Msza Beatowa (Muza XL 0475) 1968 Poland *
I believe we’ve found Poland’s answer to The Electric Prunes. The male foursome Czerwono-Czarni (“Red-Blacks”) hereby presents Msza Beatowa, which in English would be The Beat Mass. Perhaps Psychedelic Rock Mass would have been a better title, as this thing sometimes even out-Prunes the Prunes’ old classic Mass In F Minor. Set aside whatever preconceptions you might have about what a Polish rock band might sound like – these guys seem suitably psychedelicized into the whole late-’60s scene. Garagy guitars, heavy bass, liturgical chanting, symphonic strings, tribal percussion, brass, and a long instrumental modal jam that descends into a turbulent raga maelstrom. Lots of musical variety in here: psych, pop, beat, hard rock, classical, with trippy organ, cheesy organ or cathedral organ to suit whatever the mood. Only toward the end do they whip out a whimsical tuba-tootin’ fiddle-playin’ number that made me think “now that sounds Polish” – and it just happens to be the most fun track on the lp. It’s all sung in Polish, although the titles should look pretty familiar (‘Kyrie’, ‘Gloria’, ‘Credo’, ‘Sanctus’, ‘Agnus Dei’, etc) Written by female composer Katarzyna Gartner and first performed at St. Christopher Church in January 1968. Says in the English liner notes that The Beat Mass is performed each Sunday in the city of Lesna Podkowa (near Warsaw) “with full approval of the parishioners”. Given the Eastem Block countries’ “thumb of oppression” over both rock music and religion during the era, it’s rather amazing that this thing even exists. (Ken Scott – The Archivist).
There is a polish, I think, page here where these files were located.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|10||Chwalcie Imie Pana||3:04|
|12||Historia O Bozym Narodzeniu||4:25|
Members: Tadeusz Mróz – vocal, guitar
Henryk Zomerski – bass
Klaudiusz Maga – keyboards
Ryszard Gromek – Percussion