Blue Effect - Meditace. 1970 Czech Republic
CD reissues: 1994 Supraphon (as The Story of Blue Effect 1); 1996 Bonton; 2009 Supraphon (as The Blue Effect 1969-1989 9 CD compilation)
To alleviate any confusion from other reviews you may read, Side 1 is the Czech vocal pop session, whereas Side 2 is the Blues rock portion in English. Despite Side 2 having the better rep, arguably the first track on the album is the clear winner (sounding more like Os Mundi's Latin Mass). Just the fact that The Blue Effect were allowed to sing in English is quite the extraordinary accomplishment for a band behind the Iron Curtain in 1970. A fine album given the time and place, but far different than the jazzier efforts to come, and one could easily make the case this is Blue Effect/Modry Efekt's weakest album.