Description: One CD, 24 page booklet, Jewel Case
Publication Date: November 20, 2007
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Compiled by Ian Nagoski, this compilation contains 24 tracks of recordings made between 1918 and 1955 from Bali, Burma, Cameroon, China, England, Germany, Greece, India, Japan, Java, Laos, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Vietnam, and Yugoslavia all newly transferred and mastered from 78 rpm discs. At least 18 tracks appear on compact disc for the first time with all but one never having been previously reissued in the U.S.
Baltimore City Paper: “…enigmatic, transfixing, haunting, pretty, and just plain odd. And while, yes, it’s the product of a record geek for record geeks, it’s such an idiosyncratic dose of the weird and the beautiful that it’s hard to imagine any music fan not being intrigued by the mysteries it contains.”
Fader: “wonderfully diverse… a testament to the continuing spirit of the excavation of lost music. There are so many musical revelations brought to focus on this single disc that it can be used as a valid primer of non-American ethnomusicology. That Nagoski had the wherewithal to curate such a heft of magic with such limited resources should be a call of arms to all of us that mine the crates. Here’s hoping that this becomes a series as I bet there’s plenty more treasures under this umbrella.”