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Squeeze Play: A World Accordion Anthology
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Squeeze Play: A World Accordion Anthology
Genres: World Music, Special Interest
 
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By the 1920s, 78 rpm recordings of exciting and idiosyncratic ethnic accordionists (and the occasional concertina player) began to appear with some frequency in both Europe and America. This collection allows us to sample ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Squeeze Play: A World Accordion Anthology
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rounder
Release Date: 5/12/2010
Genres: World Music, Special Interest
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 011661109025

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By the 1920s, 78 rpm recordings of exciting and idiosyncratic ethnic accordionists (and the occasional concertina player) began to appear with some frequency in both Europe and America. This collection allows us to sample accordions both in isolation and in ensemble from 1924 through the 1950s, demonstrating how the instrument could adapt to many idioms, from the oriental sounds of East European Jews and Greeks to the rough and ready conjuntos of South Texas and Hispaniola. It also serves as a reminder that accordions can sound good without necessarily reminding you of Lawrence Welk. --Dick Spottswood, from his liner notes

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Horrible, horrible vocals
Infoseeker | 03/06/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)

"The contents guide begins with the words "Pity the poor accordion ..." Indeed!

Horrible, horrible, tuneless, shouted vocals ruin the possibility of enjoying the accordion in about 10 of the 24 pieces. I can imagine such a style in one or two vocals, but most of them? I had to skip several tracks: that bad! No wonder Lawrence Welk became popular! I'll send this CD to my hated mother-in-law, without a regret.

Some of the other pieces are decent solos, others have accompanying instruments (think of Jew's harp, guitar and bones). The "accordion" is actually a concertina or a harmonica in three pieces.

The collection is of pieces from France, lots from Eastern Europe, Latin America, South Africa, Ireland, and elsewhere. The recordings date from 1924 - the 1950's, mostly made in the US, by various artists demonstrating various obscure styles of accordion music no longer heard.

This remastered recording is for the music historian or the very curious (or warped) mind. Some of the lyrics are provided in the original language and translated. It deserves one star for historical interest, and 1 for a few unusual solos."