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    Five Days Married & Other Laments: Northern Greece 1928-58 [coll] – [Angry Mom Records]

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    If you don’t love this album for the amazing sour powerful
    sound, then you can love it for the history of music from
    Greece circa 1928-58. Or you can love it for the R. Crumb
    cover. Or you can love it for detailed liners notes, learn
    of the harmony of the sheep bells. You already love gate-fold
    vinyl releases I presume. You could love it (wrongly) for the
    seemingly sardonic title, bit then fall in love with the
    bitter tragic beauty at its core. Or love the 1940 version
    of sex is confusion courtesy of the Litou sisters. Love
    the amazing virtuosity of the players, love the aching
    yearn of the singers (polyphonic power in particular).
    Love the blend of Balkan/Roma/Rembetika/Klezmer passion
    that pores through on every cut. Just love this, even if
    it leaves you wounded. From the opening “Skaros” (as
    exciting as any improv you’ll ever hear, I guess it was
    a flute but first thought it was a shepherd’s bagpipes)
    this collection of 78’s commands your attention, especially
    the first side which felt particularly timeless despite the
    patina of pops and character crackles. Christopher King
    delivers again, Angry Mom’s gotta lotta happy illegitimate
    followers. This Epirotic villages kicks “Erotic City’s”
    tiny purple ass. The triumph of lament!
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on June 12, 2013 at 10:34 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,International
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