Drinking Disco wine from the Holy Grail

It is not easy to predict from a bean shawl. Although the white dots can be connected together to give a single-crowned letter B, it did not appear from these dots in 1980 that the time would come when Beatrice would release four records and a single in a year and a half, so that they don’t even write new songs.

There are a number of Beatrice records on sale, with only two LPs released under Covid from 1981, the full soundtrack for the Beatrice block on Kisstadion ’80 on a standalone album, and even a vinyl single (Why live like that Radio recording at the end of 1979) also hit stores.

So slowly there are more Beatrice albums than there are dots on a ladybug. Or just a bean shawl.

And then we didn’t even talk about Ricse albums and CDs published earlier. Yet: the Holy Grail, the most important document in the band ‘s more than 50 – year history, the Topis Rok material has only just officially appeared on vinyl.

That is, there are finally ten songs from the legendary radio demo recorded in the spring of 1979 in stores with excellent sound quality and remastered sound. Because it doesn’t matter when a particular song is recorded, in the heyday or when it’s no longer important to the performers themselves.

They would have gone, they had dissolved

The ten issues now published (Metropolitan wolf, Little girl bugs, Standing on his knees, Topis musician, Angelica, Jericho, Motorized generation, No need, Topis blues, Messages I.) is still the core of Beatrice concerts to this day. Of course a What else do I want?the Ladybug, the Bye byethe Faded starthe Meditation and that Europe it is not on it, but not everything can fit on a single record, as punk-Beatrice (1978–1981) has a total of approx. he wrote material for three records.

It is noteworthy that most of these became classic rock anthems, with the possible exception of punk, new-wave songs from the post-László Lugossy era, which the band could no longer really work out. Then in August 1981, for known reasons (they could not perform at the 1981 Rock Festival on Shipyard Island because the so-called profession did not stand by them).

So in the fall of 1988, even before the regime change, the reunion of Beatrice appeared in the edition of the Ring ’78 –88 old and new songs with a track list more or less the same as this particular 1979 demo, Lexer songs of our childhood And there were some unreleased hits on the album, so why should we pass out on that vinyl for that particular demo? (Which was allegedly made in secret in the 6th studio of the Hungarian Radio, and the members of the band gave a Club 99 whiskey to their benefactor.)

Rock and coordinate

Well, in rock and roll, not only the horizontal lines, that is, the lines of the sheet music, are important, but also the vertical ones, that is, the coordinates of space and time. It’s important to be in the right place at the right time, because that’s what intersects only happens at the intersection of the two: ecstasy 7 to 9. Because it doesn’t matter if you hear the Rolling Stones in 1973 or 2022, it doesn’t matter if you see the Sex Pistols in 1977 or on the Island in 2008.

Let’s admit who was interested in Beatrice’s classics recorded in 1988, when Bar-Pasquale, the drummer of R-Go, sat on the drums, and Tamás Zsoldos, a studio musician, assisted Lajos Miklóska. It is not the it was Beatrice, which in 1979 was at the center of Hungarian cultural policy and public life. At the time, Ricse was as important a matter as whether the Vasarely Museum, which opened in Pécs, should receive extra support and whether brick tickets for the construction of the new National Theater would be placed on the market.

Where Beatrice performed, all the police dogs in the district, a volunteer police officer and a young guard, also paid their respects, with more people provided the route from the train station to the art house than on 1 May. And that is what is unimaginable today. What it’s like when many people in an age group repeated classes because they took bloodily seriously what they saw and heard at a 1980 Beatrice concert at the Battonya House of Culture.

This Beatrice experience is virtually impenetrable.

If anything, it can evoke, well, perhaps the original soundtrack recorded in the conditions typical of the band in the heyday. What was made when Faro the Great was not afraid of coming out of a guitar solo, but of not being taken into Aradi Street to be interrogated at five in the morning.

To hit the wind of what the Beatrice experience might have been like in 1979, we have to listen to 1979 Beatrice. It is that simple. And now here it is. It is disturbing, captivating, we almost feel the disapproval of Comrade Agócs, Dezső Tóth, Ildikó Lendvay, Péter Erdős, Jenő Bors, György Aczél, we almost hear the police ask for our ID card at the Southern Railway Station with the characteristic sound.

Folded bar cabinets

Beatrice was in top form in 1979, and the otherwise exciting keyboard playing of Attila Gidófalvy, who left the band, was no longer missing, because in their rawness these songs sound like this: 1979 was not the year of the international childhood, but the year of the motorized generation.

The material Audio tape bypassed was also released on cassette in 1992, in poor sound quality, without post-production and mixing, with mixed bass, the improved, remastered production now completed is not comparable to the material released in a small number of copies twenty years ago. The vinyl version can be said to have good sound quality despite the fact that László B. Révész The word honest is few Feró Nagy wrote about the original recording for his film, that in 1979 it was made with outdated technique.

So this is a demo, so those who listen to West German prog-rock records on amplifiers made in Norwegian family manufactories, well, they don’t expect that when the stuff breaks, Péter Erdős’ office will appear in front of them and the volume will blow out of their bar cabinet behind WAT whiskeys Hidden Free People Grades. No, this record perfectly reflects the atmosphere of the years when Csomád to Békéscsaba every concert is a battle was not when Békéscsaba to a brilliant city was the biggest stage show element, and when Feró called on everyone to drink low-alcohol Disco wine, it was when a policeman took the stage during a concert and certified performer Ferenc Nagy.

Beatrice: Topis Rock ’79

Moiras Records, 10 tracks, 41 minutes

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