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Various Artists / Mysterious Albania
Album:Mysterious Albania Collection:World
Artist:Various Artists Added:11/2002
Label:Arc Music Inc. 

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Add Date:2003-07-07 Pull Date:2003-09-08 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:7 Sep3 Aug20 Jul13 Jul
Airplays:1121

 Recent Airplay
1.Oct 08, 2015:Melange
Medley
4.Jul 15, 2003:At the Cafe Bohemian
Fishermen's Work Song
2.Sep 03, 2003:No Cover, No Minimum (special Wednesday edition)
Fishermen's Work Song
5.Jul 14, 2003:Fly By Night
Medley
3.Jul 29, 2003:No Cover, No Minimum (expanded edition)
Fishermen's Work Song
6.Jul 07, 2003:The Southern World
Medley

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2003-06-30 
A variety of Albanian music, tracks varying from strings to flutes to vocals. Field recordings taken in 1979-80 with a good quality sound. Folky feel overall, lots of Balkan sounds (obviously) and some surprising influences from other "world" musics.

Liner notes detail the history of the country.

1- Vocals and guitars(?): Pastoral feel
2- Flutes: floaty stuff, like Peruvian flutes and an oboe-like reed
3- Vocals: Slow reverent a capella, some nice exotic harmonies
4- Solo female vocal, quiet/peaceful
5- "Neo-folk," female vocals over a full band. Cinematic, minor key.
6- Strings: Stern, classical violin. Ends happy.
7- Almost Klezmer sound! Clarinet with strummed lute/guitars. Slow.
8- Strings: violin soloist has a fast, almost Irish sound
9- Bagpipes! No, really, bagpipes!
10- Lutes: Fast melodies from a group of players. Piccolos join in later for a big festive sound.
11- Lutes/mandolins: Fast, skipping
12- Vocals: Burly tenor fishermen, operatic
13- Asian plucked strings, fast complex rhythms
14- Vocals: Big, slow, dramatic ensemble
15- Lutes: Fast, folky strumming
16- Flutes: Chaotic soft energy, occasionally danceable

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Polyphonic Group From RogoshinSong for Celo Mezani
2.Flautists of GramshiPastoral Symphony
3.Polyphonic Group From VloraTe Kesh Mall
4.Laska, HamideLullaby
5.Unknown Girls & Clarinet BandOnce Again As in 1960
6.Qerimi, EthermLament for Violin
7.Musicians From BeratLament
8.Mastora Family BandPastoral Melody
9.Pere, HekuranBagpipe Tune From Pogradec
10.Shyti, NdueMedley
11.Shyti, NdueRhapsodic Suite
12.Vocal Group From HimaraFishermen's Work Song
13.Unknown BandMedley From Mirdita
14.Vocal Group From VloraOstinato Singing
15.Cifteli Group From Nw AlbaniaPopular Tune From Lezha
16.Flautists From VloraConcert of Shepherds Flutes