Squeezebox frenzy on this collection that features the talents of the finest accordionists in the classical and jazz worlds - Peter and Mady Soave, Richard Galliano, Sebastiano Zorza and Denis Biasin. They perform a variety of settings: solo, duo with Nando de Luca on piano or Hamilton de Hollanda on mandolin, or as part of a quartet.
When Brave Combo formed in 1979, we were going to be together just long enough to record our own polka record. It was to be four artists making a musical statement. I had become extremely fascinated with all different kinds of polka music (Mexican, European, Eastern European, American-Polish etc.) and as far as I was concerned, polka was alternative listening. I would dig through bargain bins for ethnic cut-outs and the music would usually be full of passion and integrity. But, it was a form almost totally ignored in the pop music world. So, I recruited a drummer, a horn player and a bassist, and in a friend's primitive home studio we recorded a seven-song, double EP called Polkamania.
This is a expanded edition of a set originally issued in 1991, on 6 CDs. It Now contains all their studio recordings from 1959-1966 in stereo. With the exception of their first seven tracks from 1959 which were only made in mono. The set additionally contains 31 tracks in mono that we believe have not been previously available on cd.