Ibiza and Formentera: The Pityusic Islands

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Rounder Records
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Recorded 1952 by Alan Lomax.
Notes by Judith R. Cohen, with Esperança Bonet Roig
Translations by Judith R. Cohen, with Esperança Bonet Roig, Isidor Mari,
Jaume Escandell, and Francesc Torres i Peters 

These recordings, made in Ibiza's densely wooded hills, and on the lonely, clifftop point of Formentera, lead us into the mysterious world hidden behind today's glossy veneer of tourism. They encompass meditative and satirical songs, ancient flute and drum melodies, and the spine-tingling glottal trills that once rang out from homestead to homestead in the island's interior. Contains previously unreleased recordings.