Vladimír Veit

Quo Vadis

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Quo Vadis is Czech folk singer Vladimír Veit's best record of the 1980s. It was recorded in 1980 with a good budget that allowed for a professional studio, accompanying musicians, and time to add overdubs and polish the sessions. Veit performs on acoustic guitar and harmonica. Emil Pospísil adds a second acoustic guitar in all songs, plus occasional electric guitar and sitar. Violinist Pavel Hryzák is featured in "Svetlo co Zapálím." Veit's voice had lost its somewhat nasal overtones to reveal a fully matured, warm voice that rocks the listener. Whenever the harmonica pops up, comparisons to first-period Bob Dylan become very tempting -- and for all the right reasons. The young Shawn Phillips also comes to mind, especially in the seven-minute "Doteky," progressive in its form and evoking the material on Second Contribution. The dual guitar set-up works marvelously in "Quo Vadis," while the sitar gives "Hnedovláska" a unique flavor. The electric guitar solo in the closer, "Zase Rok Se Nám Usadil Do Oka," provides a good, slightly different finale. Veit wrote most of the lyrics, Bohumír Slavík contributing words for four songs. Beautifully played and sung, this album will be of interest to any fan of singer/songwriter folk music, despite the language barrier. First released in 1984, it was reissued on CD by Panton in 1990 and again in 2002 by Indies as part of a two-fer with Ve Lvi Stope.