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Various Artists: Women of Rembetika: 1908-1947 [Box]

Audio Samples

>Seni Gheurduktcha(sic) - Arap Mehmet/Gülistan Hanim
>Smyrneiko Mane Dzivaeri - Mille. Maria
>Karsilamas
>Traindafillia [Dzamiko]
>Smyrneiko Minore, An S'Agapo Ki 'Ein Oniro
>Fa Madzore, I Nychta Me Parigori
>Ta Oula Sou [Zeimbekiko]
>Dhio Psarakia Melanouri - Ka. Koula
>Ballos Smyrnis - Ka. Koula
>Chiotissa - Ka. Koula
>To Vlamaki [Zeimbekiko] - Ka. Koula
>Aidhinikos Horos - Ka. Koula
>Siga Miga [Karsilamas]
>Smyneiko Zeimbekiko
>Galata Manes, Oso Travieme Ap' Ti Fotia
>Gildelim
>Adam Aman, Sti Mavri Yi Chrosto Kormi - Amalia Vaka
>Berbandis - Amalia Vaka/Yianniotisa
>Gel Gel [Karsilamas]
>O Vaggelis - Aggeliki Karayianni
>Baglamadhes [Zeimbekiko]
>Smyrneikos Ballos
>Smyrneikos Manes
>Eche Yeia Panayia
>Ti Se Melli Esenane
>Nini
>Bul Bul Manes
>Dzivaeri, Posses Pliges Mou Anixes
>Yia Afto Foumaro Kokaini
>Politissa
>Galata Manes, Lismonise Olotelos
>Coshkun Zeybek - Mahmure H. Hanim
>To Yellekaki - M. Nezer
>Mes' Tou Dzambikou Ton Teke
>Gazel Hiouzam, Anastenazo Kegonde
>Barbouni Mou Thallasino
>Hariklaki - Rita Abadzi
>Minore, Skliro To Peprameno
>Feredze Foro
>Mia Hira Ap' Tin Kokkinia - Marika Kanaropoulou
>Neva Hedzaz - Tourkalitsa/Marika Kanaropoulou
>I Lachanades [Zeimbekiko] - Róza Eskenázi
>Sti Dhrapetsona
>O Fthisikos - Róza Eskenázi
>To Kanarini - Róza Eskenázi
>As' Ta Kolpa - Rita Abadzi
>Yia Tin Agapi Sou - Rita Abadzi
>O Amerikanos
>Hathika Trellathika - Róza Eskenázi
>Zourlopenemenis Yenna - Rita Abadzi
>Stis Aretousas Ti Spilia - Rita Abadzi
>Kleftodzandas
>Ime Prezakias - Anna Pagana/Politissa
>Alanaik - Tourkalitsa/Marika Kanaropoulou
>Dhervisena - Aggelitsa Papazoglou
>Arapi Gazel Ousak, I Tichi Mou Me Dichase
>Vre Manoli - Kitsa Korrina
>Sabach, O Kosmos Opos Eyine - Chrysa Thivaiou/Aidhinia
>Ballos, Dhen Boro Na Klego Pia
>Ta Hanoumakia
>Karip-Hedzaz, Otan Ptochini O Anthropos
>Mana Thelo Enana Andra - Yeoryia Mittaki
>To Krasi Ki' An To Pino
>To Mathene Pos S'Agapo
>Pia Dhen Me Yelas
>Alaniara
>Ean Dhen Isoun Fthisikia - Tassia Vryoni/Stellios Keromytis
>Omorfi Thessalonikia - Rita Abadzi
>Mi Me Pedhevis Adhika - Sophía Karívali
>Mou Ipan Na Mi S'Agapo - Nota "Mytilinia" Kalleli
>Lavriotissa - Nota "Mytilinia" Kalleli
>Babesika Mou Ta' Feres - Ioanna Yeorgakopoulou/Stellios Keromytis
>Bros Ton Ayio Spyridhona - Ioanna Yeorgakopoulou/Stellios Keromytis
>Mi Se Planepsan Ta Lefta - H. Mavridhis
>Horis Elpidha Na Pono - Daizy Stavropoúlou/Stellios Keromytis
>To Rologaki Pou Foreis - Em. Hiotis/Ioanna Yeorgakopoulou
>Ta Nisia Tou Paradhisou - Daizy Stavropoúlou
>Pame Apopse Me Varkoula - Ioanna Yeorgakopoulou
>Mikropandremenaki Mou - Daizy Stavropoúlou
>O Koumbaros O Psaras - S. Karivali/M. Vamvakaris
>O Loulas - Em. Hiotis/Ioanna Yeorgakopoulou
>Dos Mou Fotia N'Anapso - Stellakis/Ioanna Yeorgakopoulou
>Psaras Tha Yino Sti Steria - Stella Haskil
>Na Zei Kanis Sti Monaxia - Stellakis/Ioanna Yeorgakopoulou
>To Rendevoudhaki - V. Tsitsanis/Stella Haskil
>Bir Allah - Stella Haskil
>Eviva Rembetes - Stella/Kyriazis/Kaldharas

Track List

>Seni Gheurduktcha(sic) - Arap Mehmet/Gülistan Hanim
>Smyrneiko Mane Dzivaeri - Mille. Maria
>Karsilamas
>Traindafillia [Dzamiko]
>Smyrneiko Minore, An S'Agapo Ki 'Ein Oniro
>Fa Madzore, I Nychta Me Parigori
>Ta Oula Sou [Zeimbekiko]
>Dhio Psarakia Melanouri - Ka. Koula
>Ballos Smyrnis - Ka. Koula
>Chiotissa - Ka. Koula
>To Vlamaki [Zeimbekiko] - Ka. Koula
>Aidhinikos Horos - Ka. Koula
>Siga Miga [Karsilamas]
>Smyneiko Zeimbekiko
>Galata Manes, Oso Travieme Ap' Ti Fotia
>Gildelim
>Adam Aman, Sti Mavri Yi Chrosto Kormi - Amalia Vaka
>Berbandis - Amalia Vaka/Yianniotisa
>Gel Gel [Karsilamas]
>O Vaggelis - Aggeliki Karayianni
>Baglamadhes [Zeimbekiko]
>Smyrneikos Ballos
>Smyrneikos Manes
>Eche Yeia Panayia
>Ti Se Melli Esenane
>Nini
>Bul Bul Manes
>Dzivaeri, Posses Pliges Mou Anixes
>Yia Afto Foumaro Kokaini
>Politissa
>Galata Manes, Lismonise Olotelos
>Coshkun Zeybek - Mahmure H. Hanim
>To Yellekaki - M. Nezer
>Mes' Tou Dzambikou Ton Teke
>Gazel Hiouzam, Anastenazo Kegonde
>Barbouni Mou Thallasino
>Hariklaki - Rita Abadzi
>Minore, Skliro To Peprameno
>Feredze Foro
>Mia Hira Ap' Tin Kokkinia - Marika Kanaropoulou
>Neva Hedzaz - Tourkalitsa/Marika Kanaropoulou
>I Lachanades [Zeimbekiko] - Róza Eskenázi
>Sti Dhrapetsona
>O Fthisikos - Róza Eskenázi
>To Kanarini - Róza Eskenázi
>As' Ta Kolpa - Rita Abadzi
>Yia Tin Agapi Sou - Rita Abadzi
>O Amerikanos
>Hathika Trellathika - Róza Eskenázi
>Zourlopenemenis Yenna - Rita Abadzi
>Stis Aretousas Ti Spilia - Rita Abadzi
>Kleftodzandas
>Ime Prezakias - Anna Pagana/Politissa
>Alanaik - Tourkalitsa/Marika Kanaropoulou
>Dhervisena - Aggelitsa Papazoglou
>Arapi Gazel Ousak, I Tichi Mou Me Dichase
>Vre Manoli - Kitsa Korrina
>Sabach, O Kosmos Opos Eyine - Chrysa Thivaiou/Aidhinia
>Ballos, Dhen Boro Na Klego Pia
>Ta Hanoumakia
>Karip-Hedzaz, Otan Ptochini O Anthropos
>Mana Thelo Enana Andra - Yeoryia Mittaki
>To Krasi Ki' An To Pino
>To Mathene Pos S'Agapo
>Pia Dhen Me Yelas
>Alaniara
>Ean Dhen Isoun Fthisikia - Tassia Vryoni/Stellios Keromytis
>Omorfi Thessalonikia - Rita Abadzi
>Mi Me Pedhevis Adhika - Sophía Karívali
>Mou Ipan Na Mi S'Agapo - Nota "Mytilinia" Kalleli
>Lavriotissa - Nota "Mytilinia" Kalleli
>Babesika Mou Ta' Feres - Ioanna Yeorgakopoulou/Stellios Keromytis
>Bros Ton Ayio Spyridhona - Ioanna Yeorgakopoulou/Stellios Keromytis
>Mi Se Planepsan Ta Lefta - H. Mavridhis
>Horis Elpidha Na Pono - Daizy Stavropoúlou/Stellios Keromytis
>To Rologaki Pou Foreis - Em. Hiotis/Ioanna Yeorgakopoulou
>Ta Nisia Tou Paradhisou - Daizy Stavropoúlou
>Pame Apopse Me Varkoula - Ioanna Yeorgakopoulou
>Mikropandremenaki Mou - Daizy Stavropoúlou
>O Koumbaros O Psaras - S. Karivali/M. Vamvakaris
>O Loulas - Em. Hiotis/Ioanna Yeorgakopoulou
>Dos Mou Fotia N'Anapso - Stellakis/Ioanna Yeorgakopoulou
>Psaras Tha Yino Sti Steria - Stella Haskil
>Na Zei Kanis Sti Monaxia - Stellakis/Ioanna Yeorgakopoulou
>To Rendevoudhaki - V. Tsitsanis/Stella Haskil
>Bir Allah - Stella Haskil
>Eviva Rembetes - Stella/Kyriazis/Kaldharas

Album Notes

Audio Remasterer: Ted Kendall.

JSP continues its grand series of rembetika compilations with this four disc collection -- the very first retrospective to feature exclusively female performers. Rembetika's murky history is compelling. Its origins are not exactly known, but can be traced to the mid-19th century. In 1911, the word "rembetico" appeared on a record label, and the word was defined as being of "mildly erotic" bohemian content; it was used to describe such records through the mid-'20s. That said, the musical style was recorded before the word appeared. Beginning around 1925, the music's name changed and became associated specifically with the underworld and street culture -- primarily because it was played in brothels, hash and gambling dens, prisons, and other surroundings associated with criminal activity. It was raw, immediate, sometimes harsh and bawdy, other times violent and sinister or blatantly seductive. The music listeners consider true rembetika emerged after the Greco-Turkish war. It flourished between 1925 and 1937 when it was officially censored as "immoral" by the Metaxas government. The music lived, however, and went deeply underground; it surfaced again briefly around 1946 before it was once again censored. The instrument rembetika brought to Greece's popular consciousness was the bouzouki, though violins, ouds, hand percussion, and singing were all part of the rembetika experience. The four-disc, 87-track collection was curated by the great rembetika scholar Charles Howard. It commences before "rembetico" history and ends after its second banishment from Greece's official cultural world. Many of these sides are true underground records. Some of the artists here, such as Marika Papagika, Rita Abadzi, and Roza Eskenazi achieved fame beyond Greece's borders (Papagika recorded in New York). More importantly, however, are those sides by lesser-known singers like Kyria Pipina, Aggelitsa Papazoglou, Ioanna Yeorgakopoulou, and Chrysa Thivaiou. This is a treasure trove of outlaw music from the early 20th century, performed by some of its greatest artists, many of whom even fans of the music didn't know existed. The sound is as fine as can be expected, and Howard's effort was gargantuan -- he even included transcriptions in his liner notes. ~ Thom Jurek



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