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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars This is an interesting album that came out of Yugoslavia back in 1977. I'm impressed with the compositions and instrumental work but I'm not a big fan of most of the album. I was surprised at the Disco flavour considering this was released when Disco was popular among the masses. Surprised because a lot of these countries were generally behind the times when it came to what was popular in the West. The Disco influence is a problem for me since I was in my mid-teens when Disco was on the radio causing yours truly to feel sick every time I heard this stuff. And no I don't like bands who have that Disco flavour these days either. They were a six piece band with lots of clavinet and three guests helping out as well. There are vocals in their own language and they are quite well done. While the first two tracks impress me the rest is too Disco or Funk driven for my tastes.

"Sel Je/ Pepetnik Skozi/ Atmomski Vek" is obviously divided into three sections and is the longest tune at over 12 minutes. Synths, cymbals, guitar and more as it sounds like they are warming up here. Bass to the fore as it picks up around a minute to this catchy groove. I like the picked guitar over top as the vocals arrive. There's a strong psychedelic flavour here as the organ floats in the background. This reminds me of AGITATION FREE when the vocals stop believe it or not as it feels like they are jamming here. A change before 4 1/2 minutes as the drums and guitar lead, clavinet as well. Another change 7 minutes in as the vocals become the focus for a minute. When they stop we get some guest flute that is quite solemn along with keys playing slowly. A change before 9 minutes as we get a full sound. The guitar leads before 10 minutes then the vocals return but not for long as the guitar solos. A great sounding track.

"Oblak" is the other tune I like. It's relaxed to start out as the drums and organ stand out. Vocals after a minute and we get a feel-good vibe here. The vocals then stop as we get this great sounding jam with the organ and drums being the focus. The guitar will replace the organ after 4 minutes but not for long as the organ and vocals lead after 4 1/2 minutes. "Izvir" is uptempo with pulsating sounds and plenty of drums and clavinet, the guitar joins in as well. Passionate vocals after 2 1/2 minutes. Not a fan of this one and that Disco smell. "Sareni Pas" is a catchy uptempo clavinet driven track. Vocals kick in quickly and the Disco vibe is strong. "Covekov Strah" is again uptempo with lots going on. Vocals a minute in, organ as well. There's that Disco flavour rearing it's ugly head. Nice bass before 6 minutes as it settles back and the organ and vocals continue. It's picking up before 7 minutes. "Vibrolux" sound like it could be the name of a vacuum. Bass and guitar to start out as the drums and clavinet join in. Funky stuff. High pitched synths after a minute. A drum solo ends it which is so appropriate(haha).

This just isn't my thing overall. I can understand the hype especially since it wasn't released on cd until something like 2014 but in my opinion the hype isn't warranted at all.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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