petak, 31. kolovoza 2018.
HEROJI were a Serbian new wave/pop-rock band from Beograd, active in period 1986-1988 in former Yugoslavia. Members were Vladimir Đurić-Đura and Milutin Petrović (vocals) with backing band: Ivan Vdović-Vd (drums), Vladan Aćimović-Aćim (guitar), Miša Savić-Mipi (keyboards) and Rade Bulatović-Čeja (bass). This is their only album.
četvrtak, 30. kolovoza 2018.
BADMINGTONS was formed in 1983, in Skopje (Macedonia) with the unconventional line-up: Vladimir Petrovski-Karter (guitar and vocals), Dean Škartov-Deko (keyboards) and Boris Georgiev-But (drums). In 1984 they recorded their first demo tape, and got the first prize at the Macedonian demo bands competition "Rokfest", which gave them an opportunity to record in the acclaimed M-2 studio of the music production branch of the national Macedonian Radio-Television. They recorded several songs, one of which is their trademark track "Site obični ludje". The new recordings were joined together with the previous material and released as the demo album titled "Posle mene što ti e gajle" in 1985. "Site obični luđe" became a Macedonian punk anthem and later was covered by several other artists. Badmingtons were also included with this song in the "Makedonski dokument" compilation album, along with other notable underground music acts. The style of Badmingtons is a straightforward punk rock, however occasionally they would go beyond the style into a sort of experimental rock. Badmingtons ceased to exist in 1986 and transformed itself into a new band called "Aleksandar Makedonski". (from wikipedia)
srijeda, 29. kolovoza 2018.
This is the third and the best album of PREDMESTJE. For this occasion the group line-up radically changed leaving keyboardist Andrej Pompe as the sole founding member. He was accompanied by the four of earlier disbanded jazz-rock group Izvir. Sound of "Hazard" is fresh and well-produced, introducing elements of funk and jazz-funk, in the vein of Herbie Hancock. Solo parts are tasteful and just in right places. This is especially evident for lead guitar, electric piano and synths. Addition of timbales invokes a Santana's Latino feel. Vocals are reduced to only one singing track ("Mislec sveta"), while scat vocals are used more frequently, which better suits this style of music. They are used efficiently as an additional instrument. All the tracks are excellent, offering an extremely pleasant listening experience, while "Aleja" contains a nice and melodic main guitar theme that keeps listener wishing to replay it again and again. At times, particularly in the vocal moments, PREDMESTJE again sounds like jazzier incarnation of Camel from the "Moonmadness" period. Along with early Leb i sol albums, "Hazard" is one of the best jazz-rock albums of the era and is therefore recommended to all jazz/rock lovers. (by Sead S. Fetahagić)
utorak, 28. kolovoza 2018.
Debut album of Ljubljana-based PREDMESTJE, along with their countrymen SEPTEMBER's "Zadnja avantura" (1976) are quite representative of the mid- 1970s jazz rock wave in ex Yugoslavia. At this time Slovenia was a hotbed for this style of music and they were to influence other parts of Yugoslavia, notably Serbia and Macedonia. Although jazz elements had been occasionally present since the earliest albums of Yugo prog rock, such as eponymous debuts of KORNI GRUPA and TIME (both released in 1972) or some famous INDEXI compositions around the turn of the decade, only after 1976-77 we can trace the immediate influnce of international pioneers of the genre. "Brez naslova" is a solid album of largely instrumental jazz rock. There are several vocal parts courtesy of guitarist P. Gruden who did a nice job, so his singing does not stand out of the overall picture and it is rather a part of the whole instrumental concept. This album is actually still closer to rock than to jazz. One can hear extremely confident and flawless instrumentation. There are parts of music that envoke not only the early CAMEL, but also THE DOORS in their most jazzy improvisations, as well as early prog- oriented CHICAGO (especially excellent saxophone parts). At the time of release this album was largely unnoticed (it could be partly due to a self- contained Slovene market within the Yugoslav federation), but the style these Slovenian guys were developing later influenced many other Yugoslavian bands to follow the suit. For example, the most successful fusion works like SMAK's "Crna dama" or the first two LEB I SOL albums appeared after this release of PREDMESTJE. In that context, "Brez naslova" deserves to be mentioned as an influential record. (by Sead S. Fetahagić)
"Danes, včeraj in..." is the second album by PREDMESTJE, recorded with two new members, Ladislav Jakša (saxophone) and Toni Dimnik (drums), both veterans of the Slovenian jazz and rock scene and both having collaborated with the popular avant-satiric prog band Buldožer. Although playing not very commercial music, this album helped them become one of three most important rock acts from Slovenia, along with September and Buldožer. (from progarchives.com)
ponedjeljak, 27. kolovoza 2018.
nedjelja, 26. kolovoza 2018.
četvrtak, 23. kolovoza 2018.
INDEXI were one of the earliest and most enduring bands in ex-Yugoslavia that enjoyed popularity across generations of the followers of rock music. The band was founded in 1962 in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and soon became synonymous to the so-called "Sarajevo Pop School" scene. Since all the members were university students, they had easily chosen the name for the band - INDEXI (plural of "index", a student's blue book for writing exams and attendance). In the beginning they played mostly instrumental covers of popular hits, but around 1967 started composing their own songs. The core line-up consisted of Slobodan A. Kovačević-guitar, Fadil Redžić-bass and Davorin Popović-vocals, while they frequently changed drummers and keyboard players. Similar to KORNI GRUPA, INDEXI led two parallel careers: the one as a popular band recording numerous singles and EPS, and performing at the pop festivals of easy listening "schlager" music; and the other one as a pioneering progressive band, which had recorded allegedly the first song lasting over 10 minutes in former Yugoslavia, "Negdje na kraju u zatisju" in 1969. At the beginning of the 70s INDEXI toured extensively and played at many pop festivals, making plans at the same time for recording their first LP album. Producers in the phonographic companies, however, insisted on their making hit-singles only. In this period they played in Soviet Union, Poland and Bulgaria in addition to frequent concert performances across Yugoslavia. This period saw the release of the legendary "Plima" single in 1972, a composition that had been recorded back in 1968 and featured one of the most memorable guitar solos in the Yugoslavian rock-scene, courtesy of Kovacevic. The rest of their career from mid-70s through 90s they occasionally recorded singles and appeared in concerts at random, deliberately avoiding temptations of a typical rock and roll life-style. Having their regular jobs apart from the band, they never bothered to pursue a commercial career unless they felt ready to perform and record together. This is why perhaps they maintained their longevity for 35+ years. Their music is characterized by a dominant organ sound with distinguished guitar, mirroring influences from Procol Harum, The Beatles, or early Deep Purple. Oddly enough, during almost four decades of the music career, INDEXI have managed to record only two proper studio albums. "Modra rijeka" from 1978 is nevertheless a pinnacle of the Yugoslavian progressive rock. A highly elaborated concept album based on the lyrics of the one of best-known Bosnian poets, Mak Dizdar, offers great musicianship in the manner of symphonic-style prog similar to YES for example. The second album, "Kameni cvjetovi" was released 1999 and is more mainstream rock oriented. In 2001 a trademark vocalist of INDEXI, Davorin Popović died so the story of the band thus ended. The final posthumous release was a double live CD "Poslednji koncert u Sarajevu". (progarchives.com)
srijeda, 22. kolovoza 2018.
utorak, 21. kolovoza 2018.
INDEXI album "Modra rijeka" from 1978 is nevertheless a pinnacle of the Yugoslavian progressive rock. A highly elaborated concept album based on the lyrics of the one of best-known Bosnian poets, Mak Dizdar, offers great musicianship in the manner of symphonic-style prog. (from progarchives.com)
ponedjeljak, 20. kolovoza 2018.
At the beginning of the 70's INDEXI toured extensively and played at many pop festivals, making plans at the same time for recording their first LP album. Producers in the phonographic companies, however, insisted on their making hit-singles only. In this period they played in Soviet Union, Poland and Bulgaria in addition to frequent concert performances across former Yugoslavia. This is their fourth EP from 1972. (from exyupoprockmadness)