Various Artists

Memory of Smyrna

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Part of a new, lavish, rapidly growing series, this very varied set ranges wider than the rembetika/smyrnaika-oriented releases seen from other labels. That includes an almost light-classical cut, but mostly it means the local manes form played on a slew of local instruments and by artists essentially unavailable elsewhere (including a fine string band). The notes are lavish though patchy.

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