Stuffography Electroshock

Medium

Электрошок

Electroshock

Otdeleniye Vykhod 1982


Review

by Dzhrew

The liner notes thank the author for being the author and for not saying "no" (presumably to releasing the bootleg on CD).

Also from the liner notes:

There exists a myth about how the gap in the recording between "Moscow Nights" and "Tutti Frutti" is connected with interference either by the police or by the KGB. In actuality, there were no police at this Akvarium concert.

The combined memories of my friends who were at this concert, organized it, and recorded it, boil down to to this: "They sang a lot, drank a lot, danced a lot, and then the old ladies who were hanging out in the foyer—and hadn't exerted themselves in years—cut the power, including the lights. Then they turned on the lights, then the instruments and no vocals, then they added the vocals. Then they turned everything off again." Actually, the woman who answered for the Conference Hall, truly did exert herself over the fact that the guys performed a song—which for her and for those of her generation is somehow precious—and for that she turned off the electricity. It's not worth judging her for that. It's like a typo of an epoch, and deserves a smile when you hear Boris checking the mic with "One, one…," not knowing whether they hear him in the hall or not.

The author hadn't intended to release this show in its entirety, thinking that he sang poorly in the first part. Of course, this is his baby, and he can see better whether he sang well or poorly. But we would have been terribly offended if the early Akvarium concerts—which are pretty rare on tape—were lost for all time and vanished. For us, this isn't just a concert, but a certain manifestation of life, something native and close, and we want to preserve this "slice of life," and not let it disappear forever.

When Dzhrew told his father (Russman) about the story of the babushkas who cut the power, and about a concert he saw in 1998 where the babushkas acted similarly, he tried desperately to come up with a folksy summary, "The only thing constant in Russia is that…the only constant in Russia…." Russman chimed in with what his son was thinking and couldn't vocalize, "The only dynamic force in Russia is that nothing changes." Aum.