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Red Roza - Moscovichi Band Live 1968dotdotdot
artworkRed Roza was a band of Valery Shapovalow, who still plays guitar and records in Russia. This isn't the greatest thing since sliced bread, but it's just about as rare as it gets. Illegally recorded live in Moscow at an illegal gathering, playing loud illegal music in 1968, a time when such things could net you a holiday in Siberia, and then keeping the tape all those dreadful years under the KGB's thumb. It's really quite something how much risk this music is worth. Think of it as the sound of freedom.
Picks: Apachi, Genius, Pipe, Roll Over Beethoven, Ventures

Track by Track Review


Apachi dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a very well played traditional version of "Apache" based largely on the Shadows' version. Excellent whammy and damped chords. The drums are a little rough at times, but there's no question that this is live and immediate. very cool!

Genius dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a very pretty song with a shimmer in the guitar and catchy melody line. The warmth of the style and performance is at odds with the time and place of the recording. Very cool!

Pipe dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Shadows' pretty "Peace Pipe" floats as it should. Very reverent, with excellent guitar work emotionally delivered. The arrangement is just right, and the spirit of the band perfect.

Roll Over Beethoven dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a rousing hard rockin' instrumental treatment of Chuck Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven" as if the Beatles were the Shadows. Hard edged and showing some of the distortion of the late sixties.

Ventures dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Ventures' playful "Barefoot Venture" is very well covered with heavy echoed guitar. Excellent chords and great period playing. Very cool!