Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Tihomir Pop Asanović "Majko Zemljo" 1974 Yugoslavia Jazz Rock/Funk/Fusion


Tihomir Pop Asanović  "Majko Zemljo"  1974 Yugoslavia Jazz Rock/Funk/Fusion
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Wow, this is really good. 
More or less same guys who played on album “Time” (1972) but this time music has far better focus, songs are actually memorable and although musicians got place to shine, there is enough radio-friendly vibe to make the whole album more listenable. Hammond organist Tihomir Pop Asanović creates what is probably his best work that actually sounds very good even today - he also gets help from some prominent vocalists but on his own terms (instrumental “Berlin I”) there is enough of excellent jazz-rock to almost overshadow guest stars. 

Everybody raves about “Dnevnik jedne ljubavi” as greatest local all-star album of early 1970s but on its own merits this album is darn close - in sound almost like mirror image of it. I love Asanović’s playing and think he was brilliant musician, wish he recorded much more.There is a very interesting interplay between him and almost big-band orchestra that actually sounds timeless and strangely current now. It is very strange that I never saw CD reissue of this album and today it seems to be known only to music connoisseurs, but its definitely worth searching for, its truly that good…~




Having left TIME after their phenomenal first album, Tihomir Pop Asanovic joined them again during the World Youth Festival, held in (East) Berlin 1973, on which occasion he played his rewarded composition “Berlin”. The following year he recorded his first solo album “Majko Zemljo” (Eng. “Mother Earth”) which is celebrated as the first recorded solo album of a rock keyboardist in former Yugoslavia! Also in 1974 Asanovic formed a super-group called JUGOSLOVENSKA POP SELEKCIJA (Yugoslavian Pop Selection) which gathered a dozen or so prominent rock and jazz musicians of the time, who performed at many concerts in ex-Yugoslavia, including the popular “Boom” Pop Festivals in Ljubljana ‘74 and Zagreb '75. POP SELECTION would transform into band SEPTEMBER in late 1975, but before that Asanovic invited many of these musicians for his solo LP, which basically consisted of the old material previously worked out with POP SELECTION. 
The title track is a strong and catchy jazz-funk number with clavinet and brass arrangements where Janez Boncina (SEPTEMBER) and Dado Topic (TIME) shared lead vocals. “Balada o liscu” (“The Ballad Of The Leaves”) is a nice, bluesy jazz ballad with Topic’s lead vocals singing about falling leaves and passing of life which is quite spoiled by excessive use of a synthesizer. I guess it was a novelty at that time so Asanovic could not resist playing with it more than necessary. “Berlin I” is excellent jazz instrumental with perfect brass melody, superb Hammond, Asanovic’s signature instrument, and trumpet solo by Pero Ugrin. “Tema za pop LP” (“Theme For a Pop LP”) is another instrumental featuring female scat vocals, electric piano, clavinet and Hammond. Nothing special but pleasant enough to listen to. There is a pure classic jazz feel in this song. A somewhat stupid title “Rokenrol dizajner” (“Rock'n'Roll Designer”) uncovers a brilliant short funky and rhythmic track with Boncina/Topic singing the title words interchangeably, while Divjak and Doblekar provide strong percussions. Another slow ballad “Ostavi trag” (“Leave the Trace”) features Josipa Lisac as lead female vocalist and her performance is excellent. Again too much syntesizers here, but improvement comes with fine piano and at the closing part a wonderful soprano sax solo, which recalls some Coltranesque feel. Too bad this part is very short. This song would resurface on the first SEPTEMBER album “Zadnja avantura” two years later. D. Topic sings lead with female backing in the Latino-flavoured “Telepatija” (“Telepathy”) sounding similar to SANTANA at times. A danceable, catchy tune but nothing exceptional. The closing “Berlin II” instrumental is not as good as the first one although it showcases the jolly sound of clavinet again. 

This is a very good jazz-rock album with certain funk and R'n'B influences that does not require close attention or extraordinary jazz knowledge as preconditions for enjoyment. However, the keyboard nerds will have enough time to explore the sounds of Hammond, piano, clavinet and vintage synths played by one of the best ex- Yugoslavian musicians during the “golden” prog era….by seyo…

Here is a great record from my current trip to Europe. It was introduced to me by my good friend and faithful MIMS listener Marija in Podgorica, Montenegro. She was telling me that when she told her parents a while ago that she wanted a turntable and some monitors, that her dad told her “you can never spend enough money on music”, and then also gave her some records which included this one. We couldn’t agree more with papa. You can never spend enough on music! 

So, since i’ve been here in Europe i’ve been really curious for people to send me good music from here. I think music is one of the last areas where we still have some cultural differences. Let’s face it, we all watch the same movies, wear the same clothes and so on. But when it comes to music beneath the worldwide top 40 shit, there are amazing treasures out there. 
So, here is an amazing jazz-funk-rock fusion record from 1974 on Jugoton Records. “Majko Zemljo” (which means mother earth) was the first solo record from Tihomir Pop Asanović, a well known keyboard player from the ex-Yugoslavia. He was also a member of Time, Jugoslovenska Pop Selekcija and September before going solo.
After doing research on this record I quickly found out that it’s a pretty rare and fairly expensive record (about 40$ US). With good reason: this is a reaaally dope 8 track record full of Fusion Drum Breaks and great keyboard led tracks. The most well known track on the record is “Berlin I” because it’s a cover of “Hot Pants Road” from the JB’s but really the whole record is full of funky pulsating rhythms! I am just really surprised that not a ton of people have used this record for samples. ….Really great record!…..by Lexis…~


Tihomir Pop Asanovic has always been a man for “great works”, undoubtedly one of the greatest names of the Yugoslav pop, rock and jazz scene, by some and the best keyboardist or organist from these spaces, who will, however, withdraw from the scene when was at the very top. 
He was always in the company of the greatest, the initiator and part of the big “projects”, such as “Time”, “September”, “Yugoslav Pop Selections”, which confirms the authority on the music scene. In 1974, after a successful period with the band “Time”, his first solo album “Mother Earth” was released, which is ranked in the highest quality works not only in the seventies. Of course, legendary characters such as Dado Topić, Josipa Lisac, Drago Jelic, Janez Boccin, Ratko Divjak, Miljenko Prohaska and others, took part in it. From one such “accumulated” quality, the masterpiece that brought the “world sound” came out and presents a homemade task for many. It will be difficult for us to find an album in our region that has successfully combined so many genres, which only talks about Asanović’s qualities and interests, which ranged from pop, rock and soul to him, obviously, the closest and most beloved jazz. Surprisingly, there is not a single song that lasts indefinitely, although it is a period when it was “desirable” that the songs last for 10 minutes and “in more”, which of course is no fault, but testifies that He avoided to burst his album with excessive solos. The vocals of Dada Topić, Josipa Lisac and Janez Benčina are greatly integrated into the entire project, and there was a chance to hear Dado and Janez, in the songs “Mother Earth” and “Rokenrol Designer” . Josip will in his own way “bring out” the thing “Leave a trail”, while the instruments “Berlin I” and “Berlin II” will have international attention. Still, in my opinion, the thing about “Bald on the leaves” is the backbone of the entire album. I try to avoid the floppy to listen to the album “in one breath”, but it’s really so. 
In an interview last year, Asanovic, on the question of whether he still plays, says: “Every day I practice in the morning, one in the evening, in the evening, only in case I find myself accidentally somewhere, someone recognizes me and asks me to play something … ” There …Jole Vučurović…~


Tihomir Pop Asanović (1948, Skopje, FYROM Macedonia) is one of the best ex-Yugoslavian keyboard players. He started with The Generals (latin rock) in 1968 and played frequently across East European and German jazz clubs. 
He was original line-up member of legendary prog-rock Time taking part in their celebrated eponymous debut album in 1972. During the mid-1970s he either played occasionally with Yu Grupa (classic) and Smak (jazz-prog), while in 1974, founded a super group called Jugoslovenska Pop Selekcija (The Yugoslavian Pop Selection), which gathered some of the best rock and jazz players of the era.Together with a colleague from the Selection, vocalist Janez Bončina, he founded jazz-rock band September in 1975. After they disbanded in late 70s he also joined in Boomerang (funk) and finally as a prominent session musician to then (phew), finish its career as a musical instruments dealer!….~




Line-up / Musicians 
- Tihomir Pop Asanović / Hammond organ, Moog synth, Fender and Hohner el. piano 
With: 
- Janez Bončina / vocal, el. guitar 
- Dado Topić / vocal, bass 
- Ratko Divjak / drums, percussion 
- Braco Doblekar / congas, percussion 
- Mario Mavrin / bass 
- Pero Ugrin / trumpet 
- Stanko Arnold / trumpet 
- Ozren Depolo / alto and soprano saxophone 
- Dusan Veble / tenor saxophone 
- Boris Sinigoj / trombone 
- Dragi Jelić / el. guitar 
- Ladislav Fidry / trumpet, flugel horn 
- Nada Zgur / vocal 
- Joze Balazić / trumpet 
- Bozidar Lotrić / trombone 
- Marjan Stropnik / trombone bass 
- Josipa Lisac / vocal 
- Doca Marolt / vocal 
- Peco Petej / drums





Songs / Tracks Listing 
1. Majko Zemljo (3:32) 
2. Balada o liscu (6:06) 
3. Berlin I (5:30) 
4. Tema za pop LP (3:39) 
5. Rokenrol dizajner (2:56) 
6. Ostavi trag (4:55) 
7. Telepatija (2:56) 
8. Berlin II (4:41) 

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