Ekatarina Velika ‎– Ekatarina Velika

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
LD 1257 Ekatarina Velika Ekatarina Velika(LP, Album) ZKP RTVL LD 1257 Yugoslavia 1985 Sell This Version
KD 1257 Ekatarina Velika Ekatarina Velika(Cass, Album) ZKP RTVL KD 1257 Yugoslavia 1985 Sell This Version
KD 1257 Ekatarina Velika Ekatarina Velika(Cass, Album, RE, Unofficial) ZKP RTVL (2) KD 1257 Yugoslavia 1997 Sell This Version
EKVCD 002 Ekatarina Velika Ekatarina Velika(CD, Album, RE) EKV Records EKVCD 002 Yugoslavia 2002 Sell This Version
EKVCD 002 Ekatarina Velika Ekatarina Velika(Cass, Album, RM) EKV Records EKVCD 002 Yugoslavia 2002 Sell This Version
KA 005 Ekatarina Velika Ekatarina Velika(CD, Album, RE) KA Production KA 005 Serbia Unknown Sell This Version

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perofobija

perofobija

October 23, 2018
referencing Ekatarina Velika, LP, Album, LD 1257
Needs repress as soon as possible. Dajte novo izdanje majku mu!
Crijevo

Crijevo

October 30, 2008
edited 6 months ago
referencing Ekatarina Velika, LP, Album, LD 1257
The golden rule should be - if you want a review, just listen to EKV itself. Impressions are subjective matter and regarding their talent, originality or creative absolutism, EKV remains an institution respectfully and deservedly reaching out far beyond their state (of art).

A chance meeting with this particular record happened in autumn 1985. Paying a visit to a friend, there in his record collection, "EKV" was silently lurking, a novelty of the day. Intimidated by the cover but something lured me to take a listen. Once "Tattoo" started kicking out through the loudspeakers with Margita's gorgeous synth intro, I couldn't stop listening. And I remember it very vividly, while the house was buzzing with other guests, I stayed at my friend's room and listened to this damn song all day long...

A deserved masterpiece, this is not the group's crucial album alone. After an equally impressive start as "Katarina II" a few years earlier, "EKV" was a fresh new start. The opening track "Oči boje meda" (meaning: "The eyes of honey") makes it for a spooky start. Massimo Savić (then of Dorian Gray, here appearing as guest vocalist) speaks out in a bizarre voodoo-esque fashion, providing with a pattern that helps shaping up the song which at the same time is a fascinating, wild, creepy and surreal story told, kicking off hard with lush keyboard and stabbing rhythm section. "Zaboravi ovaj grad" (meaning: "Forget about this city") is a stunning 80s urban postcard showcasing an emotional struggle between resentment and sense of belonging.

"Tattoo" lyrically expresses masochistic escapism. "Hodaj" (meaning: "Walk!") is a simple, yet powerful existentialist song. The word "Walk" actually appears during the song - EKV combined English throughout the album on several occasions, including the mentioned song "Zaboravi" (a line saying 'Freeze Frame!') and the closing epic "I've Always Loved You" which makes it a beautiful dramatic finale, rescued from a lost noir film.

Quiet and introspective "Ruke" (meaning: "Hands") juxtaposes shades of grey melody with oriental touches. "Modro i zeleno" ("Blue and Green") is remarkable of its romanticism - the lyrics radiate with warmth and sensuality as opposed to the merciless passing of time. The playful "To sam ja" (meaning: "It Is Me") is screaming with energy and passion. "Olovne godine" ("Lead Years") despite other dramatic and attention-striking material, is the hardest piece on the record. Not specifically for its slow arrangement but more for the fact it leaves the album at unrest - giving way to the final, and brilliant "I've Always Loved You".

The problem surrounding EKV in general is, they frequently expressed passion through self-destruction and dejection. It is just frustratingly unbelievable people so young created the music that was too mature to handle.