Opus 1 (album)

Opus 1 is the debut and only studio album by Yugoslav progressive rock band Opus, released in 1975.

Opus 1
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Studio album by
Released1975
RecordedPGP-RTB Studio V, Belgrade
August 1975
GenreProgressive rock
Symphonic rock
Length38:39
LabelDiskos
ProducerAleksandar Pilipenko

Recording and releaseEdit

The band Opus, formed and led by organist Miodrag Okrugić, from its formation in 1973 until the final breakup in 1979 went through two breakups and reformations and numerous lineup changes.[1] Opus 1 was recorded after the band's first reformation, in 1975, in the lineup which, beside Okrugić, featured Slobodan Orlić (a former Siluete members, bass guitar), Ljubomir Jerković (drums), and Dušan Prelević (a former Korni Grupa member, vocals).[1] The album was recorded during August 1975, in PGP-RTB's Studio V.[2] The album, released in luxurious sleeve designed by Dragan S. Stefanović, featured symphonic rock-oriented sound.[1]

The song "Opus / Žena tame", was previously, under the name "Opus No.1", performed by Okrugić's former band YU Grupa, but never recorded.[1] The song "Memento Mori" featured Dah leader Zlatko Manojlović on vocals.[2]

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Miodrag Okrugić, except where noted.

Side A: Žena tame (Woman of Darkness)
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Magija / Zveri u nama" ("Magic / The Beast in Us")  4:57
2."Čudno je u magli" ("It's Strange in the Fog")  4:25
3."Viđenje po Grigu" ("Seeing by Grieg")  5:40
4."Opus / Žena tame" ("Opus / Woman of Darkness")M. Okrugić, S. OrlićM. Okrugić4:30
Side B: Žena oblaka (Woman of Clouds)
No.TitleLength
1."Dolina bisera" ("Valley of Pearls")5:13
2."Skupljač zvona" ("Collector of Bells")5:13
3."Frida / Žena oblaka" ("Opus / Woman of Clouds")4:47
4."Memento Mori"3:54

PersonnelEdit

  • Miodrag Okrugić - organ, piano
  • Slobodan Orlić - bass guitar
  • Ljubomir Jerković - drums
  • Dušan Prelević - vocals

Additional personnelEdit

  • Zlatko Manojlović - vocals (on track B4)
  • Aleksandar Pilipenko - producer
  • Dušan Vojković - engineer
  • Tahir Durkalić - engineer
  • Dragan S. Stefanović - design

ReceptionEdit

The album was not well received by the critics, who expected more from the band on the basis of their live performances.[1] The same year Opus 1 was released, Opus disbanded (reforming in 1977).[1]

ReissueEdit

In 2013, Opus 1 was reissued on both CD and vinyl by Austrian record label Atlantide.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Janjatović, Petar (2007). EX YU ROCK enciklopedija 1960-2006. Belgrade: self-released. p. 162.
  2. ^ a b Opus 1 at Discogs
  3. ^ Opus 1 at Discogs

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