The history of Ole Lukkoye goes back to the peak times of the soviet underground at the end of the 80ies. For the first time after the political changes, numerous bands were able to reach a broader public. Ole Lukkoye was founded by Boris Bardash and Andrej Lavrinenko in 1989, who knew each other from their collaboration with the successful art rock and improvisation group Rainy Season.
In 1993 their debut album Zapara was released, which was also appreciated by critics and insiders abroad. In response to the positive reception, the band was invited to Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Hungary.
In 1996 the Band s second album Toomze was released, that distinctively demonstrated the band' s ambitious approach. It was that brew of British art rock, various musical influences from all parts of the former Soviet empire (for instance the musical heritage of Tuva a region in Southern Siberia) and finally of the modern and rhythmic elements of Ambient and Trance, that also attracted a growing number of younger people.
1997 saw the production of the album Doo Doo Doo, which helped them to establish their undeniable position as a major Eastern European act. In 1999 , still being a welcomer to the broader public, the band performed at the widely recognized Festival Burg Herzberg. Their show was exceptionally well recieved by the audience, at that time about 20,000 people!
Their fourth album to be released on June, 26th was produced by H.J.Irmler one of the founding
members of the legendary avant-garde rock outfit Faust. The first encounter of the unlike artists took
place at the said Herzberg Festival. Ole Lukoye knew Faust from the cult albums of the band, dating
back to the 70ies, that seemed to have found their way to the relevant circles in the Soviet Union, like the
records of Can and Ash Ra Tempel. The musicians agreed on the collaboration of the Christal Crowbar
album to be produced in the Faust studio in Southern Swabia in the spring of 2000. . For four weeks the
musicians worked on the mystic-psychedelic song and sound visions. And this is the result...
Our huge, heart thanks to:
Cornelia Paul and Hans Joahim Irmler for their hospitality, care, patience and friendship
Huge thanks to: Kalle Becker
Gunter, Marion, Cristine, Rosy, Roger, Sabine, Henning, Melanja, Yurij Elik, Sasha, Vadim, Afrikanych, Macho, and Mr. Faust
Special Thanks to: Feligs, Lars
Produced, mixed and mastered by Hans Joahim Irmler ( faust )
Paintings by Axe Group
Photos by Yurij Elik
Cover by Thomas E. Martin
Cirillic Characters ( Title ) by Volker Schnebel
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Produced by Hans Joahim Irmler
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Made in the EC and distributed by EFA, CD 06280-2