Various Artists

Harmonica and Accordion

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Sweden has a phenomenal accordion tradition. In particular, there's an extraordinary range of sound because Swedish village musicians used every sort of accordion from concertina to massive. These wonderful field recordings, mostly made during the 1960s, contain not only wonderful music but a revelation of the accordion family's extraordinary variety. Genuine rural recordings from Western Europe are outrageously rare, but this one's a gem of the purest water. Excellent technical quality, fine notes -- an all-round must-have. (52:49)