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Songs of Greece's Gypsies
Various Artists
Songs of Greece's Gypsies
Genres: World Music, Pop
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Songs of Greece's Gypsies
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: FM Records
Release Date: 8/1/1996
Album Type: Original recording reissued
Genres: World Music, Pop
Styles: Europe, Continental Europe
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 723722511622

CD Reviews

Simply the Best
Mick McAllister | 07/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I lost my copy of this CD a few months ago, and while trying to locate it, I discovered that I could only replace it at full retail... I also discovered that there is nothing else like it. I did not hesitate to replace it. If I find the other copy, I'll have one to give a friend.The combination of Greek and Gypsy is a fusion of diamonds and gold. I have been a Greek dancer for twenty years, and this is my favorite dance CD. There are periods of my life when I listen to it constantly, my own mood lifted with that first heavy downbeat of the first note of the first song.Lyrics in Greek and Rom (the language of the Gypsy people). This music is as unique, at once local and universal, as flamenco, zarazuela, and the exquisite violin music that influenced Paganini, Liszt, Brahms, and Dvorak. An essential CD for anyone interested in Greek music, Greek dance, or the Gypsies."
Louis Alexander | Endicott, New York United States | 07/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"An exceptional and rewarding introduction to the music of Greek gypsies. Although the contribution of Greek gypsies has often been overlooked, their influence on Greek folk music is clear. There are twelve cuts, of which two are instrumentals; the remaining ten songs are vocals with musical accompaniment. The first (and strongest) song on the CD "The song of the gypsies" by Eleni Vitali is a haunting lament which showcases her fine talent. Two of the songs on the CD (Jastar Amenge Dur and Good Luck) showcase the very talented Kostas Pavlidis. In Jastar Amenge Dur, an introduction of strings is followed by a quickening intensity of song and guitar with a flamenco-like flavor. Pavlidis also shares the vocals with C. Christopoulou on an exceptional rendition entitled "Rom". Other singers on the CD include Yiannis Saleas and Vassilis Paiteris. Vassilis Saleas is the clarinetist on certain cuts. The vocalists' presentation are reminiscent of Greek singers of years past, and not the more homogenized European style characteristic of today's Greek popular music. This cd is a worthwhile addition to the collection of anyone interested in the music and talents of the Eastern Mediterranean."
Beautiful Mediterranean Gypsy Music
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is an album that could be a source of influence for blues, jazz and even some rock musicians. Though it is ethnic folk style music, it's a hauntingly beautiful journey through minor keys with (for western listeners) unusual chord changes. The album cover states that these are live recordings. They are, actually, taken from a live concert where a variety of Greek Gypsy musicians were brought together on the same stage (as opposed to field recordings). There is a beautiful rendition of the Macedonian/Albanian song "Ederlezi" sung by Chrisoula Christopoulou ("Endelesi" on the album jacket). "The Song of the Gypsies" sung by Eleni Vitali and "Don't be Sad That I Leave" sung by Yiannis Saleas are two other noteworthy tracks. Track number 11, an instrumental improvisation, I'd recommend to any Jazz, Blues or Rock musician. Having said that, this is primarily folk music in its style of delivery and a good example of it. I hope this album will be kept "in print" because it is such a fine example of unpolluted contemporary Greek music. This album ranks #2 in gypsy albums most frequently borrowed by my friends."