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Studio Album, released in 1980

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Nocna ptica (2:33)
2. Besciljni dani (4:19)
3. Grad (4:00)
4. Trkaliste (5:04)
5. Glas s broja 514 913 (5:12)
6. Osmijeh (3:42)
7. Povratak (4:23)
8. Trebao sam ali nisam (1:56)
9. Pjesme s planine (6:12)
10. Prolazi jesen (5:22)

Total Time: 42:48

Line-up / Musicians

- Drago Mlinarec / vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, harmonica, tambourine, composer, arrangements & co-producer

- Tihomir "Tini" Varga / electric & acoustic guitars, synth, bass, backing vocals, arrangements & co-producer
- Bylla Gunnar Byllin / drums, percussion, synth
- Per Frykedal / drums (6)
- Henrik Janson / electric guitar (9)
- Eduard Matesic / electric guitar & backing vocals (9)
- Patrik Karlsson / bass (9)
- Leif Martinsson / drums (9)

Releases information

Collection of previously released songs, re-recorded 1980 in studio.

Artwork: Toni Henriksen (photo)

LP Jugoton ‎- LSY 66115 (1980, Yugoslavia)

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Review by Seyo
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3 stars After successful collaboration with producer Tinnie Varga on his previous album "Tako lako", Drago Mlinarec logically decided not to change his winning team.

Backed by a group of local session musicians and under the studio direction of Varga, he chose to collect a handful of his earlier songs and to re-record them in Varga's studio in Sweden. Therefore, the album title "Sabrano" (Collected Works), although suggests a compilation release, actually contains new studio recording of these tracks.

Mlinarec combined both his solo tracks and those he did with GRUPA 220 in late 1960 in order to present a refreshed version of his entire career up to this point. Music style is similar to that of the previous album "Tako lako" - a more or less straightforward "mainstream" rock, with hints of British pub rock, American "heartland" folk rock and a crisp "new wave" production, which is especially evident in rhythm section treatment.

This is a very accessible and easy-going rock music, but not an "easy listening" pop, which is quite a different thing. Highlights include a reggae re-work of evergreen GRUPA 220 hit of 1967, "Osmijeh" (The Smile), "Trkaliste" (The Racing Field) and a slightly condensed prog masterpiece "Pjesme s planine" (Songs From the Mountain) from the namesake album of 1972 - for this occassion slightly harder and with more compact arrangement. "Trkaliste" was previously released only as single in 1974, and Mlinarec performed it as a representative of TV Zagreb during the then federal all-Yugoslavian contest for Eurovision competition.

Although with very little progressive rock elements, "Sabrano" is good album in its own right. It can serve as a decent introduction to Mlinarec's classic period, however, listeners who don't like the "synthesized" production of early 1980s may opt for later, more comprehensive CD compilations.

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