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2 stars An obscure short-lived band SPEKTAR from Zagreb had a rare opportunity in former Yugoslavia ? to release an LP record out of the blue, almost without a noticeable live gig or considerable radio broadcast.

Newly formed record label Suzy, otherwise known for rich license catalog of international rock stars (labels such as CBS and WEA) which they released in Yugoslavia, obviously wanted to promote a domestic rock band without much selection criteria. Enco Lesic, who had earlier left INDEXI after penning their first mainstream hit single "Sve ove godine", was probably hanging around and was deemed suitable with his new band so the album was recorded and released in 1974 in modest circulation, hence its rarity nature among the nowadays collectors. Unfortunately, all interesting facts about this album end here.

Enco Lesic (vocals, keyboards), Davor Rocco (bass) and Dragan Brcic (drums) tried to demonstrate their instrumental capacities and as long as there are no vocals involved, the results are fairly good, like in the groovy jazz-funk tinged two-part title track that bookends the album. Unfortunately, in almost all other songs (with possible exception of "Vrisak mora"/"The Scream of the Sea" whose excellent Hammond and electric piano notes and congas invoke some brilliant TRAFFIC moments) Lesic vocals are too horrible to listen. As if this is not bad enough, the compositions are lame, unconvincing and underdeveloped and full of out-of-place backing vocals so you really need to be patient in order to listen through the entire record.

This is sad, because the trio is instrumentally very competent (SPEKTAR minus Lesic plus Neven Franges on piano was to play an important role as backing band on several important Drago Mlinarec albums) and Lesic did his best to use a variety of keyboard instruments of the day in order to fill the sound in what might have been a good progressive effort. But, the result more often than not sounds like a second-rate ELP trying to play some accessible vocal jazz-rock.


Seyo | 2/5 |


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