Swedish-Latvian rock group Alis P has released Uz priekšu, its first new album in 20 years. At this time the group is just vocalist and instrumentalist Gundars Rullis, with Swedish drummer Svante Drake recording the percussion parts.
Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, Alis P was founded in 1979 in Sweden by Rullis (vocals, bass) and Māris Rozenbahs (drums), who were former members of the band Prusaku ansamblis. They were joined by Pēteris Šmitmanis (guitar).
Uz priekšu is the band’s second album. The first, Alis iet pastaigāt, was released on LP in 1988. The band’s song “Laimīgs” was on the Mikrofons 90 compilation record. Additionally, “Aizvējā,” a Latvian version of the Bob Dylan song “Shelter from the Storm,” was covered by Latvian group bet bet.
Uz priekšu features 12 songs, with Rullis providing music and lyrics for almost all of them (the lyrics for the song “Ņujorka” are by poet Juris Kronbergs). The album also features guest appearances by musicians such as Juris Kaukulis and Mārcis Judzis (members of Latvian rock band Dzelzs Vilks), composer Valts Pūce, and other musicians such as Aivars Freimanis, Dita Gaugere and Raitis Freimanis.
Songs on the album include:
- Gaismas ceļš
- Zinu, zinu
- Kā var 20 gadi
- Uz priekšu
- Vienmēr bēdas
- Man salst
- Es gribu (iet gulēt)
- No Tapešu ielas
- Arī panki precas
- Tālu, tālu Latvijā
- Ņujorka (3:50)
Formed in 1979, Alis P originally included Gundars Rullis, Māris Rozenbahs and Pēteris Šmitmanis. (Publicity photo)
Uz priekšu is the second album from Swedish-Latvian band Alis P.
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