sounds from a bygone age - vol. 5
Visitors to Bucharest in the grey 1980s could witness two different worlds: Official state folklore with songs of the golden era proclaimed by Ceausescu and lively suburban music (muzica de mahala), which at that time was played at private parties. Gabi Luncă also spent many years singing at weddings, and although from the beginning of the 1990s her only performances were in Pentecostal churches, her voice remains unforgotten in Romania. Her songs are the quiet, melancholic songs of passion and yearning for one's home, mother, or sweetheart; songs to lift the weight from one's soul. Included among Gabi Luncă's greatest hits are: "Omul Bun n-are noroc" (The good have no luck) and "Superata sint pe lume" (I am sad in this world). Gabi Luncă's silvery, lightly strained singing was often copied, but never equalled, although as the accordion player Victor Gore remembers, she "always sang slightly out of time". Alongside Romica Puceanu, Gabi Luncă was the most valued performer of Romanian muzica lautareasca. Yet unlike her sensuous and hard-drinking rival, Gabi Luncă's life, partly because of the four children she had with the accordion player Ion Onoriu, was spent in familiar seclusion and without excess. Not only for this reason, but also because of her carefully selected stage clothes and her great professionalism, she was also referred to as the Tziganca de matase, the silken Gypsy woman.
1. Omul bun n-are noroc 4:09 / 2. Rau e, Doamne, bolnavioara 5:01 /
3. Ma gandesc, neica, la tine 4:48 4. Hora lautareasca 1:38 / 5. Neicuta, mi-aduc aminte 3:05 / 6. Da, mama, cu biciu-n mine 5:26 / 7. Suparata sint pe lume 6:07 / 8. Hora 2:02 / 9. Azi e nor, maine-i senin 3:17
Total playing time 45:41
|Omul Bun N -Are Noroc||Sus In Deal Pe Poienita||Hora Lautareasca|
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