February 21, 2010 11:50 AM

Tumbalalaika, a traditional Russian Jewish love song. Generally sung in Yiddish, presented here in English.

Mrs. Archivist provided the lead vocal, acoustic guitar, cello and maraca while I provided the harmony on the chorus, banjo, tamborine and tom. We cranked this out in about an hour on this lovely Sunday afternoon.

A nifty youtube video here

posted by archivist (4 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

I love this song. You two did a great job on it. It reminds me of His Name is Alive, or This Mortal Coil, or Espers... like a British Folk version. My only wish is that it were longer!

Astro Zombie posted this same song almost 2 years ago to the date.

This version by the Barry Sisters sometimes gets stuck in my head.
posted by not_on_display at 2:49 PM on February 23, 2010 [1 favorite]

Cool, thanks NoD. You named some of my favorite bands. AZ's version is excellent! It makes we wish we had produced ours to be a tad more authentic.
posted by archivist at 4:37 PM on February 23, 2010 [1 favorite]

Very pleasant -- love the rhythm and bass. Sounds very organic and "anciently true." Amazing that you guys got this done in an hour!
posted by edlundart at 8:01 PM on February 26, 2010 [1 favorite]

thanks edlundart - glad you like it!
posted by archivist at 1:52 PM on March 7, 2010

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