Trīs No Pārdaugavas

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Trīs no Pārdaugavas—made up of New Jersey area singers and guitarists Felikss “Liksis” Ērmanis, his son Mārtiņš Ērmanis, and Vilnis Baumanis—began its work in the late 1960s. Actively performing and recording up until the early 1990s, the trio released a total of six albums and two compilations that included new songs. Mārtiņš Ērmanis died in 2000 and Felikss Ērmanis in 2004. Along with the Čikāgas piecīši, Trīs no Pārdaugavas was one of the most visible, active and beloved Latvian-American groups. The trio even gave a concert in Rīga’s Mežaparks, attracting tens of thousands of listeners.

The trio’s first album, the self-titled Trīs no Pārdaugavas, has a more traditional feel to it in that many of the songs were old Latvian standards, such as “Lulu,” “Lakstīgalu naktī” and “Vēstule no tāluma.” There is also a heartbreaking rendition of the Latvian folk song “Jūras māte,” where the harmonies and the transition from major to minor give the song a particularly emotional feeling. The influence of American culture was inescapable and can be heard on the trio’s recordings. Witness the songs from Zilā jūriņā, many of which feature an almost hippie influence to them, such as the Baumanis original “Mēs gribām rokās sadoties.” There is also the melancholy “Tauta tālumā,” another Baumanis original that laments the seemingly sad fate that awaits the Latvian people, both abroad and in Latvia—at that time still well under the thumb of the Soviet government.

During the 1980s, with Baumanis at full strength as a songwriter, the trio recorded a number of classics, such as “Ratiņš” and “Kaimiņš”.

The group’s recording career closed in the early 1990s, with Latvian independence almost in reach. Songs again reflected the era—including “Šņāc un krāc,” “Pārkārtošanās” and “Latvijā – 1990,” which is about the trio’s experiences performing in Latvia in 1990.

/By Egils Kaljo "Trīs no Pārdaugavas compilation is essential listening", Latvians Online/
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PKJ-1 Trīs No Pārdaugavas - Trīs No Pārdaugavas album art Trīs No Pārdaugavas Trīs No Pārdaugavas(LP, Album) EBE PKJ-1 US 1971 Sell This Version
OKNL-2, CSRV-2329 A, CSRV-2329 B Trīs No Pārdaugavas - Zilā Jūriņā album art Trīs No Pārdaugavas Zilā Jūriņā(LP) EBE OKNL-2, CSRV-2329 A, CSRV-2329 B 1972 Sell This Version
CSRV-2444 Trīs No Pārdaugavas - Circeņa Kāzas album art Trīs No Pārdaugavas Circeņa Kāzas(LP) EBE CSRV-2444 US 1974 Sell This Version
CSRV-2462, CKP-4 Trīs No Pārdaugavas - Dienu Virpulī album art Trīs No Pārdaugavas Dienu Virpulī(LP) EBE, EBE CSRV-2462, CKP-4 US 1975 Sell This Version
PKGP-5 Trīs No Pārdaugavas - Mīkstās Mēbelēs album art Trīs No Pārdaugavas Mīkstās Mēbelēs(LP, Album) EBE PKGP-5 US 1979 Sell This Version
SKVBDL-6 Trīs No Pārdaugavas - No Tālām Robežām album art Trīs No Pārdaugavas No Tālām Robežām(LP) EBE SKVBDL-6 US 1985 Sell This Version

Compilations

SBJ-1, SBJ-2, SBJ-3 Trīs No Pārdaugavas - Reiz Dziedāja Trīs No Pārdaugavas - Piemiņas Izdevums album art Trīs No Pārdaugavas Reiz Dziedāja Trīs No Pārdaugavas - Piemiņas Izdevums(3xCD, Comp) EBE SBJ-1, SBJ-2, SBJ-3 Latvia 2009 Sell This Version