Another international effort, again from Half Price Books in Sugar Land. This was $4. I do like Russian music as past blogs has shown but I bought this for no better reason than I thought the guy on the cover looked like me. I have bought records for worse reasons. (Note-Not a real cigarette).
That being said, I know absolutely nothing about the singer or this record. If there are any Russians reading this, if you could give me a little information or at least tell me the singers name, that would be appreciated. It is a live album as there is banter between songs. I believe this came out in 1987. That and 1967 are the only dates I can make out on this.
I do really like this record. It is simply a guy and a guitar and has a real Gogo Bordello vibe to it. The guy has talent but I do not know what he is singing about. Hopefully this is not a super, alt right, nationalistic record. again any information would be helpful. As far as a sample, there were four songs I really liked so I am posting them all. For a record, I know absolutely nothing about, I really like it. I am going Top Rated with this one.
UPDATE: A few days after writing this post, I decided to stop being lazy and actually put some efforts into finding out who this was by. Right now, my working theory is that this is a posthumous re-release of a 1967 piece by Russian musician and actor Vladimir Vysotsky. Again, this is just a working theory but I am about 90% sure this is him.
Vysotsky, born in Moscow in 1938, was a prolific artist who wrote over 600 songs and had an unique style which has been oft emulated by artists (Gogol Bordello for one). Largely ignored by Soviet elites, his political and social commentary nonetheless made him a star in his lifetime and a Russian icon in the music world.
Alcohol, tobacco, and drug use led to an early death in 1980 at the age of 42. He has been called one of the most singular influential musicians in 20th century Russia and this album is a great indication of that. Anyway, this is who I think this is. If any one can confirm or deny, that would help.
UPDATE 2: I am now 99.99% sure this is Vysotsky and this is a live album of early performances. Incidentally, the Wikipedia link discusses in detail his guitar style which I have enjoyed playing with over the past few days. Anyway, I belive the song below is one of his well known ones. It was also featured in the movie White Nights.