Stuffography Collections

Collections, compilations, best-ofs, greatest hits, etc. Note that some of these (Collections 1.1, 1.2, 1.3) are of doubtful, kiosk-like provenance, where all of the money goes to some muscled nubbin-knob in a track suit and none goes to Boris. (As opposed to the legit albums, where only part of the money goes to some muscled, track-suited nubbin-knob.) Except for Elizaveta, Milady of Infinite of Acquisition, the Bodhisattvas generally disdain collections as the sort of ticky-tacky icons and scapulars intended for the tourist trade: "Go Thou to the Sacred Source!" say we. However, for the financially timid Initiate offering his or her very first tithe, they offer a legitimate starting point, and if you're going to have only one Akvarium album in your possession (A GRAVE ERROR) you could do worse than one of these.

1986
Medium
Vinyl-only double album made during the Joanna-Stingray-meddling-in-Soviet-affairs era. Akvarium controls the entire groove on side one of the first record. The other grooves are manned by Kino, Alisa, and Strannyi Igry (which means "Strange Games," but is also an anagram for "Yr. in Stingray") Lots of nutty photos, the nostalgia of vinyl, six Akvarium songs, and amusing translations thereof.
1994
Medium

Ooh-la-la. Zis is zee French Collection, released orignally only Zere. Tracks are all "New Akvarium," drawn primarily from Russian Album, Kostroma, mon amour and Ramses IV, with a cognac-snifter's worth of Vertinskii covers thrown in to boot. Maik sez "Vive la France! Beantown, mon amour!" and declares it the best of the available "collection" albums. "Magnifique! Auguste!" seconds Elizaveta, buttering her croissant...

1997
Medium

A "best-of" cd. Pick up a pile of them to give away as gifts for friends back home when you travel to Russia. Perhaps a more humane proselytizing tool than Acoustics for people who wont have an opportunity to buy scads of Akvarium—no mortal can listen to this disc and not think Akvarium is brilliant.

1997
Missing
CD-ROM containing all of Taboo, Ten Arrows, The Blue Album, Equinox, Navigator, Snow Lion, Silver Day, Collection (1980-87), Letters of Captain Voronin, Kostroma Mon Amour, Favorite Songs of Ramses IV, plus text & chords for a few songs (stolen from the 30 by Aquarium book) and a history of the group (stolen from somewhere else). Slightly annoying interface, but at about 35 rubles ($6 at the 1997 rate) it's a good way to review & see what you like.
1997
Missing
Bootleg collection and multimedia non-extravaganza. Has 26 albums on it...sort of. Good interface...sort of. It lets you cycle through the album, the list of songs, the individual lyrics, etc., and includes an interview and a history, but it's sometimes difficult to switch from song to song and the versions you hear may not be the album versions. Probably the best current (1997) CD-ROM anthology if you're looking for lyrics or for shots of the album covers.
1998
Medium

Part of the "Legends of Russian Rock" series." Whoever's picking the best obviously aren't Gurus, but for all that, the collection's not half bad. This series is also a good development if only because one of the series' marketing gimmick tie-ins is notebooks for schoolchildren (see Wish List) featuring bands that appear in the series. This is a good trend, of course, because it means that there may be advanced youngsters doodling on Art's "Dyk yoly paly" t-shirt, or drawing "Taboo" hair on Boris when they're bored in class. If these notebooks didn't exist, they'd be on our wish list. Everyone shout, "More Akvarium stuff geared toward the youth!"

1999
Medium

Gigundo, 3 disc collection of 56 songs that spans nearly 25 years of Akvariumana.

1999
Medium

Selected songs from early Akvarium albums: Triangle, Acoustics, Electricity, Taboo, Silver Day, December's Children, and Ten Arrows.

1999
Medium

Still more selected songs from Original Akvarium albums, including: Blue Album, Triangle, Electricity, Taboo, Acoustics, Radio Africa, and Equinox.

2000
Medium

Yup. You guessed it. Yet another friggin' complilation. Songs chosen from Radio Africa, Blue Album, Electricity, Taboo, Acoustics, Equinox, Radio Silence, and Favorite Songs of Ramses IV.

2000
Medium
Apparently tired of others exploiting his back catalogue for quick баксы, Boris gets into the act with this collection of hand-picked favorites, aimed, oddly enough, at the German market. Also oddly enough, with its random jumble of songs utterly unconnected by style, period or theme, this is may be the collection least likely to immediately impress an Akvarium neophyte; however it does includes two excellent remixes and two new studio versions of tracks previously available only in live versions.
2001
Medium
Shameless Bodhi-sploitation. Spend your rubles elsewhere...anywhere else.
2002
Medium
New compilation from the world music division of the noted classical music label, focusing on BG's place in the Russian bardic traditon. Features songs from Russian Album, Navigator, Kostroma mon Amour, among others, as well as a handful of BG covers of some of his Russian songwriting influences.
2003
Medium
Yet another "best-of" sampler, released to coincide with BG's 50th birthday.
2006
Medium
This collection gathers together love songs, including a rewritten version of "The Keys to My Doors".