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listen  1. Rompi RompiRichard Hagopian, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Yuri Yunakov, Arto Tunçboyaciyan, Ara Dinkjian 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. NihaventRichard Hagopian, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Yuri Yunakov, Arto Tunçboyaciyan, Ara Dinkjian 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Istemem BabacimRichard Hagopian, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Yuri Yunakov, Arto Tunçboyaciyan, Ara Dinkjian 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. KadifeRichard Hagopian, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Yuri Yunakov, Arto Tunçboyaciyan, Ara Dinkjian 5:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. MuhabbetRichard Hagopian, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Yuri Yunakov, Arto Tunçboyaciyan, Ara Dinkjian 8:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. MinoushRichard Hagopian, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Yuri Yunakov, Arto Tunçboyaciyan, Ara Dinkjian 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. FincanRichard Hagopian, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Yuri Yunakov, Arto Tunçboyaciyan, Ara Dinkjian 4:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. KonyaliRichard Hagopian, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Yuri Yunakov, Arto Tunçboyaciyan, Ara Dinkjian 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. BeledyRichard Hagopian, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Yuri Yunakov, Arto Tunçboyaciyan, Ara Dinkjian 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. SiselerRichard Hagopian, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Yuri Yunakov, Arto Tunçboyaciyan, Ara Dinkjian 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 5, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Trad. Crossroads
  • ASIN: B0000031G1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,569 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Recorded in New York but featuring musicians of Middle Eastern and European origins well versed in Gypsy music, this is a lively get-together of great musicians and great music. Mostly acoustic in nature and featuring ud, zurna, ney, kanun, saxophone, violin, guitar, bass, and percussion, these 12 tracks romp through 10 tunes, many with vocals, that lovingly alloy the base metals of several Gypsy cultures. With headliners like Richard A. Hagopian and the acclaimed Omar Faruk Tekbilek, the standard and integrity is high, and Gypsy Fire should appeal to all those who like their Gypsy music unadulterated by crossover aspirations or modern electronics. This folksy approach does not affect the rollicking energy at all, however, and several of these cuts will be more than enough to clear the tables out of the way. Gypsy music is alive and well in New York after all. --Derek Rath

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These songs have the ability to stir the spirit within.
H. Amole
This cd is a real blend of turkish,armenian,greek and arabic music in my eyes..
Ali S. ERDOGAN
You will never ever get depressed from listening to this cd.
Pharoah S. Wail

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ali S. ERDOGAN on June 8, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This cd is a masterpiece of ethnic music..First of all we have Richard Hagopian here..He is Armenian and he plays the lute here.He has a very diffrent and nice voice..He speaks Turkish in Armenian accent which is very cool in my opinon.Hagopian is a master on Turkish and Armenian folks songs.His repertoire is very large.
Second we have Omer Faruk Tekbilek here..He plays the zurna..
We also have Bulgarian saxophonist Yuri Yunakov in the album..He almost makes his saxophone sing!! in the last track "Siseler".In turksih folk songs clarinet is usually played..I would also expect to hear clarinet in this cd but instead of it Yunakov plays the saxophone but it is ok because saxophone is also a good choice and nice match here.
In fact this cd is a pack of famous musicians..Whom else do we have?Also percussionist Arto Tuncboyaciyan and musician Ara Dinkjian.He plays the guitar in this album.Dinkjian is also the founder of Night Ark.. In my eyes the musicianship is almost too good to be true in this album..The instruments are played in such a good and exact,precise style; the way they had to be in this kind of music.The recording quality is exceptional as well.In fact when this cd was first released in 1995 it was a bestseller in world music sales for a long time.I accept that as a very normal fact because it is almost impossible to create a bad album with so many talented musicians together..
This cd is a real blend of turkish,armenian,greek and arabic music in my eyes..Any turk,armenian ,greek or arabic person would like the tunes here..
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Nadira Jamal of the Improvisation Toolkit on February 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is without question one of the best CDs I own, if not the best.
It's lots of fun to listen to. Those who are _completely_ new to middle eastern music might not like a few of the tracks the first time they hear them, but at least half of them are perfect for all audiences.
I recommend it to dancers of all levels: it's great for beginners because the pieces are classics they should be familiar with, and they're easy to dance to. At the same time, they're played with such energy and finesse that experienced dancers (who have heard them a million times) will have plenty to work with and won't be bored.
WARNING TO DANCERS: this CD can spoil you for other bands! Very few will play these songs with this much STYLE!
My personal favorite is Minoush, which has a great jazzy sound that reminds me of the photos of the "golden age" 8th avenue dancers from the 60s.
I noticed that Amazon didn't include track lengths (which I'm always interested in as a dancer), so here they are:
-Konyali 2:34
-Beledy 3:05
-Minoush 3:37
-Istemem Babacim 4:10
-Rompi Rompi 4:13
-Fincan 4:38
-Nihavent 4:48
-siseler 4:59
-Kadife 5:54
-Muhabbet 8:13 (the first 2:16 are a taqsim)
I hope they put out a sequel some day.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pharoah S. Wail VINE VOICE on April 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Right now you are reading reviews for one of my very favorite recordings. This is a "Super Group" in the most real sense of the phrase. Not in that ego-fest, masturbatory rock&roll overhyped guitar-solo after overhyped guitar-solo sort of supergroup way, though. What you have here is a gathering of musical giants who give everything towards the good of the group, towards the good of the overall sound.
Rhythmically this cd is a dream. Melodically it's just as good. Richard Hagopian (oud), Omar Faruk Tekbilek (ney and zurna), and Yuri Yunakov (alto saxophone) are probably the most well-known musicians here (and they are all brilliant, each providing many highlights throughout this cd), but I want to make special mention here of Harold Hagopian (violin) who may be overlooked in the shadow of his father, Richard. I first got turned onto the Hagopians from the Armenian Music Through The Ages cd, again under Richards name, but his son Harold is a stunning violinist. This isn't one of those "Oh my mom and/or dad is famous so I got lucky and have a career because of them" situations. Harold is a flat-out brilliant violinist.
Aside from just being fantastic music, I also love the spirit of this cd. This is such joyful, jubilant music. All brought about because some people of different backgrounds and ethnicities realize that diversity and "the whole" can reap amazing rewards. You will never ever get depressed from listening to this cd.
I too am puzzled by the earlier "too authentic" comment. "Too authentic" doesn't even exist in my world. I fear this comment probably came from having a case of Ry Cooder-itis.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you're involved in belly dancing -- whether as a performer or just an appreciative audience -- many of these tunes will be familiar to the point of banality: they're the old staples, like "Rompi Rompi," that dancers have been undulating to for the past half-century. But on this album they're transformed and refreshed by an outstanding group of musicians from various Middle Eastern countries (mostly Turkish and Armenian). The musicians' skill, energy, and heartfelt appreciation of the music result in an album that's listenable and danceable all the way through.
I'm a belly dance student, and had heard selections from this album numerous times in class and at performances before I finally purchased it. I put it on the CD player and sat down to read ... but after the first few tracks I quit reading, and by the last three I was improvising dances all over my living room. It really IS that good.
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