Všetko najlepšie k narodeninám, Helena!

Today is Helena Blehárová’s birthday!

So, in some days time, Helena’s eponymous 1976 LP – to go with Jana Kocianová’s  ‘Každý deň’ from the previous year, also from the Opus stable in Bratislava – will no doubt be arriving here, therefore. It is notable that there are a couple of tracks on Helena’s LP written by the trumpet player who accompanies Jana on that other album, along with his fellow Nový Tradicionál members, Juraj Lehotský, the second of which is the final track, ‘Komu svietim piesňou’, which is quite a funky one to bring an album to a close. He was evidently a highly-talented composer with a finely tuned ear for a great tune and the other Juraj Lehotský track, ‘Predposledný jesenný deň’ demonstrates some variety and also, towards the end, shows off the awesome power of Helena’s voice.

 

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