Kosher Nostra: Jewish Gangsters Greatest Hits

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All Music Guide - John Bush
The Jewish criminal underworld flourished in New York City as early as the mid-19th century, wrestling with Italian and Irish elements into the mid-'50s for control of the city's criminal commerce, while Jewish gangsters Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel later became prime movers behind the rise of Las Vegas as the gambling capital of America. The Kosher Nostra compilation catalogues this era, not with Phil Spector hits like a Martin Scorsese film, but with the type of music that could've soundtracked Scarface -- the 1932 film, not the 1983 film -- and likely brought tears to the eyes of Jewish gangsters or at least their parents during their prime of the 1920s through the '50s. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
The Jewish criminal underworld flourished in New York City as early as the mid-19th century, wrestling with Italian and Irish elements into the mid-'50s for control of the city's criminal commerce, while Jewish gangsters Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel later became prime movers behind the rise of Las Vegas as the gambling capital of America. The Kosher Nostra compilation catalogues this era, not with Phil Spector hits like a Martin Scorsese film, but with the type of music that could've soundtracked Scarface -- the 1932 film, not the 1983 film -- and likely brought tears to the eyes of Jewish gangsters or at least their parents during their prime of the 1920s through the '50s. During those decades, entertainers, both those with Jewish heritage and those without, welded Jewish music to burgeoning American forms like jazz, R&B, and rock & roll. The compilers, Shantel and Oz Almog, both have excellent credentials for this type of venture; Shantel is not only a top dance DJ but a student of the criminal underworld with a college thesis to his credit, while Oz Almog is an artist who has mounted exhibitions featuring mug shots and gangster biographies. Fans of '70s gangster movies may find this, ironically, a little too hardcore substitute Al Jolson for Al Martino, and Connie Francis for Ronnie Spector, but this music, often with heavily traditional influences, flavors, and language, shines a spotlight on the same type of crime and culture found in Low Life, Luc Sante's eye-opening book on the New York underworld of the 19th and 20th centuries.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2011
  • Label: Essay Recordings
  • EAN: 4250536400072
  • Catalog Number: 13
  • Sales rank: 133,193

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Anniversary Song - Connie Francis (2:58)
  2. 2 My Yiddishe Mamme - Tom Jones (2:07)
  3. 3 Bei Mir Bist Du Schön - The Andrews Sisters (3:07)
  4. 4 Misirlou - Chubby Checker (2:45)
  5. 5 Hava Nagila - Solomon Schwartz Et Son Orchestra (1:54)
  6. 6 A Vaibele, A Tsnie - The Bagelmann Sisters (2:44)
  7. 7 Mu Mu - Leonid Utjossow (2:24)
  8. 8 The Old Piano Roll Blues - Al Jolson (3:01)
  9. 9 Shein Vi De Levone - Connie Francis (2:03)
  10. 10 Zug Es Meir Noch Amool - The Barry Sisters (2:07)
  11. 11 Es Fehlt Ihr Die Rozinke - Molly Picon (2:54)
  12. 12 What Can you Mach? - S'is America - Alexander Olshanetzky's Orchestra (3:19)
  13. 13 My Yiddish Mamme - Sophie Tucker (5:44)
  14. 14 The Bridegroom Special - Yiddish Swing Orchestra (3:23)
  15. 15 Eishes - Chiyell - The Barry Sisters (3:12)
  16. 16 Yiddisher Charleston - The Gilt Edges Four (3:03)
  17. 17 When Hollywood Goes Black and Tan - Cleo Brown (2:45)
  18. 18 Some of These Days - Sophie Tucker (2:41)
  19. 19 Black But Sweet - Wilmoth Houdini (2:30)
  20. 20 O Mein Papa - Connie Francis (4:27)
  21. 21 Hariklaki - Rosa Eskenazy (2:34)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Al Jolson Arranger
Aaron Lebedeff Composer
Shelton Brooks Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Saul Chaplin Arranger, Composer
Abraham Ellstein Composer
Jacob Jacobs Composer
Leon René Composer
Jack Yellen Composer
Cleo Brown Composer
Shantel Producer, Liner Notes
Lew Pollack Composer
Otis Rene Composer
Joseph Rumshinsky Composer
Sholom Secunda Composer
Robert Shad Composer
Chaim Tauber Composer
Paul Burkhard Composer
Cy Coben Composer
Traditional Composer
Ishbel Flett translation
Jean Trouillet Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Robert Gilbert Composer
John Turner Composer
Erik Charell Composer
Frederick Hendricks Composer
Isidor Lillian Composer
Oz Almog Producer, Artwork
Leonid Utjossow Composer
Juerd Amstein Composer
Panayiotis Toundas Composer
Jacob Jacobskammen Composer
Molly Picon Kalich Composer
Geoffrey Parsons Composer
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