Boldog 45. születésnapot, ‘Spousta příběhů’ és ‘Zrzek’!

After having had her residency at the Mozarteum recording studio with the accompaniment of Skupina Svatopluka Čecha (The Svatopluk Čech Group) for the recordings of ‘Důkaz mi dej’ (‘Prove It To Me’), ‘Huascarán’, ‘V poschodí pátém’ (‘On The Fifth Floor’), ‘Malý princ’ (‘Little Prince’), ‘Láska na dlani’ (‘Love On The Palm Of Your Hand’) and ‘Náhodou’ (‘By Chance’) , Valinka made it a ‘bookending’ – four-and-a-half decades ago to the day, as I write – returning to the accompaniment of Karel Vlach se svým orchestrem (Karel Vlach and His Orchestra), only this time at Čs. televize (Czechoslovak Television), Prague as opposed to Čs. rozhlas (Czechoslovak Radio), Prague, for the recordings of ‘Spousta příběhů’ (‘Lots Of Stories’) and ‘Zrzek’ (‘Redhead’).

Whereas ‘Zrzek’ has had a YouTube presence, thanks to the user ‘Pepan’, for over eight years now, ‘Spousta příběhů’ has never been privileged with such exposure, so, today being an anniversary on a half-decade, I thought this would be the ideal juncture at which to rectify this state of affairs. So, this cool slice of Pop-Soul, from the composer of my all-time favourite Valinka track, ‘ Říkáš pořád, jak ti na mně záleží’ (‘You Keep Saying How You Care About Me’), Vladimír Rukavička, with treatment, thanks to both Karel Vlach se svým orchestrem and Sbor Lubomíra Pánka (The Lubomír Pánek Singers) that, to my mind, gives it the feel of a classic, ‘swinging’ signature tune of an Early-/Mid-1970s sitcom is now, as of today, on YouTube thanks to Yours Truly and it can now be enjoyed at the ‘Valérie Čižmárová: A Life In Sound’ page of ‘Bananas For Breakfast’, together with the first outing for Gustav Šeďa’s funky sleeve design, (used on Valinka’s singles from 1974 to 1976), thereby giving Valinka her first serious ‘branding’ and the beginning of the colour photography era on Valinka’s sleeves, with Vilém Sochůrek’s front and rear cover photographs, plus the black and white ones from clearly the same photo-shoot, where Valinka first exhibited her memorable scalloped-hemmed, high-waisted, black suede hot pants, later seen on the rear cover of her eponymous LP – a garment so memorable that I’d almost like to see it described, in future, as “a pair of ‘Valinkas'”.

So, I hope all ‘Bananas For Breakfast’ readers will enjoy this particular “pair of ‘Valinkas'” – by which I mean ‘Spousta příběhů’ and ‘Zrzek, here! – the latter of which I have come to regard as a sort of natural extension to Valinka’s previous recording with Karel Vlach with the initial ‘Z’, ‘Za sluncem, za vodou’ (‘In Sunshine, In Water’), which now means that the entirety of Valinka’s astounding 1973 output – that I think would make an ideal album in its own right – is now available on YouTube!

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