A. Kostis
The Jail's A Fine School
Mississippi Records
MRP 097
Incl. 28 Page Booklet
Incl. VAT plus shipping / Orders from outside the EU are exempt from VAT
1Yannis The Hash Smoker
2A School Was Burned
4You Were Barefoot
5Dertlidhikos Horos
6In The Basement
7I Pass By Your Door
8Toumbeleki Toumbeleki
9Dizziness Overcomes Me
10This Summer
11I Became Thin
12The Jail's A Fine School

First ever vinyl collection of the legendary "Kostis," the most enigmatic of all Greek rebetika artists of the early 1930s. Truly unique guitar duets and black-humor prose chronicling the hash dens, prison culture and pickpockets of old Athens. Virtuosic fingerpicking of Near-Eastern modes at the dawn of rebetika, when the bouzouki was yet to become supreme. Recorded under a pseudonym for export to the Greeks living in America, it stands as an enduring mystery and the high standard for a once subversive art form. Includes Greek and English lyrics, extensive liner notes by TONY KLEIN and many previously unpublished photographs. Co-released by Olvido Records.