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Olympic
active from year 1963

the most popular band in the Czech rock'n'roll history. Started in 1962, active with some breaks by now (though the only member of the original group is Petr Janda). From genuine rock'n'roll beginnings in 60's they had a hard-rock period in 70's (practically avoiding jazz rock played by almost everybody in early 70's), fluently coming to pop-rock with ambitions to achieve top positions in the pop charts and earn a lot of money. That is why their music sounds exactly the same since the late 1980s, saying nothing new and stealing musical ideas from themselves. Nevertheless, Olympic's contribution to rock music development and popularization in former Czechoslovakia is undisputed.


Members:

Jaromir Klempir  (1963-1964) , keyboards, organ
Petr Kaplan  (1963-1964) , vocal, guitars
Pavel Bobek  (1963-1965) , vocal
Pavel Sedlacek  (1963-1965) , vocal
Miloslav Ruzek  (1963-1965) , saxophones, leader
Karel Mares  (1963-1965) , leader
Pavel Svab  (1963-1965) , keyboards, background vocal, vocal
Michael Volek "Miki"  (1963-1966) , vocal
Frantisek Cech "Ringo"  (1963-1966) , drums
Pavel Chrastina  (1963-1969) , bass guitar, vocal, background vocal
Miroslav Berka  (1963-1987) , keyboards, piano, organ
Petr Janda  (since 1963) , vocal, guitars, leader
Jiri Laurent  (1964-1965) , guitars
Jan Antonin Pacak "Jenyk,Sorry"  (1965-1971) , drums, mouth organ, vocal, background vocal
Ladislav Klein  (1965-1972) , guitars, vocal
Jan Hauser  (1969-1971) , bass guitar, vocal
Jiri Korn  (1971-1973) , vocal, bass guitar
Petr Hejduk  (1971-1985) , drums, vocal
Ladislav Chvalkovsky  (1973-1973) , bass guitar, vocal
Pavel Petras  (1974-1975) , bass guitar
Milan Broum  (since 1975) , bass guitar, vocal, background vocal
Milan Peroutka "Ferda"  (1986-2013) , drums
Jiri Valenta  (since 1986) , keyboards
Martin Vajgl  (since 2013)

Discography:

Zelva ( Turtle ) , Supraphon 1968 ,
Ptak Rosomak ( Wolverinebird ) , Supraphon 1969 ,
Jedeme, Jedeme ( Go, Go ) , Supraphon 1971 ,
4 , Supraphon 1973 ,
Marathon , Supraphon 1977 ,
Prazdniny na zemi ( Holiday On Earth ) , Supraphon 1979
Rock And Roll , Supraphon 1981
Ulice ( Street ) , Supraphon 1981
Olympic v Lucerne ( at Lucerna, Prague ) , Supraphon 1982
Laborator ( Laboratory ) , Supraphon 1984
Kanagom , Supraphon 1985
Bigbit ( Big-beat ) , Supraphon 1986
Kdyz ti sviti zelena ( When The Green Light Is On ) , Supraphon 1988
O je ( Oh Yeah ) , Supraphon 1990
Jako zamlada ( As In Our Youth ) , Supraphon 1992
Lucerna Live , BestIA / Monitor 1993
The Best Of Olympic , Supraphon 1993
Davno ( Long Ago ) , BestIA 1994
Unplugged , BestIA 1995
Brejle ( Glasses ) , Best I.A. 1997
Ondras podotyka ( Ondras Reminds ) , Bonton 1997
Karavana ( Caravan ) , Best I.A. 1999
To nejlepsi z Olympicu 1 ( The Best Of Olympic 1 ) , Best I.A. 2000
To nejlepsi z Olympicu 2 ( The Best Of Olympic 2 ) , Best I.A. 2001
Dam si te klonovat ( I'll Let You Get Cloned ) , Best I.A. 2003
Stejskani ( Moaning ) , Best I.A. 2004
Trilogy , Best I.A. 2006
Sopka ( Volcano ) , Best I.A. 2007
Rockove Vanoce ( Rock Christmas ) , Best I.A. 2008
Back To Love , BestIA 2011
Souhvezdi silencu ( Galaxy Of Madmen ) , Supraphon 2013

compilations / live recs.:

Handful , Supraphon/Artia 1972
12 nej... ( 12 Most ) , Supraphon 1976 ,
Overhead , Supraphon 1978
Akorat ( Only ) , Supraphon 1983
25 let ( 25 Years ) , Supraphon 1987
Sklipek ( Wine Cellar ) ( Prenosilova, Yvonne ) , Supraphon 1990
Balady ( Ballads ) , Supraphon 1994
Petr Hejduk , Bonton 1995
Vlak co nikde nestavi ( Train That Never Stops ) , Bonton 1995
Singly I.-VII. ( Singles I.-VII: ) , Bonton / Best I.A. 1999
Zlata edice ( Golden Edition ) , Supraphon 2010
Olympic 50 , Supraphon 2012
Everybody! , Monster Records 2013

samplers etc.:

Aerotaxi / ... , Supraphon-Artia 1965
Night Club '67 , Supraphon-Artia 1967
Give Peace A Chance , Supraphon / Artia 1973
Hitsarada TKM 3 , Supraphon 1981 ,
Rock And Roll , Supraphon 1981
Planeta lidi ( Planet Of Humans ) ( Donovan ) , Supraphon 1985 ,
13 Flaku od Kataku , Monitor 1993

SP / EP:

Adresat neznamy / Ron slzy ( Gott, Karel ) , Supraphon 1964 ,
Co z toho mam / Espado ( Gott, Karel ) , Supraphon 1964
Espado , Supraphon 1964
Oh Boy / Hey Paula! ( Bobek, Pavel ) , Supraphon 1964
Big Beat Olympics & Mefisto , Supraphon 1965
Kousek za mestem / Hvezda na vrbe ( Pilarova, Eva ) , Supraphon 1965
My Boy Lollipop / Autumn Mood ( Prenosilova, Yvonne ) , Supraphon-Artia 1965
Trezor / Bila mista ( Gott, Karel ) , Supraphon 1965
Cinderella , Supraphon 1966
Dynamit / Otazky , Supraphon 1970 ,
Gorila / Don Quijote de La Mancha ( Korn, Jiri ) , Supraphon 1973 ,
Mas rada dest / Nezapomen , Supraphon 1978 ,
Ctvrtstoleti rock'n'rollu ( Quarter Century Of Rock'n'Roll ) , Supraphon 1980
Volime svobodu a demokracii ( Voting For Freedom And Democracy ) , Supraphon 1990

participation:

LP 01 ( Korn, Jiri ) , Supraphon 1973 ,
Karel Hasler 125 , Universal Music 2004
Pop galerie ( Sedlacek, Pavel ) , Supraphon 2006

Sample:

Ptak rosomak, Live 2002 (Wolverine Bird)

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