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Deep Polka: Dance Music from the Midwest

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Minnesota Polka
Artist: Karl and the Country Dutchmen
2:28   $0.99
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Karl's Bad Schottische
Artist: Karl and the Country Dutchmen
2:04   $0.99
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Fleeting Memories Waltz
Artist: Karl and the Country Dutchmen
2:24   $0.99
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Gary's Polka
Artist: Karl and the Country Dutchmen
2:17   $0.99
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Remmem Valsen
Artist: Norskedalen Trio, The
2:42   $0.99
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Fylke Dans
Artist: Norskedalen Trio, The
1:40   $0.99
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All Smiles Tonight
Artist: Norskedalen Trio, The
2:40   $0.99
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Ed Quall's Polka
Artist: Norskedalen Trio, The
1:45   $0.99
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Dorothy's Oberek
Artist: Norm Dombrowski's Happy Notes
2:08   $0.99
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Mountaineer Polka
Artist: Norm Dombrowski's Happy Notes
2:21   $0.99
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Chicago Waltz
Artist: Norm Dombrowski's Happy Notes
2:50   $0.99
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Happy Fellow (Jestem Chlopak Wesoly)
Artist: Norm Dombrowski's Happy Notes
2:10   $0.99
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Gde Su Oni Lepi Cajti? (Where Have The Good Times Gone?)
Artist: Vatra
3:06   $0.99
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Bunjevacko Kolo/S One Strane Dunava (Bunjevac Kolo/On The Ot her Side of the Danube)
Artist: Vatra
2:50   $0.99
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Jeste Li Cula 'Judi (People, Have You Heard?)
Artist: Vatra
2:23   $0.99
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Bijeli Slapovi (White Waves)
Artist: Vatra
2:16   $0.99
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Jammin' Polkas
Artist: Steve Meisner Band, The
5:51   $0.99
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Meisner Magic
Artist: Steve Meisner Band, The
2:10   $0.99
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Jump River Polka
Artist: Steve Meisner Band, The
2:20   $0.99
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Sakkijarven Polka
Artist: Oulu Hotshots, The
2:14   $0.99
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Maailman Matti (Matti, Man of the World)
Artist: Oulu Hotshots, The
2:29   $0.99
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Orpopojan Valssi (Orphan Boy's Waltz)
Artist: Oulu Hotshots, The
2:54   $0.99
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Finn Polka
Artist: Oulu Hotshots, The
1:44   $0.99
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Owl Polka
Artist: Clete Bellin Orchestra, The
3:40   $0.99
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Little Vagabond Waltz
Artist: Clete Bellin Orchestra, The
3:02   $0.99
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Around the Moon
Artist: Clete Bellin Orchestra, The
2:44   $0.99
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Total Tracks: 26   Total Length: 67:12

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Regional Reminiscence

PerFridda

I grew up hearing this kind of music on the radio (on Saturdays, 15 minutes live from the Concordia Ballroom dances), at wedding dances, and especially at our city's Oktoberfest. Time was, you could even find such music on jukeboxes in neighborhood taverns. This album is great fun, and brings to mind brats and kraut, beer, good times and happy dancers. Give this a listen and you'll be hearing regional interpretations as well as original tunes. It's good natured music, without a social message, without a desire to set the world afire, without outrageous lyrics. There is absolutely no shock value here. What you will find is an ambience for jolly times, gathered friends, partner dancing, and smiles all 'round. Enjoy!

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They Say All Music Guide

This is a 26-song compilation of polka from the upper American Midwest, recorded in the 1980s and 1990s. Seven outfits — Karl and the Country Dutchmen, the Norskedalen Trio, Norm Dombrowski’s Happy Notes, Vatra, the Steve Meisner Band, the Oulu Hotshots, and the Clete Bellin Orchestra — all get three or four cuts. They’re all from Wisconsin, but each represents a regional tradition, be it Norwegian, Polish, “Dutchman,” Slovenian, Finnish, Czech, or Tamburitza. This has an advantage over many other polka records you could acquaint yourself with in that it’s well-recorded, and that there is some variety. The Norskedalen Trio, for instance, has a more rural, folky sound than the norm, incorporating a fiddle; Vatra has Croatian vocals; and the Clete Bellin Orchestra has a deeper, more bottom-heavy oom-pah feel. The liner notes are very thorough, with explanations and descriptions of the performers and the styles. If your interest in polka is mild, though, the disc is likely to really wear on you over the course of an hour. – Richie Unterberger

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