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TRIO DAG

Prog Folk • Yugoslavia


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Acoustic trio DAG was formed in 1972 in Belgrade, Serbia. The name comes from initial letters of the members' given names: Dragan Popovic (guitar, vocals), Aleksandar Milanovic (guitar, vocals) and Grujica Milanovic (percussion, vocals). They were prominent representatives of the mid 1970s Belgrade acoustic music scene, but did not enjoy enough popularity in spite of their interesting work.

Backed by a group of strong session players they recorded their only album under the name TRIO DAG called "Secanja" in 1974. It is a recommended work combining acoustic and electric instruments (sitar, flute, Hammond...), progressive rock and acid folk with certain psychedelic touch. It can be compared with the sound of Californian psychedelic folk or British Canterbury scene. After its release DAG slowly disappeared from the scene, leaving behind also three 7" singles.

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One of the best acts of prog folk rock in former Yugoslavia.



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Secanja, studio album (1974)

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Secanja
1974

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Grupa DAG: Voz
1972
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Rastanak
1973
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Tragovi u Pesku
1974
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Grupa DAG & Miki: Kako Ti Je Ime, Devojcice
1974
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DAG: Daj Mi Ruku
1975

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 Secanja by TRIO DAG album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.88 | 10 ratings

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Trio Dag Prog Folk

Review by ClemofNazareth
Special Collaborator Prog Folk Researcher

3 stars Dag's lone studio release has received high praise from many progressive folk fans over the years, but in some respects I think this is not quite as deserved as some would believe. This is an album that is quite a bit different than their more well-known contemporaries S Vremena na Vreme, who were less laconic and who also managed to infuse a bit more of their local culture into their music than Dag do. Both bands show notable influences from American folk and mellow rock music, but with Dag that seems to be pervasive while with S Vremena na Vreme the outside influences are more like just one of many styles that impacted their sound.

Most of the tracks on this album are very, very mellow with soft male tenor vocals, strumming guitar and relatively little percussion. The sparseness of the music gives it some charm, but also causes the first several tracks to sound quite similar and therefore the listener can be lulled into something resembling apathy toward the music after several minutes. This is good background music, but not something you're likely to listen to with rapt attention.

The sparing use of a sitar and several ethnic drums give the music a world feel at times, but the persistence of the balladeering vocalist keeps these tracks from rising above mediocrity for the most part. In fact, the first five songs are all two-to-three minute affairs with little development and no complex or adventurous arrangements at all. It isn't until "I Kad" that the guitarists branch out a bit with a noticeable lead/rhythm combination that could be compared to the likes of Crosby, Stills & Nash or Neil Young-like guitar riffs. Still, even here the vocals are too restrained to really capture one's imagination.

"Na Drini cuprija" is the most lengthy track on the album, and also the one that most prominently features the sitar, although mostly just in the first few opening bars. The electric guitar again sounds like a CSNY arrangement, while the soft vocals tend to take the edge off the song and render it into another thing that sounds more like a ballad than a progressive work.

The band does manage to finally put together something more adventurous on the album, but not until the final track "I na Kraju Zvuk", and here the tune is more of a fusion meander than a folk or ethnic. Great guitar again, but the drums are uninspired and in any case it is not enough to save the whole album.

I've listened to this album enough times to believe it isn't ever going to grab me as something memorable. A decent effort to be sure, but not essential by any means, except possibly for fans of music from the former Yugoslavia. Possibly four stars for any of those people, but three for the rest of us. Only mildly recommended but don't expect to be inspired or blown away.

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Trio Dag Prog Folk

Review by Seyo
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5 stars TRIO DAG was seemingly a typical representative of the so-called "Belgrade acoustic scene" of the mid-seventies. Dragan Popović (vocals, guitar) and brothers Aleksandar (vocals, guitar) and Grujica Milovanović (vocals, percussion) came together in 1972 naming the band after their first names initials. After two singles that enjoyed moderate success on the local acoustic folk scene, they recorded LP "Sećanja" ("Memories") in 1974. In order to expand the musical performance and offer richer arrangements, they invited a large group of colleagues and session players to support the recording. The result is pretty remarkable acoustic/electric acid folk rock album with elements of psychedelic and symphonic/chamber pop. However, the term "folk" should be understood as describing the Anglo-American "folk rock" rather than the local/Balkanian folk influences as was the case with another famous similar band, their contemporaries S VREMENA NA VREME.

The album starts with gentle acoustic ballads "Svitanje" ("Dawning") and "Jutro jednog fauna" ("A Faun's Morning") that are enhanced by symphonic/baroque sounding strings. It seems like an early precursor of what would recently be labelled "chamber pop". "Ljubav" ("Love") continues in the acoustic style, bringing a sad, melancholic atmosphere of the PINK FLOYD's "A Pillow of Winds" and the dark moments of Nick Drake's songs. A Neil Young-ish mouth harp introduces another beautiful harmony of tenor vocals and acoustic guitars in "Cvet starog samuraja" ("The Flower of the Old Samurai"). The song ends with an odd psychedelic effect of reversed electric guitar solo, like the one utilised for instance in the BEATLES' "I Am Only Sleeping".

The second part of the album provides a space for guest players to add their spices to the musical act. Notable appearances include the POP MASINA rhythm section (Robert Nemeček on bass guitar and Bata Popović on percussion), another two drummers: Rasa Đelmas (ex YU GRUPA, POP MASINA) and Nikola Jager (ex S VREMENA NA VREME), a distinguished session keyboardist Slobodan Marković on organ and piano, who played on numerous rock and pop albums in the seventies, and lyricist Marina Tucaković who was yet to build her, often disputed, song writing career in the pop music scene by the end of the decade.

"Tragovi u pesku" ("Traces in the Sand") has a pleasant and highly accessible melody provided by laid-back organ chords, supported by slow drums pattern and fine brief electric guitar solo. Psychedelic/acid highlights of the album are present in the following two tunes, which are played in a very electrified folk rock style of CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG or JEFFERSON AIRPLANE. "I sad." ("And Now.") contains changes of tempo between easy/acoustic and speedy/electric sections of the song. The eight and half minutes magnum opus "Na Drini ćuprija" ("The Bridge on the River Drina") opens with sitar sounds courtesy of Ljubomir Ristić. The song develops along the INCREDIBLE STRING BAND sounding raga rock timbre with additional electric guitar with wah-wah effects and piano. DAG vocals are somewhat put in the background but nonetheless are perfectly fitted within the frame of this acid folk masterpiece. Strings are back again just to announce a sudden shift into a brief hard beating boogie-rock led by electric guitars, while the organ fades out the track. The album finishes with another ballad "I na kraju zvuk" ("A Sound at the End") which presents even a nice, short jazz-rock jamming with electric piano, energetic drums and excellent lead guitar play.

Don't expect amazing production or instrumental performance on "Sećanja" - we are still in the period of an early Yugoslavian rock discography, when LP vinyl records used to be printed in 500-600 copies only! Hence the rarity nature of albums like this one. I found information that this album used to be allegedly priced at 300 US dollars at e-Bay! True or not, it shows that we are talking about a rare gem. It has not been issued on CD so far and it is a pity that only devout vinyl collectors (and those not minding mp3 rips) may enjoy it.

If compared with international contemporaries, this record may sound sub-standard, even dated or amateurish. But, being situated within the Yugoslav rock scene, "Sećanja", due to its sincerity, creativeness, lyrical and topical approach and unpretentious performance, must be graded with high mark. Together with the eponymous album of S VREMENA NA VREME, DAG debut is perhaps the best album of acoustic prog folk of the seventies in former Yugoslavia.

PERSONAL RATING: 5/5

P.A. RATING: 5/5

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