Third Man Records is proud to present a truly rare musical oddity- a two disc collection of primal and unhinged Greek village music that at times sounds more like free jazz or doom folk, feral and trance-like as it is. After years of research, fieldwork and collecting, Christopher King-Grammy-winning producer, sound-engineer, curator and writer- has gathered together from his private 78 rpm archive the most mind expanding and libido inducing song and dance music from the rural hinterlands of mainland Greece and its islands. Recorded between 1907 and 1960, this collection contains the first and the last-the alpha and the omega-of Greek demotika- or folk music. And it is not what you would expect.

Remastered from the original 78 rpm discs, this set contains 28 previously unissued recordings made in the cramped, primitive studios of Athens, Greece, New York, NY, and Chicago, IL. Crazed Macedonian bagpipes, keening violins, shiver-inducing zournas and shepherd-pipes are found throughout the two discs. Cover artwork is by legendary underground artist R. Crumb and designed by Grammy winning Susan Archie. A beautifully thought-provoking, if not radical, essay on this music by King accompanies the lavish package. Not simply for historians or collectors of long gone sounds, this compilation is intended to push the limits of what we have come to expect of music, its purpose and indeed its origin. You will experience a profound musical transformation immediately upon listening.

TMR334CD
Various Artists

Why The Mountains Are Black: Primeval Greek Village Music 1907-1960

Regular price $17.00
Select format:
Unfortunately this item is sold out. Enter your email below to get notified by email when this item comes back in stock.

Third Man Records is proud to present a truly rare musical oddity- a two disc collection of primal and unhinged Greek village music that at times sounds more like free jazz or doom folk, feral and trance-like as it is. After years of research, fieldwork and collecting, Christopher King-Grammy-winning producer, sound-engineer, curator and writer- has gathered together from his private 78 rpm archive the most mind expanding and libido inducing song and dance music from the rural hinterlands of mainland Greece and its islands. Recorded between 1907 and 1960, this collection contains the first and the last-the alpha and the omega-of Greek demotika- or folk music. And it is not what you would expect.

Remastered from the original 78 rpm discs, this set contains 28 previously unissued recordings made in the cramped, primitive studios of Athens, Greece, New York, NY, and Chicago, IL. Crazed Macedonian bagpipes, keening violins, shiver-inducing zournas and shepherd-pipes are found throughout the two discs. Cover artwork is by legendary underground artist R. Crumb and designed by Grammy winning Susan Archie. A beautifully thought-provoking, if not radical, essay on this music by King accompanies the lavish package. Not simply for historians or collectors of long gone sounds, this compilation is intended to push the limits of what we have come to expect of music, its purpose and indeed its origin. You will experience a profound musical transformation immediately upon listening.

Tracklist

  1. 1. Kalamatianos (Dance Of Kalamata)
  2. 2. Sousta Rethymniotiki (Sousta Dance Of Rethymno)
  3. 3. Giati Ine Mavra Ta Vouna (Why The Mountains Are Black)
  4. 4. Ousak Tsiftelli (Tsiftelli Rhythm Dance In Ousak Mode)
  5. 5. Enas Aetos (An Eagle)
  6. 6. Mirologi-Epirotiko Makedoniko (An Epirotic-Macedonian Lament)
  7. 7. Makedoniko Hasapiko (Hasapikos Dance Of Macedonia)
  8. 8. Selfos (Nightingale)
  9. 9. Enas Aetos-Tsamiko (An Eagle ? Dance)
  10. 10. E Triantafylllia (The Rose Tree)
  11. 11. Pera Ston Pera Maxala (Over To The Other Neighborhood)
  12. 12. Syrtos Haniotikos (Syrtos Dance From Hania)
  13. 13. Syrtos Politikos (Dance From Constantinople)
  14. 14. Kalymnikos Issos (Dance From Kalymnos)
  15. 15. Arvanitiko O Aetos (An Eagle
  16. 16. Arvanitiko Style)
  17. 17. Svarniara (Reckless Woman)
  18. 18. Kalamatianos (Dance Of Kalamata)
  19. 19. Platanos (Plane Tree)
  20. 20. Golfo (A Ballad)
  21. 21. Patinada Tis Nifis (Wedding Dance)
  22. 22. Pousteno
  23. 23. Boufiou (Loose Dance)
  24. 24. Karagouna
  25. 25. Gianniotiko (Karagouna Dance
  26. 26. Ioannina-style)
  27. 27. Kotta Mou (My Chicken)
  28. 28. Syrtos Politikos (Dance From Constantinople)
  29. 29. Eseis Padia Vlahopoila (You Young Vlach Children)
  30. 30. Kritiki Sousta (Fast Dance From Crete)
  31. 31. Tzarama (Shepherd Flute Song)
  32. 32. Kalymniki Sousta (Dance From Kalymnos)