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Klezmatics new release, "Rise Up", May 13

album coverLorin Sklamberg writes to the Jewish-Music mailing list, commenting on rereleases of the two earliest Klezmatics albums, with even more intensely welcomed news:

"Rounder is reissuing both Rhythm + Jews (which was originally available in the U.S. on Flying Fish) and Shvaygn = Toyt (the Klezmatics' debut recording, never before available domestically).

"These, together with our new cd, Rise Up! Shteyt oyf! (finally set free from klezmer purgatory) are scheduled for release on May 13.


"And, for those of you in the San Francisco Bay area, the band will perform as part of the Berkeley Jewish Music Festival this coming Saturday, March 29 at 8pm at Wheeler Auditorium, UC Berkeley with special guest Holly Near (who will join us for her [now bi-lingual] anthem, I Ain't Afraid).

"The evening will be MCd by none other than Ronnie Gilbert."



Why is there a not so good review of "Rise Up" on allmusic.com, then? Is that the definitive version?

I don't know what to tell you, Paolo. I don't know the reviewer at allmusic.com, other than to note that he/she doesn't know the band over-well: 'But Lorin Sklamberg has rarely sounded better singing with the band, as she proves on "Makht Oyf."' Lorin will be surprised to discover that his gender has changed. The site also lists the original release date of the album, not the current one.

I haven't seen the official release album, and it's not yet May 13th, the album's official release date. I would guess that the review was written prior to the events that delayed the original album release (Sep 2002), but that doesn't mean anything--it's the same album, so far as I know.

Does one paragraph, pro or con, make for a "definitive" review? Will you agree with the review, definitive or not? The latter question, especially, is going to be different for everyone. I would hope that no one will decide before hearing the album.

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