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Fanfare Ciocarlia - 20 (2LP, Asphalt Tango Records, 2016)

If you should own only one record from the fastest brass band in the world, it's this one! Romanian Fanfare Ciocarlia celebrate their 20 years anniversary with a gargantuan double vinyl LP collecting 26 of their best tunes, served with a 20 pages photo booklet. You'll rediscover the delirious and overpowerful covers of the 'James Bond Theme', of 'I Put A Spell On You', or of one of the best ever versions of 'Summertime' — along with some traditional Balkanese classics — with or without guests (Esma Redžepova, Adrian Raso, Boban & Marko Marković Orchestra, Socalled).
Review translated from the Paris DJs Tour Operator Magazine #2 - july/august 2016 issue

Fanfare Ciocarlia - 20
Fanfare Ciocarlia - 20
(2LP/Digital) Asphalt Tango Records LP-ATR 5316, 2016-06-17

Tracklisting :
Side A - Roots
A1. Sirba Moldoveneasca
A2. Lume Lume
A3. Moldovian Mood
A4. Hora De La Bucuresti
A5. Ciocarlia
A6. Sirba De La Iasi
A7. Balada Lui Ioan
Side B - Orient
B1. Kan Marau La
B2. Casablanca
B3. Besh O Drom
B4. Manea Tiganilor
B5. Disko Dzumbus
B6. Foxtrot
Side C - Jams
C1. James Bond Theme
C2. I Put A Spell On You
C3. Caravan
C4. Moliendo Cafe
C5. Summertime
C6. I'm Your Gummy Bear
C7. Rumba Tiganeasca
Side D - Amigos
D1. Cuando Tu Volveras
D2. Duj Duj
D3. Ma Maren Ma
D4. Nakelavishe
D5. Devil's Tale
D6. Pancho Says

Links :
Fanfare Ciocarlia : official | discogs | facebook | soundcloud | twitter | wikipedia
Asphalt Tango : official | facebook | soundcloud | youtube

French Review :
Si vous ne deviez posséder qu’un seul disque de la fanfare la plus rapide du monde - c’est bien celui-ci ! Les Roumains de la Fanfare Ciocarlia fêtent leurs vingt ans de carrière avec un double vinyle gargantuesque rassemblant 26 de leurs meilleurs morceaux - le tout accompagné d’un livre de photos de 20 pages. On y retrouve les reprises délirantes et surpuissantes du "James Bond Theme" - d" "I Put A Spell On You" ou l’une des toutes meilleures versions de "Summertime" - aux côtés de classiques traditionnels des Balkans - sans ou avec invités (Esma Redžepova - Adrian Raso - Boban & Marko Marković Orchestra - Socalled).
Review extracted from the Paris DJs Tour Operator Magazine #2 - july/august 2016 issue

Press Release :
Double vinyl album set covering the Romanian brass band’s remarkable two decade career. First time on vinyl for these seminal Balkan brass recordings!

“20” is a double album release that gathers on vinyl for the very first time Fanfare Ciocarlia’s seminal recordings. This collection ranges from the band’s debut album Radio Pasçani onwards, gathering recordings that have broken Balkan brass through to a huge international audience and ensured that Fanfare are Romania’s foremost musical export.

Fanfare Ciocarlia’s recording career began at the height of the CD era and, at that time, vinyl was no longer being pressed in Romania. Their most recent albums on Berlin label Asphalt Tango have been issued on vinyl but fans have constantly requested the band's early albums also appear on vinyl. What to do?

The band decided they would celebrate twenty years of international success by compiling a double album collection that draws heavily on their first five albums and demonstrates their myriad musical strengths. Across four themed sides – ROOTS, ORIENT, JAMS, AMIGOS - “20” offers a reflection of the many musical faces of Fanfare.

ROOTS captures them as a village brass band. ORIENT gathers their most Eastern recordings. JAMS features their funkiest sides that make clubs jump. AMIGOS demonstrates Fanfare’s wide ranging collaborations, from backing Macedonia’s Gypsy Queen Esma Redzepova to rocking with Canadian guitarist Adrian Raso.

Pressed on 180g vinyl and beautifully packaged with illustrious photos covering Fanfare’s entire career, “20” is a double vinyl treat for both collector and the general music fan.

Musicians :
Ioan Ivancea - clarinet, vocals (+2006), Costica “Cimai” Trifan – trumpet, vocals, Radulescu Lazar – trumpet, vocals, Paul Marian Bulgaru – trumpet, Trifan Craciun – trumpet, Oprica Ivancea - clarinet, alto saxophone, Daniel Ivancea - alto saxophone, Constantin “Pinca” Cantea – tuba, Monel “Gutzel” Trifan – tuba, Constantin “Sulo” Calin - tenor horn, Laurentiu Mihai Ivancea - baritone horn, Costel “Gisniaca” Ursu - large drum, Nicolae Ionita – percussion

Special guests :
Pancirel Constandache - trumpet (A1,A3,C5), Dan Armeanca - vocals (B1) Boban & Marko Marković Orchestra (B5), Iulian Canaf - vocals (C2) Sabrina Romero - vocals, cajon, Antoine "Tato" García - vocals, guitar, Christ Mailhe - vocals, guitar (D1), Mitsou & Florentina Sandu - vocals (D2), Šaban Bajramović - vocals (D3), Esma Redžepova - vocals (D4), Adrian Raso - guitars (D5), Socalled - vocals(D6), Kottarashky & the Rain Dogs (D6)

Nicolas Ragonneau

Nicolas Ragonneau

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