Līvi releases 10-year retrospective album

A 10-year retrospective compilation is the latest album by the long-running Latvian guitar rock group Līvi, the Rīga-based recording company MICREC announced Dec. 7.

Entitled Dziesmu izlase, 1995-2005, the album includes 20 tracks. The compilation draws on five earlier albums: K.M.K.V.P. ( 1996), Bailes par ziņģēm ( 1997), Viva (1998), 2001 ( 2000) and Pāri visam (2004). The tracks were chosen by Līvi guitarist Ainars Virga, who views them as the group’s most successful songs from the past 10 years, MICREC said.

Also included is “Aiziet garām,” a new song recorded this year.

Although the band’s official Web site announces that the new album would include fresh recordings of the songs, MICREC’s Guntars Račs confirmed in an e-mail that the only new recording is “Aiziet garām.”

Līvi is one of Latvian popular music’s legendary groups. Formed in 1976 in the port city of Liepāja, the group has seen both long-running success as well as its share of tragedy, notably the early death of founder Ēriks Ķiģelis and, just two years ago, the deaths of drummer Dainis Virga and sound operator Juris Jakovļevs in an automobile accident.

The group has released more than a dozen recordings.

Current members of the band include Ainars Virga on guitar and vocals, Jānis Grodums on bass and vocals, Vilnis Krieviņš on drums, and Guntars Mucenieks on keyboards.

Dziesmu izlase

The new compilation by the rock group Līvi surveys the band’s past 10 years.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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