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Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.42 | 33 ratings

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3 stars 3,5 stars actually!

The first SMAK album from 1975 was a typical beginners' effort of the 1970s rock in ex- Yugoslavia. Lots of different ideas packed together into an album, usually badly produced and with weak concept, if any, of the band's direction. Given the band had already gained reputation during frequent live performances as a bunch of excellent musicians, here they tried to prove it, especially R. Mihajlovic as a guitar virtuoso. However, many of these solo moments on the album are rather boring and too extended, showcasing nothing but pure technical skills. On the other hand, there are two interesting moments. The opener "Perle" is a strong jazz/funk colored with percussions, electric piano and their trademark falsetto vocal, while the 19 minutes instrumental suite "Put od balona" gives a clear direction towards progressive/fusion territory, which they would more elaborate on the subsequent albums. Apart from Mihajlovic's guitar, overall album is dominated by L.Ristovski's Hammond organ and electric piano. This album is worth checking out if you are a devoted prog fan, especially if you are keen to explore ex-Yugo prog scene, but better SMAK works can be found on later albums.

Seyo | 3/5 |


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