Listen to the other albums... If you ever get accused of having only mundane music tastes, Yat-Kha is the antidote!
Text below is from Yat-Kha's website
Moscow, August 2004.
This is what Albert has to say about the album.
"The influence of rock on my music and life is obvious but anyway I’ll try to explain a bit more why I have chosen these songs for the covers album. Actually they are relatively to what I try to do for long time since I began to mix Tuvan music and my singing with Western rock."
- When The Levee Breaks (Led Zeppelin).
"It is just on of my favourite band of the all time and I wanted to record more of them though who can compare with them even today?".
- Man Machine (Kraftwerk).
"Remember that time? They were very fresh and unusual between the dominance of rock and punk. Plus very progressive. It is about our relationship with machine world. Almost Folkloric."
- Ramblin’ Man (Hank Williams).
"I don¹t like when there is too much text in songs but this one is just about my self and my brothers - musicians. It is very close to our souls and spirit of freedom. Actually we are all the travellers on this planet."
- In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Iron Butterfly).
"Great song because it is simple I respect talented simplicity. Good voice and a guitar riff which always make me interested as a guitarist my self."
- Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division).
"This band wasn¹t well known in Russia but some band made big name and good career during USSR time copying and imitating the likes of JD. I like the mood and guess our manager Jim likes them very much."
- Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles (Captain Beefheart).
"Of course, 20 years ago I didn¹t know about this man but when got listen it for the first time I thought that it could be me if I was born in USA at that time. But luckily I live in Siberia and like to say: "Hello!" back to those funny days."
- A Song About A Giraffe (Vladimir Vysotskiy).
"The cult figure of Soviet Culture. The actor, poet, and singer he died in 1989 but is still very popular in Russia. His songs are full of sarcasm and humour. They are about the defects of human society and full of love and pain when about native land. This song is just one of hundreds he wrote."
- Orgasmatron (Motorhead).
"I always liked music full of energy. Years ago I liked such kind of lyrics and wrote such my self. Also this is good possibility to remind to politicians who they are."
- WillYou Go, Lassie, Go? ( Mc Peake Family )
"When I played with the great Chieftains I began to like Irish music and found some similarity with some Siberian people¹s music."
- Toccata (Paul Mauriat).
"When I was little boy this melody by the French composer and conductor was played by his orchestra on Soviet T.V. and radio every Sunday and that gave us a very clear and nice holiday emotion for the whole day. This is a kind of connection to that happy time."
- Black Magic Woman (Carlos Santana version).
"One more my favourite artist. This song is somehow connected to Siberian black shaman women whom I like very much."
- Exodus (Bob Marley).
"Again, I love freedom and independence which are also possible through the movement and travels. I love to read about historical peoples movements. Plus I like Bob and reggae."
- PlayWith Fire (Rolling Stones).
"I never liked very much RS and even less The Beatles. In this song I got good motion that gave me feeling to play such riff in the style what I like."
- The Song of Mergen (Alexei Tchyrgal-ool).
"The composer Alexei Baktaevitch Tchyrgal is a great of Tuvan Symphonic music but he also wrote a number of nice songs for different ensembles and bands I am lucky enough to have been working with him and living in his neighbourhood. This song was written for the first movie about Tuva "People of Blue Rivers"."