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East EuropeanAll prices in Euro (€) Last update: 19 July 2015 E-Mail your order or question note: this is a vinyl-only list. Compact discs are listed separately here Please read the Note on East European Pressings at the bottom of this page. Format: Artist - Title - Format - Label Cat.nbr - Country - Year - pressing-details - condition Sleeve/Record - price in Euro (€) Aquarium - s/t - LP - Melodiya - c60 25129 005 - Russia - 1984-85/1987 - EX/EX - €14.99 Atomsko Skloniste - Ne Cvikay Generacijo - LP - RTV Ljubljana - LD 0433 - Yugoslavia - 1978 - w/inner - EX/EX - €40 Original issue of debut; hard/heavy prog Bank - Jestem Panem Swiata - LP - Muza - SX 2388 - Poland - 1986 - EX/EX - €9,90 Sole release from this Polish hard/heavy progressive rock band. Bayon - Suite - LP - Amiga - 8 55 772 - East Germany - 1980 - EX/EX - €25 Progressive rock. Best and most ambitious album. Bergendy - Fagypont Folott Mienk A Vilag - LP - Pepita - SLPX 17502 - Hungary - 1976 - EX-/EX - €11 Second or third album from Hungary's answer to Floh de Cologne, Mothers of Invention, Bonzo Dog Band, etc, who later pursued a jazzrock direction. Described by one Hungarian dealer as: "PROG/FUNKY/BRASS: groovy progressive brassrock by septet from Hungary" Budka Suflera - 1974-1984 - LP - Muza - SX 2180 - Poland - 1984 - bss slrw EX-/EX - €12 City - s/t - LP - Pool - 6.23513 AP - Germany - 1978 - EX/EX - €20 Here are the first three albums (Western editions) by the band City. A bizarre band with contradicting influences, their first two LPs contain great, unique tracks intermixed with typical weak secondhand eastern bloc rock. The cracks start to show on the third album "Dreamland", as the band reaped the rewards of success (abroad) and lost their muse. All three albums are recommended. These are the West German Pool pressings, far superior to the Amiga versions. City - II - LP - Pool - 6.23874 AP - Germany - 1979 - inner - EX/EX - €15 Second album. See above. City - Dreamland - LP - Pool - 6.24391 - Germany - 1980 - EX/EX - €10 Third album. See above. C & K Vocal - Generace - LP - Supraphon - 1 13 2023 H - Czech - 1977 - insert - M-/M- - €20 Compact - Cintec Pentru Prieteni - LP - Electrecord - ST-EDE 03501 - Romania - 1984 - toc - EX/EX - €9 Romanian electronic/synth Dwa & Jeden - Wyspa Dzieci ("Island of Children") - LP - Muza - SX 1212 - Poland - 1975 - woc - EX/EX - €12 folk/folkrock trio; second album (I think), beautiful cover artwork Electra - Ein Tag Wie Eine Brucke - LP - Amiga - 855 809 - DDR - 1982 - EX/EX - €22 Third or fourth album, symphonic progressive comparable to Novalis. Considered their best. Fermata - Generation - LP - Opus - 9113 1150 - Czech - 1981 - EX/EX - €12 ex Collegium Musicum; sixth album, fusion-esque; slight tape residue along bottom seam; "excellent instrumental progressive rock with strong krautish feel, jazzy touch, bright compositions, killer fusion guitars, cosmic synthie sounds, superb drumming etc.!!!" FFN - Zece Pasi - LP - Electrecord - STM-EDE 01184 - Romania - 1975? - EX-/EX - foc/toc - €90 most dealers claim - 1971-72 for this, but "Scented Gardens" says - 1975 so... disc has a water-mark on side 1 which causes some slight background noise during playback on the last track but this is minor. Gemini - s/t - LP - Pepita - SLPX 17508 - Hungary - 1976 - EX/EX - €11 Sole (?) album from this Hungarian rock band, with some Doors influences. Beautiful cover artwork. Group 180 - Reich Rzewski Melis & Szemo - LP - Hungaroton - SLPX 12545 - Hungary - 1983 - insert - EX/EX - €15 Grunwald> Jerzy Grunwald & En Face - s/t - LP - Muza - SXL 0957 - Poland - 1973 - sofc stains - VG+/EX - €9 Rare rural rock/folk album from ex No To Co leader. Housed in one of the flimsiest Muza covers; slight staining on back. Holograf - 2 - LP - Electrecord - ST-EDE 03080 - Romania - 1984? - EX-/EX - €9 Illes - Add A Kezed - LP - Pepita - SLPX 17437 - Hungary - 1972 - EX/EX - €25 Illes were an uneven but often excellent Hungarian rock band. This is their 4th, in the same vein as the 3rd (and best) album "Human Rights" (1971). "Awesome LP from top Hungarian psych/prog band Illes. This is from the early 70s and leans more toward a rock and prog direction, but still has psychedelic echoes sprinkled in. Another great example east and west rock influences colliding. Like the early Omega records this has that same great production, making me wonder if they were recorded in the same studio...roomy, layered but sparse, and buzzing with analog saturated tube glow. This lp has some sterling guitar work and really well-written songs." Illes - Ne Sirjatok Lanyok - LP - Pepita - SLPX 17455 - Hungary - 1973 - foc - EX/EX - €25 5th album. Re-recordings of older material. "Very early 70s and on this LP they do heavy psych workouts on their own classics and some of 'm are frightningly great with cool fuzz, moog and some real ravers! COOL!" Illes> Zsuzsa Koncz & Illes - Kis Virag - LP - Pepita - SLPX 17429 - Hungary - 1971 - EX/EX - €12 Zsuzsa Koncz backed by Illes (who also wrote all the material). Described by our Hungarian dealer friend as: "Powerful Female vocals by Koncz Szusza with backing by Rock band ILLES ranging from excellent Psych Rock, to trippy Folk Rock - strong acoustic/Electric guitars/ Percussion. Great LP." Jorgi Kwartet - Vol.1 - LP - Muza - SX 2725 - Poland - 1990 - sticker residue - EX/EX - €20 Despite the title, this is the bands 3rd LP. Kalaka - Az En Koromban - LP - Hungaraton - SLPX 13883 - Hungary - 1981 - insert - EX/EX - 14.99 Kampec Dolores - s/t - LP - Ring - RL 2012 - Hungary - 1988 - ew - VG++/EX - €10 Karat - s/t - LP - Amiga - 855 573 - DDR - 1978 - EX/EX - €12 Rare first LP by the best known east german band working in Novalis/Pink Floyd vein. "For fans of well-made melodic light-prog who don't mind a little straightforward rock mixed in, Karat may be for you. Karat is an East German band that scored notable success outside its homeland, particularly in West Germany. The band began life in 1975 as a spin-off of Panta Rhei, the influential East German combo whose singer, Veronika Fischer, went on to have a succesful solo career in East (and after - 1980, West) Germany. After some early personnel changes, a five-player line-up emerged: keyboardist and composer Ullrich "Ed" Swillms, singer Herbert Dreilich, Bernd Römer (guitar), Henning Protzmann (bass), and Michael Schwandt (drums). Karat's eponymous first album, released in - 1977, it contained the standout "König der Welt" (King of the World), which pointed the band in a more progressive direction." Karat - Schwanenkonig - LP - Amiga - 855 770 - DDR - 1980 - EX/EX - €6 Third. Another dreadful cover from the Amiga art department. Karat - Die Sieben Wunder Der Welt - LP - Amiga - 856 011 - DDR - 1983 - inner - EX/EX - €6 This, the fifth Amiga LP, updated the Karat sound slightly with electronic drums and Fairlight synthesizers, and contained memorable tracks like the acoustic "Mir zwingt keiner auf die Knie". Karat - Albatros - LP - Pool - 6.24087 - Germany - 1979 - EX/EX - €15 West German Pool pressing, far superior to Amiga issues. For the most part this is nice symphonic progressive in Novalis or Camel vein -- exactly the sort of thing punk rock was designed to kill. Karat - Der Blaue Planet - LP - Pool - 6.25377 - Germany - 1982 - foc+insert - EX/EX - €15 West German Pool pressing, far superior to Amiga issues. Katapult - s/t - LP - Supraphon - 1113 2395 - Czech - 1978 - EX/EX - €39 Rare debut. Hard rock, progressive rock, blues mix. Katapult - 2006 - LP - Supraphon - 1113 2656 - Czech - 1980 - slrw - EX/EX - €25 Second, nice copy. Katapult - Pozor Rock! Live - 1988 - LP - Supraphon - 110166-1311 - Czech - 1988 - EX/EX - €9 Last LP by this band, more metallic than previous efforts. Fantastic back cover shot of the band sporting some very very bad eastern european denim & leather fashion. Kombi - s/t - LP - Pronit S- X 1857 - Poland - 1979 - EX(-)/EX - €15 rare debut; usually described as "heavy prog", in fact this is high flyin' fusion with some heavy moves. Very hard to find. Krcek> Jaroslav Krcek - Nevestka Raab (1971) - LP - Panton - 81 0836 - Czech - 1988 - booklet - EX/M- - €25 Later issued by Recommended Records. Leb I Sol - 2 - LP - RTB - LP 55-5335 - Yugo - 1979 - foc+inner - EX/EX - €60 Fantastic progressive fusion. Highly regarded. Described by a specialist dealer as follows: "Second and the best and more energetic LP from this brilliant jazz/ethno fusion prog. unit from Macedonia/former Yugoslavia. Full of polyrhytms and brilliant and inventive east Balkan influenced guitar solos from Vlatko Stefanovski. Brilliant and stunnig original work" Leb i Sol - s/t (aka Beskonacno/Infinity) - LP - RTB - 2320 118 - Yugoslavia - 1981 - inner; coh/soc - VG+/EX - €60 Another fantastic LP by this fusion trio, truly outstanding. Fourth album, light, airey, inventive. Amazing guitarist. Lift - Spiegelbild - LP - Amiga - 855 814 - DDR - 1981 - tobc - EX/EX - €7,50 east german progressive Mlinarec> Drago Mlinarec & Grupa 220 - A Ti Se Ne Daj - LP - Jugoton - LPY-V-S-50926 - Yugoslavia - 1971/198? - 2nd issue, rw/stobc - EX/EX - €25 M.Efekt - 33 - LP - Supraphon - 1113 2897 - Czech - 1981 - EX/EX - €20 7th or 8th LP. Modus - Balicek Snov - LP - Opus - 9116 0999 - Czech - 1980 - EX/EX - €7,50 Nalepa> Tadeusz Nalepa - To Moj Blues - 2xLP - Muza - SX 2790/1 0 Poland - 1989 - housed in two single sleeves in foldout plastic wallet - EX/EX - €50 Ex Breakout guitarist. Nepocin - s/t - LP - RTB - LP55-5312 - Yugoslavia - 1977 - foc - EX/EX - €100 Rare progressive, ex Drugi Nacin, usually compared to Jethro Tull. Niemen - Best Of - LP - Muza - SX 1759 - Poland - 1979 - creases - EX/EX - €7.50 No To Co - Nikifor - LP - Pronit - XL 0493 - Poland - 1968 - EX/EX - €25 Late 60s pop-psych / flower-pop album Olympic - 12 Nej - LP - Supraphon - 1113 2018 - Czech - 1976 - EX-/EX - €12 Best Of compilation - 1967-1975. A good introduction of this long lived band whose material varies wildly both in style and quality. Olympic - see also the Bargain Bin Later album by long running Czech rock band. This one finds them in the mid-80s churning out mediocre punky hard rock. Great glue-sniffing cover though! Omega - 200 Years After The Last War - LP - Bellaphon - BLPS - 19175 - Germany - 1974 - foc - EX/EX - €15 Hungarian heavy prog, rare quadrophonic issue. Porter Band - Helicopters - LP - Pronit/Wifon - SLP 4010 - Poland - 1980 - EX/EX - €7,50 excellent blues rock, first LP Predmestje - Hazard - LP - RTB - 2120321 - Yugoslavia - 1980 - taped spine - EX-/EX - €50 Yugo fusion/jazzrock. Third (and last?) album. Highly sought after! Profan - Pro Patria - LP - HP Records - BP-005 - Hungary - 1987 - EX/EX - €22,50 hyped to death in certain circles as the best acid-folk album of the 80s. Doesn't quite live up to that but certainly a great album. Progres 2 - Mozek - LP - Panton - 8113 0467 - Czech - 1984 - EX/EX - €12 ex Progress Organization, who debuted in - 1971 and then disappeared until the late 70s, when they re-emerged as Barnodaj in - 1978 and then renamed themselves Progres 2. "Excellent keyboard-dominated concept album by superb Czech band, this is considered one of their best lps with long complex tracks a la England "Garden Shed"/Genesis/etc." September - Domovina Moya - LP - RTV Ljubljana - LD 0465 - Yugoslavia - 1979 - foc stoc - EX/EX - €22,50 Yugo rock band, second LP Skaldowie - Ty - LP - Muza - SXL 0634 - Poland - 1970 - toc - EX-/EX- - €12 One of the better Skaldowie album, with an obvious Moody Blues influence. Occasional ticks, paper-thin cover Skorpio - Kelj Fel! - LP - Pepita - SLPX 17512 - Hungary - 1977 - EX/EX - €9 3rd LP. Skorpio - Cyere Velem! - LP - Pepita - SLPX 17575 - Hungary - 1978 - insert - EX/EX - €9 4th LP. Both excellent copies, nice laminated covers in fine shape. Plodding progressive hard rock from Hungary's answer to Uriah Heep. Teska Industrija - UFO/Karavan - 45 - Jugotron - SY-22861 - Yugoslavia - 1975 - foc ew - EX-/VG+ - €10 Teska Industrija - UFO/Karavan - 45 - Jugotron - SY-22861 - Yugoslavia - 1975 - foc - VG/VG - €10 Trubadurzy - 2 (Z Archiwum Polskiego Beatu Vol.13) - LP - Muza - SX 2398 (XL 0530) - Poland - 1969/1987 - EX/EX - €15 Nice reissue from 1987 of the second LP. Extremely touch to find a non-trashed original. Zbirka> Miroslav Zbirka - Sezonne Lasky - LP - Opus - 9113 1258 - Czech - 1982 - first press (82 1 code) EX/EX - €10 Z Kopce - Big Beat - LP - Panton - 81 0876 - Czech - 1989 - EX/EX - €9 I've seen this listed as an Impuls LP, but I think that's wrong; this LP was issued in the Impuls series (I think -- I don't read Czech!) and has nothing to do with the band Impuls. v/a - Hallo Nr.1 - LP - Amiga - 855 33 - DDR - 1972 - creases, no insert - EX/EX - €19 w/Bayon, Joco Dev Sextett, Nautiks, Panta Rhei (x2), Puhdys, Rote Gitarren (x2), Scirocco Combo v/a - Na Szkle Malowane - LP - Muza - SXL 0666 - Poland - 1970 - with Niemen - EX/EX - €12 v/a - Psychedelic Super Pjotr - LP - no label - EU - 1999 - M-/M- - €15 V/A - Ritmus 65 - LP - Qualiton - LPX 7336 - Hungary - 1965 - EX/EX - €15 recently sold items no longer available: Bijelo Dugme - Bitanga I Princeza - LP - Jugoton - LSVG-10 - Yugoslavia - 1979 - foc - EX(-)/EX - SOLD(€22) Czerwone Gitary as Rote Gitarren - s/t - LP - Amiga - 855 629 - DDR - 1978 - EX/EX - SOLD(€7,50) Slawomir Kulpowicz featuring Niemen - Samarpan - LP - Muza - SX 2508 - Poland - 1987 - toc - EX/EX - SOLD(€9) M.Efekt - Svitanie - LP - Opus - 9116 0541 - Czech - 1977- EX/EX - SOLD(€20)
There are many fabulous records to be found in Eastern Europe, but
condition can be a problem.
Because of poor quality vinyl and/or inferior pressing techniques, many vintage Eastern European records play with some background noise, even when new (mint condition). The exceptions are Hungarian, (most) Czech and East German pressings, which generally speaking are high quality. The worst pressings tend to be Russian, and the older it is, the more likely it is to suffer this problem. Quality improved steadily during the seventies, eventually becoming very good.
Generally speaking one can expect some light noise on some records pressed in the sixties and early seventies.
Since most covers were made of flimsy paper or thin cardboard, they tended to show signs of wear immediately, and so ringwear and creasing is pretty much the norm. Again, the exceptions are Hungarian and Czech records.
Finally, most records sold in Poland had the price rubber-stamped on the back cover and occasionally on the labels. Finding such a small rubber stamp on the back cover is the rule rather than the exception. If the price was reduced, a second stamp would be added, or the new price handwritten on the cover. This applies to Polish records only.
I've attempted to cover the main condition issues for the records on this page in the grading, but please bear the above comments in mind.