Balkan Records Folk Music

Balkan Records is a division of Esoteric Sound that produces Folk Music and various esoteric recordings. We specialize in music of the ethnic American Slavs, and Eastern European Bluegrass, but have a smattering of others too.  Our main body of work is re-releasing records from the old Balkan Records Company of Chicago. All of our recordings are of the highest quality and where necessary, employ sophisticated digital editing and noise reduction systems, such as CEDAR.

We are also interested in any old recordings of this type that you may have.  As masters for most vintage ethnic recordings are non-existent, we welcome vintage records for use in these project.  TO SEE OUR COMPLETE CATALOGUE, CLICK HERE.

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The following is a sample of recordings from our catalog: 

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CD,BAL CD2001/2 - $15.00
A DAY WITH THE VESELJACI TAMBURITZA POLKA ORCHESTERA 

South Chicagoís Nick Skertich, Roko Abramovich, Mickey Kusecek, and Ray Jankovich perform 24 favorites from their two LP records. Includes Polkas and Slovenian Folk Music favorites. Digitally remastered.   CLICK FOR CONTENTS

CD,BAL CD1024-2 - $29.00
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 1970 TAMBURITZA TESTIMONIAL

Features 11 tamburitza orchestras from around the USA including the Popovich Brothers, Kellam Tamburitza Orchestra, Balkan Serenaders, etc. This is a live concert recorded at the Ramada Inn, Dolton IL. Stereo sound recorded under difficult circumstances. This is a 2 CD set.   CLICK FOR CONTENTS

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CD,VITA-TONE CD1019 - $15.00
CHICAGO POLONIA YESTERDAY

Polkas, Mazurkas, Obereks and Folk Songs from late 1940's South Side Chicago Polonia. Features Orkiestra Jana Nieminskiego, Polish Barn Dance Orchestra and others. Twenty-seven tracks in digitally restored sound.  CLICK FOR CONTENTS

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CD,BAL CD1020 - $15.00
DUNAV TAMBURITZA ORCHESTRA FEATURING MEL DOKICH

The Dunav Tamburitza Orchestra of Chicago perform more of their favorite numbers. 18 tracks with Mel Dokich, Richard Savage, Steve Paulich and Carl Schutzman, this CD contains both studio and concert Folk Music recordings.    CLICK FOR CONTENTS

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CD,BAL CD5003/9 - $15.00
FOLK SONGS AND DANCES 

Hollywood and TV tamburitza master, Martin Kapugi and his Sar Planina Orchestra perform 27 numbers from 1960's Balkan Folk Music recordings. Formerly two Lps; now in one CD. Digitally restored hifi sound.
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CD,BAL CD1023 - $15.00
THE MUSIC OF MILAN VERNI, VOL 1

Features 23 never-before-on-CD tracks of pioneer Tamburitza recording star of the 1930's, Milan Verni. Includes vocals by Edo Lubich. All are digitally re-mastered for minimum noise and maximum sound. Folk Music is performed by Verniís Troubadours, Verni Victor Tamburitza Orchestra, etc.    CLICK FOR CONTENTS

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CD,BALCD1026 - $15.00
MILAN - DUNAV

Features Milan Panayotovich former Tamburas and restaurateur performing his favorite songs along with the Dunav Tamburitza Orchestra of Chicago.  Performing are Anthony Markulin, Carl Schutzman, Steve Paulich, and George Ivancevich.  Included are all the songs of his original release along with four bonus tracks from live recordings.  CLICK FOR CONTENTS

CD,BAL CD505 - $15.00
THE BALKAN SINGLES VOL 5, TAMBURITZA FROM THE 1950'S

1st reissue of US, Serbo-Croatian folk music, featuring Dave Zupkovich, Marty Kapugi, Edo Lubic, and others. 26 tracks from 1950's Balkan Records singles, including 4 bonus tracks from Balkan's "Custom Series." Digitally restored.   CLICK FOR CONTENTS

CD,BAL CD1045 - $15.00
EDO LUBICH, VOL 1

Edo Lubich performs ballads, love songs, and folk songs with the Kapugi Brothers Orchestra and others in 26 newly restored recordings. These songs were recorded in 1941 and 1942 in Chicago.

CD,BAL CD1046 - $15.00
MARTY KAPUGI - LIVE AT THE RAFTERS

Marty Kapugi and his Balkan Strings Tamburitza Orchestra, including Frank Kapugi with Horace Mamula and Walter Pravica performing live at "The Rafters" on December 21, 1985. 26 tracks in audiophile-stereo sound.
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CD,ARHOOLIE 7051052- $24.95
TAMBURITZA! FROM THE BALKANS TO AMERICA 1910-1950

A variety of early to late tamburitza performances by the likes of Jovanovic, Kapugi, Miskovic, Mimika, Verni, and the Popovichs. 48 track, 2-CD set including a well written and informative booklet. A must-buy primer on the performers and their music.

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CD,BAL CD1007 - $15.00
THE WESTWIND SINGERS - 1960-63

Featuring back-up by not-yet famous Rock/Blues Star Mike Bloomfield. 60's "Folk Music" by Bob Gibson students, Don Wilson and Mike Horn. 20 tracks follow development of group. 2 bonus tracks of radio performance and rehearsal.  Recorded in Stereo sound.


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