Yes, that is Spock in the headphones. The year was 1979. These are some of my LPs, themed compilations, and the like.


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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Bangin' That Tambourine

This music inhabits the happy imaginary "Gypsy land" also inhabited by Hollywood movies from the 1930s and 1940s.  Remember Ilonka's dance from House of Frankenstein?  Or the song from the Festival of the New Wine in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man?  These selections are their older cousins.
Read this sort-of bio from the rear of the LP cover:

I haven't been able to pin it down, but I believe that this record came from the late 1950s.

Here are the songs.  The translations aren't mine, but from the LP rear:

01. Mandulafa (The Almond Tree)  (3:32)
02. Alacsonyház (A      Little Gypsy House)  (2:56)
03. Feketehajadat       (Your Black Hair)  (3:20)
04. Szép Asszonynak Kurizalok (I Dance Attendance on Beautiful Ladies)  (2:43)
05. Darumadár (The Crane)  (3:41)
06. Badacsonyi Nyár Lákalatt (Under the Poplar Trees)  (3:29)
07. Akácos Ut (The Acacia Walk)  (3:06)
08. Hidegszobor (You Are So Indifferent)  (3:36)
09. Gyergyoninnen (Gypsy Dance)  (3:22)
10. Cigánytánc (Gypsy Dance)  (2:18)
11. Az Én Aj Kamról Már (My Dreams Have Forsaken Me) (4:46)
12. Szeretnélek A Rózsakertben Látni (I Want to See You Again in the Rose Garden)  (2:41)

Also included is an insert with the liner notes.

You may recognize melodies from Tracks 6, 7, and 8.  They were also used by Liszt, Brahms, or Dvořák in their own Hungarian Dance music.

Start Dancin'!



  1. Gay Gypsies? Oh my!!

    Thank you Mark, you haven't steered me wrong yet!


  2. Whooaa there, big fella, take it easy! (Yosemite Sam voice)