Robert Crumb

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AllMusic Review by Rick Anderson

Cartoonist Robert Crumbhas made no secret of his sometimes borderline-pathological fascination with powerful women, and his equally well documented obsession with music from the first half of the 20th century has led him to not only play and record that music with his own band, but also to amass a huge collection of old 78 rpm records. This compilation is a document of both obsessions. It brings together 24 recordings, mostly from the late '20s and early '30s, of women singers from a variety of warm-climate cultures (hence the album title): Mexico, Cuba, Turkey, Tahiti, Vietnam, Algeria, Brazil, and Chile are all represented, as are many other countries and regions. Although the sound quality rarely rises above mediocre and is occasionally awful, the music itself is an almost constant delight. Highlights include the Greek singer Rita Abadzi's "Mime Stelis Mana Anastin Ameriki" and an eerily lovely field recording of two artists named Hamsa Khalafe (voice) and Ali Atia (some kind of rattle) made somewhere in the Sahara region. On the downside are a so-so flamenco song by La Niña de los Peines (which features what must be the limpest shout of "olé" ever recorded) and the horribly screechy opening track. Overall, though, this is a fascinating collection of material that would be almost impossible to hear anywhere else.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
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Robert Crumb feat: Cleoma Breaux Falcon 03:06 Amazon
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Robert Crumb feat: Lidya Mendoza 03:11 Amazon
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Robert Crumb 03:05 Amazon
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Robert Crumb feat: Grupo de la Alegria 03:29 Amazon
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Robert Crumb feat: Leona Gabriel-Soime / A. Kindou Orchestra 02:40 Amazon
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Robert Crumb feat: Brunswick Orcherstra 02:29 Amazon
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Robert Crumb feat: Cuatro Huasas 03:23 Amazon
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Robert Crumb 02:15 Amazon
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Robert Crumb feat: Rosina Trubia Gioiosa 02:30 Amazon
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Robert Crumb feat: Rita Abadzi 03:11 Amazon
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Robert Crumb feat: Maria Vasileiathou 03:15 Amazon
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Robert Crumb feat: Cheikha Tetma 03:03 Amazon
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Robert Crumb 03:07 Amazon
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Robert Crumb feat: Julie Marsellaise 02:59 Amazon
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Robert Crumb 03:07 Amazon
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Robert Crumb feat: Ali Atia / Hamsa Khalafe 02:33 Amazon
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Robert Crumb feat: Hadija Binti Abdulla 03:10 Amazon
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Robert Crumb feat: Badolo / Maboudana 02:42 Amazon
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Robert Crumb feat: Hirain-Drazaivelo / Noforonin-Dratsiambakaina / Christine Zanany 02:42 Amazon
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Robert Crumb feat: Nilam Bai 03:02 Amazon
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Robert Crumb feat: Yadana Myit 03:05 Amazon
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Robert Crumb 03:00 Amazon
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Robert Crumb feat: Emma Lahapa Bush / Johnny Noble 03:16 Amazon
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Robert Crumb feat: Chants Populaires Tahitiens 00:52 Amazon
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