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Total Balalaika Show (1994)

A 57 minute documentary of a Helsinki concert featuring the Leningrad Cowboys and the Alexandrov Red Army Choir and Ballet, who collaborate on a number of US Rock songs sung in English (... See full summary »

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... Themselves, choir
... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Ben Granfelt ... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Ekke Niiva ... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Jyri Närvänen ... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Mauri Sumén ... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Igor Agafonnikov ... Himself, Conductor
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A 57 minute documentary of a Helsinki concert featuring the Leningrad Cowboys and the Alexandrov Red Army Choir and Ballet, who collaborate on a number of US Rock songs sung in English (like "Sweet Home, Alabama") as well as more traditional Russian songs like the "Volga Boatman". Written by Maple-2

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2 July 1994 (Finland)  »

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Featured in Lista Top 40: Episode #1.1 (1994) See more »

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Gimme All Your Lovin'
Composed/Lyrics by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard
Lyrics by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard
Performed by Leningrad Cowboys and Alexandrov Red Army Ensemble
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Surreal experience

The Red Army Choir performing "Happy Together" with a Finnish band called the Leningrad Cowboys? To top it, even singing "Finlandia" at Helsinki's Senate Square? This concert, filmed in 1993, would have seemed rather unthinkable a few years earlier. It's still a surreal experience to watch it on DVD: the Russian choir and orchestra in stiff uniforms, bearing a mostly somber expression combined with the ludicrously styled, eccentric Leningrad Cowboys and their often parodistic rock demeanour. Remembering the time of Cold War, it is also strangely touching. But what about the music? Well, I have to say that it's not bad at all. Quite the contrary, it's surprisingly good. The Red Army Choir's unnamed lead singer does impressive work together with the Cowboys, and I'm sure that the popular Russian songs sound exactly as they should, although the selection can't be called particularly original (neither the choice of Western songs), but that was probably exactly the right decision for a concert of this kind. It's energetic and in its incomparable blend of silliness and really serious musicianship (on both "sides") something to behold, indeed.


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