The release of Romen Trio‘s 1973 debut LP was so successful Russian state label Melodya reissued it at least once in 1980. Consisting of Valentina Ponomareva, Igraf Joshka and Georgi Kvik, Romen Trio first performed at Moscow’s Romen Gypsy Theater in 1971, but soon toured all over the Union and abroad, including New York’s Metropolitan Opera during the 1980s. Their version of Gypsy romances and songs is infused with American folk music from the 1960s, such as Peter, Paul and Mary or Joan Baez. Since WWII, Gipsy music have been extremely popular in the media in USSR, and still is to this day. Maybe Soviet urbanites craved the freedom and true feelings carried by Gypsy romances.
♫ Each Romen Trio song is a well-crafted miniature with artful arrangements by fine guitarists Igraf Joshka and Georgi Kvik, with vocal duties contributed by all members of the trio. Tracks alternate between slow, sorrowful romances and joyous, campfire songs. Some of the songs on this legendary LP have been reissued on CD but not all.
01 Солнышко – Solnyshko (3:09)
02 Зомферица – Zomferitsa (1:54)
03 Луны волшебной полосы – Stripes of Magic Moonlight (3:38)
04 Дуй дрома – Dui Droma (3:21)
05 Андо фаро, баро фаро – Ando Foro, Baro Foro (2:06)
06 Песня из спектакля “Цыганка Аза” – Song From The Play “Aza The Gypsy” (4:22)
07 Шатрица – Shatritsa (2:38)
08 Сумерки – Twilight (3:00)
09 Дыкхава дро сунэ – Dykhava Dro Sune (2:32)
10 Золотая серьга – Golden Earring (3:21)
11 Мэ дрэ фэлда барием – Me Dre Felda Bariem (3:51)
12 Чайерие – Tchaiorio (2:24)
Total time 36:15
LP released by Melodya, USSR, 1980 (rec. 1973)