Stuffography APXUB

Aрхив, that is—not to be confused with Arkhi, Mongolian death-vodka made from distilled marmots, which Dzhrew once drank and promptly un-drank into the filthiest toilet in all Mongolia. These are, for the most part, "anthology" albums of older Akvarium material performed in one era and gathered and/or immortalized in another. Unlike the "greatest hits" and such-like compilations found under the Collections heading, these albums (with the exception of White Album) need to be considered primary source material—an Archive—nay, a treasure trove—of alternate versions of classics and songs that, for one reason or another, never made it onto the cannonical albums of the 80's.

1984
Medium

Notoriously elusive compilation, containing studio versions of "-30" and "Marina," among other gems, which are otherwise only available in wigged-out live versions. For over two years we had the following challenge on this site: "The first person who gets a copy of this record in the hands of a Guru will receive a crappy 'BG With Skull' bookmark. Let the games begin!" Dubbear won by submitting a review and sending CDs to various Gurus. That's devotion.

1987
Medium

Long the holiest and most elusive of Grails, Dzhrew demonstrated his ruthlessness and savvy in a last-second bidding coup on ebay in 2002 to acquire this important, jewel-encrusted artifact—The (Mostly) White Album, so called, decorated with the haunting text, "Ensemble Akvarium." It's a compilation album of songs recorded at the Leningrad City Rock Club for the albums Silver Day in 1984 and December's Children in 1985. All hail Dzhrew's acquisition (for the greater glory of his own lingham and) for the worshipful contemplation of Bodhisattvas everywhere!

1991
Medium

A post-Akvarium I breakup, pre-"B.G. Band" collection of previously-unreleased-on-disc tunes. Offbeat, and sometimes disappointing, but by no means a throwaway. Could easily and weirdly be "someone's" favorite album. Memorize the song about drinking at work ("Alternative"). Practice singing it while you're drinking at work.

1993
Medium

Of the "Archive" albums, Library of Babylon probably comes the closest to being a "must-have." Contains a number of popular favorites from Akvarium's live shows that never made it onto the studio albums of the 80's (e.g. "Sister," "Silver of My Lord," "Assholes," "Jungles") as well as lesser-known (but still excellent) songs in a dazzling, dizzying array of styles.

1994
Medium

Low-key. Hints at the "mature rock icon" tendencies of Lilith, but without the spark of the godhead. Dzhrew intones: Sands of Petersburg is bigger than you. It's bigger than me. It scares me a little with its magnitude. But there's still something wrong in it somewhere. The non-organicness?" Dzhrew used to think the title had something to do with puppy dogs. Guff! Guff!

1998
Medium
First released in Kh'America to accompany their three-city tour, then somewhat later in Russia with spruced up packaging and a slightly different track-listing. Dzhon observes, "The album is what would be called 'B-sides and rarities' if Russians knew what a 'B-side' was (do they?)" The songs are outtakes from various recording sessions between 1988 and 1997.
2010
Medium

If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be? Consider this koan, as BG & Co. sing you some stories from times gone by.

2012
Medium

Do you need to study the secret history? Nikrond sticks his head in the hive and comes out to share his bee-stung visions.