Sfinx - Lume Alba + Sfinx (EP). 1974-1975 Romania
CD reissue: 2015 Soft Records (w/EP from 1974)
LP reissue: 1981 Electrecord
Sfinx's debut album is an extraordinary accomplishment given the time and place. Since so few rock albums were privileged to a deprived audience, Sfinx released something akin to a "Beatles Effect" album, with a mixture of popular styles. But being it was 1975 and all, progressive rock was one of those prominent styles, and this is where Sfinx excelled most. Especially on the stunningly beautiful 'Sinteze' which sounds like an underground track on the Pole label from France - and the Moog solos are divine. Plenty of highlights to go around in the progressive, folk, and hard rock genres, understanding that consistency is not what Sfinx were striving for at the time, so be prepared for some downtime too.
----Sfinx (EP) 1974 Electrecord
Debut recordings from Sfinx, who were to flesh out more on their subsequent debut LP in 1975. Opens with the hard rocking 'Coborise primavera', before delving into the pop songwriter 'Ziua ta'. Flip side consists of what could be called a "classic Midwest USA AOR" sophisticated pomp rocker, before closing with the lovely ballad 'Peste virfuri'. Nice EP.
The tri-fold digi-pak 2015 CD on Soft Records is awesome, with fantastic sound, liner notes in Romanian and English (latter truncated somewhat, but informative).
Special thanks goes to our good friend Eddie for providing this CD!