Pražský Výběr ‎– Pražský Výběr

This release is commonly referenced as the “Straka v hrsti” album, which was the intended original title. However, the original 1983 release was banned by the communist censors (just like a Juraj Herz movie of the same title where some of the album tracks were used as a soundtrack), and the album was only distributed clandestinely on home made cassette/reel tape copies until 1988, when it was finally released on vinyl.

Versions (7)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
81 0826-1311 Pražský Výběr Pražský Výběr(LP, Album, Bla) Panton 81 0826-1311 Czechoslovakia 1988 Sell This Version
81 0826-1311 Pražský Výběr Pražský Výběr(LP, Album, Bla) Panton 81 0826-1311 Czechoslovakia 1989 Sell This Version
81 0826-2311 Pražský Výběr Pražský Výběr(CD, Album, RE) Panton 81 0826-2311 Czechoslovakia 1990 Sell This Version
81 0826-1311 Pražský Výběr Pražský Výběr(LP, Album, RP) Panton 81 0826-1311 Czechoslovakia 1990 Sell This Version
SU 6057-2 Pražský Výběr Straka V Hrsti(CD, Album, RE, RM) Supraphon SU 6057-2 Czech Republic 2012 Sell This Version
SU 6057-1 Pražský Výběr Straka V Hrsti(LP, Album, RE, RM) Supraphon SU 6057-1 Czech Republic 2018 Sell This Version
SU 6057-5 Pražský Výběr Straka V Hrsti(11xFile, WAV, Album, 24 ) Supraphon SU 6057-5 Czech Republic 2019



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February 28, 2015
referencing Straka V Hrsti, CD, Album, RE, RM, SU 6057-2
Supraphon Release Information

One would be hard pressed indeed to name a recording with a more turbulent fate. Straka v hrsti (A Magpie in the Hand) served to show the great talent of the Pražský Výběr musicians, and the stupidity of the Communist regime. Despite the various stories around the enormous success, subsequent restrictions, violent police raids at the band’s eccentric concerts, the most substantial aspect of the album is the music itself. Music undoubtedly influenced by many perhaps “new wave” things, yet above all based on surprising ideas, marked compositional invention and instrumental skills, as well as lyrics with an unexpectedly Dadaistic impact.

Although Messrs Čok, Hrubeš, Kocáb and Pavlíček + Tomek would appear on stage in strange attire and masks, they certainly didn’t gain their extreme popularity owing solely to the image. Songs like Hrabě X, Na václavským Václaváku, Pražákům je hej, Zubatá, Proč jen já nebo Tango Ropotámo… (secretly listened to by the band’s fans on cassette players) are still a great testimony to (thankfully) bygone times. Something cleverly provocative took place, which partially gave rise to the notorious “liquidation” article titled “New wave with old content”, launching yet another crusade against freedom in music.

Straka v hrsti 2012: every Czech knows it inside-out but still alive and kicking.

A sonically remastered re-edition of the cult Czech rock album!