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The Klezmatics - Wonder wheel (reissue with bonus tracks)
Posted By : glagoljica | Date : 06 Dec 2021 22:16:04 | Comments : 2

The Klezmatics - Wonder wheel
2009 | 256 vbr mp3 | 94 MB
klezmer, folk | USA


Tracklist:
01. Come When I Call You (04:21)
02. Mermaid's Avenue (04:30)
03. Headdy Down (04:02)
04. Gonna Get Through This Worl (04:03)
05. Pass Away (04:26)
06. Holy Ground (04:21)
07. Goin' Away To Sea (03:45)
08. From Here On In (02:56)
09. Wheel Of Life (05:23)
10. Condorbird (03:26)
11. Orange Blossom Ring (03:38)
12. Heaven (06:07)
13. Faith Will Heal You (03:19)
14. I Take My Penny (03:03)
15. Going Up The Mountain (04:45)
16. Ilsa Koch (05:33)

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Wonder Wheel, a record seven years in the making, reflects Woody Guthrie's political stance and social agenda into a larger, global mirror, and brings a 20th century American figurehead to a 21st-century audience. The Klezmatics vibrantly bring Woody's lyrics to life, filling them with Eastern European, klezmer, Latin, Celtic, Afro-Caribbean and folk flavor, giving them a universal life of their own. Featuring Celtic vocalist Susan McKeown and multi-instrumentalist Boo Reiners and produced by GoodAndEvil (Sex Mob, Elysian Fields, Felix Da Housecat), Wonder Wheel is an intense combination of the familiar and the exotic. But above all, it is completely natural, all-encompassing, and intensely human. These Coney Island-wrought lyrics add a less-known urban dimension to a man seen as the avatar of dust- bowl ballads. But, like thousands of his songs, they were left unrecorded, their music forgotten, until now.
At first glance, the wedding of newly discovered lyrics by Okie folk legend Woody Guthrie to melodies by the Klezmatics--a band that blends the sounds and images of Yiddish culture with world music and American traditions--seems incongruous, at best. But there is method in the madness of executive producer and Woody's daughter, Nora Guthrie. In the 1940s, the Guthries family lived in the heavily Jewish borough of Brooklyn, where their visitors included not only such activist pals as Pete Seeger, but Yiddish poet Aliza Greenblatt--Guthrie's mother-in-law--who shared his devotion to message and idealism. The troubadour's dusted-off words, particularly on "Mermaid Avenue," show his constant awareness and appreciation of Jewish culture, as well as his predictable fixation with the fleetingness of life in a time of war ("Pass Away," "Goin' Away to Sea"). Yet there is a new gentleness and renewed love of poetry in many of these pieces, especially in the closing song, "Heaven," which reflects Guthrie's continuing social consciousness, i.e., labor struggles and the homeless. The Klezmatics, on their first English-language album, push Woody's folkie form into the 21st century, with melodies built around Middle Eastern or Slavic frameworks--put to best use on the delicate lullaby "Heddy Down" and the affirming "Wheel of Life." --Alanna Nash
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Posted By: acaciatree Date: 06 Dec 2021 23:02:01
Nice one. Thanks. First track I like, the others to be listened to soon!
Posted By: jazzluv Date: 07 Dec 2021 10:16:28
Thanks - much appreciated
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