DLP "Niemen Enigmatic"
XL 0710 / 0711 (mono)
SXL 0710 / 0711 (stereo)
An unusual longplay. Released both as a mono and stereo version. Sold in different versions as two separate records (the first 0710, the second
0711) and as a double album (0710/0711). It was the first Polish double album. However, in a very negligent way-two. There is no title on the
cover. The record itself has the name Niemen Enigmatic on it. The album is often referred to as the red one or Człowiek jam niewdzięczny,
as to distinguish it from Niemen Enigmatic released in1969 ofen referred to as the golden one or Bema Pamięci Żałobny Rapsod ).
The album was remastered on CD many times:
1. 1992 - by Digiton (DIG 115); named Człowiek jam niewdzięczny (there are at least two editions of that CD released under the same
number, but one of them without songs Chwila ciszy, Muzyko moja)
2. 1995- by Nota Aenigma (nae 105) released as Czlowiek jam niewdzięczny
3. 2000 - Andromeda (CD 331) label releases: Niemen 3 and Złote Przeboje (double album). The first includes the material from the red
Niemen while the latter includes songs from Niemen 1 and Niemen 2 .
4. December 2002 - Polskie Nagrania and Polskie Radio release the first box of the Niemen od pocz±tku series. It contains first six LPs.
The record is released as PRCD 336.
5. 2007 - Polskie Radio and Polskie Nagrania realease as separate digipack as PRCD 336.
The initial version was recorded in December 1970 by Czesław Niemen on keyboard, vocal and the group called Enigmatic:
Czesław Bartkowski - drums (ex- Zbigniew Namysłowski Quartet)
Tomasz Ja¶kiewicz - guitar (ex-Relaks, ex-Chochoły, ex-Akwarele)
Jacek Mikuła - Hammond organs (ex-Metrum, ex-Old Timers, member of Niemen's
Janusz Zieliński - bass (ex-Zbigniew Namysłowski Group, ex-Akwarele,
ex-Piotr Puławski Group)
A few other musicians took part in the recording process. Vocalists: K. Prońko (ex- Refleks, ex-Respekt) , Z.Borca (ex-Elżbietki, ex-Respekt),
E. Linkowska (ex-Elżbietki, ex-Respekt). Zbigniew Namysłowski (flute) and Janusz Stefański (dr) appeared on the second LP.
Vocal parts were provided by a group called Partita.
LP XL/SXL 0710
1. Człowiek jam niewdzięczny (C.Niemen)
1. Aerumnarum Plenus (C.Niemen / C.Norwid )
2. Italiam, Italiam (C.Niemen/C.Norwid)
3. Enigmatyczne Impresje (J.Mikuła)
LP XL/SXL 0711
1. Nie jeste¶ moja (C.Niemen)
2. Wróć jeszcze dzi¶ (C.Niemen / W.Młynarski)
3. Mój pejzaż (C.Niemen / M.Bellan)
1. Sprzedaj mnie wiatrowi (Z.Namysłowski / M.Groński)
2. Zechcesz mnie zechcesz (T.Ja¶kiewicz / W.Młynarski)
3. Chwila ciszy (C.Niemen / W.Młynarski)
4. Muzyko moja (T.Jaskiewicz/W.Młynarski)
The LP was accompanied by an SP Italiam Italiam Muza SP 380, 1971. Before the whole thing was recorded, the group played a few
concerts, under the moniker Niemen przedstawia (Niemen Presents). In the spring of 1971, Andrzej Tylec (ex-Romuald i Roman) joined the
band. Until the fall of 1971, the outfit s line-up was: Tomasz Ja¶kiewicz, Janusz Zieliński, Jacek Mikuła, Andrzej Tylec, Czesław Niemen
Later, Niemen's career took a completely different turn. However, looking for information on the Internet, there is often hardly any about a lot of
interesting artists! Isn't it weird that even in the native country of Niemen there are only few webpages about him? (LINKS). The second album
by Niemen Enigmatic lacks the great atmosphere, characteristic of the group's debut effort. Sometimes it seems that the stylistic diversity of that
album spoils the essence. The choice of great musicians results in impressive songs like Enigmatyczne impresje by Mikuła, which bears
comparison to compositions by the artists from the West .
one of the few Polish progressive rock bands!
MENU NIEMEN ENIGMATIC (Golden) LINKS
Czesław Niemen died on 17th. January, 2004 in Warsaw.
His funeral was at Pow±zki, Warsaw on 30th January, 2004.
Date of Publication in Polish - September, 2001 Date of Publication in English - 06.02.2010 Last update - 06.02.2010