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Russia is a large and extremely culturally diverse country, with dozens of ethnic groups, each with their own forms of music. During the period of Soviet domination, music was highly scrutinized and kept within certain boundaries of content and innovation. After the fall of the USSR, western-style rock and pop music became the most popular musical forms in Russia. Some native artists broke through.

Russia has a long history of classical music innovation. The first important Russian composer was Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857), who added religious and folk elements to classical compositions.
Russian Rock.

In the 1910s romances (in exotic Russian, Caucasian, Gypsy and Italian styles) became very popular. The greatest and most popular singers of romances usually sang in operas at the same time. The most popular was Fyodor Shalyapin. Singers usually composed music and wrote the lyrics, such as Alexander Vertinsky, Konstantin Sokolsky, Pyotr Leshchenko. Musically and structurally based on romances are the bard songs (starting in the 60's) and the criminal songs. The bard genre can be compared to the American folk-revival movement of the 60's, closer to poetry than music. Artists like Bulat Okudzhava, Alexander Galich and Vladimir Vysotskiy all wrote their own songs, and the recordings were distributed underground.

Many underground rock bands arose during late 1970s: Mashina Vremeni, Aquarium, Autograph, Center.
During Perestroika rock music became mainstream. Popular bands of that time include Kino, Alisa, Aria, DDT, Nautilus Pompilius, Sektor Gaza, Grazhdanskaya Oborona, Secret.
DDT, Aria and Alisa are still active today and are very popular with the modern youth.

The quantity of music projects in modern Russia is enormous.
Middle 90's showed decline for Russian rock due to economic problems, changes in mentality and mass media reorientation. Still, there are many popular rock bands including, Mumiy Troll, Pilot, Zemfira, Splean and many still-functioning 80's bands such as Mashina Vremeni, Akvarium, DDT, Grazhdanskaya Oborona, Alisa, Piknik.

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Alexander Vertinsky "Vertinsky"
$ 45.20
Here you will find the most famous songs of the great Russian, Europien and Soviet singer, poet and composer - Alexander Vertinsky.

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"Golden Ring" The best Russian Folk Songs
$ 15.10
Best Russian Folk Songs are included into this CD

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Maya Kristalinskaya. Russian Retro Music from the 60's
$ 15.80
Without the tender voice of this wonderful women it is impossible to imagine the soviet music of the 60's. There were sold more than seven millions disks containing her popular songs.

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Sofia Rotaru. "When the Love Blossom up"
$ 15.10
Enjoy songs in Russian, Ukrainian and Romanian languages, which were equally popular throughout the Soviet Union (e.g. such superhits as Romantic, in Romanian)

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Vladimir Visotskii "Concert records", 1968
$ 18.00
Records of the concert in 1968. You can hear the voice of Visotskii - without doubt, the most famous Russian bard - commenting his songs.

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Vladimir Visotskii "The Best of Visotskii"
$ 15.10
We offer you the wonderful disc of V. Visotskii, cult figure of the Soviet times, which contains his best songs. Bard, poet, writer, actor - Visotskii had an all pervading influence.

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Yurii Shevchuk."Two Concerts. Acustic" 2 CD
$ 15.80
Yourii Shevchuk is loved by all Russian people, sometimes he is called "the second Visotskii" becouse of the role that his music and songs played in the certain period of the Russian history.

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Aquarium "Prehistorical", 3 CDs
$ 23.50
Under the dominant and ruthless Soviet political system, which called for all people to live under the same ideology and constrained culture, rock music was like a breath of fresh air.

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Alla Pugacheva "The best Songs"
$ 15.10
We offer you the best and the most famous songs of our great singer. Her album sales amount to about 200 million copies, and the movies in which she played, though not considered the best in cinemat

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Dima Bilan "Time is River" Includes two versions of "Never Let You Go"
$ 15.10
Dima Bilan represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with Never Let You Go, finishing 2nd. The disc includes Russian and English versions of this extremely popular song!

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