The Brazda Brothers
The Brazda Brothers, Andy and Bystrik, were a pair of European brothers who moved to Canada (Galt, Ontario, to be exact) near the beginning of the '70's. Inspired by a picturesque landscape that reminded them of home, they set to writing and recording enough material for an LP, and in 1973 they went down to RCA Studios in Toronto and knocked off twelve original numbers in an unheard-of six hours. Released in 1974 by Dominion Records, a small Canadian label, their self-titled debut album was pressed in small quantities and received little promotion. Although the brothers performed on several TV shows and released a single ("Walking Into The Sun/20th Century"), the album did not sell well and is an extremely rare collector's item these days. Another single ("Time Is Only A Setting Sun"/You Can Take Me Real High") was released on their own label in 1977, and in 2004 they resurfaced with a CD single ("He Walked Away").
All of the songs on The Brazda Brothers were written by Andy and Bystrik, with Bystrik on acoustic guitar and lead vocals and Andy on electric guitar. Both contributed backup vocals, along with Mac Babb, Fred O'Quinn and Vince Romano, and the band was rounded out by Jim Skriboleit (drums) and Vinston Dookie (congos). Mr. Dookie is also credited as playing the cordovox, which probably means the organ, and he's got a real sweet Garth Hudson thing going on. The album as a whole is a beguiling mix of folk, psychedelia, garage rock and country, with hints of the brothers' European heritage peeking through here and there. "Walking Into The Sun" is a moody acoustic number, while "Calm River" is an uptempo track with frenetic drumming and a definite European flavour. "Gemini" is a more overtly psychedelic tune with lots of aggressive fuzz guitar and loud splashes of organ throughout. "Soldier In A Battleground" is another psych tune with a sharp electric guitar solo and a more overtly political bent than most of the other songs on the album. And "Your Kingdom" is the bluesiest number on the record, a slow jam with longer instrumental passages which allow the members of the band to stretch out a bit.
Soldier In A Battleground