Deeper Polka: More Dance Music From the Midwest

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The sequel to the Smithsonian Folkways Deep Polka compilation is -- unusually for sequels -- more interesting than its predecessor, as it contains a broader stylistic and regional diversity of American polka. No recording dates are given, but it seems likely that most or all of it was done very shortly before the collection's 2002 release date. Seven bands get three or four songs apiece, representing various strains of polka: Chicago Polish-American Stan Golonka & the Chicago Masters, Pittsburgh Croatian-American Jerry Grcevich, Nebraska Czech-American the Mark Vhlidal Band, Cleveland Slovenian-American Nancy Hlad, Minnesota Finnish-American Al Reko & Oren ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The sequel to the Smithsonian Folkways Deep Polka compilation is -- unusually for sequels -- more interesting than its predecessor, as it contains a broader stylistic and regional diversity of American polka. No recording dates are given, but it seems likely that most or all of it was done very shortly before the collection's 2002 release date. Seven bands get three or four songs apiece, representing various strains of polka: Chicago Polish-American Stan Golonka & the Chicago Masters, Pittsburgh Croatian-American Jerry Grcevich, Nebraska Czech-American the Mark Vhlidal Band, Cleveland Slovenian-American Nancy Hlad, Minnesota Finnish-American Al Reko & Oren Tikkanen, Wisconsin concertina Brian & the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen, and Wisconsin Norwegian "polkabilly" the Goose Island Ramblers. It does prove the back sleeve's proclamation that not all polka sounds alike, though some of it will please individual tastes more than others. Grcevich's tamburitza music stands out with a flavor that's slower and more melancholy than much polka, and Reko & Tikkanen bring in elements that many wouldn't associate with the style, like banjo, mandolin, spoons, and pronounced minor-key melodies. Other acts are more in line with upbeat dance polka, with the Goose Island Ramblers blending in hillbilly country, yodels, and old-timey American folk sounds on their outings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2002
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074014028
  • Catalog Number: 40140
  • Sales rank: 198,555

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Won't Go Home - Stas Golonka and the Chicago Masters (2:02)
  2. 2 Iron Casket Oberek - Stas Golonka and the Chicago Masters (2:03)
  3. 3 Chicago Is a Polka Town - Stas Golonka and the Chicago Masters (2:29)
  4. 4 Return to Me - Stas Golonka and the Chicago Masters (2:37)
  5. 5 Vatrogasna Polka and Kada Cujem Tambure (The Fireman's Polka and ...) (3:59)
  6. 6 Daj Mi Daj (Allow Me) (2:42)
  7. 7 Moja Juliska (My Julie) (3:16)
  8. 8 Betty Polka - Mark Vyhlidal Band (1:46)
  9. 9 Red Handkerchief (Cerveny Satecku) - Mark Vyhlidal Band (2:39)
  10. 10 Grandmother's Joy Laendler (Babicina Radost) - Mark Vyhlidal Band (3:06)
  11. 11 Clover in the Woods Polka (Jetelicku V Lese) - Mark Vyhlidal Band (2:38)
  12. 12 Raisin-Nut Polka - Nany Hlad (2:27)
  13. 13 Anne's Waltz - Nany Hlad (2:19)
  14. 14 Sweet Sixteen Polka - Nany Hlad (2:18)
  15. 15 Top of the Hill Polka - Nany Hlad (2:17)
  16. 16 Jätkäen Jenkka (The Logger's Schottische) - Oren Tikkanen (2:44)
  17. 17 Nujalan Talko Polkka (The Work-Bee at Nujala Polka) - Oren Tikkanen (2:29)
  18. 18 Suviyön Valssi (Midsummer Night Waltz) - Oren Tikkanen (2:43)
  19. 19 Lumber-Jäkki (The Lumberjack) - Oren Tikkanen (3:05)
  20. 20 Muziky Muziky Polka - Brian and the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen (2:54)
  21. 21 Laughing Concertina - Brian and the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen (2:08)
  22. 22 Chicago Waltz - Brian and the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen (2:37)
  23. 23 Julida Polka - Brian and the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen (2:08)
  24. 24 In Heaven There Is No Beer - Goose Island Ramblers (2:32)
  25. 25 There's No Norwegians in Dickeyville - Goose Island Ramblers (2:30)
  26. 26 Wendy's Schottische - Goose Island Ramblers (1:52)
  27. 27 Swiss Yodel Waltz - Goose Island Ramblers (2:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Grcevich Track Performer
Technical Credits
Dan Hartman Composer
Charlie Midnight Composer
Pete Reiniger Mastering
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