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În viaţă există lucruri mult mai îngrozitoare decît moartea BR Anna Ahmatova

În viaţă există lucruri mult mai îngrozitoare decît moartea
Anna Ahmatova


Astazi va prezint trupa Akvarium si cel care a devenit unul din “taticii” rockului sovietic si cel rusesc Boris Grebenshchikov (BG).

(iata un clip/fragment din filmul ASSA care are coloana sonora facuta de Akvarium. Melodia a devenit una din cele mai faimoase piese de dragoste a anilor 80: Gorod/Orasul)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

(piesa Trenul in flacari. O puteti gasi tradusa in cartea mea. Traducerea este facuta de Mihail Vakulovski)

Andrei Romanov, BG, Billy Bragg, 1989Aquarium [Аквариум] is a Russian rock group, formed in Leningrad in 1972 by Boris Grebenshchikov, then a student of Applied Mathematics at Leningrad State University, and Anatoly “George” Gunitsky, then a playwright and absurdist poet.

In the 1970s and early 1980’s, rock and roll was banned in the Soviet Union (exception was given only to a few government-approved artists), and Aquarium’s usual concert venues were private apartments. These concerts were a unique Soviet phenomenon, created by underground musicians. They were usually “unplugged”, as noise would cause the neighbors to alert the authorities. The limited space fostered an atmosphere of intimacy between the group and its audience, listening with bated breath, with perhaps someone recording it on a simple tape recorder. This was similar to the concepts of the Russian bards, however Aquarium were (admittedly) much more influenced by Western music, particularly by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, progressive rock acts Jethro Tull, King Crimson and Roxy Music and also reggae. Thus their compositions were considerably more complex and their lyrics covered a broader range of topics, showing Grebenshchikov’s notable erudition in Celtic and Indian cultures, among other things.

Until 1987 Aquarium recorded all of their albums in a self-assembled underground studio (several members had engineering education) disguised as a “Young Technicians Club” (for the album Radio Africa (1983) a government-owned mobile studio was secretly used, after bribing a technician). Despite those hard conditions, the recording quality was rather high and Aquarium’s albums between 1980 and 1987 are considered by most fans as their best.

The advent of Glasnost in 1985 brought many underground Russian rock musician to public recognition and Aquarium became one of the most popular acts. They were allowed to play in large concert halls, appeared on the state-owned television and recorded soundtracks for several films, most notably ASSA[1]. In 1987 they recorded their first album for the state-owned Melodiya record label. With official backing and legalized distribution the album was a huge hit in USSR, selling well over a million copies within a few months. This was, however, the last album recorded by this Aquarium line-up and the band broke-up shortly afterward. Grebenshchikov released two albums in English and toured with several different backing bands. In 1991 after the break-up of Soviet Union he released under the name BG-Band The Russian Album, a collection of melancholic folk songs influenced by his travels all over Russia and demonstrating a return to his Russian roots. Shortly afterwards BG-Band was renamed Aquarium although most of the musicians were different. This band continued to release more albums and touring extensively all over former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe and also appearing before Russian immigrant communities in Germany, Israel and United States.

Although often criticized for departure from their original style and constant line-up changes which make Aquarium essentially a Grebenshchikov solo project, the group still enjoys huge success in Russia – their songs, old and new, get a lot of airplay, they albums sell well, and they tour constantly. Aquarium today consists of Boris Grebenshchikov, Boris Rubekin (keyboards), Andrei Surotdinov (violin), Vladimir Kudryavtsev (bass), Albert Potapkin (drums), Oleg Shar (percussions).

Studio albums:

Sinii Albom (The Blue Album), 1981
Treugolnik (Triangle), 1981
Elektrichestvo (Electricity), 1981
Akustika (Acoustic), 1982
Tabu (Taboo), 1982
Radio Africa, 1983
Ikhtiologia (Ichthyology), 1984
Den’ Serebra (The Day of Silver), 1984
Deti Dekabrya (The Children of December), 1985
Desyat’ Strel (Ten Arrows), 1986
Ravnodenstvie (Equinox), 1987
History of Aquarium. Archive Volume 3, 1991
Russkii Albom (Russian Album), 1991 (under the name BG-Band)
Lyubimie Pesni Ramzesa IV (Favorite Songs of Rameses the IV), 1993
Babylon Library. History of Aquarium. Archive Volume 4, 1993
Kostroma Mon Amour, 1994
Peski Peterburga (Sands of Petersburg), 1994
Navigator, 1995
Snezhnii Lev (Snow Lion), 1996
Hyperborea, 1997
Kunstcamera, 1998
Lilit (Lilith), 1997 (under the name BG and The Band – several members of The Band played on the album; released in the United States under the name Black Moon)
Psi, 1999
Akvarium. Territoriya (Aquarium. Territory), 2000
Sestra Haos (Sister Chaos), 2002
Pesni Ribaka (Fisherman’s Songs), 2003
Zoom Zoom Zoom, 2005
Bespechny Russkiy Brodyaga (Carefree Russian Tramp), 2006

(clipul care mie imi place / Shto tolku biti saboiu)

11 October, 2006
in: Rock in URSS   
3 comentarii


3 Responses to “Akvarium”

  1. DK
    October 20th, 2006 @ 3:09 pm

    Mare lucru faci, felicitari pentru perseverenta! E pacat ca in Romania nu se stie nimic despre Akvarium si despre toate trupele astea minunate. Sper sa continui, ai de unde alege. Alisa? Tsentr? Zvuki Mu? Agata Kristi? Grajdanskaia oborona?

    Ya bespechnii Rumynskii brodya-a-gaaa…

  2. RR
    May 6th, 2007 @ 2:31 am

    Sau poate Aiya, Korol\’ i sut…

  3. RR
    May 7th, 2007 @ 4:54 pm

    Ariya, bineinteles…

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