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This is my 3rd review on a Sounds from a Bygone Age Volume. This one is Volume 5 and it features Gabi Lunca and her band. She was a Romanian gypsy from Varbilau, a small town to the north of Bucharest. Starting off playing at private parties like the majority of mahala musicians, her charm and exquisite vocals soon made her a firm favourite not just with normal Romanians but with the leader at the time Ceaucescu.
It's not hard to see why she was popular, with a friendly face and a lot of charm and an excellent voice, she is everything that modern pop stars are not! Personally I prefer Romica Puceanu to Gabi Lunca because of her hard-partying nature, Gabi Lunca was the angel of the two who led a quiet private life with her family earning her the name "Tziganca de matase" which translates to silken Gypsy woman.
This album is a great collection of her work that features some of the best songs she ever made, Omul Bun n-are noroc" (The good have no luck) is a bit of an anthem whilst other tracks reflect on love and homesickness. Songs which captured the heart of the Romanians whether Roma or Romanian and even politicians. It has to be said that her band don't get much of a mention, these must be later recordings because when she married Ion Onoriu, she started using his taraf but prior to that the majority of the early stuff is with the Gore brothers' Taraf.
Her voice for the most of the album is clear but with a strange huskiness at the back of the throat which leaves a unique sound.
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. Superata sint pe lume 6:07 / 8. Hora 2:02 / 9. Azi e nor, maine-i senin 3:17 / 10. Sus in deal pe poienita 4:20 / 11. Pomule, de ce te-apleci 5 :46
Total playing time 45:41
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Omul Bun N-Are Noroc
2 Rau E, Doamne, Bolnavioara
3 Ma Gândesc, Neica, La Tine
4 Hora Lautareasca
5 Neicuta, Mi-Aduc Aminte
6 Da, Mama, Cu Biciu-N Mine!
7 Suparata Sunt Pe Lume
9 Azi E Nor, Mâine-I Senin
10 Sus În Deal Pe Poienita
11 Pomule, De Ce Te-Apleci