Djordje Marjanović*, Kvartet P. Ivanovića* I Plavi Ansambl ‎– Mustafa

PGP RTB ‎– LP-II-518
Vinyl, LP, 10", Album, Repress, Mono

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A1 Mustafa
Arranged By – P. Ivanović*Lyrics By – Đ. Marjanović*Music By – B. Azzam*
A2 Dobar Muž (Mariti In Cita)
Arranged By – P. Ivanović*Lyrics By – Đ. Marjanović*Music By – D. Modugno*
A3 Oh, Rozi (Oh, Rosy)
Arranged By – P. Ivanović*Lyrics By – Đ. Marjanović*Music By – R. Granata*
A4 O, Kakva Devojka (Ue, Ue, Femmena)
Arranged By – P. Ivanović*Lyrics By – Đ. Marjanović*Music By – Nisa (2)
B1 Bim Bom Bey
Arranged By – P. Ivanović*Lyrics By – V. Jakovljević*Music By – David*
B2 Maj, Maj, Maj ... (Impazzivo Per Te)
Arranged By – A. Subota*Lyrics By – Đ. Marjanović*Music By – A. Celentano*
B3 Đavo Ili Anđeo (Angelo O Diavolo)
Arranged By – P. Ivanović*Lyrics By – Đ. Marjanović*Music By – F. Polito*
B4 O, Kerol (O, Carol)
Arranged By – P. Ivanović*Lyrics By – Đ. Marjanović*Music By – N. Sedaka*

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): 518 232 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): 518 232 B


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February 18, 2014

"Mustafa" (1961) found young singer at the first wave of national hysteria - in spite of all criticism, previous year Marjanović got his big festival debut (Opatija '60) and won three awards, amongst fierce competition of singers from every corner of the country.These were the times when most of people had not owned TV and such exciting transcriptions were followed by whole neighborhoods glued together. When he was ignored during awards on Belgrade's "Golden microphone", some 7 000 fans blocked Belgrade's main square and carried bewildered Marjanović on their hands in protest.

This, his second album, finds this new singing phenomenon even more energetic and self-assured than previously. Title song was of course, lifted note by note from Lola Novaković's hit single (her souvenir from a year spent performing in Middle East) and a curious fight of two recording houses competing for a hit with different versions of same song. The rest of album is actually ebullient, high spirited rock as translated from Italian originals (Adriano Celentano, among others) which naturally sounds completely harmless today but for listeners back than it was a huge experience to hear young singer singing "oh well, well, well" and inviting to a dance with music completely at odds with than-current straightjacketed pop. I hear absolutely nothing wrong with Marjanović's voice - he was not Caruso but carried tune just fine and backing singers (Vokalni Kvartet P. Ivanovića) added certain doo wop quality to final results. The hugely successful tours in Soviet Union were just around the corner and it was there that singer would live to be living legend of concert halls and harbinger of pop (Italian covers and all) - a curious exemplar of dance music Russian officials approved of - much to chagrin of his own colleagues back home who envied this success. It is all well and truly documented in than-current newspapers and in my opinion Đorđe Marjanović deserves a movie biopic instead of living his retirement in obscurity.


September 6, 2011
Envelope design: Ljubomir Pavićević Fis, designer