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Hleb - Leningrad

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Genre: Reggae - Ska / Artist: Leningrad / Audio CD released 2006-07-03 at Eastblok

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      28.06.2008 00:42
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      Hleb (bread) is Leningrad's 11th album (or 12th if you include their best hits predecessing this one), it was released by Mysteria Zbuka in Russia in 2005.

      If you don't know Leningrad, then I will describe them a bit. They are a Russian ska band that set up shop in 1997, they consist of fourteen members who depending on the song may or may not play. The majority of tracks (not instrumental ones obviously) are fronted by vocalist Sergey Shnurov aka "Shnur", who also writes most of the lyrics. Leningrad is jolly music, ska music, instrumentally often perfect with the sniggering vocals of wide boy Shnur who "sings about things which are good in life - vodka and girls" also swears a lot and regularly criticises Russian politics.

      As the name of the band would suggest, they are based in St. Petersburg and therefore have a dislike of Moscow as any self-respecting person from there would.

      Some of the earlier albums by this band are a bit hit and miss and I've not actually heard all of them but this album rarely puts a foot wrong, with Shnur's unique hip-hop/reggae/growling voice backed by supreme instrumental work (tuba, trumpet, saxophones, trombone, guitar, drums, keyboard etc)

      There is a problem submitting the original names of the songs in Cyrillic, so I've lost that part:

      1. Lenin-Grad - 2:43
      2. Nebesniy Tennis - (Heavenly tennis) 3:28
      3. Na Ne - 2:19
      4. Sut' (Essence) - 2:27
      5. F.K. - 2:09
      6. Neft' - (Crude-oil) - 1:42
      7. Kto Togo - (Who to whom) - 2:42
      8. Kaka in - (Cocaine) - 2:08 - a cover of Dillinger
      9 - Svoboda - (Freedom) - 3:09
      10. Flag - 1:48
      11. Kredit - (Credit) - 3:18
      12. Na Huy Rok-n-Roll -(F*ck Rock n' Roll) 2:40
      13. Mchaschiysya Skvoz' Grozu - (Rushing Through Thunder) - 2:35
      14. Bagdad - Baghdad - 2:54
      15. Gitara - (Guitar) - 1:40
      16. Pesnya Starogo Fanata - (Song of an old fanatic) - 1:36
      17. Malaya Leningradskaya Simfoniya - (Leningrad's Little Symphony) - 6:26

      The last track is a classical compilation of several other Leningrad tracks by the Rastrelli Cello Quartet.

      All in all a superb album which sees Leningrad in their prime, you should be able to find some of these tracks on youtube, if you want a listen and are looking to buy the album. Even if you don't speak Russian, it's worth a go.

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Leningrad
    2 Nebesnyi Tennis
    3 Na Ne
    4 Sut'
    5 FC
    6 Neft'
    7 Kto Kogo
    8 K@k@in
    9 Svoboda
    10 Flag
    11 Kredit
    12 Na Hui Rock 'n' Roll
    13 Mchashyisya Skvoz Grozy
    14 Bagdad
    15 Gitara
    16 Pesnya Starogo Fanata
    17 Super Good
    18 Gelendzhik
    19 Gelendzhik