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Polkas for a Gloomy World

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All Music Guide - Steven McDonald
There are those who despise polka, and then there are those whose boundless passion for polka knows no limits, which is where Brave Combo come in. Challenging a gray and grouchy world to get knees-up for a while and chase the tuba player around the room, Brave Combo have turned out Polkas for a Gloomy World, a collection that finds the meeting place between Eastern Europe and the Tejano brand of accordion demolition music. It's a delightful mix of humor and seriousness, with some oddball ideas tossed in for good measure "Near the Karpat Mountains" has this odd little bit of digital reversing in the mix, not to mention some very odd sounds indeed. The two visible ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steven McDonald
There are those who despise polka, and then there are those whose boundless passion for polka knows no limits, which is where Brave Combo come in. Challenging a gray and grouchy world to get knees-up for a while and chase the tuba player around the room, Brave Combo have turned out Polkas for a Gloomy World, a collection that finds the meeting place between Eastern Europe and the Tejano brand of accordion demolition music. It's a delightful mix of humor and seriousness, with some oddball ideas tossed in for good measure "Near the Karpat Mountains" has this odd little bit of digital reversing in the mix, not to mention some very odd sounds indeed. The two visible originals, "Flying Saucer" and "Mystery Spot Polka," are worthy pieces, too, bent and demented speed-demons. If you're looking for a rainy day pick-me-up and don't feel like committing mass destruction when you hear polkas, grab this album and follow up by acquiring everything you can find by Brave Combo.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/1995
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661904521
  • Catalog Number: 619045
  • Sales rank: 333,268

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brave Combo Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Jeffrey Barnes Clarinet, Harmonica, Horn, Saxophone, Vocals, Electronic Horn
Joe Cripps Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Carl Finch Guitar, Accordion, Keyboards, Vocals
Bubba Hernandez Bass, Vocals
Alan Emert Drums
Janice Krieger Background Vocals
Danny O'Brien Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Technical Credits
Brave Combo Producer
Carl Finch Arranger
Terry Slemmons Engineer
Jim Vincent Engineer
Hawkey Franzen Composer
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