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Thursday, April 23, 2009
The Bouzouki Hits of Zambetas
LYRA RECORDS LYS-1002 1977
GEORGE ZAMBETAS composer, singer, virtuoso of the bouzouki is one of the most sought-after musicians of popular music in Greece. His records, mostly his own compositions, are popular throughout Europe, and his name is synonymous with the bouzouki.
In 1959 he was playing in a small night club when he was asked to join Manos Hadjidakis, Melina Mercouri and Jules Dassin in the film "Never On Sunday." Immediately, the fantastic technique of Zambetas's bouzouki playing caught on and he was acclaimed internationally; since then he has worked with all the Greek composers and has recorded many of their works. His own compositions have also become popular and are written in a style based on the songs of cabarets or more accurately the laiko traqoudi (popular songs). He has also written music for movies and the theatre. With all this talent in one man, Zambetas remains the same Zambetas through all his success: humble, a man filled with kefi (love of life) and the word which in Greek most describes manliness...LEVANDIA!
-Susan and Ted Alevizos
Produced & Recorded by Lyra Records, Athens, Greece
Copyrights: B.I.E.M., Athens Director of Engineering: Val Valentin Cover Design: Jack Anesh Cover Photo: Sigrid Owen
This record has been engineered and manufactured in accordance with standards developed by the Record Industry Association of America, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of recorded music and literature.
Manufactured by: MGM RECORDS, a division of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., 1350 Avenue of the Americas. New York, N.Y. 10019
To Live or Not to Live 2:45 We Will Never Part 3:10 The Flowers 3:10 The Whole Night 3:50 The Guys 2:25 Who Can He Be? 3:30
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!