Diana Express (Диана Експрес) / Vassil Naydenov (Васил Найденов)

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Naydenov was born on 3 September 1950 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He studied music at the Faculty of Popular Music at the Bulgarian Musical Academy, where he honed his skills at piano, the trumpet, and other instruments. He graduated in 1973 and was apporached Mitko Shterev to join his initiative to create a Bulgarian progressive rockband. In 1974 Diana Express was a fact. Diana Express would turn out to be a breeding ground for upcoming rock artists like George Stanchev and Iliya Angelov next to Vassil. One of the biggest hits in the early days is the song ‘Sineva’ sung by Naydenov. The band came to a temporary standstill when Naydenov leaves to pursue a solo career in 1979. he scored a first hit "А дали е така"(Is It Really So?). In 1980 he records his debutalbum together with FSB, featuring more funky popmusic. Despite strict government regulations in popular music, his career quickly gained momentum throughout the 1980s, as he churned out hit after hit such as "По първи петли" (1980), "Любовта продължава", "Мелодия на годината", "Телефонна любов" (all three released in 1982), "Чудо" (1983) and "Сбогом казах" (1985). Diana Express makes a brief come back mid Eighties when Chocho Vladovski and Yuksel Ahmedov from Fonoekspres join the band.

After the fall of the iron curtain both acts disappear from the radar. In 1998, to celebrate their 25th anniversary Diana Express rerecords it’s greatest hits with young singer Gaul (Bulgarian: Галия) on vocals. In 2012 the band reappears as backing band for English singer (and former Uriah Heep member) John Lawton for his album, "The Power Of Mind".

On the web:

- Diana Express' website: http://www.dianaexpress.com/

- Vassil is on Facebook

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What do we think:

DB: You could label Diana Express as a demo version of Uriah Heep (now wonder they teamed up with Lawton) or a soft Deep Purple. But then you wouldn’t do justice to the inventive way they created the sound in a time when financial and technical means were scarse and the political system wasn’t to keen on Western music, let alone hardrock. With that in mind the first two albums sound really impressive. Naydenov’s had succesfull career after Diana Express with hitalbums and probably the most awfull recordcovers that side of the contignent. Vassil went for succes and pleased the Bulgarian softrock market in the Eighties with simple popsongs, artistically his contribution to Diana Express stands out as more interesting..


♪♪♪♪ - Диана Експрес - 1974

♪♪♪ - Диана експрес II - 1976

- Молитва за дъжд - 1981

- Златна ябълка - 1983

- Диана Експрес V - 1984

Vassil solo:

♪♪♪ - Адаптация / Adaptation - 1980 

♪♪ - Телефонна любов - 1982

- Не мога без теб - 2003

♪♪♪♪♪ = outstanding album, an absolute must-have
♪♪♪♪ = great album, highly recomended
♪♪♪ = nice album
♪♪ = be careful, requires listening before buying
♪ = best to be avoided


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