Continuing my recent Peter Gabriel listening theme, this one I picked up the other day...an historical curio. In 1988, with Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, Mikhail Gorbachev, firmly at the reins of a dissolving USSR, it was hard to keep up with the changes. Glasnost ruled the daily news and Balkan states were all lining up like dominos for independence and a chance at capitalist oblivionism. All of the Kremlin old guard fat cats were being replaced with younger, smarter progressive cats with an eye on the future. Well, except maybe for Boris Yeltsin who was mostly just in it for the better vodka. Western radio stations were no longer being jammed at the borders so the soviet citizens not only gained more access to world news but also music. Remembering that Kylie had the biggest selling single in the UK in ‘88 with I Should Be So Lucky, some may have subsequently wanted their Cold War back instead. In one step further, western artists’ vinyl could now be pressed under licence by the state owned record label, Melodiya. And here we have Peter Gabriel’s 1986 release, ‘So’, released through Melodiya in 1988. Nothing glossy about the plain cover...200gsm paper/cardboard at best. The sound of the pressing itself is ok...not great but ok. And it’s funny to think that someone bought this wearing faux leather vinyl pants in the USSR when such a place existed.