"Album První" means first album. For this CD released in late 2002, the Czech group Nahoru Po Sohodisti Dolu Band entered the studio to record 15 new songs from their first-ever full-length: an eponymous self-produced disc originally released in 1993. The group had been active since a decade earlier. This fresh version leaves a couple of weaker tracks behind, but most of all improves a lot on production and musicianship. By 2002, Nahoru Po Sohodisti Dolu Band had become a well-oiled machine. The songs are exciting, lively, and very well-executed. They don't show their age and compare favorably to the group's previous effort, 2001's Svinska Przola. Accordion and clarinet provide an East-European touch, the crunchy rhythm guitar and tight rhythm section anchor the proceedings somewhere between ska and rock, while the cheerful call-and-response vocals are genuine Czech (or even Irish) pub rock. The album may lack some of the previous one's eccentricities, but it also contains fewer weak tracks. It is rounded out with six bonus songs consisting of demo recordings from 1985 to 1987. Sound quality is murky (Czechoslovakia was still under a communist regime) and the rhythm section a bit shaky, but these are nice ska tunes from a country where the sun didn't shine often back then.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture