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Vis Iskre - ST (EP 1)dotdotdot
artworkThis first 1964 ep from Yugoslavia's Iskre is pretty good. It's somewhat adventurous, with a blend of obvious influences that include The Ventures, The Tornados, surf, and mall organ hell.
Picks: Stalaktit, Sheba, Rock Za Dobro Jutro, Zvoncici

Track by Track Review


Stalaktit dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Stalaktit" opens with drums and a big reverbed guitar note before the organ takes over. It's an interesting blend of surf, Tornadoes organ, and thin guitar. Obviously played fairly quietly, the song still has a strange attractiveness. A cool rhythm and interesting melody complete the composition.

Sheba dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Johnny and the Hurricanes' "Sheba" is very cool in this restrained rendition. Interesting rhythm guitar, swirly mall organ, and light weight guitar deliver a more delicate sound than the original. Quite cool!

Rock Za Dobro Jutro dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

What a cheesy version of Johnny and the Hurricanes' "Reveille Rock!" It's what you'd expect at the mall from that Wurlitzer salesman with the white belt, but with drums and bass. Very interesting, even if it is tongue-in-cheek.

Zvoncici dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is an interesting translation of "Jingle Bells" into something that's part Ventures and part cheese vendor. Totally grin inducing.