Dado Topic, the key figure of the band, left KORNI GRUPA in mid-1971, moved to Zagreb and with help from Vladimir Mihaljek formed TIME. The original line-up consisted of Topic-vocals, Tihomir Pop Asanovic-organ, Vedran Bozic-guitar, Mario Mavrin-bass, Ratko Divjak-drums and Brane Lambert Zivkovic-piano, flute. The eponymous debut album was released in summer 1972, ranking among the very first LP records of rock music issued in Yugoslavia at the time. The initial edition was issued in 500 c...
Their style can be described as progressive rock with jazz influences. Similar bands of the ex-Yugoslavian scene were INDEXI, KORNI GRUPA and SMAK, while on the international scene one can mention the cross between GENESIS, FOCUS, TRAFFIC and STEELY DAN for example. The first album is the best and the dominating instruments were Hammond organ, piano and flute. "Time II" is more hard rock oriented with some nice ballads with a rare use of Mellotron in ex-Yugoslavia, while the third one is the best produced and more into jazz-funk style.
For prog fans the first album "Time" is highly recommended for listening. It is one of the best debuts in the former Yugoslavian rock scene and it influenced many generations of musicians. "Time II" and "Zivot u cizmama..." are less strong pieces and less progressive in sound, but nonetheless are worth hearing, especially for enthusiasts. "Time" was reissued on CD by Croatia Records in 1993, while the second and the third one were coupled on one CD under the title "Time & Dado Topic", issued by Raglas/PGP RTS in 1996.
Sead S. Fetahagic (BiH)
Chris, Vedran, Ratko & Dado, Brijuni 2006