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“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!

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