Talisman / Russian Gypsy Fire
Album: Russian Gypsy Fire   Collection:World
Artist:Talisman   Added:Apr 2003
Label:Arc Music Inc.  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-06-30 Pull Date: 2003-09-01 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Aug 31 Aug 10 Aug 3 Jul 27 Jul 20 Jul 13 Jul 6
Airplays: 1 1 2 2 1 5 5

Recent Airplay
1. Apr 14, 2009: At the Cafe Bohemian
4. Aug 26, 2003: the jewish alternative
The Way to Buchara
2. Sep 30, 2004: Sun in Libra, Moon in Pisces
5. Aug 05, 2003: No Cover, No Minimum
3. Jan 26, 2004: Fly By Night
Romeo and Julia, Romeo and Julia
6. Jul 29, 2003: At the Cafe Bohemian

Album Review
Reviewed 2003-06-12
Truth in advertising: Russian gypsy music. Passion, fire, booze, live (though only a second or two of applause at ends of tracks). You have your guitar, with Romany-flamenco flavors, as the rhythm instrument. You have your violin, drawing out the pained expressions of sorrow. You have your "Russian button" accordion providing texture and jollity. And then, of course, the macho vocals. It's all quite good, actually. The songs are quite evocative and in many cases, beautiful, and the musicians are doubtless masterful. One question though. How come Russian restaurants aren't blessed with wandering gypsy musicians as are Hungarian restaurants?

1. Textbook slow start, picking up speed with hai-lai-la-lai choruses, into a mad frenzy of fiddle-sawing
2. Slow start but the vocals are pretty lively even then - lots of yelling; inevitably, things speed up halfway through, settle down, and steam home
3. Hackneyed title, yes? "Gypsy Soul." Please! The accordion takes a turn - nice runs
4. Mincing bits of accordion and guitar, but the vox are full-bodied
5. The waltz mentioned in the title is a bit limp but the tango is red-blooded
6. Percussion solos cool things off between the really hot parts on the main instruments
7. A mellow-to-bursting accordion showpiece; lovely
8. Crazy-fast - olé! - with slow bits in the middle; singing to horses!
9. As if it's a duty of folk music ensembles to tackle the folk styles of other countries, the band launch into an alleged bossa nova here - which turns out something like a lively tango

Track Listing
1. Moonlight   5. Waltz-Tango
2. The Way to Buchara   6. Flames
3. Gypsy Soul   7. Romeo and Julia
4. Tabor   8. Hey You, Horses!
  9. Bossa-Nova "Karin"