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ARTIST
TITLE
Global Accordion: Early Recordings 1927-1948
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
SM 1623 SM 1623
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
1/7/2002

"Companion piece to the book Das Akkordeon (Christoph Wagner, ISBN 3-7957-2361-2), an eye-opening selection of recordings made between 1927 and 1948 (transcribed off of (mono) 78rpm discs) spotlighting the trans-portability and natural blending characteristics of 'that damn squeeze box' as applied in folk music contexts the world over (France, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, Poland, South & West Africa, Turkey, Ireland, Russia, Dominica, Madagascar, Italy, Brazil, Canada, USA, and Puerto Rico). Mostly unknown practitioners (aside from the monstrous Huddie Ledbetter, well worthy of deeper investigation), many surprising discoveries (esp: Martin Cayla & Adrian Bras, Luiz Gonzaga, Jonas Mate & Kleinbool Motaung), many polkas & waltzes, much virtuosity and tomfoolery aside. Overall consistent fidelity (ripe with crisps, phone-band narrow throughout) makes such cultural tourism an easy & painless jaunt. Liners in matching German and English trace the instrument from it's upper-middle class beginnings through it's acceptance as a 'voice of the people'. Thorough, albeit whiny." -- Hrvatski.