuo November 29, 2010 at 8:56 am

    You’re welcome.

  3. 3 Dalis Crespo November 30, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Aun lo escucho.. Ha sido un buen disco de acompañe en esta noche! Atento a sus proximas publicaciones.. saludos

  4. 4 gidouille December 7, 2010 at 8:15 am

    I never owned this, but I may remember some of the songs. Jim Čert was part of a cultural exchange delegation, which came to sf with Uz Jsme Doma in 1992. I saw him play a couple times, one time in a Czech bar, appropriately enough.

  5. 5 continuo December 7, 2010 at 8:28 am

    There were so many great bands in Czech country in the late 1980s-early 1990s, but witnessing one of them live in Czech Republic makes a lot of sense, I think.

  6. 6 gidouille December 7, 2010 at 10:58 am

    To clarify, the Czech bar was in San Francisco, but it was underground and featured 25 oz. “pints”.

    Dunaj is the band I would most like to have seen, with or without Bittová.

  7. 7 Junie Msttice January 3, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Happy New Year from way northern California…peace and love to you all, if I have any Czech friends left tell them hello…and my cousine, Denise & Franticek

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