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Mamaloshen - Mandy Patinkin

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  • Audio CD (23 Dec. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000005J4T
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,982 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Belz...Remembering A Little Town Called Belz
  2. Hey, Tsigelekh...A Shepherd Tells Of His Lost Love
  3. Rabbi Elimeylekh...A Rabbi Get Drunk, Makes Music, And Celebrates Life
  4. Raisins And Almonds...A Mother Cradles Her Child, Wishing Him Everything
  5. Papirosin...A Boy Sells Cigarettes To Survive The War
  6. Ten Kopeks...A Guy Want Ten Pennies To Romance His Girl/Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious/...
  7. Maria...Mayn Mirl
  8. Yome, Yome...A Mother Asks Her Daughter, What Do You Want?
  9. Paper Is White...To The Most Wonderful Girl In The World
  10. Song Of The Titanic...Doomed Lovers, Refusing To Separate, Ask God Why?
  11. Motl The Operator...A Tailor Working In A Sweatshop To Support His Family Is Killed In A Union...
  12. Under Your White Stars...A Holocaust Song
  13. American Tune...Our Journey To America
  14. Take Me Out To The Ball Game/God Bless America
  15. Der Alter Tzigayner...The Old Gypsy Fiddler Plays An Unforgettable Tune: White Christmas
  16. Oyfn Pripetshik...Children Learn Their ABC's

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we heard Mandy Patinkin sing some many years ago; he had a wonderful voice. We have followed his acting career ever since. I came across this CD whilst looking at a biography. We love it; it is warm, endearing & evocative
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Patinkin's unusual voice is a delight. Listen to the music rather than the words, and to the voice. You can hear European traditional music load and clear as well as modern American.

I bought the CD to broaden my taste in music way back in 1999 I still love to listen to it even after all this time. I do have other albums by the artist but this is by far the best.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c58d27c) out of 5 stars 25 reviews
28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d0b3ccc) out of 5 stars Mandy Patinkin has SOUL 17 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard about this CD, I wondered what I would make of it. I know no Yiddish, but I love Mandy's voice. I immediately realized it doesn't take knowledge of the language to understand the meaning of any of the songs. With a word or phrase in English, one can feel the emotion, the pain or pleasure of the story, just by relaxing into the soulfulness of Patinkin's glorious voice. Clearly, the ideas of culture and identity matter to him passionately, and that feeling is easily conveyed to any listener regardless of ethnic or religious background. I defy you to listen to "Motl the Operator" and not be moved. I would give this CD a 6 if I could...really a ten. It's the soul, folks.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ce17984) out of 5 stars Every Goy's Guide to Mamaloshen 18 Nov. 1998
By kahuna@cascade.org - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I love Yiddish words, though I did not grow up listening to the language, and never heard any Yiddish songs. My limited Yiddish came from my Unitarian father's useage, e.g., my sister was called "Yenta-Kvetch." Thus, I appreciated the booklet with each song in Yiddish and English.
I've been a loyal fan of Mandy Patinkin's singing since his first recording, "Dress Casual." I love to surprise people who only know him from "Chicago Hope" or "The Princess Bride" by playing Mandy's version of "Over the Rainbow" from his 1989 CD, "Mandy Patinkin."
"Mamaloshen" is at its best when Mandy's sweet powerful voice is able to unleash his full emotion. Paul Simon's "American Tune" never sounded better. At the other end, I could have done without the spiced up "White Christmas" with its overbearing cymbals. "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" are humorous the first time thru then could be skipped, except in the middle of a silly baseball song is a fantastic, gut wrentching version of "God Bless America."
The most lasting songs are the ones I never heard before. In the middle of the day, my mind will replay the words I don't comprehend to "Rabbi Elimeylekh." Every time I listen to the emotional songs in "Mamaloshen," I have a greater appreciation of the melting pot which is America.
You don't have to be Jewish to appreciated the Yiddish songs. You only have to be alive to appreciate the artistry of Mandy Patinkin.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c96d828) out of 5 stars What a surprise!!! 22 Oct. 1998
By Steven Kruger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Though a "Mandy Patinkin" fan, I made TERRIBLE jokes about this album before even hearing it. "Yiddish songs?", I thought. Well, upon hearing this recording at a friend's (who is even hipper than I), I was enchanted. What beautiful, enchanting music! It calms me down even better than a Xanex. Everyone needs one!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf25300) out of 5 stars Patinkin Captures the Essence 17 Jun. 1998
By ms37@ntrs.com M. Saper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Mandy Patinkin has done it! He has captured the humor, pathos and electricity of this genre. My mother used to sing Oyfen Pripetshik to me as a child, Mandy made me cry. My only disappointment was the translitteration which I found a little fuzzy, but that could be a matter of dialect.
Patinkin's choice of material is marvelous, and his inclusion of Take Me Out to the Ballgame clearly illustrates the desire of an entire generation to assimilate, to be Americans. My husband and I thrilled to "Got Bencht Amerike".
I truly hope this is the first of a series, an important documentation of Yiddish music for generations for whom the music and the language has been lost. As Patinkin states in his notes, Yiddish in America was the secret language, so the "kinder nicht ferschte."
More, Mandy, more!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d695ccc) out of 5 stars Ever heard the term Yinglish? 23 Mar. 2007
By Kcorn - Published on Amazon.com
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Read on - and then think about that word, Yinglish, in the context of this CD and think about whether it is worth Kvetching about the various songs on this CD, some quite unconventional.

For those who haven't heard the word, Yinglish was used by Leo Rosten in a book called The Joys of Yiddish (others have used it, too) and it describes how YIDDISH speakers have continued to let Yiddish words (and the language itself) change and mingle with words from other countries. As a result, in the natural course of things, Yiddish spoken in America may sound VERY different from the way Yiddish is used and spoken in Israel. This type of thing happens in ALL languages, including English. We have words like "Phat" and "fat", for example, relatively recent evolutions of words and word usage. You can't keep language from evolving....or music or Yiddish music, for that matter...or how Yiddish is used in song. To do so would stifle the creative process.

HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO THIS CD? (sorry for the caps but I really do want to stress this question): Some Yiddish "traditionalists" seem to be ambivalent about a "Yiddish" song compilation that includes songs from Mary Poppins as well as the more traditional songs - all translated into Yiddish.

I find it refreshing. I can see why some believe it might even water down Yiddish - but let's face it- Yiddish speakers have had a hard time keeping the language alive and many speakers have changed or loosened certain terms or words, anyway - so why can't a singer? At least, Pantinkin does it with a certain humor and reverence. Listen to the music and I think you'll agree.

And yes....Mandy Pantinkin can be over the top, sometimes (also known as "a willingness to take creative risks") but I think his voice is superb here, his timing and emotional resonance are lovely and the selections are fun to listen to, even moving (depending on the tune). Whenever I play it at a party or with friends and family, it has helped spark conversations about Yiddish. So how can it be hurting Yiddish?
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