Rembetika: Greek Music from the Underground

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Thanks to the crazy music fans at JSP in England comes this packed four-disc overview of rembetika, the true music of Greece's underworld. Rembetika has an interesting history. Its origins are not exactly known, and are traced back in various labyrinthine ways to the mid-19th century. In 1911, the word "rembetico" appeared on a record label, and the word was defined as being of "mildly erotic," bohemian content; it was used to describe such records through the mid-'20s. Beginning around 1925, the music's name changed and became associated most specifically with the underworld -- primarily because of music played in brothels, hash dens, prisons, and other generally criminal ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Thanks to the crazy music fans at JSP in England comes this packed four-disc overview of rembetika, the true music of Greece's underworld. Rembetika has an interesting history. Its origins are not exactly known, and are traced back in various labyrinthine ways to the mid-19th century. In 1911, the word "rembetico" appeared on a record label, and the word was defined as being of "mildly erotic," bohemian content; it was used to describe such records through the mid-'20s. Beginning around 1925, the music's name changed and became associated most specifically with the underworld -- primarily because of music played in brothels, hash dens, prisons, and other generally criminal surroundings. It was raw, immediate, sometimes harsh and bawdy, other times noir-ish and seductive in a sinister way. The music listeners now consider true rembetika came into view after the Greco-Turkish war. It flourished between 1925 and 1937 when it was officially censored as immoral by the Metaxas government. The music lived, however, and went deeply underground; it surfaced again briefly around 1946 before it was once again censored. The instrument rembetika brought to Greece's popular consciousness was the bouzouki, though violins, ouds, hand percussion, and singing were all part of the rembetika experience. These four discs here are organized around various themes. The first one focuses on the music made in the golden years as the material developed into a bona fide recordable style as it emerged out from under the thumb of the Ottoman Empire. Singers such as Marika Papagika, Achilleas Poulos, Rita Abadzi, Stellákis Perpiniádhis, and Kostas Karipis are all featured on this slab. Disc two begins in 1932. Forced underground by the government, the music often the seamy side of life, more so since it is now the music of the "criminal" element. This is where the bouzouki and baglama come into prominence. Most of the performers here are male, and they make an impression with their swirling darkness and tales of lost love, drunkenness, power, violence, and grief. From the start, the bouzouki reigns supreme as Márkos Vamvakáris sings "I Klostirou The Mill Girl." Long intricate instrumental patterns dig into the lyric and assert themselves at the tune's nadir. Yiorgos Batis' "I Fylakes Tou Oropou Oropos Jail" is another punch in the gut as he sings with rage about his pain and isolation. Vamvakáris and Batis are featured on this disc many times, but their contributions make the listener desire more. Stellios Keromytis is also here, and his "I Moni Mou Parigoria My Only Consolation" is one of the this disc's highlights. Disc three, entitled Dope, Dice, Guitars, Knives and Such, documents the criminal scene from 1928 to 1946. And some familiar names are here such as Jack Halikias, whose "Raste Tou Deke" was the first true rembetika hit to feature the bouzouki. Also included are wonderfully decadent tunes by George Katsaros, Róza Eskenázi, and Gus Dussas. The final volume in the set showcases the brief popularity -- above ground -- of rembetika. The big names in the scene are here, like Perpiniádhis, Stratos Payoumtzis, Yiannis Papaiouannou, and Apóstolos Hadzichrístos. But this is also the place where rembetika as a root music virtually disappears from the popular song scene, and goes so far underground that it almost -- almost -- ceases to exist. The rawness of the presentation returns, the narratives of erotic allure and tales of the forbidden go back into the shadows. JSP's documentation is superb. The notes are historical, with a different set for each volume, and the histories of performers, origins of terms, words, and a pronunciation guide are provided. Like the great blues collections, Rembetika: Greek Music from the Underworld is a treasure trove of the lost, forgotten, and dangerous. It's as soulful a documentary collection as you'll fine anywhere.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/18/2006
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065777623
  • Catalog Number: 7776
  • Sales rank: 109,434

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mandelena (3:34)
  2. 2 Chakiji Zeibek (4:22)
  3. 3 Tsifte Telli (3:20)
  4. 4 Huseini Manes - Andonios Dhiamandidhis (3:19)
  5. 5 Ballos Smyrneikos Me Mane - E. "Vaggelakis" Sophroniou (3:12)
  6. 6 Aidhinikos Xoros (Dance from Aydin) (3:44)
  7. 7 Zeimbekiko Melemenio (3:29)
  8. 8 Piran Ta Frygana Fotia (The Neighborhood's Ablaze) - Leopold Gad (3:00)
  9. 9 Minore Manes, S'Afino Tin Kali Nychtia (4:09)
  10. 10 Sousta Politiki - Andonis Dalgas (3:19)
  11. 11 Bournovalio (4:07)
  12. 12 Melachrinoula (Dark Skinned Girl) - Marika Politissa (3:14)
  13. 13 Rast Zergile - Marika Politissa (3:14)
  14. 14 ZI Markopouliotissa (The Girl from Markopoulo) (3:13)
  15. 15 Dzerkeza (The Circassian Girl) (3:12)
  16. 16 Gazeli Sabach, Sti Mavri Yi Chrosto Kormi (I Owe My Body to the ...) (3:27)
  17. 17 San Eyriz' Ap' Tin Pylo (As I Returned from Pulos) - Efstrátios Payiomidizís (3:32)
  18. 18 Mes' to Vathi Skotadhi (In the Deep Darkness) (3:16)
  19. 19 O Prezakis (The Junkie) (3:10)
  20. 20 Yiovan Tsaous (3:37)
  21. 21 Paraponiounde I Manges Mas (Our Manges Are Complaining) (3:27)
  22. 22 Ego Thelo Prigipessa (I Want a Princess) (3:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Klostirou (The Mill Girl) (3:25)
  2. 2 Zeimkekano Spaniolo - Stratos Payioumtzis (3:30)
  3. 3 Thermastis (The Stoker) (3:26)
  4. 4 San Ise Mangas Ke Dais (If You're a Mangas and a Real Hard Nut) (3:23)
  5. 5 Kapote Imouna Ki' Ego (And I Was Once...) (3:25)
  6. 6 O Synachis (The Dope Sniffer) (3:29)
  7. 7 Varka Mou Boyiatismeni (My Painted Boat) (3:22)
  8. 8 I Fylakes Tou Oropou (Oropos Jail) (3:22)
  9. 9 Prepi Na Xeris Michani (You Gotta Know the Tricks) (3:09)
  10. 10 Panta Me Glyko Hasisi (Always with Sweet Hashish) (3:21)
  11. 11 Hitan Anixi (It Was Springtime) (3:13)
  12. 12 Manges Piaste Ta Vouna (Manges, Take to the Hills) - Efstrátios Payiomidizís (3:16)
  13. 13 Pende Manges (Five Manges) (3:22)
  14. 14 Soura Ke Mastoura (Drunk and Stoned) (3:34)
  15. 15 Taxim Athineiko Ke Zeimbekiko (3:16)
  16. 16 Mes' Tou Vavoula Ti Gouva (In Vavoula's Hollow) (3:19)
  17. 17 Ouzak-To Tragoudhi Tis Xentias (The Song of Exile) - Efstrátios Payiomidizís (3:23)
  18. 18 I Moni Mou Parigoria (My Only Consolation) (3:14)
  19. 19 Ego Mangas Fenomouna (It Shows I Was a Mangas) - Michailis Yenitsaris (3:27)
  20. 20 Taxim-Zeimbekiko (3:09)
  21. 21 Olli I Rembetes Tou Dounia (All the Rembetes in the World) (3:11)
  22. 22 I Baglamadhes (3:10)
  23. 23 Ithela Na' Moun Iraklis (I Wanted to Be Hercules) - Nikos Vrachnas (3:57)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Stis Syras to Aniforo (On the Hill in Syros) - George Katsaros (3:50)
  2. 2 Tout' I Batsoi Pou' Rthan Tora (Those Cops Who Were Here Just Now) - Manolis Karapiperis (4:22)
  3. 3 Troumba - K. Kistis (4:05)
  4. 4 O Skylomangas (The Low Down Mangas) - Petros Kyriakios (4:15)
  5. 5 Me Pianoune Zaladhes (Dizziness Overcomes Me) - A. Kistis (4:20)
  6. 6 To Minore Tou Deke - S. Michelidhis (4:06)
  7. 7 O Paraponiaris (The Grumbler) (4:08)
  8. 8 I Efmorfi Attaleia (Beautiful Antalya) (4:09)
  9. 9 Echo Meraki Echo Dalga - Andonis Dalgas (4:21)
  10. 10 To Yellekaki (The Waistcoat) - D. Evstratiou (3:19)
  11. 11 Raste Tou Deke (3:57)
  12. 12 O Vlamis Tou Psyri (3:18)
  13. 13 Mas Kynigoun Ton Argile (They're After Our Argile) (3:08)
  14. 14 Strive Logia (Leave out the Bullshit) - Yiorgos Karras (4:05)
  15. 15 To Flidzani Tou Yianni (3:13)
  16. 16 Pane Yia to Prasso (They're Going "Dipping") (2:53)
  17. 17 Ime Prezakias (I'm a Smack-Head) (3:25)
  18. 18 Dhervisis Ke Anna (Anna and the Devish) - Anna Pagana (3:10)
  19. 19 To Proi Me Tin Dhrossoula (With the Early Morning Dew) - Stratos Payoumtzis (3:16)
  20. 20 Hadzimilousiko - Mike Patrinos (3:00)
  21. 21 Trikouverto (2:50)
Disc 4
  1. 1 I Margarita (2:58)
  2. 2 Ola Ta 'Cho Varethi - P. Chrysinis (3:26)
  3. 3 Mikroula Pireotissa (The Girl from Piraeus) (3:07)
  4. 4 I Magdhalo (3:08)
  5. 5 Thelo Na Se Andamoso, Xaveriotissa (3:13)
  6. 6 I Mikri Ap' To Passalimani (The Girl from Passalimani) (3:11)
  7. 7 Vaggelitsa (3:02)
  8. 8 Se Fino Akroyiali (On a Fine Beach) (3:23)
  9. 9 Tatavilano (Dance of Tatavla) (3:19)
  10. 10 Dhen Tha'rtho Peia Stin Kokkinia (I Won't Come Again to Kokkinia) - Yiorgos Kavouras (3:13)
  11. 11 Pali Mou Kanoun Proxenia (Again, They've Offered Me a Bride) (3:23)
  12. 12 Paliopedho (That's No Good) (3:20)
  13. 13 O Tsiggounis O Babas Sou (Your Old Man, The Miser) - Yiorgos Kavouras (3:36)
  14. 14 Vadizo Me Parapono (3:22)
  15. 15 Tha Se Klepso tha Se Paro (I'll Steal You Away) (2:59)
  16. 16 I Meraklidhes (3:13)
  17. 17 To Portofoli (The Wallet) (3:11)
  18. 18 Opios Orfanepse Mikros (Whoever Is Orphaned Young) (3:18)
  19. 19 Manavissa Me Gaidhouraki (The Grocer Girl & Her Donkey) (3:41)
  20. 20 O Serianis (The Stroller) (3:08)
  21. 21 Tis Mastouras O Skopos (The Song of the High) (3:15)
  22. 22 Varka Yualo (The Boat Down on the Beach) - Stratos Payoumtzis (3:16)
  23. 23 Nea Vaggelitsa - I. Stamoulis (3:19)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Vassilis Tsitsánis Composer
Róza Eskenázi Composer
Kostas Karipis Composer
P. Toúndas Composer
Anestis Dhelias Composer
A. Kostis Composer
Tom Kosis Arranger
Yiorgos Batis Composer
Stellios Keromytis Composer
Michailis Yenitsaris Composer
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