I first heard (and bought) “Povestiri din Gara” a long time ago. This album was released in 1992 by the now defunct Romanian record company Electrecord, responsible for the releases (on vinyl, mostly) of all the Romanian artists before and after the events from December 1989.
Cargo is a band that was born somewhere in the middle of the 1980’s in Timisoara, one of the largest and iconic cities besides Bucharest. Until 1989, when Ovidiu Ioncu-Kempes joined Cargo, the band released only two demos, “Demo 1987” and “Demo 1989“. In 1990, right after the fall of the communist regime and the opening of the borders, Cargo went invited to France for a small mini tour. There they recorded, in a French studio, a 7″ single, “Ana/Doi Prieteni“, two songs that will be featured on their debut album I’m going to talk about here.
In 1992, Electrecord released their debut album, “Povestiri din Gara“, an album that is to this day a benchmark of Romanian hard rock/heavy metal music. Two versions of this album were released, a vinyl with a grey and white cover, limited to 1000 copies and a tape, with a cover made of the most horrible and worst kind of paper. Due to the huge success this album had, it was repressed on LP in 1993, this time with a yellow cover replacing the grey one.
The album features 9 songs, with one instrumental (Portile de Fier) and includes, among other tracks which will become quite famous during the Kempes-era, the 2 songs featured on the Demo 1989, Brigadierii and Buletin de Stiri, both with a strong political, anti-communist message.
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