TOMAŽ PENGOV is an acoustic guitar player and singer/songwriter from Ljubljana, Slovenia (ex-Yugoslavia). He recorded his first album "Odpotovanja" in 1973, reissued in 1981 in stereo. The original mono edition is very rare now. Pengov sings and plays 12 string guitar and lute. His music is original, the closest comparison is perhaps early Leonard Cohen. He took eight years (from 1980 to 1988) to record his second album, "Pripovedi", recorded with guest musicians. The music is still acoustic, but more varied. Later in the 1990s, he recorded two more albums, "Rimska cesta"(1992) and "Biti tu"(1995). (from answers.com)
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subota, 30. ožujka 2013.
"Goran Bregović" is a self-titled album by Bijelo dugme's frontman GORAN BREGOVIĆ, released in 1976 in-between the band's second album "Šta bi dao da si na mom mjestu" and third album "Eto! Baš hoću!". Although the title and sleeve announce it as a solo Goran Bregović record, album is actually a conceptual smorgasbord of different new and recycled material. It consists of five Goran Bregović-composed songs that were never previously released or recorded. They were recorded specifically for this album with Zdenka Kovačiček, Bisera Veletanlić, Jadranka Stojaković, and Milić Vukašinović on vocal. Two already released Bijelo dugme songs (arranged in a slightly different manner this time and re-recorded with Jadranka Stojaković, and Zdravko Čolić on vocals, respectively, instead of the band's singer at the time Željko Bebek), four Bebek-sung tracks, recorded 4 years earlier in 1972 during Bijelo dugme's previous incarnation as "Jutro". Two of those tracks were already released in 1973 on Jutro's single and the other two were being heard by the wider public for the first time on this album. (from wikipedia)
petak, 29. ožujka 2013.
BOA is a Croatian art/rock group, which was especially prominent during the 1980s around the former SFR Yugoslavia. The band's early history started in Zagreb, then SR Croatia in 1974, when its founding members Mladen Puljiz and Slavko Remenarić, switched their interest from classical music to rock music, inspired by art-rock acts such as Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, David Bowie, Roxy Music and Peter Gabriel. The group started its concert activity in 1979 with a line-up consisted of Mladen Puljiz (keyboards, vocals), Slavko Remenarić (guitar), Igor Šoštarić (drums) and Damir Košpić (bass guitar). The band moved towards the then actual New Romantic sound and fashion and after the release of their debut album for Suzy in 1981, they were voted by the readers of the prominent Yugoslav musical magazine Džuboks as the best upcoming act of the year. Their next album "Ritam strasti" followed by around hundred concerts around former Yugoslavia brought them even higher popularity. Despite the fact that their next album "Govor tijela" included some successful hits, the band fell into creative crisis and thus the group halted its activities until 1989 when the group got a new rhythm section consisted of the drummer Paolo Sfeci (former member of Aerodrom and Parni valjak) and the bass player Zvonimir Bučević (prominent session musician). In 1990 the band released the album "Prvi val, and performed as a support act of David Bowie's concert at Maksimir stadium in Zagreb in front of over 50000 people. Two years after, they released the compilation album "81-92" featuring live performances and studio recordings with new arrangements. The CD also included the song "Zemlja", which was recorded in 1991 for the "Rock za Hrvatsku" music project tributed to the Croatian War of Independence. In 1993, a new member of the group is the keyboard player Gojko Tomljanović. In the next year they release the CD "Kraj djetinjstva" featuring guest appearances by prominent artists such as Josipa Lisac, Dino Dvornik and Vanna. The feature song "Kao mir", a duet with Jospia Lisac was nominated in two categories for the prestigious Croatian music award "Porin". In 2002 Croatia Records released the integral versions of the two first albums on CD, which was awarded with "Porin" in the re-release of the year category. Following this success, the band also released a compilation featuring songs from their third and fourth album in 2004 under the title "Kao nekad". All of the songs were remastered and in some of them the authors modified the arrangements. The CD also contains bonus tracks such as "Boa Constrictor", an experimental instrumental, which includes sound effect that Puljiz i Remenarić recorded back in 1974 on their old Grundig 2-track open-reel tape recorder. The group is still active. (from wikipedia)
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utorak, 26. ožujka 2013.
nedjelja, 24. ožujka 2013.
BAJAGA & INSTRUKTORI are a highly popular rock band from Serbia (ex-Yugoslavia). The group was founded in Belgrade in 1984 by composer, lyricist and guitarist Momčilo Bajagić Bajaga, and continue to record music today. The group possesses a rich discography and a plethora of hit songs that place them at the very top of the all-time former Yugoslav rock scene, alongside other mega-selling bands such as Bijelo Dugme and Riblja Čorba. This is their third album from 1986. (from wikipedia)
subota, 23. ožujka 2013.
srijeda, 20. ožujka 2013.
PARNI VALJAK was formed in Zagreb, Croatia, in 1975. They were one of the top acts of the former Yugoslav rock scene, and currently one of the top rock and roll bands in Croatia. This is their compilation album of singles records between 1976-1981.
ponedjeljak, 18. ožujka 2013.
The original members of KERBER were Goran Šepa "Gale" (vocals), Tomislav Nikolić (guitar), Branislav "Bane" Božinović (keyboard), Zoran Stamenković (drums) and Zoran Madić (bass). In 1981, formerly known as Top, the band changed its name to Kerber. In November 1981 Kerber had its first official concert in "Muzički klub" in Niš. During 1982 the band had numerous concerts in Niš and Serbia, while working on the material for their first album. In early spring of 1982, Madić left the band due to his army obligations. He was replaced by Zoran "Sosa" Žikić who had an attractive on-stage performance: he played an axe-shaped guitar and performed fire breathing. In May 1983, Kerber won the first place at "Omladinski Festival" in Subotica with the song "Mezimac". In July 1983, Kerber recorded their debut LP "Nebo je malo za sve", mixed in Strawberry studio in Manchester, with Nightwing's bass guitarist Gordon Rowley as the producer. Malcolm Davies, who used to work with The Beatles on the Abbey Road album, also worked with Kerber during "Nebo je malo za sve" recording. In December 1983 Kerber was an opening band on Uriah Heep, Ten Years After and Nightwing concerts in Yugoslavia. At about the same time, Kerber's "Nebo je malo za sve" was released, bringing hits "Mezimac", "Nebo je malo za sve" and "Heroji od staniola". The album was released by ZKP RTLJ and immediately became successful, with 10,000 copies sold during the first week. In January 1984, during the tour through Macedonia, first Žikić, and then Stamenković contracted infectious hepatitis, so in March, during the Kerber's performance at the music festival in Opatija, Stamenković was temporarily replaced by Generacija 5 drummer Boban Đorđević and Madić briefly re-entered the bass player's post for this occasion. Despite the good performance, Kerber did not fit well in the pop format of the Opatija festival with their hard rock sound. After returning to Kerber, Žikić continued with his on-stage performance. On May 19, 1984, during the band's open air concert in Novi Sad, he got second-degree burns while attempting to breathe fire under windy conditions. He continued the concert despite doctor's advice, and later on continued the tour with bandages on his face. After this accident other members forbade Žikić to continue performing the fire-breathing act. In June 1984 Kerber was an opening act for Nightwing concerts in Yugoslavia. In August drummer Zoran Stamenković returned to the band for the summer performances in Greece. In December 1984 Kerber traveled to England to record their second album, "Ratne igre". The album was recorded in Saughall, and the producer was once again Gordon Rowley from Nightwing. During their staying in England, Kerber performed in Liverpool and Chester. An English language version of "Mezimac" entitled "Get Me Out" was recorded on their concert in Liverpool and included on the album. In May 1985, only a week after "Ratne igre" was released, Stamenković went to serve the army and Boban Đorđević replaced him once again. In May 1985 Kerber performed on "Marakana" at a concert which was a part of YU Rock Misija. In October of the same year, drummer Boban Đorđević was replaced by former Mama Co Co, YU grupa and Leb i Sol member Dragoljub Đuričić. In November Kerber was awarded with "Smeli cvet", an award which was given by League of Communist Youth of Serbia for contribution to rock music. In July 1986 keyboardist Bane Božinović was replaced by Milorad Džmerković, former member of Slomljena Stakla and Peđa D'Boy band. In 1986 Kerber recorded their third studio album, "Seobe", which was produced by Kornelije Kovač. "Seobe" included numerous hits: "Hajde da se volimo", "Čovek od meda" (which featured Riblja Čorba frontman Bora Đorđević on vocals), ballads "Kad ljubav izda" (which featured a quotation from Pero Zubac's poem "Mostarske kiše") "Još samo ovu noć mi daj", power ballad "Bolje da sam druge ljubio and the haunting ballad "Seobe". Following the success of "Seobe" Kerber performed more than 200 concerts across Yugoslavia. In 1988 the band released album "Ljudi i bogovi", produced by Đorđe Petrović. Major hits were "Svet se brzo okreće", "Od srca daleko" and ballad "Na raskršću". In the summer of the same year, Žikić left the band, and was replaced by former Bulevar, Suncokret and Idoli member Branko Isaković. On December 12, Kerber recorded their first live labum "121288". The album was not well received and after its release the band members made a two-year break. At the end of 1990, the band released their fifth studio album "Peta strana sveta", which was produced by Saša Habić. For a retrospective evening of Belgrade Spring Festival, Kerber recorded a cover of Zdravko Čolić's song "April u Beogradu". After this event, the band made a long break in their work, during which they recorded music for the theatre play "Blues smile". At the beginning of 1996 band released "Zapis". The album introduced new members: Saša Vasković (bass guitar), Josip Hartl (drums), Vladan Stanojević (acoustic guitar), and Goran Đorđević (percussion). In January 1996 they held an unplugged concert in Studio M in Novi Sad. The recording of this concert was released on the album "Unplugged". In 1998 the band released two compilation albums: "Antologija 1983–1998 I" and "Antologija 1983–1998 II" with the detailed overview of their work. In 1998 Kerber celebrated their 15th anniversary with a concert held in Niš fortress. The song "Sveti Nikola" was recorded and soon found its way to radio stations, but the recording of the album was postponed. In 1999 Kerber performed as an opening band on Ronnie James Dio concert in Sofia and soon after went on hiatus. During the 2000s Kerber, although officially still active, performed occasionally only. On February 9, 2006, the band reunited for the first time after twenty-three years in its original lineup to perform in the building of Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad. In 2009 PGP-RTS released the Kerber box set entitled "Sabrana dela". The box set features all six Kerber studio albums on CDs and the song "Sveti Nikola" on the seventh disc. In July 2010 the band announced the release of their new studio album during the year. (from wikipedia)
In December 1984, KERBER traveled to England to record their second album, "Ratne igre". The album was recorded in Saughall, and the producer was once again Gordon Rowley from Nightwing. During their staying in England, Kerber performed in Liverpool and Chester. An English language version of "Mezimac" entitled "Get Me Out" was recorded on their concert in Liverpool and included on the album. (from wikipedia)
nedjelja, 17. ožujka 2013.
subota, 16. ožujka 2013.
SPIN was a rock band from Osijek (Croatia), active in 80's. They recorded only a few demo songs. Members were Aleksandar Vojvodić (vocal & guitar), Zoran Pernarčić (bass & vocal), Davor Bogdanović (drums), Krešimir Stazić (keyboards) and Tihomir Babić (guitar & vocal). (thanks to ProfJakov)
petak, 15. ožujka 2013.
AERODROM is a Croatian rock band from Zagreb. The group was active between 1979 and 1986, releasing five studio albums in that period. Aerodrom saw its greatest success in the early 1980s before launching a comeback in 2001. Lead singer Jurica Pađen launched a solo career, while continuing to sing with the group. The second Aerodrom album "Tango Bango" appeared right during the New Wave Boom in Yugoslavia 1981. In order to gain larger audience, and having learnt lessons from the previous album, it was necessary to abandon some, if not all, prog elements from their music. The result was a huge success. The album kick starts with two great hits - an erotically seductive dance rock "Stavi pravu stvar" and an excellent power rock ballad "Tvoje lice". These two songs remain among their best songwriting examples up to date. "Dobro se zabavljaj" contains obligatory ska/power pop rhythmic structures with fiery guitar riffs and melodic bass hook, providing another hit single. Legions of Yugoslav teenage youth used to party 'till the morning hours with songs like this. "I live for women and I live for rock music and vices" yells Živković in another catchy pop/rock tune "Rock i porok", while "Nudistička plaža" contains the call for the girls to "take down your panties"! After the enormous hit potentials and speedy tempo of almost entire first side of the vinyl, the second part provides a needed break in the form of two instrumentals. The first is energetic ska improvisation of "Aerodrom" while the second "Mordorea" still retains slight instrumental prog elements (expanded keyboards and guitar sounds) along with the next track aptly titled "Mijenjam se". Sex and party is back again in reggae-rhythmic patterns of "Djevojke", when all the gang, finally exhausted of 24-hours non-stop dance-craze, drops into "Monotonija", a surprising post-punk psychedelia reminiscent of Gang Of Four and early Simple Minds! "Tango Bango" is not a progressive rock album. It is a powerful, energetic rock and roll statement full of confidence and emotions. Judging it as a whole, and having in mind its purpose in the mainstream New Wave scene in former Yugoslavia - a highly productive artistic and rock'n'roll movement - it appears to be even better record than the commercially unsuccessful prog debut. It remains probably the best album of Aerodrom. (from progarchives.com)
ENOLA GAY was a rock band from Osijek (Croatia), active in 80's. They recorded only a few demo songs. Members were Miodrag Babić (guitar), Damir Antičević (bass), Željko Knežević (drums), Miroslav Sauerborn (guitar & vocal) and Ivana Šojat (vocal).
četvrtak, 14. ožujka 2013.
MARKO BRECELJ was born 1951 in Sarajevo, Bosnia And Herzegovina (ex-Yugoslavia). A failed student of physics at Ljubljana University and composer of film music with a Golden Palm award. Played violin in the band Krik with whom he performed at Subotica Youth Festival in 1973/74. In 1974 Brecelj recorded solo debut LP "Cocktail" which included singer-songwriter style of avant-garde blues-based songs accompanied with orchestral arrangements by Bojan Adamić. In this period he joined the band Sedam svetlobnih let who were soon to change name into Buldožer. In 1975 with his band Buldožer made quite a big draft in former Yugoslavia concerning the term rock-music. After leaving Buldožer in 1979, with later groups - Zlatni zubi, Marjanov čudni zajec, Beli crnci, Javna vaja managed to stay "under the ground". He built an image of a cynical, unexpected and extravagant-prone performer who used to appear on stage in a wheelchair, burn his hair and beard, make acrobatics and tell hilarious and funny jokes in front of audience bursting in laugh. During the 1980s his noteworthy releases included EP "Parada" in 1981 and LP "Svinjam dijamante" with the group Marjanov čudni zajec in 1985. With the band Strelnikoff he recorded an album in 1994, which included several covers of old Buldožer songs. He is living in Kopar, Slovenia, where he was the director of "Mladinski kulturni centar". This is where many young creative rock bands were given opportunities to perform. In recent years he has been active in politics as the president of "Društvo prijateljev zmernega napredka" and as candidate for the mayor's office in Kopar. Brecelj's music can be described as singer/songwriter style (vocal and guitar) with avant-garde approach. His lyrics are bitter, cynical and full of humour and social commentary. One can imagine a cross between Frank Zappa, Tom Waits, Krautrock, punk and RIO. Essential albums for listening are "Cocktail" (1974) and "Svinjam dijamante" (1985). (by Sead S. Fetahagić)
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utorak, 12. ožujka 2013.
ponedjeljak, 11. ožujka 2013.
VLADO KRESLIN is a Slovenian singer/song-writer. He began as a singer in rock group "Martin Krpan", gradually breaking through to the foreground also as the author of numerous songs. At the same time, he was beginning to go back to his own roots and draw upon the creative energy of the musical heritage of Prekmurje, the Slovene region which is his homeland. Through his appearances with "Beltinška Banda" - a group of Prekmurje folk singers and musicians in their seventies and eighties (the oldest member, the double bass player Joužek was born in 1905) - Kreslin enriched his repertoire with folk-songs of the region. In the meantime Vlado Kreslin has brought together a number of younger musicians into the group "Mali bogovi" , and with them plays his compositions in more mainstream rock arrangements with the touch of the flatlands of Prekmurje. Often members of "Mali bogovi" join "Beltinška banda" on stage, and in this way music continues to bridge generations, both for those on stage and those in the audience. This is his compilation album from 1987. (from wikipedia)
nedjelja, 10. ožujka 2013.
subota, 9. ožujka 2013.
JOSIP BOČEK best known as a member of Dinamiti and Korni Grupa and one of the guitar heroes of the former Yugoslavia. Along with Radomir Mihajlović-Točak, Vedran Božić and Goran Bregović went on a tour in a former state, and a musical testimony of the recording is released under the name "Kongres rock majstora." After the dissolution of Korni Grupa, he most worked as a studio musician.
petak, 8. ožujka 2013.
STARE KOSTI was a rock band from Osijek (Croatia), active in 80's. They recorded only several demo songs. Members were Zoran Grozdanić, Tomislav Miklić, Petar Krstanović, Ivica Kirhofer and Miroslav Milinović.