Greek Music

I don't know a lot about Greek music, but I have come across some very special records which are compilations of Rebetica music. Rebetica is Greek/Turkish music from around 1910 to 1940. One CD is on Arhoolie and is called Greek-Oriental Rebetica Songs and Dances in the Asia Minor Style, 1911-1937. It has 21 songs by various performers. I definitely recommend getting this one. Rounder has issued a very similar compilation that is also excellent. It is called Rembetica - Historic Urban Folk Songs from Greece. This one has 20 songs, a couple of which are also on the Arhoolie record. Both of these CDs come with very informative booklets.

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