ponedjeljak, 29. veljače 2016.

YU GRUPA - The Singles A's & B's (1971-79)








































YU GRUPA is a Serbian and former Yugoslav rock band. One of the pioneers in combining folk music elements with rock on the former Yugoslav rock scene, YU Grupa is arguably the longest-lasting rock band to come from Serbia. YU Grupa was formed in the autumn of 1970 by brothers Dragi (vocals, guitar) and Žika Jelić (bass guitar), Miodrag Okrugić (organ) and Velibor Bogdanović (drums). In the beginning the band performed under the name Idejni posed, given by composer and Korni Grupa leader Kornelije Kovač. In November 1970 on their concert in Sinagoga club in Zemun, disc jockey Zoran Modli asked the audience to suggest a name for the band. An unknown young man suggested the name YU Grupa. Consisting the name, the band continued to hold birthday concerts on November 29, the date of Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia declaration. Their first song, "Nona", was recorded at the end of December. The song was inspired by folk music of Kosovo, and recording it YU Grupa became one of the pioneers of "Balkan rock" sound. Their first concert was organised by Nikola Karaklajić and Petar Popović, editors of the Radio Belgrade show "Veče uz radio". The concert was held in Dadov theatre on January 21 1971. During the year they held a great number of concerts, mostly in Serbia. They recorded fourteen songs for the needs of Radio Belgrade, part of those songs later released on their vinyl singles. All the copies of their first single "Nona" were sold immediately after the release, but PGP-RTB refused to release a new number of copies, so YU Grupa moved to Jugoton. The band performed at the Belgrade spring festival with the song "Tajna", also performed by Zdenka Kovačiček. The songs "Drveni most", "Mali medved" and "Devojka Džoj" were well accepted on all of their concerts. Okrugić's song "Opus 1" was very significant on their live appearances, however, it was never recorded. The band spent the summer performing at the prestigious club "Lanterna" in Rovinj. These concerts brought first conflicts inside the band. After they returned to Belgrade Okrugić left and guitarist Miodrag "Bata" Kostić joined the band. Kostić was previously involved in the band's activity, as he wrote some of the songs the band performed. Dragi Jelić and Kostić were an effective guitar duo, and Kostić continued to write folk-inspired hits. In March 1972 the band went on Bulgarian tour, during which they held forty concerts. Due to the fact that Veče uz radio show had a cult status in Bulgaria, audience knew all of their songs, but one part of the public was shocked by their appearance. After they returned to Yugoslavia, they performed at the rock evening of Belgrade spring festival, performing at Dom Sindikata Hall with Korni Grupa, Time and Mladi Levi. The band spent the summer of 1972 playing in Rovinj's "Lanterna". The concerts in Rovinj were crucial once again. After returning to Belgrade Kostić and Bogdanović left the band, Kostić joining Jutro, and Bogdanović forming Opus. YU grupa continued as a trio, with Ratislav "Raša" Đelmaš, a former Mobi Dik, Pop Mašina and Siluete member, as the new drummer. They spent the next year playing all across Yugoslavia, gaining new fans in Slovenia and Croatia. At the time, the keyboardist Tihomir "Pop" Asanović was approached to become a new member, but he chose to join Novi Fosili instead. In February 1973 YU Grupa went to London to purchase new equipment, and the CBS Records producers, who had an opportunity to hear their recordings earlier, organized their concert in The Marquee. Thanks to the concert the band got the term at a studio, recorded demos, and a serios cooperation with CBS records was planned. The band returned to Yugoslavia to hold a concert at Belgrade's Hala sportova, and holding a high position on Yugoslav rock scene, the band blenched the career in England. In the summer of 1973 their debut self-titled album was released. The album brought numerous hits: blues-oriented "More", "Trka", "Čudna šuma", and their cult ballad "Crni leptir". In November Kostić returned to the band. At the beginning of 1974 YU Grupa took part on the recording of Srđan Marjanović's debut album Srđan Marjanović i prijatelji, and later released their second studio album "Kako to da svaki dan?". The album was musically more diverse, but it did not consist from the numerous hits as the previous one. At the end of the year Dragi Jelić went to serve the army, and until he returned YU grupa performed as trio. In 1975 best Yugoslav guitarists took part in "Kongres rock majstora" concert. The double album "Kongres rock majstora" was released, on which Žika Jelić and Đelmaš were the support band following Bata Kostić, Vedran Božić and Josip Boček. Dragi returned in June 1975, and Kostić left the band conventionally. The band negotiated with the keyboard player Oliver Mandić, but the cooperation was not agreed. At the beginning of 1976, they released YU grupa, featuring hits "Oprosti ljubavi", "Novi zvuk" and "Ja moram dalje". In September 1976 a compilation album YU zlato, which featured their single songs, was released. The same year, Đelmaš left the band and formed Zebra. Dragan Micić replaced Đelmaš, and at the end of 1976 guitarist Nedžat Maculja joined the band. In 1977 they went on the Soviet Union tour, during which they held sixty-four concerts. The same year they released their fourth studio album "Među zvezdama". Album featured Bata Kostić as a guest musician. In 1978 YU grupa performed at the pop-oriented festival in Opatija, and their song "Spali svoja sećanja" was released on the festival album Opatija 78. At the end 1978 Kostić once again became the member of the band, and a former Mama Co Co and Ribeli member Dragoljub Đuričić (drums) and a former Zdravo member Dragan Janković (keyboard) joined YU Grupa. This lineup held another Soviet Union tour. The next album "Samo napred", released in 1979, featured hits "Identitet, "Udaj se dobro", "Ideš mi na nerve", "Autobus za raj". Album featured Laza Ristovski, Bebi Dol and Slađana Milošević as guest musicians. At the time of New Wave expansion in Yugoslavia YU grupa's popularity declined. At the end of 1981 their van with a part of the equipment burned down, and Žika Jelić got injured. After this incident YU grupa disbanded. The Jelić brothers started working as concert organisers, Đuričić became a member of Leb i Sol and Midorag Kostić became a Radio Belgrade editor. (from wikipedia)

YU GRUPA - Yu Grupa (1973)








































"YU Grupa" is the debut studio album from Serbian and former Yugoslav rock band YU GRUPA. The album featured hits "Crni leptir", "More", "Trka", "Čudna šuma", "Noć je moja". The cult ballad "Crni leptir" is notable for being one of the two YU Grupa songs sung by the bass guitarist Žika Jelić (the other one being the ballad "Dunavom šibaju vetrovi" from the band's 1988 album "Ima nade"). The album was polled in 1998 as the 62nd on the list of 100 greatest Yugoslav rock and pop albums in the book "YU 100: Najbolji albumi jugoslovenske rok i pop muzike". (from wikipedia)

nedjelja, 28. veljače 2016.

YU GRUPA - Od zlata jabuka (1987)








































At the end of the 1980s Bijelo Dugme made enormous success with their folk-oriented songs, and Goran Bregović suggested the Jelić brothers, the pioneers of Yugoslav folk-rock sound, to reunite YU GRUPA. Although they occasionally performed during the 1980s, YU Grupa definitely reunited in 1987. They released their comeback album "Od zlata jabuka", with the tittle track inspired by folk music as the main hit. Album featured keyboard player Saša Lokner as a guest musician. (from exyupoprockmadness.blogspot.com)


YU GRUPA - Ima nade (1988)









































YU GRUPA seventh album from 1988.


subota, 27. veljače 2016.

ARINKA I TINGL TANGL - Na stanici za bus (1981)










































TINGL TANGL is the band of the Istrian rock guru Franci Blasković, the band that preceeded his today`s band Gori Ussi Winnetou. Tingl Tangl was lead by Franci`s wife Arinka, a music professor and an outstanding vocalist. The songs are some kind of rock-circus parody, but very, very pleasant to listen.

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ARINKA - Novi rulet (1982)









































ARINKA ŠEGANDO is a Croatian singer from Pula (Croatia). She started singing in 1970s. She sang with the group Tingl-Tangl late 1970s / early 1980s with whom she released few singles and the album "Na stanici za bus" in 1981. In 1982 she recorded first solo album "Novi rulet". (thanks to sveto)

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ponedjeljak, 22. veljače 2016.

GALIJA - Bez naglih skokova (1984)










































"Bez naglih skokova" is the fourth album by GALIJA. The album was recorded in Strawberry Studios in Manchester, England and produced by Nightwing member Gordon Rowley. It was mixed in Rudy Records Studio, Hollywood, California.


nedjelja, 21. veljače 2016.

PRO ARTE - Pruži mi ruku, ljubavi (1970) Single









































PRO ARTE fourth single record from 1970.


PRO ARTE - Toplo ljeto (1972)












































PRO ARTE were founded in 1967, in Sarajevo (Bosnia And herzegovina) by the organ player, famous composer and songwriter Đorđe Novković. After the band changed several singers, the band became famous when Vladimir Savčić Čobi became the ultimat band singer. Since 1968 the band became a regular festival-band throughout the former Yugoslav-regions and won numerous festival awards. The band was active till 1980, afterwards the band members went separated ways. This is their second album from 1972. (from discogs.com)

četvrtak, 18. veljače 2016.

DEMONI FIRE - Šarena mačka (1979) Single











































DEMONI FIRE was a Croatian rock band formed by the fusion of two bands: '"Demoni" and "Fire", active in late 70s in former Yugoslavia. Members were Željko Thes Piki (vocals, guitar), Miljenko Balić (bass), Emil Vugrinec (drums), Zoran Grujić (vocals, keyboards) and Jura Havidić (guitar). This is their only single record from 1979.


srijeda, 17. veljače 2016.

DEMONI - No. 1 (1978)












































DEMONI founded by Toni Sabol (keyboards) in Čakovec (Croatia) in the early sixties. This is their only album released in 1978.

srijeda, 10. veljače 2016.

ĐORĐE BALAŠEVIĆ - Pub (1982)








































ĐORĐE BALAŠEVIĆ (born May 11, 1953 in Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia, then Yugoslavia) is a prominent Serbian singer-songwriter. Balašević started his career in the 1977 as the member of the pop rock band Žetva, before leaving to form the pop rock band Rani Mraz. After releasing two albums, Rani Mraz disbanded, and Balašević started a successful solo career, spanning up to the present. While initially performing pop rock, in his later career he often used elements of rock, chanson and folk music, while his lyrics often dealt with humorous or political- and social-related themes. He started writing poetry in primary school. He left high school in the third year (because, in his words, he hated subjects like mathematics, physics and chemistry) but managed to get a high school diploma as part-time student and passed the preliminary exam for the university study of geography. He never graduated from the university, but instead joined the band Žetva in 1977. After Balašević joined the group, Žetva recorded a tango hit single "U razdeljak te ljubim", which was sold in more than 180,000 copies, a huge success by Yugoslav standards. In 1978 he left Žetva and together with Verica Todorović formed a band Rani Mraz. The band had its début at the music festival "Opatija '78" with the song "Moja prva ljubav". The band had numerous lineup changes. The same year former Suncokret members Biljana Krstić and Bora Đorđević joined the band, and together they recorded "Računajte na nas" (written by Balašević), a song celebrating the young generation's adoption of the communist revolution. The song became popular with both the communist authorities and the people, becoming an anthem of the Yugoslav youth. After just few months of cooperation, Verica Todorović and Bora Đorđević left the band (Đorđević forming his famous hard rock band Riblja Čorba), so Biljana Krstić and Balašević recorded Rani Mraz's first album "Mojoj mami umesto maturske slike u izlogu" on their own. At the "Split '79" Music festival Balašević won the first prize with the single "Panonski mornar". A few months later Rani Mraz sold out Belgrade's Dom Sindikata Hall eight times in a row. In 1980 Balašević served in the Yugoslav People's Army in Zagreb and Požarevac where he had a role in the TV show "Vojnici", but also found time to write song "Zbog tebe" for Zdravko Čolić and lyrics for several songs recorded on Srebrna Krila album "Sreo sam ljubav iz prve pjesme". By the end of 1980 Rani Mraz released their second and final album with a symbolic title "Odlazi cirkus" and the band officially dissolved shortly afterwards. The album reaffirmed Balašević's status and delivered several hit songs, one of them being "Priča o Vasi Ladačkom" which went on to become one of Balašević's signature songs. He started his solo career in 1982 with the album "Pub" which was well received. Shortly after he had a role in the TV series "Pop Ćira i pop Spira" recorded after Stevan Sremac's novel of the same title. During the following 1982/1983 tour he sold out Belgrade's Sava Center hall for the first time. His Sava Center concerts would become his trademark in years to follow. The next two albums "Celovečernji the Kid", released in 1983 and "003", released in 1985 followed the same path of success and Balašević established himself as respectable singer-songwriter. The next album, "Bezdan", released in 1986, was a milestone in Balašević's career. The record was produced by Đorđe Petrović and arrangement was done by Aleksandar Dujin. Those two would be the key associates of Balašević for the next 20 years and substantially influence his work. They became the backbone of Balašević's supporting band The Unfuckables and a part of his stage appearance. The next album was his first live album "U tvojim molitvama - Balade". The album was recorded during his concerts in Zetra hall in Sarajevo, Ledena dvorana and Šalata in Zagreb, Sava Centar in Beograd and Studio M in Novi Sad in 1986 and 1987. Apart from his well-known previous songs, the album featured a previously unrecorded track "Samo da rata ne bude". The song features a large children's choir which, together with lyrics warning about the war (which indeed will start three years later), delivers a hymn of pacifists throughout, then still existing, SFR Yugoslavia. The same sensation of imminent disaster predominates his next album "Panta Rei" released in 1988. The song "Requiem" was dedicated to late Josip Broz Tito, while satire "Soliter" caricatures Yugoslavia as a high-rise in which only facade still holds while foundations slide. The guitarist Elvis Stanić took part in recording of the album "Tri posleratna druga" in 1989, and the violin and saxophone player Josip "Kiki" Kovač joined The Unfuckables on the album "Marim ja..." released in 1991. As the Yugoslav wars began, Balašević withdrew to isolation. He was forced to stop collaborating with Croatian artists such as Elvis Stanić and his tempo of one album per year was disrupted. His next album "Jedan od onih života" released in 1993 featured songs such as "Krivi smo mi" and "Čovek sa mesecom u očima" which heavily criticised and denounced the ongoing war. After a long pause, he issued "Na posletku" in 1996. The change in sentiment was obvious: "Na posletku" was mostly folk rock-oriented. Nearly all instruments on this album are acoustic, the violin becomes dominant and woodwind instruments are heavily used. During the 1990s Balašević engaged in broad criticism of the current political situation in Serbia, Slobodan Milošević and Socialist Party of Serbia. "Devedesete", released in 2000, was his most politically involved album. Balašević openly made fun of Milošević with the song "Legenda o Gedi Gluperdi", criticized police officers who defended the corrupt system by confronting demonstrating youth in "Plava balada", looked back to the 1990s with disgust in the title song "Devedesete", supplied young demonstrators with an anthem "Živeti slobodno", reaching out to his lost friends in Croatia and Bosnia with "Sevdalinka", but still preserving patriotism with "Dok gori nebo nad Novim Sadom", a song about the 1999 NATO bombing of Novi Sad. This album clearly marked the atmosphere in Serbia in the year when Slobodan Milošević lost power. After this open engagement in politics, he returned to romance. The album "Dnevnik starog momka" released in 2001 comprises 12 songs, each having a female name as its title, and each addressing a different girl. Balašević repeatedly stated that the girls and songs are pure fiction, and the song titles form the acrostic "Olja je najbolja", Olja being the nickname of his wife Olivera Balašević. His latest album "Rani mraz" released in 2004 follows the folk rock style developed on "Na posletku". The album's subtitle was "Priča o Vasi Ladačkom.../Muzika iz nesnimljenog filma" referring to Rani Mraz 1980 ballad "Priča o Vasi Ladačkom" which went on to become one of Balašević's signature pieces, and to the film which should have been based on the song and filmed by Balašević and actor and film director Ljubiša Samardžić. (from wikipedia)