Rembetika 3: Vassilis Tsitsanis 1936-1940

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Great Britain's JSP label is well known as a purveyor of great jazz and blues music and, more recently, bluegrass. Their multiple-disc sets are usually sold for a song due to much more liberal copyright limitation laws in the United Kingdom, which are great if you're a consumer and really bad if you're an artist. That said, who would have thought that JSP would become the label for the history of rembetika in the Northern Hemisphere? The evidence is in the previous two multi-disc overviews of the music that the imprint issued in 2006 and earlier in 2008. This third entry in the series focuses on the most recorded musician of Greece's original underground outlaw music ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Great Britain's JSP label is well known as a purveyor of great jazz and blues music and, more recently, bluegrass. Their multiple-disc sets are usually sold for a song due to much more liberal copyright limitation laws in the United Kingdom, which are great if you're a consumer and really bad if you're an artist. That said, who would have thought that JSP would become the label for the history of rembetika in the Northern Hemisphere? The evidence is in the previous two multi-disc overviews of the music that the imprint issued in 2006 and earlier in 2008. This third entry in the series focuses on the most recorded musician of Greece's original underground outlaw music songwriter, and bouzouki master, Vassilis Tsitsanis, who was born in 1915 and passed away in 1984. Tsitsanis recorded from 1936 through the 1960s, taking a break during WWII, when he served in the Greek Army. This gigantic five-disc set concentrates only on the prewar years, 1936-1940. During that period, Tsitsanis recorded a whopping 101 sides! They range from his earliest, most youthful romantic ballads -- though his first hit, "Zembekiko," was a hashish ballad -- through more world-weary hard-luck, drinking, and gangster themes. Interestingly, many of his sides were credited to other artists, but as the liner notes explain somewhat sketchily, it's true, often a side would be credited to the vocalist or a co-writer but scholars have determined authorship as belonging to Tsitsanis. Each track on these five discs is painstakingly detailed in the notes, though the biographical details are spare. The sound is more than reasonable considering the official source tapes. And the music itself? Timeless; its emotional intensity and the physicality of Tsitsanis' bouzouki playing are undiminished as well. These are powerful songs and should be heard by every rembetika fan. While it's true that Rounder Records spent two different entries on the prewar material by the artist and went deeper into details in their rather academic liner essays, the sheer weight of the music and its volume on this box tips the edge in its favor.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2008
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065711122
  • Catalog Number: 77111
  • Sales rank: 391,006

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 S 'Ena Deke Skarosame (3:15)
  2. 2 Mandili Chrysokendimeno - Elvira Kakki (3:28)
  3. 3 Pikros Ine O Ponos Mou - Elvira Kakki (3:15)
  4. 4 Na Yiati Perno - Sophía Karívali (3:24)
  5. 5 Yitonissa (2:54)
  6. 6 Mario Ke Manavis (3:16)
  7. 7 Gouvernanda (3:18)
  8. 8 Ola Ta'Cho Varethi - Dhimítris Perdhikópoulos (3:14)
  9. 9 Xelogiastra - Dhimítris Perdhikópoulos (2:52)
  10. 10 Xelogiastra - Stellakis & Pan. Chrysinis (3:18)
  11. 11 Ola Ta'Cho Varethi - Stellakis & Pan. Chrysinis (3:25)
  12. 12 Me Liker Ke Me Sampania - Dhimítris Perdhikópoulos (3:18)
  13. 13 Me Thambonoun I Maties Sou - Dhimítris Perdhikópoulos (2:51)
  14. 14 Yia Sena Xenychto - Stellákis Perpiniádhis (3:18)
  15. 15 Ta Hano San Se Vlepo - Stellákis Perpiniádhis (3:14)
  16. 16 O Tsitsanis Sto Monte Carlo - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:19)
  17. 17 Trikalini Chakpina - Panayiotis Chrysini (3:11)
  18. 18 Tha'Rtho Mia Glykia Vradhia - Ev. Payioumidzis (3:18)
  19. 19 S'Afton Ton Kosmo Dhystichis - Panayiotis Chrysini (3:25)
  20. 20 Boemissa - Stellakis (3:29)
  21. 21 Otan Se Protognorisa - Stellakis (3:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Xenitia - Apóstolos Hadzichrístos (3:12)
  2. 2 To Trellokoritso - Apóstolos Hadzichrístos (3:16)
  3. 3 Plakiotissa - Stratos (2:57)
  4. 4 Simera Xypnisa Proi - Ev. Payioumidzis (2:59)
  5. 5 Ti Thelis Apo Mena - Stellakis (3:19)
  6. 6 Politissa - Panayiotis Chrysini (3:23)
  7. 7 I Mikri Ton Podharadhon (3:20)
  8. 8 Vasilo - Dhimitris Perdhikopoulos (3:14)
  9. 9 Dhio Chronia S 'Agapo - Dhimitris Perdhikopoulos (3:26)
  10. 10 O Asyrmatistis - Dhimitris Perdhikopoulos (3:26)
  11. 11 Apo Sena Ti Zilevo - Dhimitris Perdhikopoulos (3:07)
  12. 12 Parigoria Ta Matia Sou - Dhim. Roumeliotis (3:19)
  13. 13 Dhen To 'Pa To Parapono - Dhim. Roumeliotis (3:20)
  14. 14 Ta Veloudhenia Matia Sou - Stratos (3:21)
  15. 15 O Gamos Tou Tsitsani - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:21)
  16. 16 Archondissa - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:10)
  17. 17 Atelioto (3:20)
  18. 18 Mes' Tin Poli Skotoura Mou - Stratos (3:13)
  19. 19 Tha Rotiso Tin Mama Sou - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:17)
  20. 20 Apopse Na Min Kimithis - Stellakis (3:19)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Bravo Sou Pos Me Dhoulevis - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:47)
  2. 2 Sta Tavernia Tha Triyirno - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:18)
  3. 3 Stis Salonikis Ta Stena - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:26)
  4. 4 Tsiggana Mou Glykia - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:12)
  5. 5 Se Perimenoune Se Zisitoune - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:28)
  6. 6 Daizy - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:28)
  7. 7 Se Fino Akroyiali - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:23)
  8. 8 Na Pame Yia Ti Voula - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:11)
  9. 9 Tin Emorfia Sou Echases - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:17)
  10. 10 Tora Yirnas Stis Yitonies - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:13)
  11. 11 Pane Ta Lefta Mou - Stellakis (3:06)
  12. 12 Dhen Se Thelo Pia - Stellakis (3:18)
  13. 13 Kapote Zilepsa - Stratos Payioumidzis (3:13)
  14. 14 Melachrini Kopela - Stratos Payioumidzis (3:20)
  15. 15 Mario - Stratos Payioumidzis (3:42)
  16. 16 Horos Politikos (3:15)
  17. 17 O Tsitsanis Sti Dzoungla - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:11)
  18. 18 Serviko (3:09)
  19. 19 Dhodheka I Ora - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:12)
  20. 20 Tin Kyriaki To Dhilino - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:19)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Kalambakiotissa - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:04)
  2. 2 Michanika Me Berdhepses - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:11)
  3. 3 Tatavliano (3:19)
  4. 4 O Sarkaflias - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:15)
  5. 5 To Katsaro Sou To Mali - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:09)
  6. 6 Matsaranga - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:10)
  7. 7 Kamariera - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:20)
  8. 8 I Filenadhes - Stellios Chrysinis (3:18)
  9. 9 Agapo Mia Pandremeni - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:10)
  10. 10 Proxenevoun Ton Stamati - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:21)
  11. 11 Pane Ta Palia - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:23)
  12. 12 Mazi Sou Ego Pou Ta'Blexa - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:24)
  13. 13 Ta Soferakia - Stratos (3:17)
  14. 14 San Englezana Na Ferthis - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:04)
  15. 15 Mikri Mikri S'Agapisa - Daizy Stavropoúlou (3:12)
  16. 16 Sklyrokardhi - Daizy Stavropoúlou (3:12)
  17. 17 To Syre Ki'Ela Archinisa - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:08)
  18. 18 Tha Protimiso Thanato - Haral. Mavridhis (3:12)
  19. 19 Afou M'Aressi Na Yirno (3:20)
  20. 20 Ta Pandremenadhika - Daizy Stavropoúlou (3:21)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Ela Mikro Na Fygoume - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:21)
  2. 2 Larisini - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:14)
  3. 3 Tha Vro Mia Alli Me Kardhia (3:18)
  4. 4 Haremia Me Dhiamandia - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:15)
  5. 5 Se Zilevo Se Pono - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:10)
  6. 6 Yi'Afta Ta Mavra Matia Sou - Stellakis (3:10)
  7. 7 Fina Tha Tin Pername - Daizy Stavropoúlou (3:17)
  8. 8 Zoitsa Mou - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:10)
  9. 9 Yia Mia Xanthoula - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:04)
  10. 10 I Meraklidhes - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:12)
  11. 11 Mia Nychta Sto Pasalimani - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:20)
  12. 12 O Kosmos Ap'Ti Zilia Tou - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:11)
  13. 13 To Adhiko O Theos Dhen Theli - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:20)
  14. 14 Ise San Neraida - Haral. Mavridhis (3:06)
  15. 15 Mia Villa 'Go Tha Sou 'Chtiza - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:07)
  16. 16 I Magissa Tis Arapias - Efstratios Payioumidzis (3:18)
  17. 17 Fandazes San Pringipessa - Márkos Vamvakáris (3:21)
  18. 18 Ise Aristokratissa Ke Orea - Apóstolos Hadzichrístos (3:18)
  19. 19 Batiris - Ioanna Yeorgakopoulou (3:12)
  20. 20 M'Ena Pikro Anastenagmo - Stellakis (3:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vassilis Tsitsánis Primary Artist, Bouzouki
Rita Abadzi Vocals
Dhimitrios Semsis Violin
Kostas Karipis Guitar
Daizy Stavropoúlou Vocals
Manolis Hiotis Bouzouki
Panayotis Toundas Mandolin, Baglama
Apóstolos Hadzichrístos Vocals
Sophía Karívali Vocals
Dhimitris Demsis Violin
Dhimitris "Bayianderas" Gongos Bouzouki
Elvira Kakki Vocals
Stellakis Bouzouki
Ioanna Yeorgakopoulou Vocals
Stellios Chrysinis Bouzouki
Spyros Peristeris Bouzouki, Piano
Panayiotis Chrysini Baglama
Dhimitris Roumeliotis Vocals
Dhimitris Perdhikopoulos Vocals
Yeoryi Mittaki Vocals
Efstratios Payioumidzis Vocals
Technical Credits
Charles Howard Producer, translation, Annotation
Dhimítris Perdhikópoulos Composer
Stavros Kourousis Producer
Ev. Payioumidzis Composer
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