Never Mind the Bolsheviks: The Best of the Space Cossacks [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Since this Washington, D.C.-based surf collective only released two albums in its relatively brief existence from 1996-2000, a best-of collection would seem to be unnecessary. But both of those discs were out of print, at least on CD, as of this compilation's appearance in 2005, so Never Mind the Bolsheviks is now the Space Cossacks' only legacy. And it serves them well. The 24 tracks squeezed into 70 minutes cherry-pick the best from their minimal catalog and add a pair of live tunes as well as some rare singles and unreleased nuggets for the collectors. While there was nothing particularly unique about the Cossacks' retro Dick Dale/Ventures approach, the instrumental ...
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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Since this Washington, D.C.-based surf collective only released two albums in its relatively brief existence from 1996-2000, a best-of collection would seem to be unnecessary. But both of those discs were out of print, at least on CD, as of this compilation's appearance in 2005, so Never Mind the Bolsheviks is now the Space Cossacks' only legacy. And it serves them well. The 24 tracks squeezed into 70 minutes cherry-pick the best from their minimal catalog and add a pair of live tunes as well as some rare singles and unreleased nuggets for the collectors. While there was nothing particularly unique about the Cossacks' retro Dick Dale/Ventures approach, the instrumental quartet is a better than average contemporary surf combo with a deep understanding of its genre. But, thankfully, that didn't prevent the band from writing originals that can proudly stand next to the few classics they cover. The '50s sci-fi space themes are highlighted by song titles such as "Solaris Stomp" and "Transylvanian Orbit," as the reverb and vibrato are cranked up to 11. It's all good, trashy fun and, based on these caffeinated tunes, it seems that lead guitarist Ivan Pongracic is one of the great lost instrumental guitarists of the '90s. His lines are propulsive and jittery, with just enough flamenco, Middle Eastern, and punk influences to bring intriguing twists to a genre not known for them. Liner notes from label owner Art Bourasseau and other fans provide relevant history, but the lack of detailed track information explaining which album and/or year each song was recorded is surprising. Regardless, the album brims with raucous, rocking music and is a fitting final testament to a band that sadly surfed too far under the radar.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/2005
  • Label: Musick Recordings
  • UPC: 612645002525
  • Catalog Number: 25

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Space Victory Theme (3:21)
  2. 2 Red Sunrise (2:12)
  3. 3 Solaris Stomp (3:14)
  4. 4 Bombora (2:45)
  5. 5 Transylvanian Orbit (3:09)
  6. 6 Metsakukkia (2:37)
  7. 7 The Defector (2:25)
  8. 8 The Jewel of Duende (3:36)
  9. 9 Tsunami Tsurprise (3:37)
  10. 10 Space Probe (2:42)
  11. 11 Exolumina (2:39)
  12. 12 The Apes of Wrath (2:13)
  13. 13 Black Sand (3:33)
  14. 14 Penetration (2:14)
  15. 15 Transatlantic Orbit (3:54)
  16. 16 Cossack Rocket Patrol (1:49)
  17. 17 Escape from Gulag 17 (2:35)
  18. 18 Planet of the Apes (2:55)
  19. 19 Mir Rescue (2:32)
  20. 20 Gunmetal Express (2:44)
  21. 21 Hava Nagila (2:09)
  22. 22 Tsar Wars (4:26)
  23. 23 Moroccan Adventures (3:49)
  24. 24 Red Sunrise (2:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Space Cossacks Primary Artist
Doug Hoekstra Drums
Ivan Pongracic Jr. Guitar, Group Member
Doug Hoekstra Drums, Group Member
Catherine Gray Bass Guitar
Mark English Guitar
Technical Credits
The Chantays Composer
Phil Dirt Author
Bruce Kane Engineer
Traditional Composer
Ivan Pongracic Jr. Composer
John Ellington Blair Author
Art Bourasseau Composer, Liner Notes
Mark English Composer
Catherine Gray Composer
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