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Markos Vamvakaris - Death Is Bitter

Markos Vamvakaris - Death Is Bitter

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Rebetika is the sound of Greece and Asia Minor clashing amid civil war, mass population exchange, and the anarchy of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Poetic, mournful, and bitter, rebetika music was born in the hash dens (tekes) of Mediterranean ports, its verses whispered in Greek prisons before spilling out to the greater population in the 1930s, propelled in no small part by a series of remarkable recordings by Markos Vamvakaris. These recordings, incredibly rare and expertly remastered, mark the height of rebetika, the brief period between the music's emergence on the recording scene in the early 1930s and government censorship of all lyrics starting in 1936. During the Axis occupation there was no rebetika recording, and though Markos had some hits in the years after the war, he never again attained this level. These are the dizzying, entrancing, and heaviest works of one of the great artists of the 20th century

We Were Smoking One Evening [ Εφουμέρναμ' ένα βράδυ]
Hash-Smoking Mortissa [Μόρτισσα χασικλού]
Bitch, You Made Me Waste Away [Σκύλα μ'έκανες και λιώνω]
The Spinner [Η Κλωστηρού]
Arap Zebekiko [Αραπ ζειμπέκικο]
The Butcher [Ο Χασάπης]
Serfo Taxim [Ταξίμ Σερφ]
Your Arabian Eyes [Τα μάτια σου τ' αράπικα]
My Woman's Jealous [Η γυναίκα μου ζηλεύει]
In The Dark Last Night [Χτες το βράδυ το σκοτάδι]
Markos From Syros [Ο Μάρκος ο Συριανός]
Death Is Bitter [Πειραιώτικος μανές (Είναι πικρός ο θάνατος)]

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