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Vagabond Opera / Vagabond Opera
Album:Vagabond Opera Collection:World
Artist:Vagabond Opera Added:Jul 2006

A-File Activity
Add Date:2006-07-23 Pull Date:2006-09-24 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:Sep 24Sep 17Sep 10Sep 3Aug 27Aug 20Aug 13Aug 6

 Recent Airplay
1.Dec 15, 2021:At the Cafe Bohemian (rebroadcast from Apr 5, 2017)
4.May 10, 2018:At the Cafe Bohemian
2.Jul 24, 2021:At the Cafe Bohemian (rebroadcast from Jun 14, 2018)
5.May 17, 2017:At the Cafe Bohemian
Svi Te Terren
3.Jun 14, 2018:At the Cafe Bohemian
6.Apr 19, 2017:At the Cafe Bohemian

Album Review
Reviewed 2006-07-21 
Original, jazzy, klezmer-based belly dance opera gypsy music from the coolest and most twisted exiled circus ever to run guns into Spain. Like Kurt Weill buying 3 Mustaphas 3 a glass of absinthe in a bar on Sesame Street. Fun, fresh, wacky, kitschy, catchy, and unpredictable. The lyrics are imaginative (well, the ones in English are), the playing solid, the vocalists are cool, and the whole thing great. I’d play any track – so should you.

1. Short intro into the “show.” Can lead right into 2.
2. Fun, jazzy up/midtempo ode to Marlene Dietrich.
3. Midtempo gypsy jazz-ish w/a dark cha-cha caberet feel.
4. Heavy middtempo klezmer ballad w/deliciously overwrought vocal
5. Uptempo klezmer w/tripping quality & quieter jazzy breaks. Inst.
6. Spoken word intro, gets silly, an upbeat jazzy riverboat sound.
7. Slow intro into midtempo klezmer jazz w/Arabian overtones.
8. A Yiddish tango w/a playfully retro sexuality. Vocal duet.
9. Uptempo middle eastern shimmy cool clarinet work.
10. Slow Balkinesque get mid then wicked fast. Wacky, jazzy, odd.
11. Band tunes up/ dark, Eastern European dance w/varying tempos.
12. Starts slow, picks up tempo, vocal duet. Upbeat & eccentric.
13. Slow, dramatic intro becomes a upbeat jazz/tango/klezmer blend.
14. Slow vocal duet w/a sad, old-fashioned American folk sound.
15. Bouncy accordion/perc/piano/clarinet/vox. Plinky-cool.
16. Down/mid w/nasally vox & good eastern European violin bits.
17. A classic gets an upbeat, toe-tapping good time update.

Track Listing
1.Swelles And Belles 9.Hebbina
2.The Transformation Into Marlene 10.Rumeneye, Rumeneye!
3.Camille's Last Jump 11.River Song
4.Svi Te Terren 12.Carnicale Song
5.9 Lives 13.Granada
6.Ravella 14.Manaynk
7.Hijazz 15.Merci Django
8.Ich Hob Dirk Tsu Ful Lib 16.Slow Beranche
 17.Otchi Chornyia