Eduard Artimiev is a reknowned Russian composer, responsible for numerous movie soundtracks, most notably those for Andrei Tarkovski’s films. In the late 70’s he decided that he wanted to try his hand at composing pop/rock music, and ‘Warmth Of Earth’ is the result. Now this could go one of two ways – it could either be a pretentious, overblown mess, or he could surprise us with a credible piece of work, and I am delighted to say that he has successfully pulled off the latter. Mixing his classical influences into a rock setting, he produces progressive rock which does not sound contrived, but sounds as if he has been writing music like this for years. It helps that he managed to find a band capable of realising his vision, and in J. Rozhdestvenskaya he has found a superb female singer for his songs. Although this 1980 album could easily sound extremely dated, the use of rock guitar over subtle synth backing overcomes that problem, and some of the solos are really outstanding. Having a background of classical composing, it seems that he could not resist giving the album a concept, but as the lyrics are all in Russian – courtesy of poet Y. Rythkheu – I haven’t a clue what that concept is. All I can say is that for my very first Russian album I have picked a goodie, and the recent re-release by Musea might bring it to the attention of a much wider audience.