article (loosely translated) appeared in Russia's Music
Box magazine (No 36) in 2006. It was a lengthy piece which
summarised the history of Christie (a lot of which used
this website as a reference), except for the original excerpts
below, which describe the shows at Sopot (1970) and Russia
HAIL THE SIMPLE MUSIC OF CHRISTIE
By Mikhail Kuzischev
THE British team Christie never really
contested a meaningful role in rock.
They have not recorded a conceptual album,
nor invented a revolutionary sound. But they belonged to
the category of bands who believed in playing happy music.
It seems that groups of this kind are unlikely
to merit large and serious articles in journals. But sometimes
the music has been so good that you just want to go to see
the artist and tell him "thank you" for the music.
Christie is one of the groups which produced
good though unjustly forgotten music. And so there is a
desire to pay tribute to this team, which is almost forgotten
today and together, through them, hundreds of other,
lesser-known teams that played "just music", but
did so with soul and skill, always to please their listeners.
IN August, Christie visited Poland on a two-day visit,
becoming the first Western rock band to overcome the Iron
Their presentation at the festival in the
city of Sopot was a historic event, not only for the Poles,
but for all lovers of rock in socialist bloc countries,
and especially for residents of the USSR, who previously
could only dream of watching such a concert.
The performance was viewed by 250 million
viewers, including Vladimir Ilyinsky, now a leading music
program presenter in Moscow and renowned expert in the field
of 60s and 70s rock. He shared some memories about this
"For all of us, despite the fact that
we had listened to rock and the Beatles, an international
festival in Sopot still had importance and occasion. First,
because it was an international festival, and secondly,
television was so empty that even watching the British and
the Bulgarians or Czechs was still interesting!
Everyone knew that there would be a big international
performer under the curtain. But no-one knew in advance
who it would be and we waited excitedly for this gala. We
all thought it would be a famous singer.
It happened very suddenly, as is usually the
case. The audience applauded after hearing the presenter
say the name of the singer ... but the camera moved to the
stage and you could see that there was a group.
The first feeling was as if they came
from the moon or Mars! Here among all this was a pop group.
The leader was in the foreground with a basketball shirt
without sleeves and a huge star on the chest. And they began
to play Yellow River.
I figured that
the gods had descended to the ground they were so
cool. Then the musicians played New
York City and San Bernadino.
The TV commentator
said something like "We have never seen this before"
and so on. Then the group again performed Yellow
River. We could not believe it, it seemed that the
above was simply impossible!
You can say we
were the Christie People's Party!
Those who saw
them in the 70s will never ever forget it. Their music is
unforgettable. It doesn't matter how simple music is, if
it is made with the soul of the author and the composer
has talent, that overrides all."
ON that day Jeff was in perfect shape.
There was a tempestuous
reaction of several thousand spectators who came to the
concert in Moscow's Olympic sports complex, and you could
see that Jeff was slightly shocked and somewhat embarrassed.
three other musicians, Jeff gave viewers no respite, issuing
a decent set consisting of Christie classics and numbers
by the Beatles, Creedence and Free, played in a powerful
and professional interpretation.
in the hall was just fantastic. Your servant humbly still
believes it was one of the best concerts of all that he
saw in his life.
Maybe one day
Jeff Christie will return to Russia, but for now we just
have to wait and rejoice for Jeff, who continues to play
his music in various other countries.