A funny thing happened recently. The Secret Stash label has released two LP comilations of so called soviet funk. They claim someone Pavel Sysoev — a recording studio staff — has recorded hours of funk/soul in a soviet studio in Abakan during the 70’s. Now he has offered the records to the label. Their presentation:
Currently two LP’s are available at some online-shops including Dusty Groove of America which writes about the releases seriously and without any piece of irony:
Includes «Gostiny Dvor» and «Zapovednik» by Pavel Sysoyev, «Avantyurist» and «Snokhachestovo» by Pomogite, «Agentura» and «Chernosotenec» by Victor Chizhova & Boris Baykov, «Vyrodok» by Dan’et, «Kak Vas Zovut» by Pavel Sysoyev & Victor Chizhova and more.
Look at the titles: some are just sick, other reflects what West think about life in USSR:
— vyrodok — degenerate; monster;
— snokhachestovo — a practice of having sex with minor women in the big family;
— agentura — hostile agents;
— сhernosotenec — one of the Black Hundreds (a fascist-alike organization).
Only punks or insanes could use such titles but not «classically trained musicians».
The band names are absurd:
— pomogite — help me;
— dan’et — yesno.
I just wonder why they haven’t used words Perestroyka, Gorbatschiov or Pushkin (:
Additionally several different label’s releases sounds like if they were recorded by the same band (how a critic notes). Finally they just pick up the first item in a list of russian cities: Abakan.
However that’s a funny fact enough someone made such a fake release. Although they’d take real recordings like estonian label Umble did: Back in the E.S. S.R. — From the archives of eesti radio.
UPD. Appropriate English-translated discussion at the major russian funk/soul forum.