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4.16 | 126 ratings | 12 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Probudi Se ~ Wake Up (4:48)
2. Sinteza ~ Synthesis (4:55)
3. Utapanje Sunceve Svetlosti Pescanu Memoriju~Merging Sunlight Into The Memory Of Sand (6:35)
4. Lena (4:43)
5. Minijatura ~ Miniature (2:55)
6. Druga Strana Mene ~ Second Side Of Me (16:28)

Total time 40:24

Bonus Track on 1992 and 1998 releases:
7. Put Na Jug ~ Journey To The South (3:42)

Line-up / Musicians

- Miroslav Dukić / guitar, vocals
- Đorđe Ilijin / keyboards, flute, harmonica
- Dusan Ćućuz / bass, vocals
- Slobodan Felekatović / drums

Releases information

Artwork: Jugoslav Vlahović (design) with Slobodan Turić (photo)

LP RTV Ljubljana ‎- LD 0495 (1978, Yugoslavia)
LP Kalemegdan Disk ‎- KD 004 (1992, Germany) With 1 bonus track and different cover art

CD Rock Symphony ‎- RSLN 009 (1998, Brazil) With 1 bonus track

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TAKO Tako ratings distribution

(126 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
Good, but non-essential (21%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
Poor. Only for completionists (1%)

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Review by Greger
5 stars "Tako" (1975) and "U Vreci Za Spavanje" (1980) are two great reissues from the Brazilian label Rock Symphony, a label that have reissued many forgotten jewels before such as ALPHA III, FRAGIL, MALIBRAN, and new releases with HADDAD and TEMPUS FUGIT.

- TAKO are something as unusual as a Yugoslavian jazz-rock and symphonic progressive rock band. The band was put together in 1975 and the band's name means "this way". Between 1975 and their split up in 1981 they released two classical albums: "Tako" (1975) and "U Vréci Za Spavanje" (1980).

- In my opinion the 70's were the heydays for progressive rock, and TAKO have all the ingredients that makes these releases worth owning. They were a 70's band, their sound is very 70's oriented, the cover is so wonderful 70's and the music is complex with lengthy instrumental passages. TAKO's music is a mix between CAMEL, FOCUS, FOCUS, JETHRO TULL, OZRIC TENTACLES, PINK FLOYD and SOLARIS.

- I strongly recommend you to buy these two albums if you're into 70's progressive rock. This is how progressive rock sounded long before today's progressive metal.

Review by Proghead
3 stars As it turns out Yugoslavia had their share of prog acts. SMAK, KORNI GRUPA, LEB I SOL, and this particular band, TAKO are some examples. TAKO managed only two albums, in which this self-entitled album was their debut. The band consisted of bassist/vocalist Dusan Ćućuz, keyboardist/flautist/harmonical player Đorde Illijan, guitarist/vocalist Miroslav Dukić, and drummer Slobodan Felekatović. Đorde Illijan tends to use a lot of Elka Rhapsody string synth, as well as electric piano.

Some of the music tends to have a bit of a fusion influence. A couple of songs have vocals, including the opening cut "Probudi Se". It's in Serbo-Croation, so it's nice to hear the language in a prog setting. This song tends to be dominated by Illijan's Elka. "Sinteza" shows the more fusion-end of the band, especially when Illijan uses the Fender Rhodes electric piano. Perhaps my favorite is "Utapanje Sunčeve Sveltlosi U Pesčanu Memoriju", where the band goes through several changes. Again the vocals appear here. I especially like the guitar work of Miroslav Dukić found here. "Lena" is a short, flute-dominated piece that bears more than a passing resemblance to Hungary's SOLARIS (making me believe SOLARIS was influenced by TAKO, since SOLARIS' debut did not appear until the 1980s). "Minijatura" is another flute-dominated piece, that brings to mind JETHRO TULL. Then the album closes with the 16 minute epic "Druga Strana Mene". The CD reissue comes with a bonus cut, "Put Na Jug", which is a nice addition, this one also has vocals. I don't exactly call this album essential. For one thing, the production isn't all that great (but then I expect that, coming from a communist country), but by Eastern European standards, this is definately one of the better albums.

My rating: 3 1/2 stars

Review by Seyo
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars TAKO (Eng. "That Way") was one of those rare ex-Yugoslavian symphonic prog bands that did not engage in mainstream pop-rock and were truly devoted to play "non- commercial" music. They formed in 1975 and recorded several demos in the studio of Belgrade Radio station. Since 1977 they established the line-up consisting of: Dusan Cucuz-bass, Djordje Ilijin-keyboards and flute, Miroslav Dukic-guitar and Slobodan Felekatovic-drums. In August 1977 TAKO played as support to mega-sellers BIJELO DUGME at their famous "Hajducka cesma" open-air concert in front of some 100 000 fans. At this period they experimented with quadrophenia sound system during joint live gigs with S VREMENA NA VREME, another popular progressive folk rock band. Recording companies were reluctant to sign them up due to their alleged "non- commercial" potentials, but finally RTV Ljubljana label decided to give them opportunity and they recorded the eponymous debut in 1978.

Songwriting is co-authored by Cucuz, Ilijin and Dukic, while the album carries six uneven compositions with obvious influences from the classic symphonic prog and jazz-rock standards. The opener "Probudi se" is excellent vocal track sounding a bit like PINK FLOYD or ELOY. "Sinteza" is more into jazz-rock with nice piano parts and there is a strange blues-like section with harmonica. "Utapanje sunceve svetlosti u pescanu memoriju" is also quite interesting piece with several different parts and chilling closing vocal section where the lyrics are influenced by Eastern philosophy (Buddhist?). "Lena" is an easy piece with flute but here the band starts loosing direction, which will continue in the extended suite-like "Druga strana mene" - a 16-minutes improvisation that offers zero really interesting ideas and above all is a very boring listen. The closing number "Minijatura" is a sort of homage to JETHRO TULL, and here you can listen to wonderful double-flute solo, in a manner similar to Ian Anderson's.

This album is quite interesting ex-Yugoslavian prog rock although its compositions are under-developed and sometimes not fully realised. I can still recommend it to prog lovers, especially to the fans of JETHRO TULL, CAMEL or FOCUS, but I would not call it an essential work. Still, closer to 4 than to 3 stars.

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars TAKO were a band out of Yugoslavia who released two studio albums, this is their self titled debut from 1978. It's mostly instrumental but what vocals we get are well done and in their own native language.

"Probudi Se" sounds really good early on as we get a lazy beat and a dreamy sound as vocals join in. It does get fuller. Check out the guitar letting it rip before 2 minutes when the vocals stop. More of that guitar later.Good tune. "Sinteza" opens with piano, drums and guitar standing out. Guitar to the fore after 1 1/2 minutes and it's almost Gilmour-like but not quite.The sound changes 3 minutes in as we get some scorching harmonica. "Utapanse Sunceve Svetlosti U Pescanu Memoriju" has these outbursts of sound that come and go. Check out the drumming after 2 minutes.Then the guitar starts to lead. Nice. Keyboards before 3 1/2 minutes then the guitar returns after 4 minutes. Vocals a minute later. "Lena" opens with piano, drums then guitar. Flute after 1 1/2 minutes. It's the guitar's turn before 3 minutes. Flute is back after 4 minutes.

"Minijatura" opens with flute and a beat.It picks up before a minute then settles back late. "Druga Strana Mene" is the 16 1/2 minute epic. It has this bombastic intro then it kicks into gear before a minute. A nice heavy sound here, then the synths roll in. Some spirited flute comes and goes. A calm before 3 1/2 minutes then the guitar starts to make some noise after 4 minutes. The flute takes over with spacey synths and a beat. A change after 7 1/2 minutes which reminds me of Oldfield. Another change after 11 minutes with prominant piano. Organ and flute create a melancholic mood late. "Put Na Jug" has lots going on early. Piano a minute in then it settles to a spacey soundscape. Vocals join in and it picks up with guitar 2 1/2 minutes in. Nice. The piano is back replacing the guitar late.

I wasn't blown away by this album by any means but there's enough here to give it 4 stars I believe.

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars The legendary Serbian act was found in 1975 in Beograd by ex-Opus bassist Dusan Cucuz.He gathered keyboardist Djordje Ilijin, guitarist Sava Bojic from Pop Masina and drummer Milan Lolic for the originaol line-up of the band.Initially Tako played covers of Jimi Hendrix Experience and Santana and soon had to face the departure of Lolic and Bojic (he went to the army).They were replaced by Slobodan Felekatovic and Miroslav Dukic respectively and Tako became a live beast the following years.With a difficult style they found it hard to sign with a label, eventually ZKP showed interest in them and released their self-titled debut in 1978.

This one is definitely among the best Classic Prog LP's to ever come out from Eastern Europe with a fantastic sound and a variety of influences.The opening ''Probudi se'' is a marvellous piece of vocal-led Space Rock with nice deep synth work, but the following ''Sinteza'' is even better with its unique Symphonic/Jazz/Space Rock sound, somewhere between the electric piano approach of RETURN TO FOREVER and the melodic delicacy of CAMEL with occasional heavy interplays and even some harmonica solo.Things will get even more heavier with ''Utapanje sunceve svetlosti u pescanu memoriju''.Fiery interplays and multiple breaks scan the territory of Heavy Italian-styled Prog in the vein of MUSEO ROSENBACH and the Canterbury Fusion style of CAMEL and NATIONAL HEALTH, fantastic performance to say the least.''Lena'' is the most emotional and dramatic track of the album.A pounding low-tempo rhythm section supports Ilijin's deep synths, piano and organ and Dukic'es FOCUS-like emotional guitar soloing, while the middle-part flute solo is among the best I've heard.The short instrumental ''Minijatura'' follows the vein of OSANNA/JETHRO TULL with flute in evidence and having strong Classical leanings.And we head for the 16-min. ''Druga strana mene'' (the other side of myself) and its perfect sound.Incorporating influences from Classical Prog, Jazz/Fusion, flute-based Prog and Space Rock, Tako manage to offer one of the better epics I've heard in a long time.The composition is extremely tight and well-built around symphonic synths, jazzy interludes, Classical breaks, driving flutes, emotional guitars and spacey floating atmospheres, resulting to a magnificent and thrilling piece of inspired music.

The end of this listening will find you simply stunned.This is the best Serbian Prog release of all times,a work of sheer beauty, deep inspiration and great complexity with all arrangements reaching the perfection.A must have for ages and, of course, extremely highly recommended.

Review by GruvanDahlman
4 stars This album has followed me around for several years. It was probably the first, or one of them at any rate, album from Eastern Europe that I discovered. It wasn't until a few years later that I came to grips with it and fell in love with the music. This is actually a very good album of spacey progressive rock with not so small adose of jazz. Almost entirely instrumental it has, however, vocals imbedded in a few tracks. The main focus is on the instumentation. Since I feel a certain resistance towards purely instrumental music (God knows why) I feel that there is just enough vocal parts to keep me happy.

Tako originated from the former Jugoslavia. Today they would be categorized as Serbian. That means that the vocals are sung in their native tongue. To me that is a great plus, though I understand practically nothing of what they are singing. I think it holds little significance, even though I love to understand a good lyric. If I had the urge I could make the content out by way of google and what not but I haven't come to that as yet. The vocals are decent enough and brings yet another level to the music.

The opening track, "Probudi se", is a very spacey thing indeed. I hear elements of Eloy and Solaris but it is hard to say who did it first. Solaris was not yet in their existence, as far as I know, and Eloy wasn't quite there yet but still they are relevant as to give a hint of the music on this album. "Sinteza" is a very jazzy, fusion-like track and fantastic. Really energetic. I hear echoes of Jazz Q in their rockier moments. Great stuff. The bluesy harmonica adds to the music too.

"Utapanje..." is a spacey piece, again, but with a very complex riff played by electric piano, guitar and drums. Very good track and there is a section of vocals aswell. The song "Lena" is instrumental and the flute makes it very Solaris-y. Dreamy, beautiful and engaging. "Minijatura" is a lovely, flute driven thing reminding of early Jethro Tull. (It is amazing, I sometimes think, how certain bands stands as blueprint for certain genres or musical directions. Like Jethro Tull and flute in a bluesy, folky, hard rock and prog setting.)

The epic "Druga strana mene" is really the centerpiece of the album. Spacey, diverse and with several parts combined it is a majestic piece of music. I think it is absolutely magnificent. The greatest thing about it is that it never gets boring. All through it's 16 minutes I feel committed and engaged, submerged in the music.


Takos first album really is one of the greatest albums from behind the Wall and shows just how talented and visionary some of the bands actually were. Despite the regimes and their censorship they managed to create not only great music but also and foremost some of the most enthralling albums of prog. I think this album is an essential listening experience, just as with Modry Efekt and SBB and other greats. The instrumentation, vision and execution on this album is top notch.

This is easily four stars.

Review by Warthur
4 stars Imagine a combination of the melodicism and pastoral moods of Trespass-era Genesis with the jazz-flavoured chops of Relayer-era Yes, marinade in classic-era Camel's willingness to dial back on the vocals and let the instrumental work do the talking, then sprinkle on some spacey, psychedelic atmosphere, and maybe you'll start thinking along the same sort of directions that Tako take on this debut album. The magnificent Druga Strana Mene is the truly standout track, a 16 minute voyage that fascinates for its entire running time, but the shorter pieces that build up to it are also laudable. Đorđe Ilijin gets the most valued player award with memorable contributions on both keyboards and flute.

Latest members reviews

5 stars An amazing band from ex Yougoslavia. We can find some spacey and synphonic parts but others with pure fusion context wit some fast guitar improvisations. Lyrics are in Yougoslavian but are nothing special in this work that have guitars, keiboards flutes and a mixed influencies in same music. T ... (read more)

Report this review (#298550) | Posted by Joăo Paulo | Saturday, September 11, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Another Yu-prog masterpiece,together with Indexi's "Modra rijeka",Tako's self-titled debut bore almost same uncompromised non-commercial characteristics as Sarajevo's veterans,only difference being somewhat undeveloped sound,due to very short time in the studio,mere 24 hours!? Still,very stro ... (read more)

Report this review (#56783) | Posted by ljubaspriest | Friday, November 18, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Ok, first track is a little bit morbid (boring) despite the title "wake up" but a good track. From the second track things will get. hot, "synthesis" is an excellent jazz oriented song with electric piano, organ, guitar solo, time change and even gaita,( I always try to be coherent an shor ... (read more)

Report this review (#28195) | Posted by | Friday, May 20, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars First album from this extra talented but unknown band ,there is no bad song on this album,its powerfull with great guitar riffs followed by fine and atmospheric keyboards and flutes.This album is not completely instrumental as it is for the second one,but the voices are calm and smoothy wit ... (read more)

Report this review (#28193) | Posted by | Monday, August 30, 2004 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The lenghthy track 'second side of me' is worth the price alone. It includes some wonderful flute passages and an opening riff somewhat similar to Aqualungs famous opening . Overall a cross between Solaris and Tull. The rest of the CdD does not reach the heights of this tarck , but its still ... (read more)

Report this review (#28191) | Posted by platform | Monday, March 15, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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