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2.97 | 13 ratings | 3 reviews | 31% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1976

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hočes Li Sa Mnom (4:11)
2. Sve Sam Ti Dao (4:03)
3. Hej Mala (3:47)
4. Tema IV (5:52)
5. Baj Baj (3:00)
6. Sam Sam (6:35)
7. Raskorak (7:15)

Total time 34:43

Bonus tracks (live) on 1998 Max Plus CD:
8. Vse Sem Dal Ti (4:25)
9. Hej Mala (2:47)
10. Hočes Z Menoj (3:25)
11. Baj Baj (2:33)
12. Spet Nazaj (3:17)

Line-up / Musicians

- Pavel Kavec / guitar, vocal
- Tone Dimnik / drums
- Franjo Martinec / bass

Guest musicians:
- Andrej Konjajev / keyboards
- Miha Vipotnik / percussion
- Zlatko Manojlović / vocal (6)

Releases information

LP Jugoton LSY 61304 (1976, Yugoslavia)

CD Max Plus KPCD 0182 (1998, Slovenia, with 4 bonus tracks)
LP Jugoton LSY 61304 (2012, Croatia)

Thanks to seyo for the addition
and to NotAProghead for the last updates
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OKO Raskorak ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(31%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(15%)
Good, but non-essential (31%)
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Review by Seyo
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars OKO's only LP record was issued in 1976 under the title "Raskorak" (Eng. "Standing Astride"). Amongst the frequent line-up changes, the bandleader Pavel Kavec remained the sole original member backed this time by drummer Tone Dimnik and bassist Franjo Martinac. After so many years the album gained a sort of a cult status given the original issue was printed in small circulation and never re-issued, hence the crazy price of this record on e-Bay.

The title is true; the band was really standing astride between rather banal hard rock and some ambitious prog and fusion leanings, never fully developing into either direction. Kavec is solid guitarist, a follower of Jimi Hendrix technique, but bad vocalist. That said, the two opening tunes where he sings - "Hoće? li samnom" (Eng. Are You Going With Me) and "Sve sam ti dao" (Eng. I've Given You Everything) - are still sounding convincing and strong, both having a groovy heavy rocking and decent singing and composition. They might have been hits had the label tried harder to pursue these Slovenes throughout then Yugoslav market, especially because the lyrics were sung in Serbo-Croat (then a common language widely spoken and understood by almost 20 million people in ex-Yugoslavia). But, it was obviously not the case so they disappeared from the scene shortly after the album release.

Two instrumental tracks, both closing each side, showed different, slightly jazz-rock face of OKO. Composed by Martinac, "Tema IV" has a nice funky groove with spacey synth solo, while Kavec's title track is a prog-oriented fusion with excellent guitar-synth keyboard solo duel. Both tracks owe much to the guest keyboard player Andrej Konjajev who later participated in the short lived but amazing jazz-rock group IZVIR. Unfortunately, this cannot be said for another guest musician, Zlatko Manojlović (ex-DAH). With his irritating falsetto vocal he simply destroyed the ballad "Sam sam" (Eng. I Am Alone), which was on its own a poor attempt to mimic URIAH HEEP's huge hit "July Morning". Ironically, Manojlović is much better singer than Kavec, but here he simply tried to imitate David Byron that resulted in a disaster. The rest of the tracks contain rather banal hard rock without any memorable moments.

Too bad that the band with remarkable instrumental potentials did not come up with stronger and better arranged material so it remained a "hit and miss" one-time attempt.

Max Plus CD reissue of 1998 contains 5 bonus tracks of all vocal compositions but sung in Slovene. The music market obviously shrunk in the meantime from 20 to 2 millions population.


P.A. RATING: 3/5

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Rock Progressivo Italiano Team
3 stars Like fellow Seventies Yugoslavian prog-lite rock band Hobo, OKO ("The Eye") were another one-and-down band who left behind a sole release, yet one that's still worth rediscovering today. Guitarist/vocalist Pavel Kavec was the one true constant of this group, with not only line-up changes taking place before this album, but the group he had assembled splintering during the actual recordings compiled here. Blues based hard rock, Jimi Hendrix flavoured guitar workouts, light jazz elements and a couple of more fully realized progressive rock moments were the results for `Raskorak', and while it's only infrequently really great, it's still a well played and varied rock collection.

`Hoces Li Sa Mnom' kicks the album off in great form, an up-tempo rocker driven by a relentless beat propelling the track constantly forwards behind swirling spacey backwards effects, running water and crystal-like chimes, Pavel offering fiery little electric guitar fill responses after every line of his vocals. `Sve Sam Ti Dao' is an OK heavy bluesy mid- tempo rocker made more interesting with some cool snappy drumming, plucky bass and nimble electric guitar wailing throughout. The guts of `Hej Mala' is a throwaway rock n' roll boogie, but heavier stomping diversions throughout over deep-space synths wouldn't have sounded out of place on a Jane record. `Baj Baj' is another forgettable rocking boogie, a pleasant catchy commercial melody but only some tasty quick country-flavoured guitar fills during the verses stand out. There's plenty of slow-burn dreamy Floydian atmosphere due to some mesmerizing Hammon organ, but `Sam Sam' is virtually ruined by a cringe- inducing vocal from guest Zlatko Manojlovic, his screeching falsetto lady-killer croons simply go on forever and really destroys a lot of the potential the track was showing.

The two instrumental pieces that close each side of the album are the most exciting aspects of the LP. `Tema IV' is a foot-tapping feel-good cruising breezy jazz groove, with whirring Moogs, crystal-like electric piano, puttering bass that darts around the background and playful electric guitar licks all combining to bring some very positive mellow vibes throughout. The title track opens with glistening chimes and thoughtful electric guitar strains that almost remind of a spiritual-era Santana vibe, but quickly the momentum picks up that has the the band racing for their lives. Extended bluesy guitar runs and warped loopy electronics/ballistic Moog solos duel back and forth over dominating break-neck drumming and rock-solid bass. The band display a perfectly controlled and welcome looseness in the improv sections, and it's the highlight of the album.

Sadly it's the amazing cover art that is far and away the best thing about `Raskorak' (and if you want the album, you'd be better searching for the LP/vinyl reissue specifically for it), and every time I look at it, I keep thinking `I wonder if the album is better than I remember?', only to be kind of disappointed every time. It's still a decent disc, it's just that there's so many endless better albums to recommend before it. But along with the above mentioned Hobo, Kornelyans, Yu Grupa, Korni Grupa and others that have recently had CD/LP reissues, Yugoslavia had the good selection of reliable rock bands, and OKO are definitely worth giving a spin. With the potential constantly displayed throughout this work, it's a shame we didn't get to hear more of them.

Three stars.

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2 stars In truth, I find it a difficult album to rate. It's not bad, it does the hard rock / blues style of Deep Purple and Uriah Heep decently well and then on songs like 'Tema IV' seems to switch quite suddenly to jazz rock. It is an odd album in that it doesn't seem to know whether or not it wants to ... (read more)

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