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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific bargain !, 28 Mar 2008
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Michael Brewer (Cumbria , UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rembetika: Greek Music From The Underground (Audio CD)
If , like me , you've got to know Greek music on holiday , have maybe heard a few tracks of big names like Vamvakaris , but are by no means an expert , then this set is a must - you'll discover sensational singers such as Rita Abatzi and Rosa Eskenazi , along with dozens of others , and you won't find discs anywhere more crammed with atmosphere than these - within minutes you'll be hanging a (maybe imaginary) cigarette from the corner of your mouth and launching yourself (if nobody's looking) into your own (totally inauthentic) zeibekiko. Wonderful stuff !
I've just ordered the second set , which has just appeared , and which prompted me to write this review - this music isn't easy to get hold of in the UK , and I think the producers of these discs are doing us a great service , and deserve every encouragement .
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It does not get any better than this!, 4 Feb 2008
This review is from: Rembetika: Greek Music From The Underground (Audio CD)
This four CD set has the best recording quality I have yet encountered on Rebetiko CDs, and I have an awful lot of them.

The producers have started with the best 78s that could be found, and played them on the highest quality equipment, with the right size stylus, and the right equalisation curve for 78s. This is a set that every lover of Rebetiko should own.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent intoduction to the genre, 16 Sep 2008
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Baz Douglas (Thames Valley, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rembetika: Greek Music From The Underground (Audio CD)
This is a well put together collection. I am no expert on this music, I've just heard it in Crete, and really enjoyed the experience. I bought this to learn more about the 'Greek Blues' and wasn't disappointed. There is a wide range on offer, different periods and performers, all contextualised in the notes. It is very atmospheric and gave me a good idea about where the music comes from and how it developed as the voice of the underclass and of rebellion against social mores of the times.
The transfers are good (much of this is well pre war) and the notes are comrehensive. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 22 Jun 2012
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A wonderful selection of Greek music from the underground. I particularly enjoyed each cd covering a different eras of music with it's correspondent style. Fantastic to listen to whilst cooking and entertaining family & friends.
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