Various Artists

Anthology of Rebetiko Songs 1933-1940, Vol. 1

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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. Only rebetika itself seems to have drawn mostly from its own. None of this is a negative, but a stylistic given: all the music here is wonderful. It also has a booklet of wonderful photos and lengthy Greek notes and very brief summaries in English.

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