Women of Rembetika: 1908-1947

Women of Rembetika: 1908-1947

     
 
JSP continues its grand series of rembetika compilations with this four disc collection -- the very first retrospective to feature exclusively female performers. Rembetika's murky history is compelling. Its origins are not exactly known, but can be traced to the mid-19th century. In 1911, the word "rembetico" appeared on a record label, and the word was defined as

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JSP continues its grand series of rembetika compilations with this four disc collection -- the very first retrospective to feature exclusively female performers. Rembetika's murky history is compelling. Its origins are not exactly known, but can be traced 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. That said, the musical style was recorded before the word appeared. Beginning around 1925, the music's name changed and became associated specifically with the underworld and street culture -- primarily because it was played in brothels, hash and gambling dens, prisons, and other surroundings associated with criminal activity. It was raw, immediate, sometimes harsh and bawdy, other times violent and sinister or blatantly seductive. The music listeners consider true rembetika emerged 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. The four-disc, 87-track collection was curated by the great rembetika scholar Charles Howard. It commences before "rembetico" history and ends after its second banishment from Greece's official cultural world. Many of these sides are true underground records. Some of the artists here, such as Marika Papagika, Rita Abadzi, and Roza Eskenazi achieved fame beyond Greece's borders (Papagika recorded in New York). More importantly, however, are those sides by lesser-known singers like Kyria Pipina, Aggelitsa Papazoglou, Ioanna Yeorgakopoulou, and Chrysa Thivaiou. This is a treasure trove of outlaw music from the early 20th century, performed by some of its greatest artists, many of whom even fans of the music didn't know existed. The sound is as fine as can be expected, and Howard's effort was gargantuan -- he even included transcriptions in his liner notes.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2012
Label:
Jsp Records
UPC:
0788065715229
catalogNumber:
77152
Rank:
19266

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Seni Gheurduktcha(sic)
  2. Smyrneiko Mane Dzivaeri
  3. Karsilamas
  4. Traindafillia
  5. Smyrneiko Minore, An S'Agapo Ki 'Ein Oniro
  6. Fa Madzore, I Nychta Me Parigori
  7. Ta Oula Sou
  8. Dhio Psarakia Melanouri
  9. Ballos Smyrnis
  10. Chiotissa
  11. To Vlamaki
  12. Aidhinikos Horos
  13. Siga Miga
  14. Smyneiko Zeimbekiko
  15. Galata Manes, Oso Travieme Ap' Ti Fotia
  16. Gildelim
  17. Adam Aman, Sti Mavri Yi Chrosto Kormi
  18. Berbandis
  19. Gel Gel
  20. O Vaggelis

Disc 2

  1. Baglamadhes
  2. Smyrneikos Ballos
  3. Smyrneikos Manes
  4. Eche Yeia Panayia
  5. Ti Se Melli Esenane
  6. Nini
  7. Bul Bul Manes
  8. Dzivaeri, Posses Pliges Mou Anixes
  9. Yia Afto Foumaro Kokaini
  10. Politissa
  11. Galata Manes, Lismonise Olotelos
  12. Coshkun Zeybek
  13. To Yellekaki
  14. Mes' Tou Dzambikou Ton Teke
  15. Gazel Hiouzam, Anastenazo Kegonde
  16. Barbouni Mou Thallasino
  17. Hariklaki
  18. Minore, Skliro To Peprameno
  19. Feredze Foro
  20. Mia Hira Ap' Tin Kokkinia
  21. Neva Hedzaz
  22. I Lachanades

Disc 3

  1. Sti Dhrapetsona
  2. O Fthisikos
  3. To Kanarini
  4. As' Ta Kolpa
  5. Yia Tin Agapi Sou
  6. O Amerikanos
  7. Hathika Trellathika
  8. Zourlopenemenis Yenna
  9. Stis Aretousas Ti Spilia
  10. Kleftodzandas
  11. Ime Prezakias
  12. Alanaik
  13. Dhervisena
  14. Arapi Gazel Ousak, I Tichi Mou Me Dichase
  15. Vre Manoli
  16. Sabach, O Kosmos Opos Eyine
  17. Ballos, Dhen Boro Na Klego Pia
  18. Ta Hanoumakia
  19. Karip-Hedzaz, Otan Ptochini O Anthropos
  20. Mana Thelo Enana Andra
  21. To Krasi Ki' An To Pino
  22. To Mathene Pos S'Agapo
  23. Pia Dhen Me Yelas

Disc 4

  1. Alaniara
  2. Ean Dhen Isoun Fthisikia
  3. Omorfi Thessalonikia
  4. Mi Me Pedhevis Adhika
  5. Mou Ipan Na Mi S'Agapo
  6. Lavriotissa
  7. Babesika Mou Ta' Feres
  8. Bros Ton Ayio Spyridhona
  9. Mi Se Planepsan Ta Lefta
  10. Horis Elpidha Na Pono
  11. To Rologaki Pou Foreis
  12. Ta Nisia Tou Paradhisou
  13. Pame Apopse Me Varkoula
  14. Mikropandremenaki Mou
  15. O Koumbaros O Psaras
  16. O Loulas
  17. Dos Mou Fotia N'Anapso
  18. Psaras Tha Yino Sti Steria
  19. Na Zei Kanis Sti Monaxia
  20. To Rendevoudhaki
  21. Bir Allah
  22. Eviva Rembetes

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vassilis Tsitsánis   Bouzouki
Róza Eskenázi   finger cymbals
Nikos Karakostas   Clarinet
Lambros Leondaridhis   Lyra
Markos Sifnios   Cello
Alexis Zoumbas   Violin
Kóstas Skarvélis   Guitar
Agápios Tomboúlis   Oud
Stellios Keromytis   Bouzouki
Dhimitris Demsis   Violin
Dhimitris "Bayianderas" Gongos   Bouzouki
Em. Hiotis   Bouzouki
"Gus" Papagikas   Xylophone,Cembalo
Ilias "Louis" Rassias   Cembalo
Yiorgos Mitsakis   Bouzouki
Spyros Peristeris   Bouzouki,Guitar,Piano
Aggeliki Karayianni   Castanets
Stellios Mellas   Santouri
Stefo Armonika   Accordion
Spyros Stamos   Cembalo
Kostas Kastouris   Cembalo
Dhimitris Ladhopoulos   Violin
Athanasios Makedhonas   Violin
Apostolos Kaldharas   Bouzouki
Yiannis Kyriakatis   Clarinet

Technical Credits

Charles Howard   Annotation
Stellios Keromytis   Composer
St. Perpiniadhis   Composer
Fuat Bey   Composer
Apostolos Kaldharas   Composer

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