Vladimír Veit

Ve Lví Stope

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Released in 1985, Ve Lvi Stope was recorded with the help of the SVU, the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences. This project was therefore more specific than Vladimír Veit's previous albums and consisted of texts by Czech poets set to music. The singer's selection runs through the eras to offer a nutshell collection that includes pages by Jan Neruda, Karel Jaromir Erben, Pavel Javor, J.V. Sládek, and a few more. Veit sat alone in the studio, singing and playing acoustic guitar and harmonica. Songs remain very simple and follow the format of the poems, alternating verses and choruses in a typical folk way whenever possible, adopting the structure of a ballad (verses only) if needed. Arrangements are kept to a minimum, and often the vocal delivery sounds detached, uninvolved. There are three exceptions: the three songs on poems by Neruda -- "Ve Lvi Stope," "V Zemi Kalichu," and "Az Planety." Otherwise, this is a very average set of songs interpreted in the style of a soft Dylan or Félix Leclerc. The album has been reissued on CD in 2002 by Indies as part of a two-fer with Quo Vadis, Veit's much better LP from 1984.