Saturday, 23 May 2015


"Red Wave"
Year:  1986
Country:  USSR
City:  Leningrad
Label:   Big Time
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  23
Time:  70 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:    New Wave      Punk

"Red Wave: 4 Underground Bands from the Soviet Union" was a split double album released in 1986 and featuring Russian rock bands Aquarium, Kino, Alisa, and Strannye Igry (Strange Games), all from Leningrad. It was the first release of Russian rock music into the United States. Joanna Stingray, who developed a friendly relationship with some of the most prominent Soviet underground rock band members upon her first visit to the Soviet Union, and Boris Grebenshchikov, the Aquarium frontman, are credited with the idea of publishing such album in the West. The material for this compilation was recorded on a non-commercial basis by the four Leningrad bands and smuggled by Joanna Stingray to the US. Production and release was done by the Los Angeles-based indie label Big Time Records on June 27, 1986. The musicians do not bear any responsibility for publishing these tapes. "Stingray Productions" is grateful to to all those people who had the courage to preserve and deliver the tapes. The album was recorded in 1985 just arrived of Gorbachov and his "perestroika" and these four bands since then in the complete underground, had the opportunity to enter in a professional studio and make LP's totally professional too. Musically is quite "new wave" oriented and a bit punk rock maybe also goth rock.
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