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IGRA STAKLENIH PERLI

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Yugoslavia


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IGRA STAKLENIH PERLI, the ultimate ex-Yugoslavian space/psychedelic rock band, was formed in 1976 in Belgrade, Serbia, having been named after the famous novel by Hermann Hesse - "Das Glasperlenspiel" (The Glass Beads Game). The original line-up consisted of: Zoran Lakic (keyboards), Vojkan Rakic (guitar), Predrag Vukovic (percussions) and Drasko Nikodijevic (bass & vocals). In late 1977 Dragan Soc joined the band as drummer while they played live concerts at Belgrade clubs, preparing to start recording their first album, which they did in mid 1978. Upon its release the next year, the band gained reputation for elaborated visual stage effects and light show directed by their friend Goran Cvetic. Nikodijevic was replaced by rock journalist Slobodan Trbojevic on bass prior to recording the second album in late 1979. After its release in 1980 the guitarist Ivan Pajevic replaced Rakic and Nikodijevic was back on bass, but shortly the band ceased to exist. Nikodijevic and Rakic later formed post-punk/neo-psych White Rabbit Band but in late 1980s moved to USA where they continued under the name White Rabbit Cult. The remaining members together with German publisher Thomas Werner released at the beginning of 1990s three albums of ISP old live material and album outtakes for the German-based label Kalemegdan Disk.

IGRA STAKLENIH PERLI labelled their music style as "stream of consciousness music". Their both studio albums, the first eponymous "Igra Staklenih Perli" from 1979 and the second "Vrt Svetlosti" from 1980, are pretty similar in sound and resemble the style from early PINK FLOYD and HAWKWIND psychedelia, to German kraut-rock (notably CAN and TANGERINE DREAM), to HILLAGE-era GONG among many. Interesting music effort especially considering the fact it was the new wave boom period when they tried to pursue a quite different music philosophy.

Recommended listen to any devoted prog fan. Since all their albums were issued on vinyl format it might be difficult task to find them, but Kalemegdan Disk may be a good starting address.

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4.14 | 41 ratings
Igra Staklenih Perli
1979
3.00 | 14 ratings
Vrt Svetlosti
1980
3.40 | 6 ratings
Inner Flow
1991
2.50 | 5 ratings
Drives
1993
0.00 | 0 ratings
Apokaliptus
2012

IGRA STAKLENIH PERLI Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.14 | 8 ratings
Soft Explosion Live
1991

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5.00 | 4 ratings
Igra Svetlosti
2007

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 Inner Flow by IGRA STAKLENIH PERLI album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.40 | 6 ratings

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Inner Flow
Igra Staklenih Perli Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

2 stars Former Yugoslavian act, strictly connected with the Kraut Rock tradition, formed in 1976 in Beograd by old school friends Zoran Lakic (keyboards) Vojkan Rakic (guitar), and Predrag Vukovic (percussion).Named after Hermann Hesse''s novel ''The Glass Bead Game'', the trio was followed soon by bassist Drasko Nikodijevic and, with the addition of Dragan Soc on drums in 1977, they started performing live.Previously unreleased material from these early days of the group was released on vinyl in 1992 as ''Inner flow'' by the German label Kalemegdan Disk, specialized in 60's/70's Psych/Prog from East Europe.Most of the band members used pseudonyms, as shown in the back cover of the LP, and all tracks were studio recordings except the eponymous one, which was captured live in 1978 at SKC in Beograd.

This archival album kick off quite strongly with the rhythmic pair of ''Flow access'' and ''Hotel wave'', heavily based on the dynamic organ and the nice electric guitars, soon the album will adapt a cosmic atmosphere with ''Magic machine'', in the vein of CAN and ASH RA TEMPEL, with long electronic introductions, distorted vocals, throbbing bass and repetitive percussions.''Lake of Lily'' is a long groovy tune with marching bass and drums, supported by psych guitars and Hammond organ, quite interesting to say the least.The second side is definitely weaker with an even rawer sound and a pretty repetitive style.''Drakula's Dance'' is another long improvised piece, completely atonal, with electronic fanfares and abstract guitar lines and the very long live track is rather hypnotic with overstretched themes, lacking variations and energy, strongly led by percussions, organ and synthesizers.The closing part, featuring Rakic'es decent guitar texture, is maybe its best offering, somewhere between early FLOYD and HAWKWIND.The short closer ''Balkan IV'' sounds more than an intro than an outro, wrongly placed at the end of the album, with spacey use of guitars and synths in a piece that sounds incomplete as presented.

This early document of Igra Staklenih Perli's first period is propably a cool purchase for fans of the band and dedicated Kraut/Space/Electronic Rock fans.This is not music for everybody with stretched psychedelic soundscapes and few variations throughout...2.5 stars.

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 Inner Flow by IGRA STAKLENIH PERLI album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.40 | 6 ratings

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Inner Flow
Igra Staklenih Perli Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars According to the liner notes these tracks were basically demos or recordings of local concerts they did in Belgrade prior to the release of their debut album in 1979. I really didn't find the sound quality too bad at all and while I prefer the self titled studio album more, this is definitely worth getting a hold of if your a fan of Psychedelic music. This was released originally in 1991 by a German label.

"Flow Access" is the short opener as we get abrasive sounds along with this mellow pulsating sound throughout. "Hotel Wave" has what sounds like light keys as the bass joins in. Drums and guitar follow. It picks up after 3 minutes. Vocal melodies before 4 minutes. "Magic Machine" is my favourite. Organ, bass and a beat to start as psychedelic guitar joins in. Nice. Faint vocals after 2 minutes. The vocals stop then the beat stops as it turns spacey before 4 1/2 minutes. It's dark with voices 6 1/2 minutes in. "Lake Of Lily" features a rhythm that picks up speed as the organ joins in. Vocals after 2 minutes but they don't stay around long.

"Dracula's Dance" has this heavy rhythm and abrasive guitar. I like it. Bass comes to the fore after 5 minutes. "Inner Flow" opens with percussion and organ as the guitar comes in and starts to solo. It's intense 4 1/2 minutes in. It turns spacey before 6 1/2 minutes then picks back up before 9 minutes with guitar, organ and drums. They're kicking ass late to end it. "Balkan IV" opens with atmosphere as guitar and other sounds come and go. Vocal sounds and samples come in after 2 1/2 minutes.

The debut album is a must but if you can get your hands on this too I wouldn't hesitate.

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 Igra Staklenih Perli by IGRA STAKLENIH PERLI album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.14 | 41 ratings

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Igra Staklenih Perli Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

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.

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 Vrt Svetlosti by IGRA STAKLENIH PERLI album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.00 | 14 ratings

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Vrt Svetlosti
Igra Staklenih Perli Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

2 stars Igra Staklenih Perli's debut had that secret ingredient that makes space-rock tick. This is largely absent here and while the sound doesn't differ all too much, the songs never grab the attention like they did on the previous album.

The songwriting is more Hawkwind oriented, comparable to their 'new-wave' albums such as 'Quark Strangeness and Charm' and 'PXR5', but there's also a hint of the more rocking 'Levitation' album. Anyway, the reliance on just one source of inspiration makes the band less diverse and experimental then on the early-Floyd meets Gong blend of the debut. But the main problem is the songwriting, which rarely reaches anything resembling a hook or decent groove, both quite important for a space-rock album.

As others have concluded before me, this is still an enjoyable listen, but it is too safe and formulaic to rate any better then just ok.

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 Igra Staklenih Perli by IGRA STAKLENIH PERLI album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.14 | 41 ratings

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Igra Staklenih Perli Psychedelic/Space Rock

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.

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 Igra Svetlosti by IGRA STAKLENIH PERLI album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2007
5.00 | 4 ratings

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Igra Svetlosti
Igra Staklenih Perli Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Seyo
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars This CD release includes two LP albums by ISP originally recorded in 1979 (eponymous debut) and 1980 ("Vrt svetlosti") respectively. That fact alone - because these two were the only official releases during the band's active life until 1985 break-up - would suffice the recommended purchase. More than that, both original albums were rather poorly produced and were extremely short-running (debut even less than 30 minutes), so the remastered CD re-issue was natural to expect to appear. Thanks to Branimir Lokner, the editor of the Retrologija series (which so far re-issued several key classic and prog rock acts from the Yugoslav past like SMAK and INDEXI among others), this title "Igra svetlosti" ("The Game of Light") is now available through the PGP RTS label.

For those unfamiliar, let us remind them that ISP was perhaps the only genuine psychedelic/space rock band in the former Yugoslavia, following the path set by the early PINK FLOYD as of 1968/69, as well as by HAWKWIND and Krautrock acts of the 1970s. The band name was inspired by and taken from Hermann Hesse's novel "Das Glasperlenspiel" ("The Glassbeads Game"). They pioneered the use of lasers, light-show and special visual effects during their live performances and had a considerable cult following, mostly in the Belgrade underground scene of the late 1970s. The cover art of this CD is nicely reflecting a mesmerizing atmosphere of the music, which used to be described by the band members themselves as "the music of the stream of consciousness".

The band line-up on these albums included: Predrag Vuković-percussion; Vojkan Rakić-guitar; Zoran Lakić-keyboards, vocals; Drasko Nikodijević-bass, vocals and Dragan Soć-drums. Slobodan Trbojević replaced Nikodijević on bass for the second album, while Goran Cvetić was responsible for lighting design on stage and special effects.

For details about the musical content I am referring you to the reviews of the respective albums. Having digitally improved sound and informative booklet "Igra svetlosti" is a precious testimony of the almost forgotten underground scene in former SFR Yugoslavia. It represents an indispensable addition to the catalog of European psychedelic progressive rock.

PERSONAL RATING: 4/5

P.A. RATING: 5/5

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 Igra Staklenih Perli by IGRA STAKLENIH PERLI album cover Studio Album, 1979
4.14 | 41 ratings

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Igra Staklenih Perli Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by ljubaspriest

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 despite excellent remastering job which enhance listening pleasure.Influences range from early Pink Floyd,Hawkwind and Can with a dash of You era Gong.I may be wrong,but seems to me that 20 years later San Francisco band Melting Euphoria(not included on PA?)almost copied Igra staklenih perli's sound from this album.Very spaced out keyboard and guitar work were halmarks of this highly unique Belgrade band and is highly recommended as a example of Yugoslavian prog-underground scene from late seventies.Very short,but sweet.

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 Igra Staklenih Perli by IGRA STAKLENIH PERLI album cover Studio Album, 1979
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Igra Staklenih Perli Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions

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.

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 Igra Staklenih Perli by IGRA STAKLENIH PERLI album cover Studio Album, 1979
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Igra Staklenih Perli Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Tom Ozric
Prog Reviewer

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 !!

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 Soft Explosion Live by IGRA STAKLENIH PERLI album cover Live, 1991
4.14 | 8 ratings

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Soft Explosion Live
Igra Staklenih Perli Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Komodo dragon

4 stars This is some really good vibrations recorded in Kalemegdan fortress in Belgrade and truly remarkable music captured on tape. Psychedelia in its best colors mixed with some space elements . Much Eloy and Floyd-ian sound with silent and obscure vocals in background . Music is created in many layers, so you can listen it as many times as you like and never get bored. First song is 11 minutes epic journey to the space called Tiha Eksplozija (Soft Explosion), very rhythmical and strong. Songs like Gusterov Trg (Lizard Square) and Pecurka (Mushroom) are shorter but equally good as first one.

This is missile came from 1991 to blow your brain out and make passage in space and time!

Recommended to all fans of progressive rock .

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