Honest Jon's Records - The Paths Of Pain LP

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The CAIFE Label,
Quito, 1960-68

A dazzling survey of the last, bohemian flowering
of the so-called Golden Era of Ecuadorian musica national,
before the oil boom and incoming musical styles — especially cumbia
— swept away its achingly beautiful, phantasmagorical,
utopian juggling of indigenous and mestizo traditions.
Forms like the tonada, albazo, danzante, yaravi, carnaval, and sanjuanito;
the yumbo, with roots in pre-Incan ritual, and the pasillo,
a take on the Viennese waltz, arriving through the Caribbean via Portugal and Spain.

Utterly scintillating guitar-playing, prowling double bass,
piercing dulzaina, wailing organ, rollicking gypsy violin, brass, accordion, harps, and flutes.
Bangers to get drunk and dance to.
Slow songs galore to drown your sorrows in,
with wildly sentimental lyrics drawn from the Generacion Decapitada group of poets (who all killed themselves);
expert heart-breakers, with the raw passion of the best rembetica, but reined in, like the best fado.
Fabulous music, like nothing else, exquisitely suffused with sadness and soul. Hotly recommended.


Ein schillernder Überblick über die letzte, böhmische Blütezeit
der sogenannten Goldenen Ära der ecuadorianischen Musica National,
bevor der Ölboom und die aufkommenden Musikstile - insbesondere der Cumbia
- ihr schmerzhaft schönes, phantasmagorisches,
utopischen Jonglieren mit indigenen und mestizischen Traditionen.
Formen wie Tonada, Albazo, Danzante, Yaravi, Carnaval und Sanjuanito;
der Yumbo, der seine Wurzeln in präinkanischen Ritualen hat, und der Pasillo,
eine Abwandlung des Wiener Walzers, der über Portugal und Spanien in die Karibik gelangte.

Überaus schillerndes Gitarrenspiel, schleichender Kontrabass,
durchdringende Dulzaina, klagende Orgel, ausgelassene Zigeunergeige, Blechbläser, Akkordeon, Harfen und Flöten.
Knaller zum Besaufen und Tanzen.
Langsame Lieder in Hülle und Fülle, um seine Sorgen zu ertränken,
mit wild-sentimentalen Texten, die von der Dichtergruppe Generacion Decapitada (die sich alle umgebracht haben) stammen;
erfahrene Herzensbrecher, mit der rohen Leidenschaft der besten Rembetica, aber gebändigt wie der beste Fado.
Fabelhafte Musik, wie nichts anderes, exquisit durchdrungen von Traurigkeit und Seele. Dringend empfohlen.


Honest Jons

DER Platten Laden überhaupt am Ende der Portobello Road Londons. Egal ob spektakuläre Reissues oder super aktuelle und grossartige elektronische Musik - Honest Jon's hat die Finger im Spiel. "Informal University for music lovers" - wird der Laden liebevoll genannt und ist seit 1974 das Herz der Londoner Musik Community. Das Label Honest Jon's wird unter anderem von Notting Hill local Damon Albarn mitbetrieben. Seit 2008 veröffentlicht Honest Jon's immer wieder Leckerbissen aus den 150 000 78 - rpm Aufnahmen aus den klimakontrollierten archivräumen der EMI archives in Hayes England.

Erhältlich bei: Kitchener Bern


EN: Honest Jon's is an independent record shop based on Portobello Road in Ladbroke Grove, London, operating since 1974. The shop is owned and run by Mark Ainley and Alan Scholefield, who took over from one of the original proprietors, "Honest" Jon Clare. Their record label of the same name is run in conjunction with Damon Albarn, who has been quoted as saying: "I don't really like the term world music. Wherever it comes from, it's all just music, isn't it? Hopefully that's what Honest Jon's is about - to open a few minds to what's out there."[1] The shop sells a multitude of genres of music on vinyl and CD, specializing in jazz, blues, reggae, dance, soul, folk and outernational. It runs a mail-order business from www.honestjons.com. Formed in 2002, the label has released compilation albums such as its London Is The Place For Me series, excavating the music of young Black London, in the years after World War II ("a fascinating archive of material from the 1950s and 60s, chronicling a time when diasporic rhythms were more or less the sole preserve of the small communities responsible for bringing them to these shores");[2] also collections of British folk, Port-of-Spain soca, Afro-Cuban jazz from the Bronx, Jamaican dancehall; and retrospectives of artists including Moondog, Maki Asakawa, Bettye Swann and Cedric "Im" Brooks & The Light of Saba. It has released original music by Candi Staton, Actress, T++, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Mark Ernestus, Trembling Bells, The Good, The Bad & The Queen, Simone White, Shackleton, Michael Hurley, Terry Hall, and the Moritz Von Oswald Trio. It recorded the chaabi orchestra of Abdel Hadi Halo on location in Algiers; Lobi Traore and Kokanko Sata Doumbia in Bamako; and Tony Allen in Lagos. In 2008, Honest Jon's began a run of compilations of early recordings — mostly drawn from the EMI Archive in Hayes, Hillingdon — stretching back to the start of the twentieth century, covering all corners of the world: from the break-up of the Ottoman Empire more than a hundred years ago, to 1950s Beirut, to late-1920s Baghdad, to 1930s East Africa. wikipedia

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