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various / mississippi - To What A Strange Place Vol. 3: Notes From Home
Ian Nagoski and Mississippi Records present the 3rd of three brilliant compilations sourced from 78's recorded between 1905 & 1930 by Ottoman immigrants in America. It picks up the thread from Mississippi's 'Bed Of Pain' compilation and expands the focus to take in classic, austere performances of Greek, Armenian, Turkish, Egyptian & Syrian music. Features beautiful recordings made nearly 100 years ago, given context in thoroughly researched liner notes by Ian Nagoski. "The record collections of the immigrants from the Balkans, Anatolia, and the Levant of the late 19th and early 20th included not only performances of their fellow immigrants but also recordings of Ottoman and Arab classical music and a wide variety of folk musics of the homeland. Major American labels issued songs recorded in Constantinople, Smyrna, Sofia, Athens, and Cairo in the U.S. during the first decades of the 20th century and continued to release recordings from abroad through the Depression after they'd ceased recording of immigrants… This disc represents a small but stylistically broad cross-section of the irresistibly nostalgic music from the home found in record collections of immigrants, preceding and contemporary to the recordings on the other two discs in this collection."