Various Artists / Tamburitza! Hot String Band Music From The Balkans To America 1910-1950
Album:Tamburitza! Hot String Band Music From The Balkans To America 1910-1950 Collection:World
Artist:Various Artists Added:Apr 2007
Label:Arhoolie Records 

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Album Review
Professor Barnaby J. Finkerton
Reviewed 2008-04-04 
Tamburitza! Hot String Band Music From The Balkans To America: 1910-1950
CD 1

Staccato string band music from the first half of the 20th century in the Balkans region. Very cheerful, almost ecstatically so. Gives a good indication of historical traditions of the Balkan region. Everything from fast, rousing dance pieces to slow, deliberate chanting set to music. Complex string interplay weaves with multi-part male and female harmony. Somewhat repetitive at times, and many of the tracks are very similar. Overall sound quality is poor, but these are recordings remastered from the first half of the 20th century, so this is to be expected. Nonetheless, makes for authentic feel. Overall an excellent CD, if a little repetitive, but very representative and peculiarly engaging. The following tracks I found to be of note:

1. Sets the tone for the piece. Male vocals serenade confidently over cheery, up-tempo wire strings, backup vocals provided by team of two more men. Continuous plucking.
2. More string plucking. Slightly lower pitch, slower but still rather fast tempo. Main vocalist has eccentric singing voice, unclear whether male/female, male backup singers. Bow string instruments similar to fiddles combine with the plucked instrument of track 1.
*5. Very fast tempo, multiple plucked strings, simple bassline encourages foot tapping. No vocals, just continuous strings, for a very feel-good piece.
10. At least three male vocals, one of them harmonizing, sing tune that comes and ebbs in waves.
12. 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4, slow dancing piece with ballad-like feel.
*14. Change of pace—single string instrument in background, operatic singing. A must listen!
15. Three instruments this time, pleasant melody sung by younger male voice.
*18. Complex string interplay highlights three part male vocal melody of bass, baritone, and tenor. Slow and deliberate, but no less complicated tune.
*19. Instrumental piece, gives the feel of whirling chaos, breaking way to ordered cacophony. Violin-like bow instrument interspersed with plucking.
*20. Almost Arabian-sounding horn with bow accompaniment, older male choir accompanies slow-paced, deliberate, quasi-psychedelic rambling.
*21. The plucking returns, for a complex instrumental melody fitting for a royal procession.
22. Bow strings accentuate a slow dancing piece, two-part melody with very low and very high parts.
23. Instrumental—very typical of the genre, with fast-paced, rousing, cheerful, and complex melody. Tempo speeds slightly throughout song.
*24. Tambourine makes its appearance, (Tamburitza!), and female singer makes some impressive vocal leaps. Very full voice over simple 1-2 background, very rousing.
-Professor Barnaby J. Finkerton

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Jovanovic, Dulsan & His Tamburitza OrchKockare-Mangupe
2.Adamov, Staich & Co.Dremala, Spavala
3.Verni's TroubadorsMujes Mala
4.Tamburitza OrchestraCiri Miri Cica
5.Verni's TroubadorsMicika Polka
6.Jovanovic, Dulsan & His Tamburitza OrchOcemo Braco Da Idemo
7.Adamov, Staich & Co.Zenidba Meseca
8.Jovanovic, Dulsan & His Tamburitza OrchDijpaj Djevojko
9.Kuharacev Mjeslovti ZborU Osijeku Cuprija
10.Huszar & Miskovic Tamburitza OrchMoj Se Dragi Na Put Sprema
11.Tamburaski ZborMladi Doktore
12.Huszar & Miskovic Tamburitza OrchPred Tvojom Sam
13.Miskovic Tamburitza OrchU Marice Beo Vrat
14.Santic, Paja BKraj Vardara
15.Mimika, JocaS Ulice U Bastice
16.Mimika, JocaIde Lola Vija Go Patrola
17.Mimika, JocaVino Piju Lane
18.Mimika, JocaMajka Me Psuje
19.Tamburica OrchestraArapsko Kukunjesce
20.Radivojic, JovanEl Meni Kazu Da Sam Prava Lola
21.Royal Serbian Tamburitza OrchConstantinople March
22.Mimika, JocaKukuruzi Vec Se Beru
23.Tamburitza OrchestraJeftanovicevo Koko
24.Sofka With Gypsy OrchestraKolika Je Javorina Planina
25.Tamburitza Ensemble Of Ivan KovacevicBacko Kolo
26.Stojanovic, AnetaUranila Lepa Stana
27.Tamburitza Ensemble Of Ivan KovacevicKoracina Juznigh Slavena
28.Milan Verni's Tamburitza OrchestraSedam Sati Bije
29.Tamburitza OrchestraJavor Kolo
30.Kuharcev Mjesoviti HborKosovo Waltz
31.Skertich Brothers Tamburitza OrchestraHaj Vinca, Vinca Ca
32.Kuharcev Mjeslovti ZborNa Zdencu
33.Skertich Brotehrs Tamburitza OrchestraSve Za Tvoju Ljubav
34.Skertich Brothers Tamburitza OrchestraUdona Sam Mlada
35.Balkan Tamburitza OrchestraLa Paloma
36.Balkan Tamburitza OrchestraErdejanka-Kolo
37.Kapugi Brothers Tamburitza OrchPonoc Kad Dodje
38.Dave Zupkovich OrchestraHey Tambu Re-Bop
39.Edo Lubich's Tamburitza OrchestraSarajevka-Kolo
40.Balkan Recording Tamburitza OrchestraOj Maricka Peglaj
41.Zupkovich, DaveKraljevo Kolo
42.Tamburitza OrchestraMene Majka Dje
43.Popovich BrothersOtvori Mi Mili Pile Vrata
44.Milan Verni Tamburitza OrchestraVranjanka-Kolo
45.Milan Verni Tamburitza OrchestraSeljancia - Kolo
46.Zupkovich, DaveTamburaska Potpura
47.Duquesne University Tamburitza OrchestraWorker's Greeting
48.Halik, JohnMalo Kolo