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All about the popular Soviet VIA "Samotsvety"

The Soviet ensemble continued to live even after the collapse of the USSR....

History of VIA "Samotsvety": early years, albums, photos and facts

VIA "Samotsvety" - is a popular Russian vocal and instrumental ensemble. It was founded by Yuri Malikov in the beginning 1970-х years. Over the years, the composition of the group changed frequently, and the group itself ceased to exist and resumed again... But despite this, the Soviet public fell in love with the Samotsveti by such timeless hits as "I'll Take You to the Tundra", "My Address is the Soviet Union", "All Life Ahead". and others! Biography of the famous VIA, as well as the main stages of creativity and interesting facts - about all this we will talk below...

Where did the history of "Samotsvetov" begin?

VIA "Samotsvety"
VIA "Samotsvety"

History "Gems." originated in the heyday 70-х It was then that a graduate of the Moscow Conservatoire in double bass - Yuri Malikov went to JapanAs a result, Malikov invested all the money he earned in eight months in musical equipment and apparatus.

He was driven by one single goal - to create his own songwriting collective. And he did!

Back in the capital, Malikov He organised auditions, as a result of which he selected the strongest and most talented musicians. In fact, this was the main "backbone" of what would soon be called VIA "Samotsvety"! The band was well advertised on a popular radio programme of those years "Good morning!": Malikov was well acquainted with Ekaterina TarkhanovaShe was the director of the programme, and it played a huge role in the formation of "Samotsvetovs"... On her initiative, a whole issue was released, dedicated to the new, but already promising ensemble! By the way: at that time the group did not have a name yet, so a contest for the best name of the new ensemble was announced! Out of countless variants, the musicians liked "Gems.".

First endeavours

VIA "Samotsvety"
VIA "Samotsvety"

Pretty soon, the music "Gems." leaked into the programme "Lighthouse."as well as in many other - quite successful at that time - programmes and radio stations! The first live concert of the ensemble took place in the summer theatre of the garden Hermitage in Moscow: performing a few of his songs, "Gems." literally fell in love with the Soviet public....

The composition of the ensemble changed from time to time, and eventually the so-called "golden ensemble" was formed: it included the following members Irina Shachneva, Eduard Krolik, Sergei Berezin, Gennady Zharkov, Valentin Diakonov, Nikolai Rappoport, Yuri Genbachev, Anatoly Mogilevsky and Yuri Peterson. It is with these participants VIA "Samotsvety" saw his best period in terms of hit songs - the compositions of "I'll take you to the tundra", "Life is ahead of you", "If you're young at heart". and others became the epitome of the Soviet music scene of the 70s! And the song "My address is the Soviet Union." and became a trademark of the ensemble...

The main stages of creativity

VIA "Samotsvety"
VIA "Samotsvety"

"Gems." They were loved by the general public, as they sang about the most important and close to every person - about love, about their native land, about the romance of difficult roads, about the dilemmas that worried the Soviet youth... It was one of the few vocal-instrumental ensembles USSRwhose sound was truly patriotic ...

С 1972 years "Gems." began touring and participating in major musical events. Their first breakthrough was participation in a schlager festival in Dresden! A record with four of the group's songs would later be released there... Afterwards, the Soviet ensemble would perform at the Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Havana, Milan.and even in countries Latin America and Africa! Needless to say, it was a staggering and simply gigantic result for a team of USSR! In this case. "Gems." did not forget about their homeland, where they also enjoyed travelling with concerts... In particular - the favourite concert venues of the band were "Luzhniki".

Closer to the middle 70's Samotsveti gave ten concerts in ten days, despite weather conditions and other nuances! Their concerts were held with great full house - about 20 thousand people came to see the popular Soviet ensemble!

The first difficulties...

However - gradually the "stern" of the musical ship began to crack... Already in 1975, most of the line-up left the band, founding the VIA "Flame", а Yuri Malikov in less than a month has formed "Gems." anew, virtually from scratch: from Alexander Brondman, Evgeny Kurbakov.It is worth noting that the renewed cast included real professionals! It is worth noting that the renewed line-up included real professionals! It included, for example, the drummer Vladimir Polonsky from The Merry Men.as well as Vitaliy Kretiukwho worked with Russian diva Alla Borisovna Pugacheva in the ensemble "You, me and the song.".

Gradually "Gems." improved the visuals of their performances, however... in the middle of the 1980-х began to rapidly lose their popularity. You could say that they fell out of the "trend": new names appeared on the scene, such as "Tender May" and "Mirage." а "Gems."... and that "Samotsveti". The listener began to forget about them.

Creative respite and the New Gems.

"New Gems."
"New Gems."

The start of the new decade has brought its own surprises to fans... So, in the 1992 year Malikov decided to suspend the activities of his brainchild. At the time of the "creative pause" he devoted himself to TV programmes and music videos, as well as heading the jury of song contests. During this period, the VIA members also took up their own projects: Alexander Nefyodov went into a solo career, Oleg Sleptsov created his own band and so on... At some point. "Gems." disappeared from the listener's sight, and if only that... The number of their fans has significantly decreased.

It's only in the middle 90-х the band was reborn. Of course, it has not seen its former success, but it is still in demand to this day! В 2006 year Yuri Malikov together with my daughter Inna Malikova founded "New Gems.". So - the Soviet ensemble continued to live even after the collapse of the USSR!

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