“Why the Mountains Are Black - Primeval Greek Village Music: 1907-1960”
THIRD MAN - FEBRUARY 5
Third Man Records is proud to present a truly rare musical oddity—a two disc 28 track collection of primal and unhinged Greek village music that at times sounds more like free jazz or doom folk, feral and trance-like as it is. Remastered from the original 78 rpm discs, this set contains 28 previously unissued recordings made in the cramped, primitive studios of Athens, Greece, New York, NY, and Chicago, IL. Crazed Macedonian bagpipes, keening violins, shiver-inducing zournas and shepherd-pipes are found throughout the two discs. Not simply for historians or collectors of long gone sounds, this compilation is intended to push the limits of what we have come to expect of music, its purpose and indeed its origin. Cover artwork by legendary underground artist R. Crumb!