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Taraf de Haïdouks & Kocani Orkestar are undoubtedly two of the most famous and emblematic Balkan Gypsy bands. Started in 1991 in the small Romanian village of Clejani, the band of honourable brigands (that s the literal translation of Taraf de Haïdouks ) were celebrating its 20th anniversary tlast year by launching an ambitious project: a kind of Balkan big band, in which the 13 Taraf musicians and singers are joined by the 13 members of Macedonia s Kocani Orkestar, one of the top brass bands around. Together, they have recorded a new album, and are on tour togther. The name of this collaborative project, Band of Gypsies 2, is (among others) a reference to Taraf de Haïdouks milestone 2001 album, which included three tracks in collaboration with Kocani Orkestar. This time the plan is more ambitious: all the pieces of this entirely new repertoire are written, arranged and performed by an impressive, 26-piece orchestra, which explores all the contrasts between the two bands rich, respective textures. The swirling and fiery violins, cimbalums and accordions of Taraf de Haïdouks are engaging in exciting combinations and interplay with the mighty, funky brass and percussion of Kocani Orkestar. The compositions dig deep into the various sources which have been inspiring the two bands for years: traditional music from the Romanian countryside, urban Balkan pop, medieval ballads, so-called oriental brass band music, Turkish, Jewish, Greek and even Indian influences... It s therefore an album which gathers elements from all over the Balkans, from Romania, Macedonia and Serbia to Bulgaria, Turkey and beyond, all weaved into powerful and sophisticated arrangements.

1. I Am a Gigolo (4:09)
2. Pe Drumul Odesei (5:43)
3. Mandrulita mea (6:31)
4. Talk To Me, Duso (6:24)
5. Turceasca a lu Kalo (5:22)
6. Jarretelle (3:56)
7. Où cours-tu, nostalgie? Après toi mon amour (4:35)
8. Dikhél Khelél (5;12)
9. A couteaux tirés, Atika (7:18)
10. Sara (8:39)
11. 100 Millions (3:25)
12. Gypsy Sahara (6:35)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 20, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Crammed Discs
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • ASIN: B004RAW4RG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,938 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Where is the balance between these 2 groups? What's the point of having 4-6 violins in a group if you can't hear them two thirds of the time EVEN IF SOME or ALL OF VIOLINS ARE ELECTRIC/PLUGGED IN?

This album and songs does not compare to the quality of the other albums, especially the 1st Band of Gypsies live album done more than a decade ago. If you haven't gotten that one or heard it yet, please skip this and get the 1st one (that I consider one of the all time inspiring live concerts ever recorded).

Yes the playing in this one is very good, but what a pity since everything is on one dynamic level. Its sad to see so many gypsy bands heading into the disco/rock kind of approach to creating and playing songs.
Think of the hearing loss? I would recommend they go back to their roots and play just like they did on their back porches as opposed to studios run by idiotic sound engineers/producers.

Its worth a listen, but this will not stay in my often played list of albums.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mundo on October 11, 2011
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Taraf de Haïdouks and Koçani Orkestar are undoubtedly two of the most famous and emblematic Balkan Gypsy bands. Started in 1991 in the small Romanian village of Clejani, the "band of honourable brigands" (that's the literal translation of "Taraf de Haïdouks") is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year by launching an ambitious project: a kind of Balkan big band, in which the 13 Taraf musicians and singers are joined by the 13 members of Macedonia's Koçani Orkestar, one of the top brass bands around.

All the pieces of this entirely new repertoire are written, arranged and performed by this impressive, 26-piece orchestra, which explores all the contrasts between the two bands' rich, respective textures. The swirling and fiery violins, cimbalums and accordions of Taraf de Haïdouks are engaging in exciting combinations and interplay with the mighty, funky brass and percussion of Koçani Orkestar.
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