CD Rembetika 3: Vassilis Tsitsanis 1936-1940 [Box] (CD 1313207),
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Rembetika 3: Vassilis Tsitsanis 1936-1940 [Box]


  • 0. 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
    0. 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
    0. 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
    0. 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
    0. 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
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 77111

  • Credits
    ProducerStavros Kourousis; Charles Howard
    Engineer

    Personnel: Vassilis Tsitsnis (bouzouki); Dhimitris "Bayianderas" Gongos (bouzouki); Dhimitris Demsis (violin).
    Recording information: Rizopolis, Athens, Greece (01/??/1936-10/28/1940).
    Translator: Charles Howard.
    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. ~ Thom Jurek

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