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2006 album by Beirut (the indie/folk/world music project of Zach Condon).

While it may sound like an entire Balkan gypsy orchestra playing modern songs as mournful ballads and upbeat marches, Beirut's first album is actually the work of 19-year-old Albuquerque native Zach Condon. There are no guitars on this album; instead, horns, violins, cellos, ukuleles, mandolins, glockenspiel, drums, tambourines, congas, organs, pianos, clarinets and accordions all build and break around Condon s deep-voiced crooner vocals, swaying to the Eastern European beats like a drunken twelve-member carnival band. "Gulag Orkestar" is a glorious sweep of music, striking in its emotional content and stunning in its scope.

An astonishingly moving distillation of Eastern European melancholia with elegant histrionics a la Rufus Wainwright.
Q magazine

Time and again, the most powerful element of Gulag Orkestar, and what ought to be emphasized, is Condon's acrobatic, powerful, emotionally nuanced voice.

Precocious, other-worldly and vividly ambitious.
Drowned In Sound

Two CD set also features the LON GISLAND EP (containing five tracks in the GULAG ORKESTAR mould, the best known of which is “Carousels”).

CDs, booklet and jewel case are in excellent condition.

Made in the UK.

Track list

1 The Gulag Orkestar
2 Prenzlauerberg
3 Brandenberg
4 Postcards From Italy
5 Mount Wroclai (Idle Days)
6 Rhineland (Heartland)
7 Scenic World
8 Bratislava
9 The Bunker
10 The Canals Of Our City
11 After The Curtain


1 Elephant Gun
2 My Family’s Role In The World Revolution
3 Scenic World
4 The Long Island Sound
5 Carousels Please click here to ask a question
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