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Leningrad Cowboys Happy Together CD Album


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  • Type: Audio CD Album
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Released by: Plutonium
  • Release Country: Finland

  • EAN/UPC: 6417734470063
  • Release Date: 2006


    This is the studio version of the legendary 1993 Total Balalaika Show Helsinki concert the Leningrad Cowboys did with The Alexandrov Red Army Ensemble. Personally I enjoy it more than the double live cd as the sound is more crisp and in a studio environment you really get to hear the powerful voices of The Red Army.

    Stand-out track for me is Sweet Home Alabama. The collaboration is really tight and both 'bands' become one. Knockin' On Heaven's Door has an almost Stalinist Biblical epic-feel to it while The Red Army demanding you Gimme All Your Lovin' is an offer very few are in a position to turn down. Quite extraordinary. The Red Army wistfully wishing they were all California Girls as opposed to Vladivostok Girls is someting all of us outisde of California can identify with while Just A Gigolo would have Marlene Dietrich turning in her grave.

    Play it loud and hear vrock'n'vroll as it was never intended.

    Probaly their most successful album; certainly the one that stands the test of time and just grows with every listen. This studio work works even better for me than the live Helsinki concert because it strips it away from the crowd and makes evey voice clearer, sharper and stronger. There are a few reasons why it is so successful in my mind:

    1) It has the best Leningrad Cowboys vocalist by a country mile, Jore Marjaranta.

    2) Ben Granfelt is on guitar.

    3) The Red Army in a studio are as powerful as a field of Russian Tanks.

    4) Mauri Sumen. The backbone of the band - his arrangements here are unsurpassed in the history of the band.

    One of the best albums over the last 20 years or so in terms of taking rock music away from its natural setting and placing it in the surreal. Totally surreal; totally brilliant. It really deserves to be heard by the whole wide world.

    The problem with the band is they don't sell as many albums as they ought to. Never have done but hopefully they will.

    If people with but a passing interest in the band actually bought a CD, a download, whatever, then I'm sure more projects would follow. As it is, as of 2015, we are down to maybe an album release every 5 years which really isn't enough. It just feels like a group petering out. That is wrong as at the end of the day their music deserves to be heard by as many people as possible as it just can't be made or replicated by anyone else.

    Frank Uhle (SPV General Manager who released their last album, Buena Vodka) commented when signing the band to his label: "It's a pleasure and honour to have these true rock'n'roll legends teaming up with SPV. I'm fully convinced, together we will bring the guys back on the map again and up to the high rating in the Rock Circus, they deserve."

    That says it all. A band who gets millions of hits on YouTube should really be selling more records as it is that good.

    We can all do our bit by investing a little bit in this awesome group.

    © Paul Page, Lenin Imports, 2015


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    happy together cd review
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    buy cd
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    leningrad cowboys biography
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    rarities in stock
    --------------------
    signed cds
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    total balalaika show
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    cd sleeves
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    leningrad cowboys go america
    --------------------
    leningrad cowboys meet moses
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