Sfinx (3) ‎– Lume Albă

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
STM-EDE 01113 Sfinx (3) Lume Albă(LP, Album) Electrecord STM-EDE 01113 Romania 1975 Sell This Version
STC 0015 Sfinx (3) Lume Albă(Cass, Album) Electrecord STC 0015 Romania 1976 Sell This Version
ST-EDE 01113, STM-EDE 01113 Sfinx (3) Lume Albă(LP, Album, RE, RP) Electrecord, Electrecord ST-EDE 01113, STM-EDE 01113 Romania 1981 Sell This Version
SFTR-040-2 Sfinx (3) Lume Albă(CD, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, Edi) Soft Records (3) SFTR-040-2 Romania 2015 Sell This Version

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Doc_Smiley

Doc_Smiley

January 31, 2013
referencing Lume Albă, LP, Album, STM-EDE 01113

I bought this LP along with their 2nd release "Zalmoxe" around 1980 at a record collectors convention in Toronto for $8 (both LP's). To be honest, at the time I didn't really care all that much for "Lume albă" and rarely played it. I seemed to prefer the more laid-back symphonic progressive sounds found on "Zalmoxe", as I was/am a huge fan of Italian symphonic-prog bands of that era...and given the similarities between the two languages (Romanian & Italian), and style of music found on "Zalmoxe", it's easy (for those who have heard it) to see why my preference was drawn to that LP.
I do however recall enjoying a few songs found on "Lume albă", and used to include them on some of the many homemade mixed tape compilations I used to make back in the day. I pulled one of these mixed tapes out of storage (Eastern Euro 70's Rock #5) and played it the other day. Two of those songs "Secolul vitezei" and "Sinteze" really captured my attention once again. This in turn prompted me to play the entire "Lume albă" LP for the first time in ages. I found it far more interesting than I initially had 30 years ago. Funny how ones tastes/preferences can sometime become more accepting to sounds in this way over time.
Overall, Lume albă has several top-notch progressive rock moments. Perhaps at times leaning in the direction of bands like ELP and PFM, particularly on songs like Secolul vitezei. There's also a few songs that seem to blend Romanian folk with rock very well. Quite an eclectic mix...recommended!