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The Greatest Hits of Polka
Jimmy Sturr
The Greatest Hits of Polka
Genres: Folk, International Music, Pop, Classical
 
Upbeat and infectious, a good polka is always guaranteed to set toes to tapping and pack any dancehall from Eastern Europe to Western Texas. Now, with the help of 'The Greatest Hits of Polka,' the next polka party is as cl...  more »

     
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All Artists: Jimmy Sturr
Title: The Greatest Hits of Polka
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rounder
Original Release Date: 1/1/2006
Re-Release Date: 8/29/2009
Genres: Folk, International Music, Pop, Classical
Styles: Europe, Eastern Europe, Easy Listening, Ballets & Dances, Polkas
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 011661611320

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Upbeat and infectious, a good polka is always guaranteed to set toes to tapping and pack any dancehall from Eastern Europe to Western Texas. Now, with the help of 'The Greatest Hits of Polka,' the next polka party is as close as the nearest CD player. Featuring eighteen of polka's biggest hits performed by fifteen-time Grammy®-winning bandleader Jimmy Sturr and his orchestra, 'The Greatest Hits of Polka' is an essential polka primer overflowing with energy and high spirits. Includes Jimmy Sturr's peerless versions of such classics as "The Pennsylvania Polka," "Beer Barrel Polka," "Helena," and fifteen others. If you are looking for a polka-fueled good time, look no further than 'The Greatest Hits of Polka.'

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The Greatest Hits of Polka~Jimmy Sturr.
Dr. P. G. Scully | Ireland | 07/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is an excellent recordng.Tune variety;rhythm of the music;vocal arrangements make this cd memorable.I must thank you for bringing Jimmy Sturr to my attention."
Hoop Dee Doo, I hear a polka and my troubles are through
J. Ross | Roseburg, OR USA | 11/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Playing Time - 46:55

Who They Are: By his junior year in high school, Jimmy Sturr, a young man of Irish descent, was fronting his Orchestra in Florida, New York, a fertile area to where European immigrants brought their culture, music and farming skills. Now, 14 Grammy Awards later, the big band is still primarily a polka band although its repertoire includes songs from rock `n' roll, country, Cajun and western swing works also.

What They Do: This hard-working and prolific band tours extensively and has appeared in some very prestigious venues. Their music is spirited, energetic, infectious and stimulating. His creative approach has been to adapt hits from other genres to the polka tradition. So the American melting pot is also reflected in his own simmering musical cauldron.

Any Recommendations: "Blue Skirt Waltz" provided a nice rhythmic change in the set. A few more waltzes would've been nice.

The Songs: Opening with "Beer Barrel Polka," this sampler from various Jimmy Sturr albums gives both the common and obscure. There well known tunes like "Tavern in the Town," "Yellow Rose of Texas" and "San Antonio Rose" and others that you think you've never heard of ("Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie") but you somehow instinctively know. Also includes Jimmy Sturr's classic renditions of "Pennsylvania Polka," "Helena," and 16 others

The Musicians: Jimmy fronts a full orchestra, but most pieces have featured musicians - vocalist or instrumentalist. Myron Floren's accordion is spotlighted on five selections. His most alluring moment might be "Champagne Polka" with its intricate, but uplifting, key work. Boots Randolph's supple sax jazzes up "Tavern in the Town." Willie Nelson is tapped to sing a couple swing numbers ("Yellow Rose of Texas" and "Just Because"). Other featured vocalists are The Rocco Sisters, Mel Tillis, Jordanaires, Cathy Rocco, Johnny Karash and Frank Urbanovitch.

The Bottomline: The music is lively and upbeat, and it's certainly infectiously danceable. Hoop Dee Doo, I hear a polka and my troubles are through!

Reviewed By: Joe Ross (staff writer, Bluegrass Now)
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