Be prepared to be blown away by these exceptional recordings. I've said this before: if you're into pre-war blues, listen to this. There's a nice little booklet with the download but apart from the lyrics, just listen to that voice. Marika will tear your heart apart, even without understanding what she is singing about. Yes, it's that powerful.
Favorite track: Nini manes.
Marika "Politissa" Frantzeskopoulou was a Greek singer from Constantinople, reknowned for her precise, fluid and graceful performances and depth of feeling. Backed by some of the best musicians of the era on lyra, violin, oud, kanonaki and guitar, Marika’s repertoire and techniques drew from Byzantine and Ottoman musical traditions. She possessed an ability to devastate her audience through her expressions of grief, exile, and tragic love, running the gamut of cafe aman, torch songs, lilting and fragile odes to heartache, heavy Piraeus style rebetika, and ecstatic Near-Eastern climaxes, all with a visceral sense of atmosphere, emotion, and fatalism. Marika’s voice is complimented beautifully by her backing musicians, creating a pulsing acoustic foundation over which her voice soars with clarity and purpose.
LP version includes a 12 page color booklet with rare photographs, full lyrics, and extensive notes (Bandcamp version includes booklet in PDF format). Produced in collaboration with Tony Klein (Greek Rhapsody, Mortika) and Stavros Kourousis (From Tambouras to Bouzouki) and co-released by Olvido Records (A. Kostis, Alexis Zoumbas).
released December 17, 2020
Compilation Produced by Gordon Ashworth, Tony Klein and Stavros Kourousis
Notes and Research by Tony Klein, Stavros Kourousis and Kostas Kopanitsanos
English Translations by Tony Klein
Audio Transfers by Stavros Kourousis, Tony Klein and Michael Graves
Audio Restoration by Michael Graves at Osiris Studios
Lacquer Mastering by Matthew Barnhart at Chicago Mastering Service
Graphic Design by Gordon Ashworth
Cover Production by Dan Fried
Thank You: Charles Howard, Manthos Manios, Kostas Kopanitsanos, Sophia Savvaidi, Dimitris Kourtis,
Panos Alexiadis, Cyrus Moussavi, Hugo Strötbaum, Thanos Mantas,
Stavriana Gen-Livadarou & Harry T. P. Gen, Aleka Krasa-Traka & Christos Krasas
Released by Olvido Records and Mississippi Records in 2020
OLV-009 / MRI-124
Dedicated to the memory of Marika Frantzeskopoulou.
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Like a revelation something brand new and precious while still you feel like he’s been part of your life forever. I listen to one side then flip it over and listen to the other then flip it back over and listen again. Sapphista
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Breaking my own rule and making a comparison, but only because it is TOO ACCURATE, and I love both of these artists very much.
If Whitney Johnson
and Moondog covered pop songs:
IT’S THE SPACE LADY!!!!!
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