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  • Vinyl (12 Jun. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Atlantic Jaxx
  • ASIN: B000FOR9R8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,666,023 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Gypsy punk and Balkan pop has gotten new attention in the past few years, with the emergence of bands like Gogol Bordello, Balkan Beat Box and Beirut. Some of the best of this little folk-rock genre are included in "Gypsy Beats and Balkan Bangers," which includes a few bands you might have heard of, and some you certainly haven't.

On the more traditional side of things, we have the horn-led dance tunes of Shantel's "Bucovina," both the original and the souped up, synth-edged "Felix B Booty Mix," and the rousing, trumpety "Hora Andalusia." Balkan Beat Box produces one of the best songs in the languorous shimmy of "Bulgarian Chicks," but "Dostlar Bizim Halaya (Come to Dance)" is too loose and uncertain to go anywhere.

But there are some less conventional numbers: Fanfare Ciocarlia give their own breathless interpretation of the James Bond theme, and Mahala Rai Banda produce a tight, booty-shaking tune in "Spoitoresa." Gogol Bordello stands out as the only real ROCK number on here, with the bizarre, delightfully wacky "Start Wearing Purple," which is one of the album's highlights.

And finally we have the least traditional of all -- the remixes, which are mostly delightful, even dancier and more complex than the originals, without losing that folky edge, such as the wonky "Mahalageasca (Felix B Jaxxhse Dubb)," and action-film-ready "Spoitoresa (Russ & Roc Brass & Bass Mix)." The one flop remix is "Bucovina (OMFO Dub)," which sounds like the musicians are seriously stoned.

It's easy to mistake "Gypsy Beats and Balkan Bangers" for one band, just diddling around with different styles. Most of the songs here (with the exception of a few like "Start Wearing Purple") have a lot in common musically, with many of the same instruments and similar melodies.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Tree on 25 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
Surprisingly infectious dancefloor stormers from the Balkans. DJ's Russ Jones and Felix B have unearthed these discs on their travels, and they make you forget your preconceptions and stomp along to the pacy oompah beats. Yes these tunes are unmistakeably Eastern European in origin, imagine a Romanian wedding band on E's. The collection is given nice variety, with excursions into Rai, Mariachi, and other exotica. The compilers have included their more club-friendly remixes of a number of tunes as bonus tracks. I defy anyone to remain still with some of these babies pounding through a big system... quality ... no really!
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By Elizabeth Booth on 5 Aug. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a great cd - great for get togethers when you want some background music - I defy anyone not to end up moving to the beat in some interesting or exotic way!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good sampling 30 Aug. 2006
By EA Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Gypsy punk and Balkan pop has gotten new attention in the past few years, with the emergence of bands like Gogol Bordello, Balkan Beat Box and Beirut. Some of the best of this little folk-rock genre are included in "Gypsy Beats and Balkan Bangers," which includes a few bands you might have heard of, and some you certainly haven't.

On the more traditional side of things, we have the horn-led dance tunes of Shantel's "Bucovina," both the original and the souped up, synth-edged "Felix B Booty Mix," and the rousing, trumpety "Hora Andalusia." Balkan Beat Box produces one of the best songs in the languorous shimmy of "Bulgarian Chicks," but "Dostlar Bizim Halaya (Come to Dance)" is too loose and uncertain to go anywhere.

But there are some less conventional numbers: Fanfare Ciocarlia give their own breathless interpretation of the James Bond theme, and Mahala Rai Banda produce a tight, booty-shaking tune in "Spoitoresa." Gogol Bordello stands out as the only real ROCK number on here, with the bizarre, delightfully wacky "Start Wearing Purple," which is one of the album's highlights.

And finally we have the least traditional of all -- the remixes, which are mostly delightful, even dancier and more complex than the originals, without losing that folky edge, such as the wonky "Mahalageasca (Felix B Jaxxhse Dubb)," and action-film-ready "Spoitoresa (Russ & Roc Brass & Bass Mix)." The one flop remix is "Bucovina (OMFO Dub)," which sounds like the musicians are seriously stoned.

It's easy to mistake "Gypsy Beats and Balkan Bangers" for one band, just diddling around with different styles. Most of the songs here (with the exception of a few like "Start Wearing Purple") have a lot in common musically, with many of the same instruments and similar melodies.

So it's a credit to these bands that they all put an individual stamp on their work, and that the songs don't really blend together despite their similarities. They all have their own strengths, and do quite good jobs with things like accordion, klezmer, fiddle, and some really lovely horns scattered all through the songs. The vocals range from traditional crooning to Eugene Hutz's impassioned howls.

One thing that might have been nice is more of an electronic presence here, such as underrated folk-electronica artists like Yonderboi and Beirut, perhaps instead of the remixes.

A good sampler of Balkan pop, rock and traditional music, "Gypsy Beats and Balkan Bangers" is a good introduction to this underrated brand of folk-rock.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Gypsy punk, Balkan pop 19 Feb. 2007
By EA Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Gypsy punk and Balkan pop has gotten new attention in the past few years, with the emergence of bands like Gogol Bordello, Balkan Beat Box and Beirut. Some of the best of this little folk-rock genre are included in "Gypsy Beats and Balkan Bangers," which includes a few bands you might have heard of, and some you certainly haven't.

On the more traditional side of things, we have the horn-led dance tunes of Shantel's "Bucovina," both the original and the souped up, synth-edged "Felix B Booty Mix," and the rousing, trumpety "Hora Andalusia." Balkan Beat Box produces one of the best songs in the languorous shimmy of "Bulgarian Chicks," but "Dostlar Bizim Halaya (Come to Dance)" is too loose and uncertain to go anywhere.

But there are some less conventional numbers: Fanfare Ciocarlia give their own breathless interpretation of the James Bond theme, and Mahala Rai Banda produce a tight, booty-shaking tune in "Spoitoresa." Gogol Bordello stands out as the only real ROCK number on here, with the bizarre, delightfully wacky "Start Wearing Purple," which is one of the album's highlights.

And finally we have the least traditional of all -- the remixes, which are mostly delightful, even dancier and more complex than the originals, without losing that folky edge, such as the wonky "Mahalageasca (Felix B Jaxxhse Dubb)," and action-film-ready "Spoitoresa (Russ & Roc Brass & Bass Mix)." The one flop remix is "Bucovina (OMFO Dub)," which sounds like the musicians are seriously stoned.

It's easy to mistake "Gypsy Beats and Balkan Bangers" for one band, just diddling around with different styles. Most of the songs here (with the exception of a few like "Start Wearing Purple") have a lot in common musically, with many of the same instruments and similar melodies.

So it's a credit to these bands that they all put an individual stamp on their work, and that the songs don't really blend together despite their similarities. They all have their own strengths, and do quite good jobs with things like accordion, klezmer, fiddle, and some really lovely horns scattered all through the songs. The vocals range from traditional crooning to Eugene Hutz's impassioned howls.

One thing that might have been nice is more of an electronic presence here, such as underrated folk-electronica artists like Yonderboi and Beirut, perhaps instead of the remixes.

A good sampler of Balkan pop, rock and traditional music, "Gypsy Beats and Balkan Bangers" is a good introduction to this underrated brand of folk-rock.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
History and Harmony 27 July 2006
By Eric Blair - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you want a groovy album that accurately blends history with harmony, this is it. Coming from Indian background( Gypsies actually)..plus a mix of Pop-ish Jewish music and east european flavour, these guys can really hold rythm in their arms, or rather in their instruments. PLUS, theya re Fat and Happy , which adds a lot to the History of the Harmony. Check it out if you are a true music lover:)))))))))
Five Stars 9 Feb. 2015
By Mélissa Côté-Roy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
just what I wanted !
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