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Pickled Eggs and Sherbet

The All Seeing I

(Warner Bros. Records/Soyuz)

Unlike the many other projects of British DJs, this one is witty as well as audible. This will come as no surprise to those who have studied the album credits and found that as many as four tracks were written by Pulp's Jarvis Cocker. I don't know why Cocker agreed to contribute to this album, which was produced by a certain retired DJ Parrot of Sheffield, Yorkshire, but the results are encouraging.

In addition to Cocker, 1970s Sheffield cabaret legend Tony Christie also performs on the album - on its first and probably best track. "The standards have fallen, my value has dropped," Christie laments in this track. But I don't really believe Christie, whose vocals on this track surpass even Cocker's performance on "Drive Safely Darlin'."



(Warner Bros. Records/Soyuz)

It must be truly difficult for veteran listeners of hard rock to carry on now that many of the Seattle successes they helped to create (Soundgarden, for example) are no more.

And, having heard Queensryche's latest epic, I have come to the conclusion that it would probably be best for this Seattle band to do the same - give up now, rather than continue to churn out the same riffs, rhythms and lyrics from one album to the next.

Who knows? Queensryche's breakup might open the door for a tribute album at some point in the future. With so many Queensryche albums already in circulation, there must be plenty of bands in Germany and Scandinavia which have perfected enough of the Seattle outfit's melodic style to play a few covers.

Get Over It

Mr. Big

(Warner Bros. Records/Soyuz)

If there is a heaven for commercial heavy metal bands, it's probably in Japan. Having lost popularity in the West, heavy metal musicians have begun flocking to this small country to bask in the adoration of armies of Japanese fans.

Mr. Big is no exception. The U.S. outfit is reported to have been living in self-imposed exile in Japan since their 1991 "To Be With You" faded into obscurity, taking the band with it.Their latest release contains a few ballads to keep Mr. Big big in Japan, but I doubt that the rest of the civilized world will be interested in this latest effort.

Even Mother Russia, long known for providing refuge to shameless exploiters, like Nazareth and Uriah Heep, of the country's blind devotion to the genre would have rejected Mr. Big and its sick offers to "flick my switch, smack my lips."

- Simon Saradzhyan

These CDs are on sale at the following Soyuz stores:

Vsesoyuzny, TsUM, 5th floor. Tel. 292-5902. Metro: Teatralnaya.

Salon Amadeus, GUM, 1st floor, 3rd line. Tel. 929-3344. Metro: Teatralnaya.

Soyuz Magazin - 1, 44 Michurinsky prospect. Tel. 932-3589. Metro: Prospect Vernadskogo.