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Saturday, July 11, 2009
DREAMS OF BUDAPEST
by Bella Ziggy and his Famous Gypsy Orchestra
B & F RECORDS S-606 Circa 1950s 33 1/3
Here is Hungarian music known and beloved the world over. Bela Ziggy is most qualified to express the pleasing artistry of Gypsy music with such warmth and devotion.
He and his singing violin heading a supporting orchestra recruited from the best musicians, is now heard for the first time on LP records. His truly fine renditions of tunes is so ably molded into folk songs, waltzes, tangos, rhumbas, etc.
Born a dedicated musician in Pittsburgh, Pa., a truly great musician, coming from a musical family, his entire family background is connected with music, his aunt Countess Verona was the greatest cymbalom player in teh world. Bela Ziggy was an accomplished concert violinist at the tender age of ten and an orchestra leader at sixteen. Rising in a spectacularly short time in his profession he has been Musical Director of the biggest hotel chains and was specifically chosen to play private concerts for the greatest names in the Art of Music Festival held in Detroit Michigan for the past fifteen years.
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High fidelity records can also be played with a STEREOPHONIC CARTRIDGE with excellent results.
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Blossom time in May (Gyönyörü, mikor a május virágzik) The caressing dawn (A hajnal már nem simogat Evening tales (Mikor az est mesélni kezd) All your words were false (Hazugság volt minden szavad) I was in Debrecen -- If I could love again (Debrecenben voltam -- Ha még egyszer szerelmes lehetnék)
Pale yellow rose -- Again an empty glass (Halvány sárga rózsa -- Megint üres ez a pohár) Little maiden -- Palotas dance (Kislány -- Palotás) Nasty world -- Cold wind blows (Cudar ez a világ -- Hideg szél fuj, édesanyám) This night is our witness (Ez az éjszaka tanunk) To see you amidst roses -- Dearest Tony (Szeretnélek ujra rózsa között látni -- Tónika husz éves)
Editor's note: you see, the crackle, pop and hiss of these records give them their ambiance. You feel like you're back in the 1950s (way before my time!) sitting on a couch that is too big settled before a television which is also too big, though the screen is rather small for the considerable bulkiness of the set. There's gaudy drapes in the dusty brown light of your sitting room and the air is filled with a languid drizzle of cigarette and cigar smoke. Little Jimmy is fixing you a stiff one in the kitchen and taking a swig for his own good health while nobody is watching. There is no mine and yours except for contagious waste and hygiene which is done in utmost privacy as it should be. Let the music be in the open though because music stirs the fancy of all and this here is a cauldron of bedeviled souls.
I came across this record on a few blogs and managed to track down some audio from WFMU's site. I would love to hear more from this honky-tonkin' caterwaulin' queen. Listen to the tracks below and I think you will too!