RIVER, The Best Of)
(CD, Russia, 2004)
and piracy is alive and well in Russia, where copyright laws
are just about non-existent. There have been two different
Russian CD versions of Christie's first album, and both
shamelessly use pictures, images and text downloaded from
THIS SITE, without seeking permission or approval!
The latest version has been released
by a company called Some Wax, and features a booklet containing
lyrics to the songs, all taken from this site. The pictures
have been similarly pilfered, and because they were all low-resolution
quality, appear blurry when used on the CD's sleeves. There
is no doubt the images are from this site, because they all
contain a photographic signature and watermark overlay that
I have used for such identification purposes.
Nevertheless, give credit where credit
is due .. the package is very nicely presented, and the disc
itself is attractive in that it contains a nice graphic on
the non-playing side, and graphic text on the playing side.
All 13 songs from the first album
are included, but in different order. This set kicks off with
possibly the four strongest songs on it, although, as we all
know, every song on this album is of the highest calibre.
(CD, Russia, 2001)
ANOTHER Russian company repackaged Christie's
Yellow River album in 2001, possibly to cash in on Jeff's
Presumably because there was a lack
of publicity photos of Christie available, the company involved
also chose instead to download and use
many photos exclusively available only on this site,
The pictures used on the front
and back, the inlays, and on the disc itself were artistically
stylised, perhaps to make them less easily identifiable by
the owner which, in this case, happens to be yours
truly. You can see what the photos originally look like in
The order of the songs on the CD
is also totally different to the listing on the original album.
This product is nevertheless very well-packaged, and comes
in a slipcase.
(2-in-1 CD, Russia, 2002)
A NEW CD product was released in Russia
in 2002, which collects both Christie albums onto one CD.
The item is very professionally
packaged, and is an ideal CD for Christie fans who want
to conveniently listen to both albums at one go.
It is also a perfect barometer
of Christie's progression from their pop roots to a heavier
The only flaw with this product
is the graphic used on the actual disc itself.
The manufacturers, perhaps unable
to find photos of Jeff or the band, used a picture of a
bespectacled man at the microphone! It's one extreme or
the other .. either the Russians use images of the band
obtained without permission, or they use photos of anonymous