Various Artists

Anthology of Greek Folk Songs, Vol. 1: 1929-1940

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The pool of artists available to the Greek recording industry was small enough that singers turned their hand to all the popular styles -- dimotika "folk," laika "urban" and rebetika -- often with equal success. this "folk" album, for instance, features Smyrna rebetika singer Rita Abatsi as well as singers like Papasideris who worked the folk area more consistently. It also has a booklet of wonderful photos and lengthy Greek notes and very brief summaries in English.