K L A N
a legendary outfit of the Polish rock scene of the 60/70s period. One of the few
Polish groups that have its own entry in Gibraltar encyclopedia. It was 30 years ago when their first record
appeared hit the shelves. Despite that, Klan's music still sounds fresh and lively.
For many, the band's name remains a ...mystery.
Pronit N 0586
1.Gdzie jest człowiek
2.Z brzytwą na poziomki
1.Nie sadżcie rajskich
In 01.04.1969 Klan is formed by: Marek Ałaszewski - student of Academy of
Fine Arts in Warsaw (ASP), an ex-guitarist of Bardowie and Pesymiści and
Marek Skolarski - a music school graduate, later the artistic manager of Klan.
The group plays their first in Warsaw's Medyk Club. In 1969 they make a few
records for the radio which are later included on Klan's debut album.
In the formative years the group s line-up is :
Marek Ałaszewski g, voc
Roman Pawelski bg
Maciej Głuszkiewicz p, org
Andrzej Poniatowski dr
In June, 1970 Klan plays a concept show with ballet "Mrowisko" ("Anthill") in National Festival of Polish Song
in Opole. .
Marek Skolarski provides the lyrics and Ałaszewski writes the music. The whole play was written by Marek
Lewandowski. Mariquity Compe is the choreographer. In March, the group enters the studio of Polskie
Nagrania* and it is later released as "Mrowisko" ("Anthill"). In the spring of 1971, there is a line-up change :
Andrzej Poniatowski and Maciej Głuszkiewicz leave. They are replaced by Krzysztof Dłutowski (ex-Pięciu)
and Wojciech Morawski (ex-Grupa X).. Up to August 1971 the band tours, promoting Mrowisko . The tour
ends and Klan split up.The group comes back in the 90s. The following line-up appears on a newly-recorded:
CD "Po co mi ten raj"
Marek Ałaszewski g, voc,
Wojciech Lewandowski dr,
Artur Łobanowski g,
Radosław Nowakowski congas,
Wojciech Ruciński bas
Despite group's later attempts to come back, the period 1969-70 is regarded as Klan's high point by many
prog-rock fans. I listened to their records many times throughout the years. After the three decades the music
is still fresh . The dynamics of Klan's sound is astounding. Please imagine the exact moment after a storm- you
go out and suddenly the freshness of the air strikes you. Such a comparison makes sense here, because Klan's
music is full of life, just like the atmosphere cleared by the raging storm. Nature seems to be an important motif
here. Lyrics written by Skolarski are replete with themes like environment and blessings of modern civilization.
And, as usual in the case of prog-rock albums, they allow a room for interpretation. So, let's stop here and try
to find some messages conveyed by the text.
For instance, the Anthill (the title) - doesn t it seem to be the equivalent of city?
Do we really have to lose all natural beauties? (such as birds singing in the intro?)
Or maybe our own, private anthills are only small particles of life that create a larger being?
For instance, the whole forest?
The content of the album is very coherent-both the lyrics and music. The first concept album of a Polish group?
Probably yes. And - it doesn t only stands comparison to the biggest and the best of progressive rock from that
period. I dare say that Klan's music is even better than LPs of some German or English bands. You still doubt it?
Check Klan's first two on your own
I'm sure you'll like it. And when reading these words in front of the computer, turn on the "Mrowisko" CD, play
the track "Automaty" ("Machines") , wait a few seconds and:
"Machines are counting, counting, counting, counting all the time. They are counting on ...
Despite the whole technological development this message still rings true !
* - Polskie Nagrania - a state-owned recording company in Poland. It was formed in 1956. After the Communism fell,
the company was privatized.
MENU KLAN-in Polish LINKI
" M R O W I S K O "
(Z archiwum Polskiego Beatu)
3. Nerwy miast
4. Senne wędrówki
5. Taniec wariatki
6. Taniec czterech
7. Na przekór
8. Nasze myśli
10. Pejzaż z pustych ram
11. Taniec głodnego
12. Epidemia euforii
CD"Po co mi ten raj"
Digiton DIG 129
CD Yesterday 2002
LP+EP+ radio songs
CD Digiton DIG 103
Re-edition contains: LP+EP
CD Yesterday 2000
LP+EP+ radio songs
CD Yesterday 2005
Klub Płytowy 14
LP (tzw.vinyl replica)
2CD Metal Mind 2008
MMPCD 0637 DGD
CD"Po co mi ten raj"
Metal Mind Prod
MMPCD 0638 DG
Date of publication in Polish - August, 2001
Date of publication in English - December, 2009
Translated into English by Tomasz Szymański