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Founded in 1962 in Sarajevo, Bosnia (ex-Yugoslavia) - Disbanded in 2001

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 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. Kovacevic-guitar, Fadil Redzic-bass and Davorin POPOVIC-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.

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INDEXI top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.73 | 18 ratings
Indeksi
1972
4.22 | 118 ratings
Modra Rijeka
1978
3.14 | 14 ratings
Kameni Cvjetovi
1999

INDEXI Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.87 | 4 ratings
Poslednji Koncert U Sarajevu
2002
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Best Of Indexi: Live Tour 1998/1999 Vol. 1
2009
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Best Of Indexi: Live Tour 1998/1999 Vol. 2
2009

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INDEXI Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.13 | 11 ratings
Indexi (Jugoton)
1974
1.50 | 2 ratings
Indexi (MC Diskoton)
1975
1.50 | 2 ratings
Indexi (MC Diskoton)
1976
2.04 | 5 ratings
Indexi (Diskoton)
1977
3.93 | 4 ratings
Retrospektiva
1979
2.96 | 4 ratings
Sve ove godine (MC Jugoton)
1981
3.91 | 4 ratings
Indeksi: Sve Ove Godine (4LP box set)
1986
1.95 | 3 ratings
The Best Of 2
1990
1.95 | 3 ratings
Indexi (2CD)
1991
1.52 | 4 ratings
Sve Ove Godine (CD)
1994
4.70 | 4 ratings
Gold 1+2
1996
1.96 | 4 ratings
Gold 3+4
1996
3.86 | 3 ratings
Best Of Indexi: Sve Ove Godine 1962-2001
2001
1.05 | 3 ratings
The Best Of Vol. 2
2004
4.77 | 3 ratings
U inat godinama (1964-1999)
2007
2.94 | 4 ratings
Nase doba
2007
1.96 | 4 ratings
The Platinum Collection
2008
1.50 | 2 ratings
Zlatna Kolekcija
2009

INDEXI Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.88 | 5 ratings
Sedam Velicanstvenih/Nikada
1964
2.88 | 5 ratings
Nase Doba/Sto Je Prazan Citav Svijet
1967
3.92 | 5 ratings
Drugi Covjek/Ako Jednom Budes Sama
1968
2.40 | 5 ratings
Ne Zelim Tvoju Ljubav
1969
4.81 | 7 ratings
Svijet U Kome Zivim
1971
3.00 | 6 ratings
Sve Ove Godine
1972
4.00 | 7 ratings
Sanjam
1972
4.85 | 7 ratings
Plima/Povratak Jacka Trbosjeka i Ostalog Zla
1972
2.12 | 6 ratings
Predaj Se Srce
1973
2.00 | 5 ratings
Jedina moja
1973
1.75 | 4 ratings
Samo su ruze znale
1974
2.80 | 5 ratings
Pogresan broj
1974
1.75 | 4 ratings
Didn-da-da
1974
1.75 | 4 ratings
Volim te
1975
1.75 | 4 ratings
Obala Pusta, Obala Vrela
1975
3.00 | 2 ratings
Moja Hana/Putovi
1976
3.00 | 1 ratings
I mi i nas dvoje
1976
3.00 | 1 ratings
Samo jednom
1977
2.25 | 4 ratings
U jednim plavim ocima
1977
4.00 | 1 ratings
Voljela je "Sjaj u travi"
1977
3.00 | 1 ratings
Ispijmo zlatni pehar
1978
0.00 | 0 ratings
Pozovi me na kafu
1978
0.00 | 0 ratings
Zivjela Jugoslavija
1979
3.00 | 1 ratings
310 poljubaca
1979
2.00 | 4 ratings
Njene oci, usne, ruke
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
Betonska brana
1981
0.00 | 0 ratings
Pozdravi Sonju/Na Svoj Nacin
1983
3.00 | 2 ratings
U Inat Godinama
2006

INDEXI Reviews


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 Indeksi by INDEXI album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.73 | 18 ratings

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Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

3 stars Considered one of the most popular Yugoslav bands of all time, INDEKSI formed in Sarajevo (now the capital city of Bosnia & Herzegovina) in 1962 and would go through many lineups as a cover band for many years before finally realizing a debut album ten years later in 1972. Only guitarist Slobodan A. Kovacevic would stick around through all the changes up to the point when an album emerged. INDEKSI began as a bunch of college students playing for fun and spent the late 60s releasing EPs, singles and touring including a two-month stint through the USSR in 1967. The same year the band performed at the first Sarajevo festival called your Schlager of the Season and continued to establish itself as one of the very first Yugoslav bands that would continue to grow in popularity.

The 60s found the release of several short EPs and singles but this self-titled debut represents the recordings from 1969-72 and was only released once in cassette form and has yet to find a reissue. This debut featured seven tracks that for the most part showcased the band's early years as a rock band with some leftover sounds from the 60s beat movement. While known as a progressive rock band for the second album, INDEKSI did feature a full blown prog workout at this early stage with the track 'Negdje u kraju u zati'ju' which at nearly 12 minutes long featured various movements as well as extended instrumental workouts, pastoral acoustic guitar with flute segments that veer into folk meets classical territory but what makes it stand out as prog more than anything is the extensive use of atmospheric keyboards.

This album was preceded by a single titled 'Plima' which was recorded in 1968 and debuted the concept of lead guitar in the Yugoslavian rock scene but overall for 1972 this album feels woefully dated in comparison to the rest of Europe reaching a crescendo in the world of progressive rock and despite Yugoslavia being one of the most liberal nations in the Eastern block still showed signs of not being up to speed with the innovative sounds coming from the Western European nations. For the most part INDEKSI's debut is a standard rock with occasional hard rock affair with a few prog time signatures added in for good measure with the only exception being the prog behemoth 'Negdje u kraju u zati'ju' which probably sounds closest to the symphonic prog coming out of Italy a couple years earlier.

This seems to be a lauded album in many circles but to my ears it sounds a bit amateurish most likely due to the inconsistency of the material being recorded over a long period of time. It's not necessarily a bad album by any means but not up to par with the other interesting bands that emerged from the former Yugoslavia such as Time, Buldozer, Leb i Sol and Smak. The band would take another six years to release its more progressive sophomore release 'Modra Rijeka' and despite its lack of albums still became one of Yugoslavia's most successful bands. Being far removed from the time and place from when this was released may give me no context as to how relevant this was during its day but as someone experiencing it decades later with a very open mind i have to say i find this a bit underwhelming as it doesn't really deliver anything substantially original to the world of rock music. Relevant for a historical perspective.

 Modra Rijeka by INDEXI album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.22 | 118 ratings

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Review by maryes

4 stars I must confess, progressive rock music ( from the ancient Yugoslavia) definitely isn't my speciality ! The only good album that I can remember from this country is KORNELYANS: "Not an Ordinary Life" ! Although, this INDEXI "Modra Rijeka" is other very good album I could knew some time ago .They are very different , while the first as jazz-prog oriented album, the second is a few more flexible in style. In the first track as only a narration. The music really starts in second track ". Blago " whit some broken beats and a detached distorted bass guitar and a breath organ solo. The track 3 'Brod" the acoustic guitar gives the tune followed by a good vocal, melotron... a electric guitar sounding in "legato\' ( in fact this guitar seems to be mixed with the melotron in certain moments. The track 4 "More" ( one of best tracks in the album ) show some interesting moments, as in the case of acoustic guitar "intermission" followed by a breath "ascendant" electric guitar theme and a piano solo... at this moment the music reach their "'pice' with a "crying" electric guitar accompany by tubbullar bells/hammond-organ like a "bridge" to retake the main theme of track . The track 6 "Slovo O Covjeku" is a beautiful ballad whit a twelve-string guitar making the rhythm. I don't extend my review because the whole disk if it's not a masterpiece is really very good. My rate is 4 stars !!!
 Nase doba by INDEXI album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2007
2.94 | 4 ratings

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Indexi Crossover Prog

Review by 1967/ 1976

3 stars Not a bad compilation if Indexi or of 60's music please you. The style is similar to Shadows but with more skill. It is clear that in this compilation Prog is not present but, in my humble opinion, the music is good and still fresh. Interesting, for me, "Sedam velicanstvenih" ("The Magnificent Seven" theme), because because, at the time, was really very technical. All CD, in truth, is very good if you love 60's music, especially in oroginal songs (In this sense Indexi prove to be very ahead of its time, with very personal songs, in a style very codified).

The last two songs (as bonus) are from 1976 solo single by Davorin Popović but the style is POP.

Good CD, in definitive if you love 60's music. But not for die hard progsters.

 Modra Rijeka by INDEXI album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.22 | 118 ratings

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Indexi Crossover Prog

Review by Epignosis
Special Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

4 stars Modra Rijeka by Indexi is a showcase of musical craftsmanship, with each piece a testament to complex songwriting and gifted musicianship. I wish I could understand the language, because even to a listener spoiled by English, the lyrics flow and adhere to the music perfectly. I highly recommend this to Kansas lovers, particularly "Magnum Opus" and Point of Know Return.

"Modra Rijeka" The recitation of poetry ("Blue River") commences.

"Blago" Florid poetry is quite the antithesis to this creeping and spiraling combination of punchy symphonic rock and psychedelic brooding. The bass warbles and growls as the organ twists and turns in this snarling beast of a song; it's quite ELP-ish in places.

"Brod" Fresh-sounding acoustic guitar with an agreeable melody and keyboards to match initially impart something in progressive folk territory, while the distorted organ and boisterous singing amplify this track into harder rock. To and fro it goes.

"More" Starting out like Camel's "Lunar Sea" (and almost the same length), "More" gives just what the title implies: More heavy progressive rock laced with acoustic guitar and a downright sinister bass. One may expect a few interludes, including an acoustic guitar one full of fingerpicking and alternate tunings as well as a delicate piano that just glistens. The keyboard work is outstanding, especially the organ.

"Zapis O Zemlji" A second poetic excerpt follows.

"Slovo O Covjeku" Dynamic vocals (a Yugoslavian Roger Daltery?) and a distant piano lead into a light acoustic rock tune.

"Pustinja" In addition to the organ and energetic drumming one could come to expect by this point, the guitarist treats the listener to the tasteful use of a Talk Box.

"More II" Bright guitar and synthesizer shine together to generate one happy instrumental. Compositionally, it channels Steve Hackett, whilst the organ nods in the direction Canterbury fellows like Dave Stewart.

"Modra Rijeka II" Stunning textures over a halcyon acoustic, followed by equally soothing vocals, soon erupting into a satisfying amalgamation of all the aforementioned ingredients, topped off with a catchy refrain. This is a suitable finale to an excellent and consistent album.

 Modra Rijeka by INDEXI album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.22 | 118 ratings

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Indexi Crossover Prog

Review by napoca

3 stars My very first review here and what drives me to write it is the "confusion" I got listening to this album.

There are claims that this album is a concept album. Well, the concept might be hidden in the lyrics, but musically this is far for the cohesion a concept album should display, actually the music is rather unfocused, good, sometime with brilliant moments - but not essential. I understand the "patriotism" of our friends from this site which live in or have Ex-Yugoslavian heritage. I personally think a concept album is first about the music, lyrics beeing some secondary layer, something that just emphasize somehow the music's message. I felt in love with prog 35 years ago without understanding a word in english and I don't think I missed that much.

A way overrated album even if the crossover prog label attached to it might somehow soften the expectations.

 Njene oci, usne, ruke by INDEXI album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1980
2.00 | 4 ratings

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Indexi Crossover Prog

Review by historian9
Forum & Site Admin Group Site Admin / JRF Team

2 stars

After Indexi turned more pop in the early 70's , you could mostly forget about going after their singles, as the albums "Modra Rijeka" or even the last album "Kameni Cvijetovi" will hold more interest to any prog fan.

So to raise this single from tens of others that would be maybe one-star ratings, this one holds one of the best and catchy pop songs they ever made in my opinion, "Njene oci, usne, ruke" ; one of the rare ones for which exists a music video. It's very ballad like and relies on vocals and lyrics (about love, no surprise), and has good bass playing. To fans, this is an excellent pop song.

"Oj,Neretvo" is more progressive as B sides of Indexi usually go, so also worth checking out. As song structures go it's pretty straightforward with verse-chorus-verse-chorus but it's guitar work does give a bit of a nod to some gentler "Modra Rijeka" material.

So it's two stars rating cause it describes it the best: for collectors and fans who liked previous work, and to rate it higher than most of other singles. Most of these singles songs can be found on various video streaming sites as a lot of them are not present on any compilations that can be bought.

 Modra Rijeka by INDEXI album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.22 | 118 ratings

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Indexi Crossover Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Indexi were apparently a big deal in the former Yugoslavia, but I don't personally find much that's truly distinctive about Modra Rijeka, their venture into prog concept albums. With a sound ranging from keyboard-dominated prog-psyche to straight-aheard hard rock, the album seems rather directionless and unfocused musically speaking, though I understand that if you understand the lyrics it's a fairly cohesive concept album. Still, the album has a nice meaty organ sound to it, which is a plus, and will doubtless be of interest to anyone interested in Croatian/Yugoslavian rock music. However, it should be remembered that Indexi adopted many different styles over the years, often at the prompting of fashion, and to my ears it seems that their adoption of a progressive approach for this album was a mere affectation rather than something they felt passionately about.
 Indeksi by INDEXI album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.73 | 18 ratings

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Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Once in a while i'll come across a band that is highly esteemed by the majority that leaves me bewildered as to why. INDEXI is one of those bands.Their highly regarded "Modra Rijeka" did little for me but at least it was proggy.This is a compilation from their early years and is a mixed bag, and the sound quality while not bad still leaves a lot to be desired.

"Dan Kao Ovaj" is catchy with vocals and organ standing out. Some good guitar too. "Hej Ti" is better but more of the same really. I like the prominant bass though. We get a calm after 2 1/2 minutes then it kicks back in with organ and guitar leading. Nice. Another calm after 3 1/2 minutes then the main melody with vocals return. "Da Li Postoji Ljubav" doesn't sound the best. It must have been recorded at a different time. Organ to start as vocals and bass come in.The sound quality is a distraction on this one. "Najlepse Stvari" opens with drums and guitar as vocals arrive. Again poor sound quality here. "Ja Odlazam Sutra" is a little bluesy with organ, bass and guitar standing out with vocals of course. I like this better than the last two tracks at least. I really like when it calms down before 3 minutes as organ, bass then guitar come in. It picks back up.

"Negdje Na Kraju U Zatisju" opens with the sound of rain and floating organ as spoken words come in. This over 11 1/2 minute track is the best one in my opinion. Vocals and organ take over and build. A change before 4 minutes as drums and organ create some atmosphere then the guitar joins in. Great sound here. Another change before 5 1/2 minutes as flute starts to lead with tambourine and bass. A guitar solo before 7 minutes is tasteful as the organ floats in the background and drums pound. Drums and organ lead 8 1/2 minutes in. A calm with vocals a minute later.The song ends with rain and spoken words just like it began. "Galijom Sna" is a straight forward commercial sounding tune. I like the calmer sections with floating organ.

Certainly this would be of value to fans, but with the sound issues and some of the more commercial sounding tracks it's barely 3 stars in my opinion.

 Modra Rijeka by INDEXI album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.22 | 118 ratings

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Review by JgX 5

5 stars Well, 1978,Indexi - Modra rijeka. an Unknown band to me, really, what it is Indexi? they are from ex-Yugoslavia, and i was searching here on the site, for something new, and i want to say "thanks" to progarchivies.com to give me the oportunity to meet this tremendous band, and of course, the album called Modra rijeka.and i was searching, and i found it, i really don`t understand a single word of their lenguage, but what i understand is the passion and feeling while they are singing, so i really don`t care about the lenguage, because in fact, it sounds very good to my ears, So there is no problem to me listening to stuff like this.

The first time that i listen to this, i was listening to it very carefully, i was relax, and i was very curious about th high raiting of this album, and i was reading all the reviews from the collaborators and all of them talking good points about this album, so to be honest, i was programming miself to hear something cool, and guess what? in the first time i was listening this, i was thinking like? so this is the amazing album?and in the next day I give it another spin, and there it is, little by little i was understanding every melodic and well structured part of the album.

This albums in my opinion consist in the bass-line, the bass in every track sounds amazing. check the second track called "blago" and this track is one of the most progressive songs in the album.a lot of changes it is a very good track,sometimes dark, and sometimes very energic.

"Brod" The third track on the album, starts like very "hopefully" nice acoustic guitars, and the electric guitar put the melody, and then some good vocals waiting for the explosive change.2:05 ,wow, what a nice vocal in there, rock and roll type but with more classic structure, then continues and a change comes a la "YES" and then again the relax part.and the electric guitar a la CRIMSON, very very nice track..perfectly for walk and to look to the sky. and in a sunny day,yeah!.

"More"the fourth track on this brilliant album, this is the longest track on the album, starts like an jet arrives or something, or a ovni, and then starts very agressive,fast, and the voices are very energic, a lot of screams, again the bass kicking ass, and i like a lot the acoustic guitar too a la flamenco.very good song, and there is a part in the middle of the song when the keyboards make his way into a dark castle.

"Slovo o covjeku" the sixth track on the album, this track will make you cry, really, it is very beautiful, a lot of feeling.i don`t understand a single word but i understand the energy that the vocal transmits.god chorus.nice hamony and very melodic.

"Plustinja"the seven track on the album, one of the best of the album, in my opinion,again the vocals predominate the song, the organ sounds very dark and melodic at the same time, what we have on this album are the strong melodic vocal parts with good instrummental times,a very solid album, while the vocals are the principal keys to the songs, you hear a lot of rock,pop,jazz,blues, everything, so there is no tuning back to really aprecciate this masterpiece. i like a lot the accent of the vocal hehe.

"more"totally instrummental, and totally magnific, it sounds like an asiatic tune,the guitar sounds a la YES in some times, very deep, i enjoy a lot this wonderful music, the sintethizer very great ,the bass have a good solo in the middle of the song and what i can say about the final part? oh men, this is music,holy [&*!#],the keyboards a la deep purple in the final section,ends perfectly the song.Amazing.

"Modra rijeka" and finally the masterpiece of the album, i donīt have words to describe this beautiful piece of art. this is what i am talking about when the music and the human unites to creates the perfection in life. one of my top 30 songs of all time. give it a try to this song.

Conclusion: A very very good album ( 5 stars )

 Modra Rijeka by INDEXI album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.22 | 118 ratings

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Indexi Crossover Prog

Review by Blackdog

5 stars One of the most pleasant facts in music is how one can listen to a new album without major expectatives and discover how amazing it is.

When I read about this album I thought that it couldn't be anything exceptional: it was, for me, an unknown band, coming from a country that isn't especially known because of its prog rock tradition. But, for the same reason, I was also curious about how would it sound. And to my surprise, I found a superb album.

Over an omnipresent keyboard layer giving a melodic atmosphere, the instruments develop through the songs in a balanced way: the interpretations flee from any pointless virtuosism, in order to play perfect-built songs. A predominant acoustic guitar (did I say that melody is the word when talking about the album?) sets the arpeggiated base to the voice, which is also (guess what?) melodic, without agressivness except some concrete points. Then, the great bass work, and its duels with the electric guitar. All that in a work whose major flaw is it's relatively short duration, but full of all that elements that a prog fan could expect to find in an album.

I'll never doubt of an album because it's procedency again. I swear.

Thanks to Seyo for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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