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The beginning of Russian intellectual rock

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posted on Jul, 13 2020 @ 10:44 AM
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Greetings, my dear friends from the ATS forum.

I am a great lover and connoisseur of British rock of the 60-70s, but I also love many American artists of those years. Especially those who created new styles, broke stereotypes, but they were highly professional and created their own directions. In addition to the monsters of English rock, I want to mention such American performers as Jimmy Hendricks, Carlos Santana, Jefferson Airline ... In general, almost the full composition at the Woodstock festival in 1969. I have 2 CDs with the full version of Woodstock.

But I thought that you would be interested in the beginning and development of Russian rock, especially intellectual. Therefore, I want to introduce you to David Tukhmanov’s album “On the Wave of My Memory”, which was released on vinyl in 1976. In my opinion, the album incorporated all the best in rock music for that period. Being elitist, it immediately became wildly popular in the USSR and sounded from all speakers everywhere.

The value of the album, in my opinion. in that the verses for the compositions were taken from a number of classical poets, starting with Ancient Greece, Rome and Europe. Each verse corresponded to a sound line corresponding to the style of its time.

I will simply list the authors of the verses by composition:

1. "I mentally enter your office" (Maximilian Voloshin, 1877-1932)
2. “From Sappho” (Sappho, VII century BC. E.)
3. “From vagantas” (vagantas, medieval European students)
4. “An invitation to travel” (Charles Baudelaire, 1821-1867)
5. “Good night” (Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1792-1822)
6. “In the wake of my memory” (Nicholas Guillen, 1902-1989)
7. “Sentimental Walk” (Paul Verlaine, 1844-1896)
8. “My heart, my heart” (Johann Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832)
9. “Confusion” (Anna Akhmatova, 1889-1966)
10. “Dedication to the album” (Adam Mickiewicz, 1798-1854)

I especially want to note that the appearance of this album in the conditions of the USSR became possible only because before him David Tukhmanov wrote the masterpiece song "Victory Day", which has become a cult for all Russian people. Therefore, he was allowed to create this beautiful rock album.

Enjoy listening





posted on Jul, 14 2020 @ 12:12 AM
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Yeah, I can dig this.
I’ve sampled the songs and it’s pretty cool.
I’ll run it through the big boy stereo tomorrow.

I got some hints of early Genesis, some 70’s funk, and queen.



posted on Jul, 14 2020 @ 05:16 AM
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originally posted by: spacedoubt
Yeah, I can dig this.
I’ve sampled the songs and it’s pretty cool.
I’ll run it through the big boy stereo tomorrow.

I got some hints of early Genesis, some 70’s funk, and queen.


There are many other rock bands in this album. I see transitions from the Beatles, Pink Floyd and even Led Zeppelin.
But here one fact is interesting:
In composition No. 2 “From Sappho” verses of the ancient Greek poetess Sappho from the island of Lesbos are used. It describes the feelings of a woman during love with a woman.
Composition No. 9 “Confusion” uses poems by Russian poetess Anna Akhmatova. It describes the feelings of a woman during love with a man.
Both compositions are very emotional, but each in its own way.



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