| RIB 060 - Magyar Beatzenekarok Vol. 1.|
The records of Hungarian beat-bands
As at the end of the '50s, the rock & roll fever seemed to have just calmed down, twist and similar ones have just began to revive, a completely new and unusual music style has begun to spread. It is due to Beatles, who created the so-called beat-music. So they were the pioneers of the later beat-wave. A generation followed them in behaviour, fashion, and -above all- in music. That was a universal phenomenon at that time. Even if to a lesser degree, it touched also the young of the socialist countries who felt and demanded the music for themselves. Altough the original records could not spread in these countries, the radiowaves and of course the beat-wave could not be shaded by the Iron Curtain.
The youth - mainly of grammar schools and universities- were sensitive to this kind of music, regarding their age, too. It was not by chance that - even with elementary instruments- they tried to follow the new trend, the new times' music. More and more amateur groups came to life who all made efforts to imitate each notes of the great ones. In the beginning, mainly the instrumental tracks were adapted in lack of the texts and the knowledge of foreign languages, the drafted ones became known as gibberish. But they became famous, and that was the point! School-bands became famous, their members became stars! When some of them were allowed to make records, the new style could prove its reason for existence. The Hungarian beat was born to life!
We judge the results of these attempts differently today of course, since a couple of decades have passed from the first steps and popmusic has also changed a lot. Still, the respect for the old-timers hasn't faded away. This CD is actually a memorial album because - with some exceptions- most of the groups playing on this album don't exist any more, their members don't make music any more or some of them are already playing unfortunately in the skies.
With respect to the hard-to-understand gibberish texts, we selected only instrumental tracks, but these as well reflect the enthusiasm of their performers and the music trends of the age. These records were made in the very beginning of the beat-era, a couple of them either have some non-refined elements. With regard to that, the former performers have created something long-lasting indeed. This album stands as a proof for that and we intend to publish another albums as well.
Here we tell some data of the bands without refering to every details.
After a more serious performance in 1962, the former noname school-band gave the name Atlantis for their group. One year later, they got more publicity, they could even go on a tour round lake Balaton.
Their real career began on January 11th 1964, when they were invited to a reherseal at the Record Producing Company. The result of that reherseal was a single, containing a Beatles-song and an own track. The latter made them more known and famous. It was especially the adaption of classical pieces, which brought them appreciation. The band played as the following……
It is one of those groups which had already played before the beat-era, and of course, traditional folk-music. Their change of style happened in the beginning of the '60s when they began to play the songs of the English 'Johnny and the Hurricanes' and Hungarian tracks as well. (Flute-song) Their 'headquarters' were the Youth Park of Buda or the Dalia Coffee-bar, where they had always full-house as they were one of the most famous groups. Most of their instrumental records can be heard on the radio, two of them were selected to this album.
They became known as a socalled traditional dance ensemble in 1963 at the "Who knows what" contest as the 'Dixieland Group of the 13th district'. Two years later, after receiving the operational permit, they renamed themselves as Expressz. Ever since, their career advanced with express rapidity. When they recorded their 'Körhinta' (merry-go-round) song at the Radio, they were playing as following:….
At the time of making this album, they were called Illés group. They as well began to play instrumental adaptions first, later they tried to perform their own songs. They started as a family group, after they became the band of the University of Technology.
As the music styles changed, so changed theirs as well. That was the reason how they could stay almost continuously in the forefront and be candidates for the "Who knows what" Contest in 1963. They made their first success as the following line-up:….
They were thought to be one of the best 'imitator groups' as they imitated the songs of the best-known foreign groups, mostly at the Metro club. We must add that they did it quite true to life. It didn't take long to become successful with their own songs. Their date of beginning is 1960, when they played as a school-group with the name of Zenit. They took the name Metro in 1962, refering to their permanent residence.
They formed a beat-group in 1962 without any musical past. They acted as an accompanist orchestra beside famous singers. Their best-known instrumental track is the Apache from the Shadows.
It was the love of classical music which first brought them together, it was only later when they yielded to the trend of light music. This happened in 1962. That was the date when they first performed with success in front of the audience. Altough they as well had grown up on the music of foreign groups, their style was completely different from the other Hungarian bands. It was certainly the reason why they became popular.
They didn't have many instrumental songs in the beginning, at least on records, one of them is nevertheless worth mentioning. This is the Kállai-kettos by Kodály.
As the line-up of the band changed often in the beginning, we mention here only the best-known musicians:…
It was formed in 1967, when several former groups, e.g. the Atlantisz' first version had come to an end. However, they made advantage of the ex-performers' experience, they even got some musicians of those to play in their band, e.g. Zoltán Beke from the former Atlantisz. It's not strange that they published a classical edition. This is the guitar-adaption of Diótöro (Nutcracker).
They became known as an accompanist group in the mid'60s, but they also tried to play independently, mainly instrumental tracks. They could play even with the eyes closed, and with success.
It was founded by Ferenc Szigeti. It had unfortunately a quite short life. Its leader was known and famous mostly by the performance of the Corvina group.Their single containing one instrumental track is an important piece for the collectors.
Its founder is Géza Berki, the guitarist of the Dance Ensemble of the Hungarian Radio, later the Studio 11; he is the author of several successful dance-music and instrumental pieces.
He enriched the music world with a number of records, when guitar-tracks were actually famous. He proves his talent with a Latin-American song on this album.
It was founded as a beat-group in 1966. Thanks to their particular style, they became the favourite of rather the more demanding audience. They got more publicity when they tried to mix beat and classical music after some changes in the band. As a result, they published a song titled 'Hajtóvadászat', written by Albert Haász.
The data were borrowed from the editions "Who is who in Hungarian rockmusic" , the "Only for the young" and from the Encyclopaedia of light music.
- 1. Szörényi L.: Üzenet
2. Haász: Hajtóvadászat
3. Wills: Csodálatos rózsák
5. Joyce: Körhinta
7. Neményi: Roller
8. Csajkovszkij-Radics B.-Beke: Diótöro
9. Szigeti F.:
10. Nádas G.: Behunyt szemmel
11. Bokány F.: feldolg. Volgai hajósok dala
- 12. Pogány L.-Martiny L.-Szenes I.: Mit tegyek
- 13. Sándor I.: Nincs kegyelem
- 14. Kacsóh: Furulya nóta
- 15. Lordan: Apache
- 16. Kodály: Kállay kettos
- 17. Sztevanovity Z.: Kozmosz
- 18. Rimszky-Korszakov: Dongó
- 19. Rimszky-Korszakov: Hindu dal
- 20. Verdi: Trubadur-parafrázis