"Rodion Ladislau Rosca grew up and got his musical education in Cluj, the third biggest city in Romania, during the relatively 'open' years of 1965-1972, before Ceacescu's regime cracked down viciously on the cultural opportunities (and freedoms generally) available to the Romanian people. In this period he absorbed the influences that filtered through the Iron Curtain from the 'decadent west' and local eastern European musical traditions. Cluj had its own prog-rock bands, Cromatic and Experimental Quintet, and the music of the Beatles, Hendrix and Led Zep all found a ready audience there. But Rodion's tastes were more unorthodox still: he was drawn to electronic music, at that time still an exciting new possibility, represented by East Germany's Karat, Czechoslovakia's Matador and Hungary's Skorpio, as well as bands from the west including Jethro Tull, Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Yes, and the inevitable Kraftwerk and what would become known as 'krautrock'. Rodion has unearthed a good deal of old material, divesting countless boxes at his country cottage of their contents, painstakingly listening to his old tapes on an old reel to reel machine. Amongst this material was that we proudly present here: The Lost Album. The existence of a complete album by Rodion G.A was somehow known to many enthusiasts of Romanian and electronic music, even though even its creator was unsure of its fate. Rumours about confiscation by the secret police and such like abounded. The more prosaic truth, that it had simply festered indoors as Rodion had turned his back on his old calling, surprised even him! What is clear is that The Lost Album will firmly cement the idea of a neglected genius, first intimated by The Lost Tapes, in the public view. Here at last is a complete set of music, as originally conceived by a figure who will surely take his place alongside the Enos, the Kraftwerks, the Gottschings, as a true pioneer of electronic music. We at BBE are sincerely hoping that Rodion Ladislau Rosca survives his current travails long enough to see his masterwork hit the shelves. If that is not the case, he can rest assured, his legacy will now be secure." (label info)
soon in stock - please pre-order | UK| 2014| BBE | 24.90

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