bolshoi 5 Albums (5 CD boxed set, £16.50)label: Beggars Banquet
The Arkive are pleased to release the complete recordings of Beggars Banquet’s The Bolshoi. The package includes a plethora of additional unreleased demos, rare B-Sides and live recordings interwoven across the debut EP ‘Giants’, three full-length albums - ‘Friends’, ‘Lindy’s Party’ and the no-longer-lost ‘Country Life’ - and the fifth disc of various musical wonders, entitled ‘Voyage Of Peculiarities’. • The Bolshoi were different. Fronted by the charismatic Trevor Tanner, their songs were dark and subversive, sufficient evidence for many critics to corral them under the ‘Gothic’ banner at the time of their debut mini-album, ‘Giants’ (1985). The suburban surrealism of the lyrics was rooted in the stories from characters on the fringes of society rather than brooding romantics, with an undercurrent of boredom, inadequacy and violence. • Based in London, the band consisted of Trevor Tanner (lead vocals, guitar), Nick Chown (bass), Jan Kalicki (drums) and Paul Clark (keyboards). With powerful live shows The Bolshoi built a substantial following before disbanding in 1988 after releasing two further albums, ‘Friends’ (1986) and ‘Lindy’s Party’ (1987). • A further 23 tracks were recorded as demos for a new album, provisionally entitled ‘Country Life’. Many of these only survived on reference cassettes but these have been digitally restored and 15 of them sequenced into the album that might-have-been. • The remaining recordings are available on disc 5 of this set. Additionally the set contains earlier unreleased demos, rare B-sides and live recordings from a 1986 show - a generous 34 previously unissued recordings along with the official albums. • “The Bolshoi’s strength lies not only in the clever use of knobs and strings and keys and thigs, the juxtaposition of profanity and purity, innocence and lies, but also in the dank, darkly secret passages of their will.” - Melody Maker. • “Strong on broody melodies, driven along by forceful rhythms and crashing splinters of trebly guitar, all showing enough fire and ambition to crash through the dark undergrowth of the postpunk jungle ... admirable stuff.” - The Beat. • “Completely confident, commercial, professional, and dangerously catchy.” - Underground. • “The Bolshoi’s music is embodied in a dark mood with a silver lining - like an odd cross between the Sisters Of Mercy and The Dream Academy (if you can imagine that).” - The Gavin Report.
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