Sunday, 24 June 2018

Polanie "Polanie" 1967 Polish Beat, Rhythm & Blues,Garage Rock


Polanie  "Polanie" 1967 Polish Beat, Rhythm & Blues,Garage Rock
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“These guys need no introduction to ‘60s Eurobeat aficionados. Well, to some of them this is the only worthwhile garage band from Poland. Since the inclusion of their tracks on "Too Much Monkey Business #2” and “Psychedelic Super Pjotr”, their only LP has become a collectable among '60s fanatics. Formed in the summer of '65, they were the first Polish all-stars band consisting of members of the charttopping Czerwono-Czarni and Niebiesko-Czarni. Later that year they managed to record two EP’s filled with mellow r&b/pop and wild instros. The breakthrough came with The Animals’ tour of Poland in November '65 where Polanie were the support act. Two weeks together made the band veer towards more aggressive sound. Eric Burdon left the guitarist and vocalist Piotr Puławski tapes with original black blues and British r&b otherwise unavailable in Poland at the time. In early '66 as the second Polish band (after Niebiesko-Czarni) they were allowed to tour behind the Iron Curtain, with gigs in Scandinavia and West Germany. In Hamburg’s Star Club they again met Burdon who offered them to join The Animals for gigs in the UK. The great opportunity was missed as the guys didn’t go, allegedly for passport-related reasons. In the act of artistic venegance upon the regime they started to play really tough by '67. In October they recorded for their only LP and another EP. The album’s A-side features Polish-sung originals and the B-side is consisted of covers.“…~



Unique album of Polanie , a group of garage - Polish rock , this disc presents on each of its faces two opposite approaches: on the first, the group plays its own compositions, and on the second, it is devoted to covers of English tracks or Americans. To understand the origin of this choice, we must go back to November 1965, when Polanie was the first part of The Animals during the tour of Eric Burdon’s group in Poland. During this tour, Burdon gave Piotr Puławski, the singer and guitarist of Polanie , some records of English and American bands, not available in Poland at the time. 

Polanie was the second Polish group that had the opportunity to shoot outside the national territory (after Niebiesko - Czarni ): the group participated in tours in Germany and Denmark, and at the time of registration of the 'album, Polanie already exists for almost two years, and the group is perfectly honed. Even better, Polanie was regarded as a supergroup in his country, consisting of former members of two successful bands: Niebiesko - Czarni , from which Andrzej Nebeski (drums), Zbigniew Bernolak (bass) and Włodimierz Wander ( tenor saxophone), but also from Czerwono -Czarni , in which had played Piotr Puławski (vocals, guitar) and Wiesław Bernolak (organ). The result is brilliant: each member of the group is extremely competent, the sound of Polanie is simply perfect, characteristic of rock'n'roll in the mid-1960s, and has nothing to envy to his British or American contemporaries. 

In addition, the side A shows that Polanie had the capacity to compose memorable pieces: some of the tracks written for this album are nothing less than extraordinary. From the first guitar measurements that open "A ty pocałujesz mnie” , the listener knows that the record is worth the detour: and when the whole group joins the guitar riff, it becomes obvious that the piece will be successful. The beginning of the album is truly amazing: “Nie wiem sam” sees the group recite their rock'n'roll scales with a disconcerting ease: a tense rhythm, a great organ, a sharp guitar and a raging saxophone surround the song of Piotr Puławski who is supported by choruses on refrains. Polanieoffers another very high-class song, “Nie zawrócę” , where the organ conducts the piece on a very complementary bass-drum rhythm base. 

The first part of the CD ends with the delightful song “Dlaczego tak mnie traktujesz?” , A resolutely rhythm'n'blues style exercise ; once again, the relationship with British R'n'B bands is obvious ( Rolling Stones , Pretty Things and Animals ): Polanie demonstrates once again her expertise, with a guitar and keyboard playing of a exemplary accuracy. 

Exclusively composed of covers, the B side is the opportunity for members of Polanie to pay tribute to the various artists who had influenced them, probably through Eric Burdon: thus, the group recorded an applied recovery of “Black Jack ” by Ray Charles who offers his moment of glory to saxophonist Włodimierz Wander. Another surprising recovery, that of “Cool Jerk” , a piece of Capitol (!), Which appears here in a version less removed than the original, but nevertheless very successful. The covers of “Sunny Afternoon” and “Summer in the City” are made with application; versions ofPolanie are very respectful of the originals. To tell the truth, they may even seem a little too respectful; However, we must not forget that the Kinks and Lovin ’ Spoonful versions were unknown in Poland at the time: in this perspective, the pieces are endowed with a new relevance. 

The highlight of this B side is undoubtedly the interpretation that Polanie makes of the song “I’m Crying”: on this one, the group is really wild, delivering a version faithful to the original version. The group manages to support the comparison with the version recorded by the Animals in 1964, which is not a small compliment. The voices go in all directions, the organ screams and the guitar imposes its solos with an extraordinary sharpness. Puławski sings with all his morgue, without any complex vis-à-vis the song of Burdon, and reigns supreme over a perfect musical accompaniment. 

Probably the best representative of this musical fringe at the cross between beat and garage-rock in Poland, the band Polanie will unfortunately not release another album; the discography of the band is therefore composed only of this excellent LP and three EPs…..~


The Polanie group was formed in August 1965. Its composition included musicians belonging to the oldest age (average of about 30 years) and stage staging of wukonawcow practicing in Poland rock music: 
Wieslaw Bernolak, former music director of Czerwon-Czarnych (org, g), 
Wlodzimierz Wander, former music director of Blue and Black (ts, hca), 
Andrzej Nebeski (PhD) and 
Zbigniew Bernolak (bg) - both of them playing previously in Blue-Black 
Apart from Nebeski, everyone composed. In the autumn of 1965, the band accompanied The Animals tour in Poland , and made the first recordings for Polish Radio. In February 1966 he made recordings for Veriton. 

The early phonographic documentation presents Polan as a band with no crystallized artistic face, in instrumental songs inspiring inspirations both from The Shadows (“ My friend ”) and from rhythm'n'blues (“ Finnish noz ”), and in instrumental pieces - vocal, despite efforts to relate to the rock and roll tradition (“ my friend ”) expressly appealing to the “ icy ” entertainment music (“ Do not Wait ”). 
Probably non-artistic factors played the main role in the formation of the group. Perhaps the direct cause was the formation of the best national rock band that could appear alongside the famous The Animals. 

Certainly the Polanie was to be an export group. That’s how it happened in a way. From May 1966 to January 1967, the band stayed in Western Europe (Denmark, West Germany). Throughout this period, only the participation in the Hamburg International Folk + Beat Festival 66 deserves to be noted (the band took first place). The party did not have such a rank as it could be judged by name.
In 1967, Polanie performed in the country and made recordings about the improvement of executive craftsmanship, in which the LP for Mu finished in the end of this year. 
One side of the CD contains 7 tracks with Polish lyrics (filled with a sentimental banal), of which 5 have been composed by members of the group. The second page contains songs that are sung in English. There are items from the repertoire of The Animals (“ I’m Crying ”), Ray Charles (“ Black Jack ”), Kinks (“ Sunny Afternoon ”) and Lovin 'Spoonful (’ 'Summer In The City’ ’ ’). 

The disc is not very successful. The elaboration of foreign works does not sin inventiveness and definitely support the original. From the Polish repertoire, only 2 songs “and you kiss me” (Namyslowski-Zembaty) merit attention, and especially - based on a nice riff motif “Nie zawiec” (composition of Pulawski), which best endured the probe of time. the performance style and instrumentation make epigonic impressions; in most cases, it is associated with recordings of British bands from the mid-1960s. Pulawski’s vocal interpretations are quite mannerist. All these shortcomings can also be seen on a small disc released simultaneously from the LP and containing 2 songs from the Artwoods repertoire and the standard “ Georgia On My Mind ” 

The list of foreign performances Polan completes the tour of the USSR. The band was dissolved on April 1, 1968 . In the autumn of the same year, Wander and Nebeski briefly reactivated the group in a new, extended personal composition (including the participation of Dana Lerska and Wojciech Skowronski) and instrumentalities, as well as a new repertoire showing more ties to traditional pop music. 

The Polanie band gathered rock musicians from the national forehead. However, it turned out that the individuality of the larger format was missing from them. Even taking into account the relatively small creative possibilities, it must be stated that we are dealing with a classic example of a missed opportunity. Perhaps the atmosphere in the group may have influenced this, maybe the realities of our then live stage life - not entirely conducive to development (although experienced performers, which undoubtedly were members of the band, it probably should not apply). There is no doubt, however, that the Polanie played a large role in popularizing rhythm'n'blues in Poland…..wk….~


Only album by the excellent Polish Beat group Polanie founded and led by organist Wieslaw Bernolak, which also included guitarist / vocalist Piotr Pulawski, saxophonist Wlodzimierz Wander, bassist Zbigniew Bernolak and drummer Andrzej Nebeski. Founded by members of two other famous Polish Beat groups: Niebiesko-Czarni and Czerwono-Czarni, they were the first Polish super-group. They played superb original material (sung in Polish) as well as covers of then contemporary international material (sung in English) and displayed an incredibly high level of musicianship, what was completely in par with their British or US counterparts. They were largely modeled after The Animals, which they supported during the group’s tour of Poland, using the same organ / guitar Bluesy sound. The lead singer had almost no foreign accent and their interpretations of songs by British groups sound as good as the originals, if not better. In retrospect this is one of the most important albums in the Polish Rock history and still sounds great after all these years. This new edition includes also the only EP released by the group, which is an extremely rare collectors’ item. Wholeheartedly recommended!…by….Jazzis …~








Credits 
Bass Guitar – Zbigniew Bernolak 
Drums – Andrzej Nebeski 
Guitar, Vocals – Piotr Puławski 
Organ, Leader [Kierownik Muzyczny] – Wiesław Bernolak 
Recorded By – J. Urbański* 
Tenor Saxophone – Włodzimierz Wander


Tracklist 
A Ty Pocałujesz Mnie = And You’ll Kiss Me
Nie Wiem Sam = I Don’t Know Myself
Długo Się Znamy = We Know Each Other Long
Nieprawda, Nie Wierzę = Not True, I Don’t Believe It
Nie Zawrócę = I’ll Not Return
Ciebie Wybrałem = I Chose You
Dlaczego Tak Mnie Traktujesz = Why Do You Treat Me So
I’m Crying
Black Jack
Sunny Afternoon
Cool Jerk
Summer In The City

Discography: 
Male plates: Veriton V-319, V320, Muse N 0516 
LP: “ Polanie ”, Muse XL 438 

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