“Dusty Story” is the debut studio album of the Russian rock band Spleen . The working title is “Heart Rehearsals”. It was originally recorded on an audio cassette “in the studio of one of the theaters, at night, in an atmosphere of strictest secrecy” (as was written in the insert for the album).
|Studio album of the group " Spleen "|
|Date of issue||May 1994|
|Recorded by||1993 - 1994|
|Genre||folk rock |
|Label||1994 Frost Records|
1997 Sound Product
2002 Mystery of Sound
2008 Navigator Records
|Timeline of the Spleen Group|
The album turned out to be unexpectedly popular and quickly spread throughout St. Petersburg with an unusually large circulation of 10,000 copies for the debut.
It was published four times by various labels: 1994 (Frost Records), 1997 (Sound Product), 2002 (Mystery of Sound) and 2008 (Navigator Records).
All the songs recorded on this album were written by the group’s soloist Alexander Vasilyev , with the exception of the song “Under the Mind”, the author of which was the Russian poet Sasha Cherny . It is thanks to the lines of this poem that the name of the group appeared - “Spleen”:
- How moth I was eaten by spleen ...
- Sprinkle me with mothballs
- Put it in the chest and put me in the attic
- Until spring comes.
- Sprinkle me with mothballs
- 1 History of creation
- 2 List of Songs
- 3 Members
- 4 Criticism
- 5 notes
In 1986, Alexander Vasiliev met with Alexander Morozov (nicknamed Morris), playing bass, studying at the Leningrad Institute of Aviation Instrumentation  . Later Vasiliev recalled: “Everything happened spontaneously: one friend called me to a rehearsal in the group where our current bass player Sasha Morozov played. There we met. We did not miss a single fatal concert, all of this was insanely charged, and we wanted to do something like that. We were 16-17 years old when we gathered the first group ”  . It was this musical duet (school-institute group), called "Mitra", that became the prototype of the "Spleen" group. Vasiliev’s first songs were recorded at home, at Morozov’s apartment, which had a Record tape recorder and microphone. The Miter team subsequently included several more people. "Mitra" tried to join the St. Petersburg Rock clubs, but did not pass the audition  . Vasiliev goes to serve in the army, where he serves as a clerk in the construction battalion. There he begins to write songs, some of which will subsequently fall on the album "Dusty Past". After demobilization, in 1992, he got a job as a scene assembler at the Leningrad Academic Comedy Theater, and then entered the Theater Institute, to the Department of Economics. He combined his studies with the work of a scene assembler, night watchman, and work at a confectionery factory  . In 1993, he met with Morozov, and they arranged to work at the Buff Theater, where they met keyboardist Nikolai Rostovsky  .
Musicians earned money to record their debut album in many ways. Musicians in search of money even appeared in commercials: “And it happened like this: in '94, when there was no money for existence at all, the Soyuz-contract company suggested that I sing a commercial on the motto“ Who is developed ”by Paul McCartney . I didn’t succeed, sang Stas, our guitarist. It was an advertisement for Hershey-Cola, ”Vasiliev recalled this side job  . The album "Dusty Past" was recorded with the help of session musicians.
May 27, 1994 the future composition of the group gathered in a restaurant to mark the end of the album recording process. It was there that they met guitarist Stas Berezovsky. This date began to be considered the birthday of the Spleen group. Subsequently, the drummer Nikolai Lysov was also included in the group  .
List of Songs
Words and music of all songs by Alexander Vasiliev (except for the fourth track).
|one.||“Victim of thawed ice”||6:01|
|3.||"I was told the word"||3:08|
|four.||“To the mute”||3:27|
|7.||“Dusty come true. Fairy tale"||5:20|
|9.||“Your broken pince-nez”||1:23|
|10.||"The fairy goblin"||1:42|
|eleven.||"St. Petersburg sky"||2:30|
|13.||“Fish without panties (bonus in reissue, absent in the very first version of the album)”||3:05|
- Alexander Vasiliev : voice, acoustic guitar, music and words (except for 4 - a poem by Sasha Cherny 1909 ).
- Alexander Morozov: bass, drum-machine.
- Nikolai Rostovsky : keyboards, synthesizer, saxophone and wind instruments.
In the recording participated:
- Evgeny Myasnikov: keyboards.
- Andrey Sudarushkin: guitar.
- Sergey Ivanov: the guitar.
- Alexander Morozov - recording, mixing, programming and producing.
Ksenia Rozhdestvenskaya wrote: 
The St. Petersburg album is good and boring: a light touch of Grebenshchik pastorality is combined with the dirty sound of the next generation of the St. Petersburg underground. The showdowns with great literature, so characteristic of Russian rock in general and for smart infantiles in particular, are quite elegant here: they say they said a word to me, and I put it in a line ... the album is infantile, naive, beautiful.
Alexander Khlupin noted: 
The album turned out to be naive and a little timid in a good way. But in him, the young team showed a clear creative individuality, which happens infrequently. Splin in the first album tried to combine elements of folk, guitar rock and even jazz. Subsequently, the elements of jazz were not used by the group ... As for the texts, Vasiliev created his own special style of poetic language, abruptly involved in philosophical experiments, intellectual banter , modest eroticism and pseudo-fairy imagery. The first album set a good tone, but did not determine the direction of the group's development.
- E. Cherry. The art of alienation (Russian) (neopr.) ? (March 1998). Date of treatment July 26, 2009.
- The history of the group on the site ".. :: splin :: .. Dusty come true"
- History of the “Spleen” group on the site of Konoplev Alexander Sergeevich
- Dumps on zvezdi.ru unopened (inaccessible link) . Date of treatment December 3, 2011. Archived January 19, 2012.
- Christmas K. Review of the album “Dusty Story” (Russian) (neopr.) ? . Date of treatment July 26, 2009.
- Khlupin A. Group Spleen. Analysis of creativity (Russian) (neopr.) ? (2007). Date of treatment July 28, 2009.