I dont know if it's the video player I downloaded or what, but in some of the footage Boris looks a little strange—I mean, his mouth looks really weird. I think it's the playback. The video is also all one track—so you cant skip "From the Radiant Emptiness" to get to "Dubrovsky." But really, why would you want to—this is a really great album!
This is the Boris Grebenshikov that I adore—spinning tales, weaving stories. It's right after Russian Album and just two years before Navigator and Snow Lion. I always thought that this was a "lost" period for BG, but upon a closer look, it's the time of Favorite Songs of Ramses IV, Sands of Petersburg and Kostroma, mon Amour—nothing to sneeze at!
This is a time when Boris had a lot to think about, a lot to say and a lot to keep to himself. He sums it all up in "When the Pain Passes":
And our home will be free from sadness...
...And knowing everything that was hidden,
I'll start to wait, when the pain goes away.
So let the rain fall, let the snow burn,
Let Death sing out over my land.
I want to know, I simply want to know...
Will we still be the person we are, when the pain goes away?
This one definitely goes in the "frequently played stack" in Lize's living room, under At the Taganka and 10 Arrows, but above Prayer and Fasting and Full Moon. What the…I just wrote a mini review, didn't I? [Yes, Lize, indeed you did. — Dji]
Note: The track listing reflects the video version of the concert, which, rather perversely features two tracks ("Yuri Day" and "Father of Apples") not found on the stand-alone audio CD.