KÖRMENDI EGYÜTTES, Visszhang vokál

budapestbudapestbackibuszbudapestKörmendi Együttes means The Körmendi Group and Visszhang means Echo. Band leader, vocalist and composer Vilmos Körmendi has no Wikipedia page, but is a renowned artist in Hungary.  The link will lead you to the only appearance of his, on Youtube. Apparently he is still alive and kicking.

This is another re-up from 2008. The song is from a flexible postcard record…


KÖRMENDI EGYÜTTES, Visszhang vokal


CLUB ENSEMBLE, Tip-Top-Slop, 1963

club-ensemble-frontclub-ensemble-backclub-ensemble-label At the moment, I´m staying in Budapest together with the staff of Jungle World.  Our brand new all-Hungarian issue will come out on Thursday. It will contain a wide array of cultural and political topics, including some critical commentary regarding the country´s current situation. Each year I´m appointed to find local Hungarian cartoonists for a double-spread of comics in full color. So far Dániel Csordas, Gróf Balázs and András Halter have promised to contribute. Hopefully, the amazing  Zoltán Fehér will also be included

Of course, there was also some time to go record shopping. The city has a good selection of record stores and I did find some cool records, but recording it will have to wait until I get back home. So, for the time being, here´s a re-up of an old Hungarian record that I posted back in 2009.

I still don´t know anything about this Hungarian ensemble, not even if they really were from Hungary. But actually there´s not much to know.

Tip-Top-Slop is a standard semi-rock instrumental played by a studio group. But both these songs are not bad. Not great but not bad. People obsess over much worse music nowadays.

And at least you have probably never heard these tunes before…


CLUB ENSEMBLE, Tip-Top-Slop, 1963


CLUB ENSEMBLE, At the Jenka Show, 1963

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CLUB ENSEMBLE, Tip-Top-Slop, 1963

club-ensemble-frontclub-ensemble-backclub-ensemble-labelI don´t know anything about this Hungarian ensemble, not even if they really were from Hungary. But actually there´s not much to know. club-ensemble-details

Tip-Top-Slop is a pretty standard semi-Rock´n´Roll instrumental played by a studio group. But both these songs are not bad. Not great but not bad. People obsess over much worse music nowadays. And at least you have never heard these tunes before in your life…


CLUB ENSEMBLE, Tip-Top-Slop, 1963


CLUB ENSEMBLE, At the Jenka Show, 1963


BERGENDY EGYÜTTES, Tango Bolero, 1964

From the look of the sleeve this doesn´t look like something you need to pick up if you are into rock´n´roll and I wouldn´t have, if I didn´t know that Bergendy were a rock group from Hungary. The first three songs, sung by Sarolta Salatnay, are average pop (I posted another record by Sarolta   here)but Tango Bolero is a nice rock´n´roll instrumental with a great guitar break. Just don`t let the strings put you off…

BERGENDY EGYÜTTES, Tango Bolero, 1964


SAROLTA ZALATNAY, L.O.V.E., 1968

Sarolta Zalatnay is one of the most famous Hungarian Pop stars. In the 60s she worked with Hungarian beat bands Metro, Omega and Bergendy. These two songs are Jackie Edwards cover versions. Jackie Edwards wrote “Keep on running” and “Somebody help me”. Great soul songs. Sung in English.

I found this nice video of Sarolta performing ” Nem varok holnapig” with Omega in the 1967 Hungarian Dance Festival. It`s a slightly faster version than on the record that I have. Naturally they won first place!

SAROLTA ZALATNAY, L.O.V.E., 1968

SAROLTA ZALATNAY, Open your hands, 1968


KÖRMENDI EGYÜTTES,Visszhang vokál

budapestbudapestbackibuszbudapestKörmendi Együttes means The Körmendi Group and Visszhang means Echo. Band leader, vocalist and composer Vilmos Körmendi has no Wikipedia page, but is a renowned artist in Hungary.  The link will lead you to the only appearance of his on youtube. Apparently he is still alive and kicking.

This is another re-up from 2008. The song is from a flexible postcard record…


KÖRMENDI EGYÜTTES, Visszhang vokal


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