Rembetika 3: Vassilis Tsitsanis 1936-1940

Rembetika 3: Vassilis Tsitsanis 1936-1940

by Vassilis Tsitsánis

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Rembetika 3: Vassilis Tsitsanis 1936-1940

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2008
Label: Jsp Records
UPC: 0788065711122
catalogNumber: 77111

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. S 'Ena Deke Skarosame
  2. Mandili Chrysokendimeno
  3. Pikros Ine O Ponos Mou
  4. Na Yiati Perno
  5. Yitonissa
  6. Mario Ke Manavis
  7. Gouvernanda
  8. Ola Ta'Cho Varethi
  9. Xelogiastra
  10. Xelogiastra
  11. Ola Ta'Cho Varethi
  12. Me Liker Ke Me Sampania
  13. Me Thambonoun I Maties Sou
  14. Yia Sena Xenychto
  15. Ta Hano San Se Vlepo
  16. O Tsitsanis Sto Monte Carlo
  17. Trikalini Chakpina
  18. Tha'Rtho Mia Glykia Vradhia
  19. S'Afton Ton Kosmo Dhystichis
  20. Boemissa
  21. Otan Se Protognorisa

Disc 2

  1. I Xenitia
  2. To Trellokoritso
  3. Plakiotissa
  4. Simera Xypnisa Proi
  5. Ti Thelis Apo Mena
  6. Politissa
  7. I Mikri Ton Podharadhon
  8. Vasilo
  9. Dhio Chronia S 'Agapo
  10. O Asyrmatistis
  11. Apo Sena Ti Zilevo
  12. Parigoria Ta Matia Sou
  13. Dhen To 'Pa To Parapono
  14. Ta Veloudhenia Matia Sou
  15. O Gamos Tou Tsitsani
  16. Archondissa
  17. Atelioto
  18. Mes' Tin Poli Skotoura Mou
  19. Tha Rotiso Tin Mama Sou
  20. Apopse Na Min Kimithis

Disc 3

  1. Bravo Sou Pos Me Dhoulevis
  2. Sta Tavernia Tha Triyirno
  3. Stis Salonikis Ta Stena
  4. Tsiggana Mou Glykia
  5. Se Perimenoune Se Zisitoune
  6. Daizy
  7. Se Fino Akroyiali
  8. Na Pame Yia Ti Voula
  9. Tin Emorfia Sou Echases
  10. Tora Yirnas Stis Yitonies
  11. Pane Ta Lefta Mou
  12. Dhen Se Thelo Pia
  13. Kapote Zilepsa
  14. Melachrini Kopela
  15. Mario
  16. Horos Politikos
  17. O Tsitsanis Sti Dzoungla
  18. Serviko
  19. Dhodheka I Ora
  20. Tin Kyriaki To Dhilino

Disc 4

  1. Kalambakiotissa
  2. Michanika Me Berdhepses
  3. Tatavliano
  4. O Sarkaflias
  5. To Katsaro Sou To Mali
  6. Matsaranga
  7. Kamariera
  8. I Filenadhes
  9. Agapo Mia Pandremeni
  10. Proxenevoun Ton Stamati
  11. Pane Ta Palia
  12. Mazi Sou Ego Pou Ta'Blexa
  13. Ta Soferakia
  14. San Englezana Na Ferthis
  15. Mikri Mikri S'Agapisa
  16. Sklyrokardhi
  17. To Syre Ki'Ela Archinisa
  18. Tha Protimiso Thanato
  19. Afou M'Aressi Na Yirno
  20. Ta Pandremenadhika

Disc 5

  1. Ela Mikro Na Fygoume
  2. Larisini
  3. Tha Vro Mia Alli Me Kardhia
  4. Haremia Me Dhiamandia
  5. Se Zilevo Se Pono
  6. Yi'Afta Ta Mavra Matia Sou
  7. Fina Tha Tin Pername
  8. Zoitsa Mou
  9. Yia Mia Xanthoula
  10. I Meraklidhes
  11. Mia Nychta Sto Pasalimani
  12. O Kosmos Ap'Ti Zilia Tou
  13. To Adhiko O Theos Dhen Theli
  14. Ise San Neraida
  15. Mia Villa 'Go Tha Sou 'Chtiza
  16. I Magissa Tis Arapias
  17. Fandazes San Pringipessa
  18. Ise Aristokratissa Ke Orea
  19. Batiris
  20. M'Ena Pikro Anastenagmo

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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