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Download links and information about Possessed by The Klezmatics. This album was released in 1997 and it belongs to World Music, Songwriter/Lyricist genres. It contains 18 tracks with total duration of 53:15 minutes.

Artist: The Klezmatics
Release date: 1997
Genre: World Music, Songwriter/Lyricist
Tracks: 18
Duration: 53:15
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Tracks

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No. Title Length
1. Shprayz Ikh Mir 3:04
2. Kolomeyke 1:40
3. Moroccan Game 2:46
4. An Undoing World 3:40
5. Mizmor Shir Lehanef (Reefer Song) 5:14
6. Shvarts un Vays (Black and White) 4:54
7. Lomir Heybn Dem Bekher 4:19
8. Sirba Matey Matey 4:07
9. Mipney Ma 1:36
10. Beggars' Dance 2:19
11. Shnaps-Nign 1:50
12. Interlude 0:36
13. Dybbuk Shers 3:12
14. Fradde's Song 3:04
15. Der Shvartser Mi Adir (The Black Benediction) 2:13
16. Hinokh Yafo 4:06
17. Mipney Ma (reprise) 1:12
18. Eyn Mol 3:23

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Much of Possessed is a collaboration with Tony Kushner (the Pulitzer- and Tony-winning playwright of Angels in America). He contributes lyrics to two songs, and the second half of the album was designed as a musical score for his play A Dybbuk: Between Two Worlds (an adaptation of Jewish folk tales by S. An-ski). The marriage of artistic sensibilities is perfect. The Klezmatics' ethos is at once deeply traditional and deeply progressive. Their music is a lively engagement with Jewishness itself, inflecting Eastern European klezmer music with other genres so seamlessly that it seems misleading even to name the other influences (classical, Dixieland, bebop, Middle Eastern folk, modern rock...). Their song catalog includes religious traditionals, but it also includes original Hebraic odes to marijuana and homosexuality. All of which is very much in line with Kushner's endless quest to sort out his own disparate influences as a gay, Jewish, democratic-socialist, Louisiana-born, New York-adopted artiste. The collaboration has afforded the Klezmatics an opportunity to expand their palette. While there is plenty of their familiar frenzied spiritual party music, there is also some goregeously evocative minor-key mysticism. The titular theme of possession is, on its face, a reference to the ghost story in A Dybbuk, but it's best explained by Kushner in his smart, funny, gushing liner notes. "Are we not possessed," he asks, "by the multitudes we contain, not only multitudes of observant and unobservant brave martyred ancestors...but of all the cultures through which we have wandered, which we have helped to shape, in which we were at home and never at home?" That's a pretty good description of the Klezmatics' music, which is itself a singularly Jewish assimilation of multitudinous influences.