Kirka - Kirka keikalla

February 21st, 2011

Kirka - Kirka KeikallaKIRKA

  • Kirka keikalla
  • Scandia
  • 1969
  • Finland

Born to a Russian emigrant family in 1950, Kirill “Kirka” Babitzin was one of the most popular singers in Finland. He started his career with his first band The Creatures as early as 1962 when he was only twelve years old. Kirka got his big break in 1967 when he joined Ilkka “Danny” Lipsanen’s band The Islanders, and the very same year his first solo hit single “Hetki lyö” was released. In 1969 was released this live album Kirka keikalla and later in the same year his self titled album, a compilation of his singles. Kirka keikalla was a so called studio live album. It was recorded in Scandia’s recording studio in February 1969 with backing band The Islanders and members of Kirka fan club as an audience. It was also the first live album released in Finland. Kirka’s passing in 2007 was a really sad moment and with him died a big piece of Finnish soul and rock history.

The songs on this one are mostly cover songs. The only exception a medley of Kirka’s hits “Hetki lyö”, Leijat”, “Ehkä suukon antaa saan” and “Viimeiseen mieheen”. First song on the album is a cover of The Temptations‘ hit “Get ready”. Rare earth also did a 21 minute bboy friendly version of the same song, but Kirka’s version follows quite strictly the original. There’s two James Brown covers too, downtempo soul tracks “I’ll go crazy” and “It’s a man’s man’s man’s world”. “I can’t stop loving you” and “What’d I say” from Ray Charles’s repertoire are also included. In my opinion the best song is “Hold On, I’m Coming” originally released by Sam and Dave. The only weird thing is, that it’s dedicated to Tom Jones in the introduction speech. This is a nice live album, too bad they didn’t got very good sound quality for a reason or another even though it was recorded in a studio. The album was later in the 1980s released with the name Live 68, even though it’s recorded in 1969.


Get ready


I’ll go crazy


It’s a man’s man’s man’s world


Hold on, I’m coming


Hetki lyö / Leijat / Ehkä suukon antaa saan / Viimeiseen mieheen

Written by Mista Tibbz, at 18.00

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