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Gulag Orkestar / Lon Gisland EP [Special Edition]

Beirut Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Nov 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Ba Da Bing/4AD
  • ASIN: B000IJ7MCC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,530 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Prenzlauerberg 3:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Brandenburg 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Postcards From Italy 4:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Mount Wroclai (Idle Days) 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Rhineland (Heartland) 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Scenic World 2:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Bratislava 3:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Bunker 3:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Canals Of Our City 2:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. After The Curtain 2:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Elephant Gun 5:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. My Family's Role In The World Revolution 2:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Scenic World (Version) 2:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. The Long Island Sound 1:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Carousels 4:220.99  Buy MP3 


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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Play, Orkestar! 10 Feb 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
To be honest, when I think of psychedelic bands I don't usually think of Balkan folk music. But with the release of Beirut's "Gulag Orkestar," I may have to revise my thinking.

This new band consists of teenage musician Zach Condon, along with people from Neutral Milk Hotel and A Hawk and a Hacksaw, making bittersweet folkpop and danceable marches. Imagine a band of slightly drunk gypsies on parade, and you'll have the general idea of how it sounds.

It opens slow, with a gentle piano and blaring horns. The title track meanders in circles and finally dies away... only to be reborn as a swaying march. Halfway through, Condon joins in with some mournful wails and equally mournful singing. That turns around in "Prenzluerberg," where the singing is just as melancholy, but the music is a cheerier march.

From there on, the trio tries out those styles and everything in between -- rattly folk with tambourines and horns, danceable folkpop, and tinkly klezmer music. Yes, tinkly klezmer. They get downright happy in "Scenic World," a colorful glockenspiel song that is just barely grounded by some quick violins.

After that, "Gulah Orkestar" is pretty upbeat, with a string of swaying marches and upbeat folk acoustics. The album's finale is a bit of a head-scratcher, though. "After the Curtain" is a relatively bare-bones song with Condon singing over applause and a dancing glockenspiel. I don't know how to fit that one in.

And this version has an addition: The "Lon Gisland" EP, which starts off with the bittersweet, playful horn pop "Elephant Gun," before slipping off into a ponderous march song, a colourful accordion tune (complete with clacking drumsticks), a sweep of soaring horns, and the delightfully bright "Carousels.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Music - but not as we know it. 3 May 2007
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Prepare your ears for an oddity. From the 1st track this is a whirlwind trip around Eastern Europe via a slight distorting mirror. Then slowly but surely your heart starts to move and it is under your skin. Very little of the lyrics can be plainly discerned but the melody and emotion is so strong it doesn't matter. When you find some thing as different but so right as this it rekindles your whole reason for loving music. Get the credit card out now.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll never hear another album like this! 5 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
I got hold of this last year when it first came out. At the time I listened to it and listened again and again..... I'll admit I wasn't really sure if this was very good or just utterly pretentious crap! I didn't get this with the first few listens - didn't get it at all. So I left it, unplayed for a few months. However, I did put it on my mp3 played, and whilst it was turned to random the other day, on came "Brandenburg". As I was "gloved up" at work I couldn't fast forward. But......remarkably this time it hit me! This IS good music!

I've listened to the whole of the album a few times over the past couple of days and yes, it is good all the way through.Saying that this won't be everyone's cup of tea - not by a long chalk! If you like your music to be daring, experimental, highly original and imbued with a deep melancholy then this might be for you. If you like music that you don't have to work at listening to then it is definitely not for you!

The whole album is a mix of Balkan-style folk, played with ukelele, mandolin, horns and percussion. Added to Condon's vocals which treble throughout, it's an odd but thoroughly moving piece of work. When I first heard it last year it sounded more like drunken mariachi than Balkan folk but I don't hear the mariachi band now I've listened again.

Standout tracks are "Brandenburg", the odd beer-hall style march "Prenzlauerburg", "Postcards from Italy", and the fabulously haunting "Rhineland".

"Gulag Orkestar" has been compared favourably to Neutral Milk Hotel's brilliant "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea". As it features Jeremy Barnes who also drummed with Neutral Milk Hotel, I guess these comparisons were inevitable. I personally don't think this is up there with "In the Aeroplane" but then nothing is! This is though a great album that stands out from anything else you're ever likely to hear. (10/10)
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Beirut, as well as being a geo-political hotspot, is the name adopted by the prodigiously-talented Zach Condon for his musical ensemble.

Condon is a 20-year-old stripling from New Mexico who is bizarrely, but encouragingly, obsessed with traditional East European music. Addled by gypsy Romanticism (to the extent that the sleeve notes tell us that the front and back photos were "found in a library in Leipzig torn out of a book") he has produced a remarkable album.

This intoxicating Balkan stew was mostly recorded in his Albuquerque bedroom. Multi-instrumentalist Condon plays trumpet, ukulele, piano, accordion, mandolin and percussion in addition to providing the marvellously plaintive vocals. He's backed by a superb band of Romany-influenced musicians.

This is Condon's third album (following the eclectic pairing of an electronica debut and a doo-wop sophomore effort) and this brisk stroll into the uncharted territory of Balkania comes from so far out of left field it could seem to be wilfully obscurist.

It's all the better for it. The opening track (The Gulag Orkestar) with its lamenting trumpets and discordant piano sounds like an anthem for the cancer-stricken and it's followed by a succession of supremely emotive pieces. It isn't all Slavic melancholia by any means though; much of the slightly ramshackle music is positively beautiful.

Condon is definitely one to keep under close observation. It's tremendously impressive that rather than being moody, cladding himself in black, listening to The Smiths and writing poetry in inclement weather his teenage miserabilism manifested itself in a superbly affecting piece of work that creates a soundscape of dissonant orotund swirls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars can i get a woop woop
yeah good delivery, bought it for my mum since i couldn't be bothered getting a blank cd and copying it, don't know what happened to the original cd i put on my itunes. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Laura Tomlinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Will definitely explore further....
I'd been aware of this album for some time via a friend and finally got around to buying a copy. It's hypnotic and drowsy and suits lazy afternoons. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Nix77
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This is a truly fantastic album. There is not a single moment throughout that feels out of place or disappoints. Read more
Published 15 months ago by AMC
4.0 out of 5 stars Outside of the indie box
Visions of an attic full of crates of old musical instruments, clouds of dust erupting from tuba, accordian, ukelele and clarinet as music is forced through them: instruments that... Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2011 by Pseudonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like sad music you will love this
From the cover picture which I love to the music which I can't describe.I saw them at Hyde Park with Arcade Fire & thought I really like this. Read more
Published on 26 July 2011 by mick
5.0 out of 5 stars Gulag Orkestar
I'd never heard of this Group before until my niece recommended them. Eastern European in style and delightful!
Published on 14 Jun 2010 by Yarrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Music from the Balcans by Zac Condon
From balcanic sounds as a starting point, there are many possibilities, surely more than even Goran Bregovic can imagine. Beirut proof us so.
Published on 23 Feb 2010 by A. Fiori
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. Different. Unique.
Beirut are not like any other band. They play crazy instruments and are in a genre no one else is in. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Orkestaral Favourites
Beirut is essentially one man: Zach Condon, and this is Beirut's debut album. "Gulag Orkestar" draws a lot of inspiration from Balkan folk music and had a pleasingly homemade air... Read more
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