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THE BOLSHOI 5 CD Box-Set of the complete recordings of Beggars Banquet's The Bolshoi. The package include 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 5th 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. Not the usual themes for pop success! 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). It’s not quite the end of the story though.
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 un-issued recordings along with the official albums.
TRACKS CD1 "GIANTS" 01. Fly, 02. Sliding Seagulls, 03. Hail Mary, 04. Giants, 05. Happy Boy (original mix), 06. By the River
Bonus Tracks 07. Foxes, 08. M.F.P., 09. Billy's New Boots, 10. Sob Story, 11. Amsterdam, 12. Crosstown Traffic, 13. Boxes, 14. Holiday By the Sea, 15. Away (demo), 16. Sunday Morning (demo), 17. Books On the Bonfire (demo)
TRACKS CD2 "FRIENDS": 01. Away 2.2 Modern Man, 03. Someone's Daughter, 04. Sunday Morning, 05. Looking For a Life To Lose, 06. Romeo In Clover (Call Girls), 07. Books On the Bonfire, 08. Pardon Me, 09. Fat and Jealous, 10. Waspy
Bonus Tracks 11. A Funny Thing..., 12. Boss, 13. Razzle Dazzle, 14. Black Black Black, 15. Toys Xmas Party, 16. Pardon Me (demo), 17. Fat and Jealous (demo)
TRACKS CD3 "LINDY´S PARTY": 01. Auntie Jean, 02. Please, 03. Crack In Smile, 04. Swings and Roundabouts, 05. She Don't Know, 06. T.V. Man, 07. Can You Believe It, 08. Rainy Day, 09. Barrowlands, 10. Lindy's Party Bonus Tracks 11. Please (12" single mix), 12. West of London Town, 13. T.V. Man (7" single edit), 14. Strawberries and Cream, 15. I'm Depressed (We All Die)
TRACKS CD4 "COUNTRY LIFE": 01. World In Action, 02. Under the Shed, 03. What's Your Favourite Coulour, 04. Country Life, 05. We Don't Want Him Here, 06. Boy From the Nursery World, 07. Long Tall Sally In a Black Dress, 08. Too Late, 09. Out There In the Distance, 10. Castaway, 11. Delores Jones, 12. Yee Hee, 13. Madame Hecate, 14. Last Chance For the Slow Dance, 15. Everything Is Done For You Today
TRACKS CD5 "VOYAGE OF PECULIARITIES": 01. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, 02. I Know, 03. Half Past Six, 04. When Big Girls Cry, 05. Singing the Blues, 06. Lullaby, 07. Sad Story, 08. Rockin' Bird Live 1986, 09. Modern Man, 10. Family Farm, 11. Someone's Daughter, 12. Books On the Bonfire, 13. Pardon Me, 14. Looking For a Life To Lose, 15. Away, 16 Billie Jean / Take Me To the River