On 1st February 1974, the recording of Valérie Čižmárová’s one and only LP (eponymously titled) commenced – at the Studios in the Prague suburb of Dejvice, as opposed to the Mozarteum, in this instance – with the recording of three tracks: ‘Dál než nejdál’ (‘Further Than The Furthest’), ‘Padal déšť’ (‘The Rain Was Falling’) and ‘Píseň o kraji’ (‘Song About The Region’).
In the case of the first-mentioned of these tracks the music was composed by Jaromír Klempíř, with lyrics by Jaroslav Šprongl with musical arrangement by Jiří Svoboda. In the case of the second, the music was composed by Karel Svoboda, with lyrics by Vladimír Poštulka, also with musical arrangement by Jiří Svoboda. In the case of the final one of the three the music and lyrics were composed by Jan Hrábek, who also provided the musical arrangement. In all cases the musical accompaniment was by Karel Vlach se svým orchestrem (Karel Vlach and his Orchestra) and in the case of the last of the three backing vocals came from Sbor Lubomíra Pánka (The Lubomír Pánek Singers).
To play these three astounding tracks please go to the ‘Valérie Čižmárová: A Life In Sound’ page.
If one has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to record a studio album – as it was a ‘once-only’ in Valinka’s case, unfortunately! – this is one heck of a way to kick off that journey!
…not to mention that similarly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pose for a rear cover shot like Vladivoj Burjanek’s!
Well and truly grabbed by both hands!
…although, after a photo like that, maybe that should be re-phrased! 😉