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    Posted: April 03 2006 at 16:02

 

Smak was formed back 1970.They were the best Rock 'n' Roll,Hard Rock,Progresive band in Yugoslavia.Because of there succsessful albums like LP Smak 1975.,MLP Satelit 1976.,Crna Dama 1977.,Black Lady 1978,Stranice naseg vremena 1978.,The pages of our time 1978.,Rock Cirkus 1980. they earned there title of best band in Yugoslavia.

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SMAK was formed 1971. in Kragujevac, the present Serbia and Montenegro, by a guitar virtuoso Radomir Mihailovic nicknamed ''Tocak''(the Wheel). The first stable line-up was assembled in late 1974. including Slobodan Stojanovic Kepa (drums),Zoran Milovanovic (bass),Boris Arandjelovic (vocals) and Laza Ristovski (keyboards).They realesed 3 SP during '74-'75 on which appeared there hit single Ulazak u Harem(Enter to Harem) and they were pregroup for Deep Purple concert in Belgrade '75 ,after successful hit single and exellent concert with Deep Purple they realesed there first LP called Smak 1975. and it was one of the most selling albums in Yugoslavia of all times(the present Serbia and Montenegro),at the beginig of the next year 1976. they realesed MLP(mini long play) Satelit which featured there hit song 'Satelit'(Satelite) and one of there best instrumental 'Biska 2' ,blues song 'Sumadijski Blues',and the song called 'Put od Balona-Biska 20' which was used as a instrumental solos song,in that period they made a short movie Smak in New York,which showed there little tour in USA on which they presented MLPSatelit ,and in that period Tocak realesed his first solo album called by him R.M.Tocak which was the best selling album in Yugoslavia for year 1976. and they have made again single at the end of '76 Ljudi nije fer/El Dumo. During 1977.-78. Ristovski was replaced by first Miki Petkovski,which played on LP Crna Dama 1977. one of the best selling albums in Yugoslavia ,and then by Tibor Levay on keyboards,with him they made LPs Stranice naseg vremena 1978. and English versions of these two albums Black Lady and The Pages of our time 1978. ,while in the period 1979.-81. Dado Topic (ex-Time,ex-Korni Grupa) collaborated with SMAK as producer and occasional guest vocalist on single Na Balkanu before the band broke-up in late 1981. ,before they had splited up they made LP Rock Cirkus 1980. which was destened to be one of there most selling albums but because of yugoslavian president's death it had not gotten much popularity ,after that they made 3 farewell concerts in capital of Serbia and Montenegro ,Blegrade on which came 10.000 fans and those fans which didn't get the ticket for the concerts.The original line-up gathered again in 1984. and with Dado Topic made LP Zasto ne volim sneg ,which was dedicated to Tocak’s dead brother ,after that they had splited again. In 1986. with a new keyboardist Milan Djurdjevic they came back and made LP Smak 86 ,but after the release of Smak 86 they had splited again. The forth comeback of SMAK happened in 1992. with Ristovski again as a member, when they mostly played concerts in Serbia and issued a live album odLIVEno1992. on which appeared the best serbian harmonic player Pera Joe.This concerts in '92 and '93 were for promoting Tocak's second solo album which was soundtrack for the movie Byzantine Blue1993. ,for which Tocak was given a prise for the best soundtrack on Christal Prisma awards.Finally, in 1994 SMAK re-appeared again, this time along with Tocak and Stojanovic they added younger musicians: Dejan Stojanovic Kepa Jr.(second drum kit),Dejan Najdanovic Najda(vocals), Vladimir Samardzic (bass) and Milan Milosavljevic Mikica (guitar).In that time Smak relesed album Bioskop Fox(Cinema Fox).After 4 year period Vlada Samardzic left SMAK and went to Bearkley music collage,on his place as bassist came Sale Markovic .With Sale they made albums Live wihtout audience1998,Egregor1999,Live 3.mart.2000. Kragujevac klub 'La Cinema' 2000.

SMAK was celebrated for Tocak's virtuosity in guitar playing, modelled on Jimi Hendrix's and Jimmy Page's style, and for interesting and powerful, if not always successful, fusion of hard rock and jazz, prog rock, jazz rock with strong blues backing, with Arandjelovic's falsetto vocal often used as an instrument rather than singing. "Ulazak u harem", a folk-inspired instrumental issued as hit-single in 1975, showcased Tocak as one of the guitar-heroes and legend of ex-Yugoslavian music scene of the 1970s, while albums "Crna dama" ("Black Lady")1977. and "Stranice naseg vremena" ("The Pages of Our Time")1978. were highly celebrated among prog fans and were even released in English versions for the Western market. Their reunion, from the second half of 1980’s onward, turned the musical direction of the band into less-inspired mainstream hard rock, abandoning any prog elements,but after re-appearing in 1994. SMAK turned back the musical direction back to hard rock,fussion jazz with prog elements.As a comparison, one can mention similarities in style with artists such as Led Zeppelin,Deep Purple,Taste,Doobie Brothers,Santana,Leb i Sol.



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LP ''Crna Dama'' 1977.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 03 2006 at 17:12
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  2. This is the wrong section for this post, you need "suggest bands"
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 03 2006 at 17:24
Anyway, i think nobody knows  that band

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 03 2006 at 17:48
The Smak is really good Yugoslav, later Serbian band. They successefuly cover and connect large area from blues to pop, reminding on Fleetwood Mac. My favorites are "Ulazak u Harem" and "Biska 2" although they produced many excellent and very original songs. Unfortunately, Smak took the part in war propaganda machine in early 1990's by performing and recording Serbian fighting song "Marching on Drina" (the river between Serbia and Bosnia.) 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 03 2006 at 17:50

Jeez guys, can't we be a little nicer to Livnica?

"This is not a room"? Come on, Ian, give the new member a break.

I believe I have heard a few songs by this band when I was submitting mp3s from them to the website. If I recall correctly, it was pretty nice music. That's all I know about Smak though...

Anyway... welcome, Livnica!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 03 2006 at 18:15
Originally posted by Snow Dog Snow Dog wrote:

  1. This is not a room
  2. This is the wrong section for this post, you need "suggest bands"
  3. Welcome to PA

Not a friendly post, Snow Dog.

Why "suggest bands" if the band is already included in PA? I think we'd better say "thank you" to Livnica, because it's not so easy to find in the web information on Yugoslavian prog bands in English.



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 03 2006 at 18:30
Originally posted by NotAProghead NotAProghead wrote:

Originally posted by Snow Dog Snow Dog wrote:

  1. This is not a room
  2. This is the wrong section for this post, you need "suggest bands"
  3. Welcome to PA

Not a friendly post, Snow Dog.

Not unfriendly either.

Why "suggest bands" if the band is already included in PA? I think we'd better say "thank you" to Livnica, because it's not so easy to find in the web information on Yugoslavian prog bands in English.

I didn't know......I didn't check. Why give a huge Biog if they're already here?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 03 2006 at 18:31
Originally posted by Joren Joren wrote:

Jeez guys, can't we be a little nicer to Livnica?

"This is not a room"? Come on, Ian, give the new member a break.

I believe I have heard a few songs by this band when I was submitting mp3s from them to the website. If I recall correctly, it was pretty nice music. That's all I know about Smak though...

Anyway... welcome, Livnica!

Hey I welcomed him to PA!!! Thats friendly.

Jeez.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 03 2006 at 18:32
Originally posted by Snow Dog Snow Dog wrote:

Originally posted by NotAProghead NotAProghead wrote:

Originally posted by Snow Dog Snow Dog wrote:

  1. This is not a room
  2. This is the wrong section for this post, you need "suggest bands"
  3. Welcome to PA

Not a friendly post, Snow Dog.

Not unfriendly either.

Yes it was.

Why "suggest bands" if the band is already included in PA? I think we'd better say "thank you" to Livnica, because it's not so easy to find in the web information on Yugoslavian prog bands in English.

I didn't know......I didn't check. Why give a huge Biog if they're already here?

To draw attention and maybe add some detail? Christ, snowie, what a welcome you gave the poor chap!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 03 2006 at 18:33

Welcome i dobrodosao Livnica!

I can see you are a SMAK fan and enjoy browsing the prog archives!!

However, there is no need to post again their biography here, because on their band page there is a full bio, prepared by yours truly myself

You can of course start a discussion here and others will perhaps reply.

So, I saw you already posted several SMAK reviews. Bravo!  Although I do not agree with all of them, I can see you are a fan of the band, so any review is welcome, especially because not many ex Yugo bands are known internationally. I assume you are much younger than me, so I can recommend you the best works of SMAK: "Smak" (1st album), "Crna dama", "Stranice naseg vremena" and "Zasto ne volim sneg". I personally don't like their later work and you can see that from my reviews.

SMAK is definitely one of the best ex Yugoslav rock bands, which offered a mix of hard rock, jazz fusion, prog rock and blues, with notable virtuosity by guitarist Tocak.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 03 2006 at 18:37
Originally posted by Trouserpress Trouserpress wrote:

Originally posted by Snow Dog Snow Dog wrote:

Originally posted by NotAProghead NotAProghead wrote:

Originally posted by Snow Dog Snow Dog wrote:

  1. This is not a room
  2. This is the wrong section for this post, you need "suggest bands"
  3. Welcome to PA

Not a friendly post, Snow Dog.

Not unfriendly either.

Yes it was.

Yes it was not unfriendly?

Why "suggest bands" if the band is already included in PA? I think we'd better say "thank you" to Livnica, because it's not so easy to find in the web information on Yugoslavian prog bands in English.

I didn't know......I didn't check. Why give a huge Biog if they're already here?

To draw attention and maybe add some detail? Christ, snowie, what a welcome you gave the poor chap!

Maybe I should crack a joke and crawl at his (metaphotical) feet next time (next life). So sorry for not being a perfect Gentleman(I'm Wesh). No I'm not sorry really, that was a terrible lie.

 

 



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Originally posted by Very Bad Dog Very Bad Dog wrote:

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 03 2006 at 19:23
^^^ At last..................laughter! Thanks Drew.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 03 2006 at 19:25

No Problem-

PS- I didnt think it was a jerky responce




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No Problem-

PS- I didnt think it was a jerky responce

I do.

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Originally posted by Snow Dog Snow Dog wrote:

Originally posted by Drew Drew wrote:

No Problem-

PS- I didnt think it was a jerky responce

I do.

No, that was a joke.

It was not intended as a jerky response.

Hmmmmmm, I'm getting all serious again now!Stern Smile

 



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 03 2006 at 19:33

I have only SMAK's compilation, "Istorija" and I can say the band deserves attention. I think sooner or later I'll find other albums of this band. 

P.S. I'm so grateful to the guy in a small record store in Rovin (Croatia), who introduced to me some good prog bands from ex-Yugoslavia: TIME (their first album became one of my all favs), LEB I SOL, SMAK, KORNI GRUPA, INDEXI.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 03 2006 at 19:35
^ Actuallnost, its quite amazing how widespread prog is.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 04 2006 at 03:06
Originally posted by NotAProghead NotAProghead wrote:

I have only SMAK's compilation, "Istorija" and I can say the band deserves attention. I think sooner or later I'll find other albums of this band. 

P.S. I'm so grateful to the guy in a small record store in Rovin (Croatia), who introduced to me some good prog bands from ex-Yugoslavia: TIME (their first album became one of my all favs), LEB I SOL, SMAK, KORNI GRUPA, INDEXI.

Yes indead, Time was first and probably the best prog band from former Yougoslavia.

Another interesting ones are JOSIPA LISAC - Dnevnik prve ljubavi, INDEXI, LEB I SOL, ELEKTRIČNI ORGAZAM, ŠARLO AKROBATA, SEPTEMBAR

I see that you were on holidays in Rovinj. I was every summer in nearby coast town Poreč

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