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AUTOGRAF 1 / Автограф 1980-82

Autograph (Avtograf)

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4.46 | 12 ratings | 2 reviews | 42% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1996

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Пристегните Ремни Безопасности / Fasten Seat Belts (instrumental) (3:18)
2. Ливень / The Rainstorm (6:32)
3. 2000 Лет / 2000 Years (6:54)
4. Цепочка Дней / A Trail Of Days (4:29)
5. Ирландия, Ольстер / Ireland, Ulster (4:05)
6. Вчерашний День / Yesterday (4:00)
7. День И Ночь / Day And Night (5:28)
8. Монолог / Monologue (4:38)
9. Марсианские Хроники I / Martian Chronicles, Pt I (8:57)
10. Возвращение II / Martian Chronicles, Pt II - The Return (3:55)
11. Блюз "Каприз" / Blues 'Caprice' (4:26)
12. Старинная Баллада / An Old Ballad (6:46)
13. Корабль / The Ship (6:14)

Total Time: 69:42

1-5,11 - recorded in 1980
7-9,13 - recorded in 1981
6,10,12 - recorded in 1982

Line-up / Musicians

- Alexander Sitkovetsky / guitars, vocals
- Leonid Gutkin / bass
- Leonid Makarevitch / keyboards
- Sergey Brutyan / vocals
- Viktor Mikhalin / drums (6-10,12,13)
- Viktor Yakushenko / drums (1-5,11)
- Kris Kelmi / keyboards (1-5,11)

Releases information

CD RDM Co. Ltd. CDRDM 604133 (1996)

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AUTOGRAPH (AVTOGRAF) Autograf 1 / Автограф 1980-82 ratings distribution

(12 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(42%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(50%)
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AUTOGRAPH (AVTOGRAF) Autograf 1 / Автограф 1980-82 reviews

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Review by Prog-jester
5 stars Once again we are meeting the Classic of Russian Art Rock.Incomparable band,which had no equal ones in Soviet times in both music and stage show sides,managed to release the archive of early recordings only after splitting up - sad,indeed?Remastered but no way RE- RECORDED material is astonishing - just take a listen to nervous "Ireland,Olster"(5th track),wonderful ballad "Rain"(2nd track) or "Martian Chronicles" epic divided into two separate songs(tracks 9 & 10).Such semi-epics like "2000 Years"(3rd),"An Old Ballad"(12th) and "The Ship"(13th) show band's mature professionaliosm and unquestionable genius of Alexandr Sitkovetsky,lead composer and guitar player.Oh boy,I don't want the Legend die!!!I hope,the immense success of Reunion Tour in 2005 (just give a spin to DVD,which contains the last show of the tour!) shall make the guys think of reunion to make an album!!!Long Live Russian Prog!!!
Review by Rune2000
4 stars I've got this album during my one day trip to Tallinn, Estonia last year. It's safe to say that we sure love our cruises here in Sweden.

At the time I knew nothing about Autograph or their sound but looking at the band picture on the album cover it just had prog written all over it! Thanks to my iPhone's web capabilities I was easily able to locate the band on Prog Archives and after reading Prog-jester's passionate review I was able to make my decision right on the spot.

The album starts off with a very proggy instrumental titled Fasten Your Seat Belts which, in retrospect, might not have been all that representative of the rest of material but it did put my doubts to rest about the band's prog tendencies. The music here seems to be highly inspired by the '70s music scene but with slight touches of '80s synthesizer sounds here and there. The instruments and especially the drums remain unaffected by the excessive studio production, which probably had more to do with the lack of proper studio equipment than any personal preference on the band's part. The sound is non-the-less excellent and it made me wish that more of the progressive rock giants would have backed off the gated drum and most of the other nice little new features that were made available in the beginning of that prog-forsaken decade.

Many of the compositions here are ballads where some remind me of Genesis but with a vocalist singing in Russian. Overall I did enjoy the vocals because some of the arrangements sounded pretty new and original to my ears but it might just be that I know very little of the Russian music scene of that time.

Let me sum up by saying that this album is an excellent introduction to Autograph and should definitely be considered a true relic of the Soviet progressive rock scene!

***** star songs: Fasten Seat Belts (3:18) The Rainstorm (6:32) Ireland, Ulster (4:05) An Old Ballad (6:46)

**** star songs: 2000 Years (6:54) A Trail Of Days (4:29) Yesterday (4:00) Day And Night (5:28) Monologue (4:38) Martian Chronicles, Pt I (8:57) Martian Chronicles, Pt II - The Return (3:55) Blues 'Caprice' (4:26) The Ship (6:14)

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