Découverte : un Smak échappé du temps de Tito

Posted on 20 mars 2010


Etonnant et planant ce rock prog qui nous vient d’ex-Yougoslavie et des années 70. Je ne connaissais absolument pas les Serbes de Smak, sur lesquels il n’est pas facile de trouver quelque info, avant de voir ce clip via le YouTube de ATTRIBUTIVE, qui a eu la bonne idée de rédiger sa note de présentation en anglais et non pas en cyrillique.

« Smak (Serbian Cyrillic: Смак; trans. End of the world) was a Serbian and former Yugoslav rock band, with strong jazz fusion and blues undertones. It was formed by guitar player Radomir « Točak » Mihailović in Kragujevac, in 1971. The group was, with some breaks, active during the 1970s, 1980s and the 1990s. Under Mihailović’s guidance, The band, in all its line-ups, always strove towards a well-thought-out, complex and more rich musical presentation than what the rest of the ex-Yugoslavian scene was offering at the time. Their compositions included lengthy improvisations from all of the musicians (including vocalists). What also set them apart was the intentional use of a Laconic lyrical style, to help with the relative difficulty of pronouncing Serbian Language in energetic rock singing.Smak was formed in 1971 in Kragujevac, SR Serbia (present-day Serbia), by guitar virtuoso Radomir Mihailović, nicknamed « Točak » (« the Wheel »). The first stable line-up, in late 1974, included Točak, drummer Slobodan Stojanović Kepa, bass guitarist Zoran Milanović, singer Boris Arandjelović, and keyboardist Laza Ristovski. They released 3 short play (SP) records from 1974-1975, on which appeared their hit single Ulazak u Harem (Entrance to the Harem). They also appeared as an opening act for the Deep Purple concert in Belgrade 1975. After a successful hit single and a concert with Deep Purple, they released their first LP called Smak 1975. It was one of the best debut albums of all time in ex-Yugoslavia. The album consisted of 5 tracks, including a 20 minute long instrumental, « Biska 20 », the dramatically good « Blues in the park », the inventive and infamous « Biska 2 », « Dark Minor » (Mračni mol) and the Hendrix-styled « Pearls ».

At the beginning of the next year they released a DS (double SP album) called Satelit, which featured their hit song Satelit (Satellite) and one of the band’s best, ‘Šumadijski Blues,’ along with two others: « Slikar sa Pikadilija » and « Čoveče ti si mlad ». During that time they made a short movie called Smak in New York, which featured their brief tour in the United States as a promotion of the DSP Satelit.

In 1976 Točak released his first solo album R. M. Točak, which became the best selling instrumental album in Yugoslavia that year, even though it consisted of only 6 long progressive rock compositions. The LP was also famous for its great graphical sleeve design. Their next single was out at the end of 1976, entitled Ljudi nije fer/El Dumo »

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