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4.16 | 79 ratings | 9 reviews | 39% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1979

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Gusterov trg (4:26)
2. Solarni modus (4:09)
3. Putovanje u plavo (6:52)
4. Pecurka (7:05)
5. Majestetski kraj (5:18)

Total Time: 27:50

Line-up / Musicians

- Vojkan Rakic ("Joshua N'Goma") / guitar, vocals
- Zoran Lakic ("Svaba the Kraut") / keyboards, vocals
- Drasko Nikodijevic ("Drakula") / bass, vocals
- Predrag Vukovic / drums, percussion

Releases information

Artwork: Predrag Vukovic

LP PGP RTB ‎- LP 5339 (1979, Yugoslavia)

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IGRA STAKLENIH PERLI Igra Staklenih Perli ratings distribution

(79 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(39%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(41%)
Good, but non-essential (13%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

IGRA STAKLENIH PERLI Igra Staklenih Perli reviews

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Review by Seyo
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars This is a very good debut of the Belgrade psyche progsters, which carries five equally interesting pieces of music. "Gusterov trg" (Lizard Square), sung in English, and "Putovanje u plavo" resembled the HAWKWIND heavy-space sound with monotonous rythms and odd time signatures. "Pecurka" (Mushroom), another English lyrics, was made under clear influence of PINK FLOYD signature psychedelia of "Set Controls for the Heart of the Sun", along with deep whisper vocals and Rick Wright-style organ. "Solarni modus" and "Majestetski kraj" are engaging instrumental pieces that nicely filled the space between the rest of the songs. However, production of this album is rather bad and it deserves thorough remastering which is yet to be issued. Another minus is extremely short running of this album or should I say "mini-album" at less than 28 minutes! Vinyl LP is highly valued as a prime collectors item and is a rarity. I have not yet encountered CD release. Anyway this is still highly recommended piece of music for all fans of psychedelic rock. Somewhere between 3,5-4 stars.
Review by Sean Trane
4 stars This very short debut album (two master tracks were destroyed before the pressing of the vinyl) is of an impressive quality, but it must've sound quite dated back then since this album could be the Yugo twin brother of Floyd's Saucerful Of Secrets, or Ummagumma's live disc with a wee bit of Hawkwind-chromosomes in the rhythm guitars. Recorded in Belgrade at a time where such things were now openly allowed (although Yugoslavia was still communist, it had chosen to never join the Soviet block, and was frequented by western tourists), even compared to other groups in the country, this record sounded a bit dated and borrowed.

This album is a pure joy for anyone who enjoys psych-laced prog, and we have here a superb example of a lost gem in the genre even if it is hardly groundbreaking. The album is actually very even with every track of a very high calibre if you can forget the very derivative songwriting/improvisation. This reviewer has no problem with this "flaw" on this album, and the album gets a rather fourth star even if it is not really essential.

Review by Tom Ozric
5 stars Igra Staklenih Perlih could be considered as Yugoslavia's answer to PINK FLOYD, with a strong dose of HAWKWIND and close to Krautrock. These comparisons are immediately noticeable - for the curious, listen to the mp3 here of 'Pecurka' - totally spaced-out with a mysterious Farfisa Organ driven intro (recalling Rick Wright's early days with Floyd) and stoned vocals/whispers ( I noticed that the words sung here are nicked from the CAN track 'Mushroom' off Tago Mago) and morphs into a heavy and intense, ascending riff which builds to an amazing climax and jams out Hawkwind style. Being totally struck by this track, I managed to get a re-issue vinyl from Greg W's Syn-Phonic site, and I can say that the whole album is a brilliant example of psychedelic space-rock with some dreamy atmospheres. Opening track 'Gusterov Trg' sounds like psychedelic punk-rock. Regarding the rhythm section, the drum sound is a bit compressed, and the bass has a 'woody' tone to it, but suits the music perfectly. ISP may not be the most original sounding band, but operating in this mode from behind the 'iron curtain' is most certainly impressive. The downside to this album, it clocks in at under half an hour and leaves you wanting more. Superb !!
Review by Rivertree
4 stars Glass pearls which are proving themselves valuable ...

IGRA STAKLENIH PERLI's debut might also be categorized as a Krautrock album. First of all the recordings of the songs suffered from some bad conditions. The studio crew normally produced folk and pop albums and was obviously overchallenged by this 'unusual' music. And then two songs got simply lost - the reason why the album is only 28 minutes long. But this half an hour is fabulous though - very impressive indeed.

We have various keyboard work with floydy references to the deep space/psychedelic mood of the Ummagumma live songs here and there. This can be pointed out with the opener Gusterov trg for example - additionally provided with a compelling guitar work. Furthermore the songs are mostly instrumental spacy near to Hawkwind with some english vocals. But the band is able to manage an independend style at large on this album - a special spirit. Several repetitive hypnotic patterns are even bringing the album into the reach of Kraut - on the other hand there are a lot of speed variations and effects within the songs.

Whilst I'm writing this review I noticed there is offered a re-release with 8 bonus tracks by the Second Harvest label but unfortunately couldn't find any further information. Hopefully with the digitally remastering the sound quality is enhanced. Anyhow - musically it's a big recommendation in any case.

Review by snobb
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Very short but quite strong debut of Serbian psych/space prog band. Almost decade later than their main influences, band's sound is a bit vintage, but it is not imitation. Just all Eastern Europe (including South Eastern lands of Yugoslavia) during after WWII period was a place of itself, so many trends just needed years to come there.

Melodic, with very light Balkan scent, this album's music is mix of early Pink Floyd, Hawkwind and Can influences. Competent enough to be listened, not original enough to be named great music. Possibly, main problem is terrible sound mix and recording quality. Very flat sound and almost unpleasant instrumental mix destroy quite good musical material. For sure, better producing could help to make this material more attractive. Original album is extremely short (less than 28 minutes), and re-release with bonuses doesn't add much, because all bonuses mostly are raw musical material just filling CD space.

Mostly interested as good musical evidence of time and the place, album could be listened with some interest from psych/space prog fans.

Review by Mellotron Storm
5 stars 4.5 stars. Tom Ozric as usual hit the nail on the head in describing this Yugoslavian band from the late seventies. Very PINK FLOYD-like and were talking the "Saucerful Of Secrets" era with a dash of HAWKWIND and Krautrock. Man I have been enjoying this album.

"Gusterov Trg" is spacey with sparse sounds to open then it starts to pick up and it kicks in before 2 minutes followed by vocals. The guitar lights things up before 3 minutes. "Solarni Modus" opens with piano, drums, guitar and more reminding me of FLOYD. It settles in with a good beat and prominant guitar 2 1/2 minutes in. "Putovanje U Plavo" is a fantastic track that opens in a spacey manner with a beat. Keys, vocals and a heavier sound 2 minutes in. Great sound here. This reminds me of HAWKWIND. Ripping guitar after 4 1/2 minutes. The guitar stops but the beat continues as it becomes very psychedelic.

"Pecurka" is my favourite and one of the best psychedelic tunes i've ever heard. It's humming to start and it's dark. A beat slowly pounds then whispered vocals and creepy guitar expressions come in. It's FLOYD-like after 3 minutes as it builds with the guitar crying out. It kicks in after 4 1/2 minutes. Nice. It then settles back. So good ! "Majestetski Kraj" opens with organ and moog? and it's building 2 minutes in until we are rocking pretty good.

It's interesting how many East European countries seem to follow musical trends many years later because of how difficult it was to get Western music in past the Communist governments. So yes this was released in 1979 but that for me is not a negative at all. A must for Psychedelic fans.

Latest members reviews

4 stars After almost 30 years I finally managed to get proper release of this wonderful disc,courtesy of Mr. Doug Larson.I never liked original LP release which sounded very thin with no dynamic range whatsoever.Music on this re-release(German Second harvest label)still sound so charmingly underground ... (read more)

Report this review (#161994) | Posted by ljubaspriest | Sunday, February 17, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars THE GAME OF THE GLASSBEADS - IGRA STAKLENIH PERLI The Band was created in Belgrade,Serbia EU, 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 gu ... (read more)

Report this review (#34822) | Posted by | Thursday, June 2, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The only Yugoslavian psychedelic band but the best space/psychedelic rock i ever listen to !Its a mix between Tangerine Dream and earlier Pink Floyd(its an 1979 record,so a bit late for western standards,cause it could be made in late 60s in England or Germany) .Its a true psychedelic albums ... (read more)

Report this review (#34821) | Posted by | Saturday, May 21, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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