Mimis Plessas

Soul Dances of the Greeks

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Though the performances on Soul Dances of the Greeks are competent rather than stellar, this album is worthy of note, thanks to its wide influence in the American folk dance community. Actor and choreographer Athan Karras wrote the liner notes for this LP and arranged for its distribution through music stores and dance workshops, among them the ones he held at his dance club, The Intersection, in Los Angeles. As a result, Soul Dances of the Greeks became the definitive guide to how these tunes should sound, and fledgling bands copied these performances note for note. This isn't a bad thing, though the use of the clarinet and an uncredited but audible keyboard lend a nightclub sound rather than a true traditional feel. It is excellent dance music played in a way that is quite accessible, and in its time Soul Dances of the Greeks was probably the best rendition of these tunes that could be found outside Greece itself.