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Boomkat Product Review:
Honest Jon's ventures into EMI's Hayes Archive for a second time, following up their excellent trawl of early twentieth century West African song, 'Living Is Hard'. 'Give Me Love' covers a similar sort of period, charting the music of Baghdad between 1925 and 1929. Given how well documented the American folk and blues of this period has been - particularly in the light of various reissues and themed compilations over recent years, this series comes as a welcome extension to our knowledge of 20th century song on a broader, global scale. While the likes of Dust To Digital's Victrola Favourites compilation has acted as a sampler for archived world music recordings, releases like this focus in on their subject matter that little bit more closely, and while you could never presue such a collection to be definitive, or even especially representative, of a culture's musical output, Give Me Love does provide some insight into the tremendously beautiful music emanating from Iraq back when it was still a British mandated territory, and given the age of the recordings, there's a real clarity to the performances. Here's hoping Honest Jon's can sustain this sort of quality on successive instalments of its Hayes Archive releases. Excellent.