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#61 2018-03-07 08:26:16

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Re: Yugo-Prog 50th Anniversary Thread

Smak Instrumental Baby 1980









Smak Talisman (instrumental) 1981








Smak Balet ("Ballet") (instrumental) 1981









Smak Maht pustinja ("Maht the Desert") (instrumental) 1981

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#62 2018-03-08 06:44:52

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captain_boban 
4 stars
THE GAME OF THE GLASSBEADS ( Igra Staklenih Perli ) History
The band was formed in Belgrade, Serbia, in the atticks of the mystic Cubura, when Goran Lakic - Svaba came from Germany with impressions of the Secrets of the Oriental Pillgrims (from Herman Hesse : " Glasperlenspiel " ) . He met the guitar player Vojkan Rakic and the percussionist Predrag Vukovic, and so, the first recordings of the Game of the Glassbeads were made. The band cultivated the music style of the Can and Pink Floyd, but also of the Tangerine Dream and Holgar Czukay. The first public success was on the concerts in the Belgrade Student Center and soon became very popular throughout cultural centers of then former Yugoslavia. Promoting an esoteric musical expression, the ISP (as many called the Game) was strikingly not fitting into the idea of the "show-business " and the entertainers of the local musical business. This resulted in a pioneer outbreak and a battle on the music scene. Only two albums were published by this Belgrade Band. The firstborn "ISP" and "The Garden of Light", as the second. Both were very well accepted, noticed both by the public and the critics, with solid number of prints at the time, in view of the type of the music this band played. Their last public concert was in 1985, in the well-known Belgrade's concert hall Sava Center, on the occasion of the group concert dedicated to the anniversary of the music magazine ITD (transl. "ETC.") Members of the Band continued their careers in other bands or music solo projects. By the beginnning of the 90's, Thomas Werner came to the city with an interest to publish the old material of the ISP from the end of the 70's. The old demo materials and recorded local concerts fill in the music image of the first Game on three CDs, printed for the German Record House Kalemegdan Disk, acquiring thus the status of a bootleg albuma for their non-studio sound quality. Many Belgrade musicians of the time played the "game" in this band. Out of the regular team, the following took part in this Game: guitar players such as Goran Vejvoda (now in Paris), Ivan Pajevic (presently in Brussels), Aleksandar Zikic (well-known Yugoslav rock critic), then the guitar player and poet Boyan Kveder (at the present in London), bass players Drasko Nikodijevic (now in New York), and Slobodan Trbojevic (presently in LA), and the late keybord player Zoran Zagorcic (El.orgazam), or the drummer Ivica Vdovic Vd (Charlo the Acrobat) both of them tragicaly past away during the 90's. One should certainly highlight the only female vocal as guest on the second album "The Garden of Light" ( RTB 1979) , vocal artist Dragana Saric, later known as Baby Doll. It was her firs recorded vinyl records and beginning of her vocal career. There is also many other who directly suported the band , like Goran Cvetic with his famous 70's laser show , or the fotographers Goran Grbic ( later well known TV lighting designer ) and rock artist Gordan Skondric.Support come also from rock reporters from Belgrade's zine " Dzuboks" (transl."Jukebox") such as Radovan Vujovic , Momcilo Rain ( also editor in SC culture Belgrade) and many others. The Game of the Glass beads attracted all those defiant, brave and real players of the music expressions of the time in Belgrade, the end of 70's and the beginning of 80's. They left a deep music trace of their love towards music and life, and the free expression of their personal attitude in the visions of the future that awaits us, the one worth fighting for. The sunny Belgrade's Cubura waits today for some new brave kids.

Captain Boban LA.CA 90265

Igra Staklenih Perli Vrt Svetlosti ("The Garden of Light") full album 1980 + Soft Explosion Live 1978 full-length live recorded album at Belgrade's Student Center, 1978

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#63 2018-03-09 11:20:10

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Review by Seyo

5 stars

After a brief period of inactivity in late 1970s, BEGNAGRAD re-formed in 1981. Two founding members, accordionist Bratko Bibic and clarinetist Bogo Pecnikar, invited three younger musicians to join, so the end-result, their eponymous debut album, sounded with more rock energy while retaining their Slovenian avant-folk and RIO roots. "We hear a relationship to the music of other earlier RIO bands - Stormy Six, Samla Mammas Manna, and others ­ that were also informed by the European folk music."* This is a totally wild and unpredictable album with freaky experimental music featuring odd traditional instruments (accordion, clarinet, double bass, violin, strange percussion, whistling), that were played with avant-garde or jazz attitude. There are no lyrics but the vocals are used as instruments in some instances, and often sounding quite humorous and funny. "Bratko's accordion, Bogo's clarinet, the rhythmic and melodic structure of the tunes are underscored by more electric instrumentation and a firm rhythmic structure borrowing from rock music that lends the recording a curious mixture of chaotic atmosphere, surprise, melancholy, and central, south and eastern European folk musical traditions. The music has strong melodies, contrasts of harmonic and discordant structures and dramatic changes in rhythms and time structures."* It is hard to single out some tracks because the whole album is a pretty cohesive effort with excellent production throughout, but my favourites would be "Cosa Nostra/Waltz" and "Coc'n'Rolla (Ljubljana ponoci)", two of the craziest moments on the album. The freaks responsible for creating this jolly and amazing patchwork of Slovenian RIO were: Bratko Bibic/ accordions, melodica, Faninger Klavier, voice, Bogo Pecnikar/ clarinet, sogra, baritone sax, ocarina, whistling, voice, Nino de Gleria/ electric bass, double bass, mandolin, whistling, screaming, Ales Rendla/ drums, violin, conga and Boris Romih/ percussion, tiny instruments, guitar, whistling, voice, double bass. "Begnagrad" was originally released by "Zalozba kaset in plosc RTV Ljubljana", September 1982 (RTV LD 0811) with this white cover sleeve. In 1990, AYAA label reissued the album on CD (cdt 1180) with a different cover sleeve, titled "Konzert for a Broken Dance" - two tracks were reordered, and a bonus track included. Finally, 2nd CD reissue of "Begnagrad", under original title and cover, was done by MIO Records (Israel), MIO 006, November 2003 with extra live audio + 20' video bonus tracks from 1983). This album is highly recommended to listen and if you are a RIO enthusiast, then it is a must for your collection.
*source: http://www.beat-a-go-go.com/begnagrad.html

Begnagrad s/t (untranslatable) full-album 1982









Begnagrad live in Ljubljana, 1982









Begnagrad live in Ljubljana, 1983

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#64 2018-03-13 04:44:25

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Re: Yugo-Prog 50th Anniversary Thread

Buldožer Okrutni bogovi istoka ("Cruel Gods of the East") 1980









Buldožer Novo vrijeme ("New Weather") 1980













Buldožer Karlo ("Carlo") 1980














Buldožer Jeftini slatkiši ("Cheap Sweets") 1980


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#65 2018-03-13 08:51:57

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In the early 80s, Smak's original line-up keyboardist Lazar "Laza" Ristovski released two beautiful solo albums (one of them is live recorded at the concert) that were inspired by the 70s Electronic Music masters like Vangelis, Jean Michelle Jarre and Tangerine Dream.


Laza Ristovski Iza Horizonta ("Beyond the Horizon") 1982










Laza Ristovski Nebo nad Beogradom ("Sky Above Belgrade") 1982










Laza Ristovski Domina ("Dominoes") 1982











Laza Ristovski Pulsing Star live 1983














A nice progressive rock instrumental track from 1971 by Laza Ristovski's first, guitar-less trio, where he played three years before he became Smak's keyboardist. He was only 14 yrs old when he recorded this, at his band live sessions at Radio Belgrade.


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#66 2018-03-14 00:53:28

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R.M. Točak Specijalka (untranslatable) (instrumental) 1982






R.M. Točak Mantilja (untranslatable) (instrumental) 1982

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#67 2018-03-14 07:40:49

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Djordje "George" Ilijin from Belgrade's band Tako, released a pleasant ambient rock album in 1983, titled Zabranjeno prisluškivanje ("Eavesdropping Not Allowed"). Indeed, there was some degree of renewed enthusiasm for ambient music in the early 80s in continental Europe.



Djordje Ilijin Lako Putovanje na drugo planete ("Easy Journey To Another Planets") 1983







Djordje Ilijin Mojim učenicima ("To My Students") 1983








Djordje Ilijin Nataši ("For Natasha") 1983









Djordje Ilijin Sećanje na Mljet ("Remembering the Island of Mljet") 1983







Djordje Ilijin Pesma miru ("Peace Song") 1983

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#68 2018-03-15 11:05:35

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Porodična Manufaktura Crnog Hleba Noć ("Night") 1974








Porodična Manufaktura Crnog Hleba Čovjek i pas ("A Man and a Dog") 1974


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#69 2018-03-15 11:09:01

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Slovenska Gruda Grajski Vrtnar ("Castle Gardener") 1983

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#70 2018-03-21 05:43:17

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Now it's morning on the first day of spring, and Belgrade is covered by snow, which is pretty unusual for Serbia at the begining of springtime. I'm looking out the window and I don't like that picture with snowy trees and grey sky.
The best song for this morning is this Smak's song.
The song contains an amazing synth solo by the original Smak's line-up keyboardist Lazar 'Laza' Ristovski (RIP). Vocals by Dado Topić (ex-Time).

Smak Zašto ne volim sneg ("Why I Do Not Like Snow") 1981







English translation:


Why I Do Not Like Snow

A pale night
Echo, the voice torn apart
Why I do not like snow?
Why I do not like snow

A frozen pain tonight
Builds a temple of snow
Weeping’s all I know
A cold glow around
White noise, the last sound

A pale night
Echo, the voice torn apart
Why I do not like snow
Why I do not like snow

A glitter in the night
That’s my winter lie
It builds frozen heaven
As a dream, but awaken
White mound, the last sound

Why I do not like snow?

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#71 2018-03-28 11:41:18

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Re: Yugo-Prog 50th Anniversary Thread

Smak Južni voz ("South Train") 1981











Smak Južni voz ("South Train") live at Belgrade's Sava Center, 1996










Smak Južni voz ("South Train") live at Bašta SKC, 2000


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#72 2018-04-02 01:19:12

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Miki Petkovski Iluminacija ("Illumination") 1979








Miki Petkovski Katarza ("Chatarsis") 1979









Miki Petkovski Sinteza ("Synthesis") 1979










Miki Petkovski Sinteza ("Synthesis") 1979












Miki Petkovski (feat.Boris Aranđelović, ex-Smak) Ko je u pravu ("Who Has Right?") 1979











Miki Petkovski Budjenje ("Awakening") 1979


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#73 2018-04-16 02:08:54

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An interview Miki Petkovski (see my  previous post) given for a  Canadian tv in 2011:





Miki Petkovski was Smak's keyboardist during their Crna dama phase (1977 - 1978);  he composed and played piano & Mini Moog on this fantastic instrumental track called Tegoba ("Burden") from Crna Dama LP; a real highlight of Yugo-Prog as a genre as well. Enjoy!

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#74 2018-04-18 22:42:57

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Smak live in Kragujevac, Serbia, 1992 (full concert, open-air)


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#75 2018-04-22 07:17:34

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37°C Sidarta (1979, official album teaser)

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