Inspired by a kind note I received from a professor at the University of Chicago, I was inspired by an insomnia-fueled episode to explore the "world music" part of the record collection a little more closely.
I can't document all of them here and many of the oldest are 78 rpm in paper jackets...not interesting to photograph over and over. But some visually interesting selections did pop up.
Yma Sumac was the Peruvian sensation of the early 1950's...a mysterious figure with "a panther and a cardinal in her throat." There is more than one site on the Internet that pays tribute to her. And that's pretty fascinating to me.
"Son et Lumiere" is described as an "anthropological audio project with music and voice that took place in the areas of the pyramids, the Sphinx and the Citadel of Salah el Din and lasted six months. Undertaken by the world experts of Son et Lumiere, a large number of Arab and foreign archeologists collaborated in choosing the historical materials that "are for the first time to be heard on the the most ancient of archaeological sites."
There is also a "Son et Lumiere" theatre at Gizah where the Greatful Dead performed in 1978.
The jacket explains that "the music was composed by Mr. Georges Delerue. Two musical themes, added by Mr Halim el Dabe, infuse the whole with a truly pharotic tinge."
Gregorian Chants of Easter Music by the Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of St. Maurice and St. Maur, Clervaux, Luxembourg.
Kimio Eto seems fascinating. The album cover art is beautiful to me.
Antarctica was a trip that the parents of the previous owner took later in their life. Folks at the neighborhood church remember hearing about this trip firsthand. This was recorded in 1971 and has never been opened or played.
I love the artwork of this album. Lilacs out of the Dead Land is from Manos Hadjidakis--a recording of traditional Greek music.
Imperial Record's, Vladimir Niedzielski & Russian Balalaika Orchestra, with Russian Sher No. 2 and 3 as well as Korobushka.
Victor Records, Milan Verni Victor and Tamburica Orchestra, with Croatian-Serbian music, Ja Sam Sirota-Valcer (I am an Orphan) and Adio Mare (Goodbye Sea).
Finally, I found this strange "marketing" recording...
A “small” 33 1/3 record distributed by Jack Lenor Larson in New York to accompany a new line of fabrics inspired by Africa. This is a collection of selections from indigineous African music (with an introduction by Mr. Larson.)
There are lots more...Israeli folk, Jugoslav Circle Dances, German, Italian, French, Irish, Scandanavian, Italy, Japanese, Bolivian, Eastern European Polkas and Canadian Square Dancing.
Although we have an old Victrola in here, we don't dare play the records on it. We are afraid of its heavy steel needles. So we will have to wait a bit until we can locate a nice, old stereo so we can dance to Jussi Boerling.