Saturday, April 7, 2012

Ethnic Balkan Music | 3 CD Box from Greece

I found this fabulous 3-CD set about 8-10 years ago on what was my first-ever trip to Astoria, Queens. I had no idea then that I'd wind up living in this neighborhood, which I had thought at the time was cold and indifferent, based solely on my trying to ask two passersby where a particular address was that I was looking for and having them completely ignore me.

Before I finally found my destination, I stumbled into a Greek music store, where I found this incredible boxed set along with another boxed set of early rebetiko music (which, yes, someday I will upload as well). My memory is very hazy but I am almost certain the store was on or near 31st Street and that it was on the corner. If that was really the case, then it must have gone out of business years ago.

The first CD includes music from Albania and the Central Balkans, 1920-40. CD number two concentrates on Bulgaria and Turkey, 1930-45. And the last focuses entirely on Greece, 1922-50.

"Girl of the Wave" (Albania, first CD)

"Mother Said to Ziatonka" (Bulgaria, second CD)

"Heavy As Iron" (Greece, third CD)

Get the whole box set here.

5 comments:

gilhodges said...

Bodega Pop is making me very, very happy.

Doug Young said...

once again, an amazing post. Thank you for all your uploading

Doug Young said...

once again, an amazing post. Thanks for all your uploading

gilhodges said...

If anyone would like the song info, I've pieced it together from other sources:

VOLUME 1: ALBANIA & CENTRAL BALKANS
Albania
1. ALBANIAN ORCHESTRA • Kapitani Las • 2:57
2. ASBIU • Girl of the Wave (Vajza e valavet) • 3:33
3. ALBANIAN ORCHESTRA • Osman Tako • 2:56
4. HYSEN IBRAHIMI • In Your Garden (Mu ne bahce t ende) • 3:28
5. ALBANIAN ORCHESTRA • Taxim Mysecqarce • 2:56
6. ANDREAS PAPAS, ATHANAS MONE & ZOTO ENS. • The Desire of Love (Mallengim Dashureve) • 2:35
7. ALBANIAN ORCHESTRA • Dance from Berat (Manousakia) • 3:35
8. ALBANIAN ORCHESTRA • Pogonishte • 2:59
9. FIVE GLYNIOTES • A Beauty • 3:19
10. ALBANIAN ORCHESTRA • The Shepherd's Reed Flute (Zamare Bariut) • 3:33
Central Balkans
11. UNIDENTIFIED • Gerdensko Dance • 3:33
12. MITSA OSTOITS PLAVAZVEZDA & AL. KOZANOV'S ENS. • Mother, Buy Me a Canon (Kupi mi maiko top) • 3:07
13. V. IVANOVA & M. KOKARESKOVA • Iovano, Iovanka • 3:28
14. ZORKA DREBETIC & M. KARNEVAC FOLK ENS. • Lenio, Open The Door (Otvori belo lenche vratata) • 2:41
15. BORIS KARLOV • Sitno Dance • 3:13
16. V. IVANOVA & M. KOKARESKOVA • Mother, Marry Me Off! (Zeni me, mamo) • 3:28
17. MITSA OSTOITS PLAVAZVEZDA & AL. KOZANOV'S ENS. • Oh, My Girl, the Darkness Has Taken You! (Oi devoiko ubila te tama) • 3:14
18. ZORKA DREBETIC & M. KARNEVAC FOLK ENS. • Don't I Have Black Eyes? • 3:01
19. V. IVANOVA & M. KOKARESKOVA • Hey, Kito • 3:06
20. M. THEODORAKIS, I. PAPPA, K. KAZAKOS, K, KARRAS, T. PAPAMOSCHOI • Pravo Dance • 3:06

VOLUME 2: BULGARIA & TURKEY
Bulgaria
1. BABAKA & HIS ENS. • At a Long Table • 2:50
2. MITA STOITSEVA & KAVALTZIEV FOLK ENS. • Mother Said to Zlatonka (Mori Zlantonke) • 3:16
3. CARLO THE GYPSY • Dance from the Bresnitsa Region • 3:11
4. V.P. HOUMARSKA & KAVALTZIEV FOLK ENS. • On the Green Grass (Na selena morava) • 3:02
5. Dance from the Berkovica Region • Radi Angelov / Kavaltziev Folk Music Ensemble • 3:03
6. MITA STOITSEVA & KAVALTZIEV FOLK ENS. • Mother Said to George? (Mama na George Dumashe) • 3:18
7. UNIDENTIFIED • Dance From Drianovo • 2:51
8. G. PENTSEV & D. TSOLAKOV • Shaving the Bridegroom • 3:03
9. IVANKA GEORGIEVA • Open the Door, Lenio (Otvori mi belo lenche vratata) • 3:03
10. UNIDENTIFIED • Dance from the Vladaia Region • 3:14
Turkey
11. HAYDAR TATLIYAY • Arap oyun Havasi • 3:17
12. ZEHRA BILIR • Mecnunum Leylami Gordum • 3:15
13. SUKRU TUNAR • Tsiftetelli • 2:42
14. NUBAR TOMLEKTSIYAN • Taksim • 3:24
15. NICK DONEFF • Karsilama • 2:52
16. MAHMUT TZELALETTIN • Rast neva gazel "Sevda dolu" • 3:11
17. NUBAR TOMLEKTSIYAN • Bahriye Tsiftetellisi • 3:39
18. TARSUS'LU ABDULKERIM • Rast Gazel "Bekledim kats getse" • 3:08
19. SUKRU TUNAR • Karsilama • 3:04
20. ZEHRA BILIR • Asger Agham • 3:27

VOLUME 3: GREECE
1. YIORGOS KASSARAS • O Mproufas (Broufas) • 4:20
2. EFTHIMIOS CHRISTOU • Gainta (Gaida) • 3:03
3. UNIDENTIFIED • Trigona (Turtle Dove) • 3:18
4. CHRISTOS CHARISIADIS • Plisivitsa 'I Kofto (Plisivitsa Or Kofto) • 3:03
5. ALEXIS ZOUMPAS • Miroloi (Dirge from Epirus) • 4:10
6. ATHANASIOS LAVIDAS • Thessalikos Choros (Danse of Thssaly) • 3:14
7. NIKOS KARAKOSTAS • Svarniara Thessaliotiki (Svarniarna of Thessaly) • 3:10
8. YIORGOS PAPASIDERIS • I Elenio (Elenio) • 3:14
9. ROZA ESKENAZI • I Lafina (The Doe) • 3:15
10. GIANNIS KYRIAKATIS • Itia (Willow Tree) • 3:09
11. P. GLYKOFRIDI • Kefallinotopoula Mou (Girl from Cefallonia) • 2:58
12. A. ZEMPILLAS • Kariotikos Sirtos (Syrtos Dance from Icaria) • 3:09
13. BAKSEVANIS • Oso Varoun Ta Sidera (Heavy as Iron) • 3:27
14. BAKSEVANIS • Agiovassiliatiki Sousta (Sousta Dance From Crete) • Baksevanis • 3:23
15. MARIKA PAPAGKIKA • Smirneikos Ballos (Syrtos Dance from Smyrna) • 3:59
16. G. DRAGATSIS • Bournovalio Sirto (Ballos Dance from Bournova) • 4:06
17. NIKOS PAPAVRAMIDIS • Pipilomata • 3:17
18. UNIDENTIFIED • Chasapiko (Hassapiko) • 2:59

Gary said...

Thanks, Gil ... And glad you're enjoying!