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First Released

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Снова в СССР (Russian transliteration Snova v SSSR, English: Back in the USSR, also known as "The Russian Album") is the seventh solo studio album by Paul McCartney, originally released in 1988 exclusively in the Soviet Union. The album consists entirely of covers, mainly of rock 'n roll oldies (similar to John Lennon's 1975 album Rock 'n' Roll). With the addition of an extra track, the album was released internationally in 1991 following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Rhapsody praised the album, calling it one of their favorite cover albums. Following the tepid reaction to his 1986 studio album Press to Play, McCartney spent much of the first half of 1987 plotting his next album. In July, he got the urge to get back to his roots by singing some of his favourite hits from the 1950s and over the course of two days, with three other (session) musicians, McCartney recorded twenty-two songs, thirteen of which would be chosen for the eventual album release in the USSR the following year.
The title Снова в СССР is Russian for "Back in the U.S.S.R."—a famous Lennon–McCartney song from The Beatles' 1968 double album The Beatles (also known as the White Album). The title is often taken as if written in Latin letters (i.e. "choba b cccp"), but it is Russian, written in Cyrillic, transliterated Snova v SSSR, and pronounced in Russian roughly snova v ess-ess-ess-er.
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