Various Artists

Lost Homelands: The Smyrnaic Song in Greece

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What present fashion conflates as "rembetika" consisted of more than one style, whose common factor was an origin in Anatolian Greece. What makes this recording so fine, musical resplendence aside, is that both the singers (Rita Abatsi and Rosa Eskenazi aside) and the soon-to-be-subsumed, heavily Turkish-influenced idioms included here get away from the usual run of "rembetika" re-releases.

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