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Cosmos Elegy (コスモスの悲歌) A mysterious Japanese waltz on 78 rpm record
Japan / Waltz

Cosmos Elegy (コスモスの悲歌) A mysterious Japanese waltz on 78 rpm record

I did my best but hardly found any information about this melancholic waltz from a Victor Japan record… With patience (and a very useful online dictionary), I managed to decipher the Japanese characters on the label. Here is what I discovered : The song is called “Cosmos Elegy” (コスモスの悲歌, Cosmos referring in that case to a … Continue reading

The Golden Age of Soviet Jazz (2/2) : Alexander Tsfasman (Александр Цфасман) on 78 rpm record
Jazz / Russia / USSR

The Golden Age of Soviet Jazz (2/2) : Alexander Tsfasman (Александр Цфасман) on 78 rpm record

The first part of this post focused on Leonid Utesov, who can be considered as the most popular Soviet singer of the 30′s. This second part introduces the pianist and composer Alexander Tsfasman (Александр Цфасман). Both of them are the most emblematic artists of The Golden Age of Soviet Jazz, which reached its peak in the mid … Continue reading

The golden age of Soviet Jazz (1/2) : Leonid Utesov (Леонид Утёсов) on 78 rpm record
Jazz / Russia / USSR

The golden age of Soviet Jazz (1/2) : Leonid Utesov (Леонид Утёсов) on 78 rpm record

You might remember that I posted a few weeks ago this unexpected Russian version of La Cucaracha and wrote about the funny way I managed to find some 78 rpm records in Armenia. Here are two other interesting recordings from the late 40′s… To be honest, I didn’t know anything about music of USSR before … Continue reading

Orquesta Típica Bianco-Bachicha – Angustia (Tango) on 78 rpm record
Argentina / Tango

Orquesta Típica Bianco-Bachicha – Angustia (Tango) on 78 rpm record

Even though Buenos-Aires is the birthplace of Tango, Paris played a major role in the history of this dance and musical style. To be more precise, Paris was one the place where Tango evolved from a controversial subculture to a popular and “respectable” artistic movement. Since its appearance in the second half of the 19th … Continue reading