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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:04/2007
Label:Arhoolie Records 

Album Review
Professor Barnaby J. Finkerton
Reviewed 2008-04-04 
Tamburitza! Hot String Band Music From The Balkans To America: 1910-1950
CD 2

Second CD in the series of 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. Fast-paced instrumental with bobbing and weaving melody plucked on steel strings.
3. Another instrumental piece, somewhat slower, with changing tempo
4. Slow, 1-2, 1-2, older men singing in a reminiscing tone. Strings take background to vocals
*5. Two “dueling” strings make for an animated, upbeat instrumental piece with quaint, Eastern-European feel.
7. Pleasant, harmonious plucking precedes all-male trio with older-sounding voices. Mid-tempo
9. Bass keeps a steady 2/4 in the background as steel strings keep the melody and old men reminisce, perhaps holding each other’s shoulders and swaying in ouzo-induced revelry.
10. Pleasant ebb and flow of the strings’ simple melody takes center stage in this piece.
*11. Almost sounds like mariachi—the exception being that these men are speaking Greek. Strumming becomes more distinctly Hispanic.
*12. Complex, engaging melody meanders through the Greek countryside, with accompanying “Eepah!”s. Fast, but relaxing piece.
13. Bow instruments present staggered, break-filled array, with dual tenor male vocal harmonizing
*15. Bouncy piece shows the expressive power of string music, its ability to evoke a feeling through layered melody. Higher bow instruments accentuate lower dulcimer-like ones, and behind it all is a wandering guitar.
16. Four-part male harmony sings repetitive string of short words in rapid succession. Onomatopoeia?
18. Male vocalist sing a part, pause for a time, and resume, in unending cycle. Plucking strings take foreground over very-present bass.
*20. Instrumental, perplexing arrangement of a somewhat dark melody. Primarily plucked, but guitar in background provides strumming accompaniment. Mid-tempo.
21. Light, pleasing melody fit for a bike ride and a picnic in the hills of Czechoslovakia circa 1985. Instrumental piece with predictable but nevertheless enjoyable steel-string plucked melody.
23. Slow, 4/2 piece with old-timey feel. Plucking predominates, perhaps by as many as three instruments at a given time.
*24. Very typical of the genre, beginning slow and speeding up to feverish pitch. High-pitched and enthusiastic bow with plucking in background. Nice way to end the set.

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