“Lucifer in Coelis” was lifted from obscurity by the Surfbeat behind the Iron Curtain bootleg-compilation that Dionysus records put out in the 90`s and is now known as the East-European Twist/Instrumental-Novelty song.
That compilation put Eastern European Rock`n`Roll back on the map just like the “Killed by Death”-compilations did with obscure Punk records. It`s funny that a bootleg is distributed by Barnes & Noble and Amazon but it`s sad that it`s also the only thing that pops up, when searching for Slàva Kunst on the Internet. That and a bootleg casette of a Polka album of his that somebody offers for 9 dollars…
The Slàva Kunst Orchestra backed many Czechoslovak artists in the 60`s and recorded a whole lot of records in all kinds of musical styles. Slàva Kunst was among the most well known Czechoslovak Orchestra leaders throughout Eastern-Europe.
It´s a mystery to me why his music has never been re-released. These records here are only a small portion of his output, concentrating on Slàva`s rockin`and twistin`sides…
SLÀVA KUNST ORCHESTRA, Lucifer in Coelis, 1963
KAREL VLACH ORCHESTRA, Ti-Pi-Tin, 1963
JOSEF VOBRUBA ORCHESTRA, Krystinka, 1963
“Delicado” is a Brazilian guitar-standard written and recorded by Waldir Azevedo in 1950. The Sláva Kunst version is a nice Latin-American/Rock`n`Roll blend.
The guitar-player on this record is Karel Duba. Duba was the leading Czech Rock´n´Roll instrumentalist of the 60s. He played in the Sláva Kunst Orchestra but later left to start his own group. Just like Sláva Kunst, Karel Duba`s music has not been re-released comprehensively yet.
SLÀVA KUNST ORCHESTRA, Delicado, 1963
SLÀVA KUNST ORCHESTRA, Play to me gypsy, 1963
The Slàva Kunst Orchestra is backing Arnost Kavka on this Novelty-Twist song. Kavka , nick-named Mr. Swing, a accomplished Jazz-musician was in his mid-40`s when he recorded this. His later work as a musical comedian shines through. I wish I knew what he is singing about.
It sounds like he is making fun of the twist fashion…
the first one who leaves a comment and tells me WHO is singing with the Slàva Kunst Orchestra and the NAME of the song gets a single from my box of doubles.
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Here`s the real sleeve and label for KAREL GOTT`S “Ùtery”.