Various Artists / Mysterious Albania
Album: Mysterious Albania   Collection:World
Artist:Various Artists   Added:Nov 2002
Label:Arc Music Inc.  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-07-07 Pull Date: 2003-09-08 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Sep 7 Aug 3 Jul 20 Jul 13
Airplays: 1 1 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Oct 08, 2015: Melange
4. Jul 15, 2003: At the Cafe Bohemian
Fishermen's Work Song
2. Sep 03, 2003: No Cover, No Minimum (special Wednesday edition)
Fishermen's Work Song
5. Jul 14, 2003: Fly By Night
3. Jul 29, 2003: No Cover, No Minimum (expanded edition)
Fishermen's Work Song
6. Jul 07, 2003: The Southern World

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2003-06-30
A variety of Albanian music, tracks varying from strings to flutes to vocals. Field recordings taken in 1979-80 with a good quality sound. Folky feel overall, lots of Balkan sounds (obviously) and some surprising influences from other "world" musics.

Liner notes detail the history of the country.

1- Vocals and guitars(?): Pastoral feel
2- Flutes: floaty stuff, like Peruvian flutes and an oboe-like reed
3- Vocals: Slow reverent a capella, some nice exotic harmonies
4- Solo female vocal, quiet/peaceful
5- "Neo-folk," female vocals over a full band. Cinematic, minor key.
6- Strings: Stern, classical violin. Ends happy.
7- Almost Klezmer sound! Clarinet with strummed lute/guitars. Slow.
8- Strings: violin soloist has a fast, almost Irish sound
9- Bagpipes! No, really, bagpipes!
10- Lutes: Fast melodies from a group of players. Piccolos join in later for a big festive sound.
11- Lutes/mandolins: Fast, skipping
12- Vocals: Burly tenor fishermen, operatic
13- Asian plucked strings, fast complex rhythms
14- Vocals: Big, slow, dramatic ensemble
15- Lutes: Fast, folky strumming
16- Flutes: Chaotic soft energy, occasionally danceable

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1. Polyphonic Group From Rogoshin Song for Celo Mezani
2. Flautists of Gramshi Pastoral Symphony
3. Polyphonic Group From Vlora Te Kesh Mall
4. Laska, Hamide Lullaby
5. Unknown Girls & Clarinet Band Once Again As in 1960
6. Qerimi, Etherm Lament for Violin
7. Musicians From Berat Lament
8. Mastora Family Band Pastoral Melody
9. Pere, Hekuran Bagpipe Tune From Pogradec
10. Shyti, Ndue Medley
11. Shyti, Ndue Rhapsodic Suite
12. Vocal Group From Himara Fishermen's Work Song
13. Unknown Band Medley From Mirdita
14. Vocal Group From Vlora Ostinato Singing
15. Cifteli Group From Nw Albania Popular Tune From Lezha
16. Flautists From Vlora Concert of Shepherds Flutes