Sabda Alam

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Sabda Alam
Chrisye - sabda alam.jpg
Studio album by Chrisye
Released January 1978
Recorded April-August 1977
Genre Pop, progressive rock
Length 44:55
Label Musica Studios
Chrisye chronology
"Jurang Pemisah"
"Sabda Alam"
"Percik Pesona"

Sabda Alam (Nature's Order) is a 1978 Indonesian album released by Musica Studios. It is Chrisye's second studio album and his first after signing with Musica. The album was written in collaboration with Guruh Sukarnoputra. It was well received and, in 2007, was listed by Rolling Stone Indonesia as one of the 150 best Indonesian albums of all time. Actually, this album was scheduled to be released in August 1977, but this album was officially released in early 1978


After the success of Badai Pasti Berlalu, Chrisye was approached by Amin Wijaya of Musica Studios and offered a chance to record an album. Chrisye agreed upon the condition that he would be given creative freedom. Musica agreed to those conditions. Chrisye later recalled receiving lots of support from Amin during the recording of Sabda Alam.[1]

Sabda Alam was recorded in Musica's studios in Jakarta, Indonesia using double tracking.[1] It featured Chrisye on vocals, guitar, and bass, Jockie Soerjoprajogo on acoustic piano and keyboard, and Keenan Nasution on drums and percussion, with arrangement by Chrisye and Yockie.[2] Guruh Sukarnoputra, who previously collaborated with Chrisye on Guruh Gipsy,[1] contributed three songs.[2]

The songs were written and produced in a similar style as Badai Pasti Berlalu, with romantic and melancholic songs. Recording took place from morning until night; Chrisye eventually fell ill from the effort. During the recording, executives from Musica were not allowed to enter, even though they requested it often.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Juwita" ("Beautiful") Junaedi Salat Yockie Suryoprayogo and Chrisye 5:20
2. "Sabda Alam" ("Nature's Order") Junaedi Salat Chrisye 4:51
3. "Smaradhana" ("Passion") Guruh Sukarnoputra Guruh Sukarnoputra 3:39
4. "Duka Sang Bahaduri" ("The Noble's Sorrow") Junaedi Salat Yockie Suryoprayogo 4:30
5. "Cita Secinta" ("Longing for a Love") Junaedi Salat Yockie Suryoprayogo and Chrisye 4:17
6. "Kala Sang Surya Tenggelam" ("When the Sun Set") Guruh Sukarnoputra Guruh Sukarnoputra 3:32
7. "Nada Asmara" ("Tones of Passion") Yockie Suryoprayogo and Junaedi Salat Yockie Suryoprayogo 5:48
8. "Citra Hitam" ("Black Image") Junaedi Salat Yockie Suryoprayogo and Chrisye 5:31
9. "Adakah" ("Is There?") Christ and Tommy Christ and Tommy 3:59
10. "Anak Jalanan" ("Street Children") Guruh Sukarnoputra Guruh Sukarnoputra 4:03
Total length: 44:55


Sabda Alam was well-received upon release and sold well.[1] In 2007, Rolling Stone Indonesia listed Sabda Alam as the 51st best Indonesian album of all time,[3] and in 2009 they selected "Anak Jalanan" as the 72nd best Indonesian song of all time.[4]


Sabda Alam has been reissued twice, once as a CD in 2004[5] and once as part of the Chrisye Masterpiece Trilogy Limited Edition in 2007.


  1. ^ a b c d e Endah, Alberthiene. Chrisye: Sebuah Memoar Musikal. Gramedia. 2007. Pp. 142 - 150. (Indonesian)
  2. ^ a b Sabda Alam (Media notes). Chrisye. Musica Studios. 1978. 
  3. ^ "150 Albums Indonesia Terbaik Sepanjang Masa". Rolling Stone Indonesia. December 2007. (Indonesian).
  4. ^ "150 Lagu Indonesia Terbaik Sepanjang Masa." Rolling Stone Indonesia. December 2009. (Indonesian)
  5. ^ "Chrisye Rilis Ulang 22 Album Lawas". KotaBNI News. 28 October 2004. (Indonesian)