Psí Vojáci

Mucivé Vzpomínky: Skladby z Let 1987-1989

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Mucivé Vzpomínky (or "Torturing memories") captures Psí Vojáci on stage between 1987 and 1989, as the group was slowly coming out of the underground in parallel with the weakening power of the Communist regime. The group has rarely sounded both this good and ferocious. Sound quality is excellent, despite an exaggerated reverb in the snare drum and the occasional badly worn-out piano (although Filip Topol gets the most out of it). What strikes in this album is Topol's powerful singing, and the range of emotions he can deliver. He screams, laughs, acts like a madman, and two lines later murmurs a love poem. His performance on "Psycho Killer," "Ziletky," and "Co To Je?" tops anything else he has recorded. "Ziletky" is given a beautiful reading where the saxophone of guest Jirí Jelínek wails in unison with the demented singer in the incantatory chorus. "Septáme Si Na Rohu" and "Nejvyssí Vrcholek," both hard rockers, provide the other highlights, but truly there is not a single throwaway track. The group's repertoire at the time still featured the avant-punkish energy of the early years enhanced by the added experience. Psí Vojáci's live albums are always a bit overwhelming thanks to raw emotion and a group cohesion constantly threatened by Topol's delivery. If you're thinking about investigating this group, start here for the thrill of the live experience or with the pseudo-best of Narod Psich Vojaku for a carefully selected repertoire.

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