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REVIEW: Red Baron Band - Music Must Change | 2.7.2008
In several previous reviews I've introduced a number of foreign rock albums and now it's time to see what's going on at the rock scene at home. Even though we must go two years or so back in time, trust me, this short journey definitely won't be pointless. On the contrary, many foreign rock bands could learn from RED BARON BAND.
Firstly I must compliment the whole album design. If you weren't lucky enough to come across this two-year-old record, get ready for pleasant graphic design of the booklet, pressed CD and good sound. "Music Must Change" offers all this. Besides - and this is in my opinion the most important fact - it brings forty five minutes of quality rock music oscillating between blues rock and hard rock. During the given footage, the gentlemen play uncompromisingly (hear the opening "Remedy") as well as technically well, which shows at the end of the song "Here Comes the Night" - a real treat for fans of instrumental passages. Since I feel like pointing out extremes on this disc, I would like to mention that "Music Must Change" offers both, shorter songs under three minutes in length such as "Pictures From The Highway" which is one of the nicest things on the whole record, and long pieces, such as ten minute long "Brother". The album gives what you are looking for: fast and slow songs, riffs and all that good hard rock should offer. But I haven't finished yet! Classic rock music quite often includes brass instruments (trumpets, saxophones, etc.), which vitalizes the music of RED BARON BAND and elevates it beyond common rock bands.
An individual chapter is singing. Mirek Jech has a perfect gravel voice. Regular readers of rock music reviews could add a postscript "…which goes together with the music like scotch and soda". Mirek sings confidently and, in my opinion, has no competition at our rock scene. Besides, this could apply to the whole RED BARON BAND. Having heard their last album, they seem to me the best hard rock band in the Czech Republic. Their power rests in their ability to neatly join their playing and composing skills with precise technique here and carefree effortlessness there.
Well, if you feel that our hard rock scene has nothing to offer, you are wrong. Get this CD and soon you will be convinced of the opposite. To sum it all up, I hope RED BARON BAND will release their new album soon. In the meantime I'm gonna kill time listening to "Music Must Change".
autor: Crimson Thunder
Review: Red Baron Band - Music Must Change
When I got the latest RED BARON BAND record, I did not know at all how great it would make me feel soon. I somehow knew that it was a hard rock band, and yes, I was right. It is no secret that I am a big 70s music fan and RED BARON BAND took me back to this great time in a fantastic way.
Do you also think that bands like DEEP PURPLE or URIAH HEEP make records rather for their own pleasure these days? Times of their smashing hits are definitely gone I suppose…But that is why we have the RBB now. A bunch of four guys who are not afraid to get inspired by the good old times of hard rock and make records that sound just like in the old times. Their music is made with such easiness and nobleness, that we can absolutely forget that it is the year 2006. When you are listening to their music, you get at least 30 years back in time.
The first song is a fresh hit "Remedy"which some of you might already know from the TV station Óèko. "Remedy"is a bit different to the rest of the song on the record. It is modern and it sounds just like hits of stoner rock bands. But the following track "Like A Fool" is a different story. It truly is a very intimate song dominated by keyboards and sounds absolutely specific for the particular time. I think the sound of URIAH HEEP can be heard here. The other song "Burning Ray" is a LED ZEPPELIN kind of music, the influence of this band feels pretty strong throughout the record. "Burning Ray" must be a killer song at RBB´s concerts. It should only be considered as an appetizer before the absolute smash hit "Zero For Ever". A titanic kind of blues, very relaxed and simply beautiful. I love the sound of Hammond organ here and it sounds especially good here. A song of the year. Gentlemen, I am taking my hat off to you. The first song sets a cheerfully swinging beat. A kind of a hard rock march. Also very good. One could say: "I am not dreaming?" RBB keeps serving fantastic songs just like that. We are back with the LED ZEPPELIN in "Pictures From The Highway" and this time with guitar riffs played in Bryan May´s of Queen style (with a strong imagination of course). It is a short track, but it has its role in the whole picture of the record. In the old times there was not a problem to use brass instruments while making a hard rock album. RBB do the same in "I´m Gonna Be Your Star". Again a slower song on the crossroads of rock and blues. Those brass instruments remind me of my favorite song"Soft Parade" by THE DOORS. "Here Comes The Night" starts very easy and relaxed but in the middle of the song it turns into instrumental exhibition inferno in the DEEP PURPLE live in concert style. This song is pretty psychedelic. And finally it would not be a true hard rock record without a VERY long song, which is "Brother". Almost a ten minute song. A dark blues which reminds us of master Iommy of BLACK SABBATH. The song itself is a bit out of the overall mood of the record. A brilliant final song of this brilliant record…
If I should sum it all up, to me the only weak song is the first track :"Remedy", which simply sounds different to the rest of the songs. There is no band like RBB in our country. Brilliant musicians - relaxed and absolutely accurate drumming (Radek Horník), fantastic bass guitar (Mechy) which I keep missing so much in modern rock groups - keep focused at his playing the bass guitar. FREE fans will surely appreciate… Mirek Jech charismatic lead voice touched by hands of rock Titans and most of all the unchained lead guitar by Paul Kowacs, who is also the author of all the songs. I have forgotten about keyboards, which are as far as I was informed played also by Paul. It is one of the highlights of the record for me. Absolutely delicious…
You may think that this review is rather a rock encyclopedia and it may even discourage you from listening to RBB music, as it is the music is not original at all. But that is not true and let me explain. All the mentioned rock gods were the inspiration to many musicians and of course you can feel it here too. I am not saying that RBB is coming with anything absolutely new, but it has its own style and that is crucial for me. You may even think that you might have heard it before; nevertheless you will recognize RBB among others. "Music Must Change" is definitely my nominee for the record of the year.
Track list :
2. Like Fool
3. Burning Ray
4. Zero For Ever
5. Music Must Change
6. Pictures From Highway
7. I´m Gonna Be Your Star
8. Here Comes The Night
Total time: 44:57
Released : 2006