Goran Bregovic is one of the great all-rounders of Balkan music. In the 70s, he was one of the biggest rock stars in what was then Yugoslavia, but then he moved on to create a new hybrid music of his own, mixing brassy Gypsy themes with choral and orchestral styles for film scores or his own Weddings and Funerals Orchestra.
His last album Alkohol, released earlier this year, was an often raucous and exuberant celebration of the Gypsy influences, but now comes a retrospective reminder of his wildly varied output over the past 20 years. The Gypsy brass is in evidence, of course, on tracks like Gas Gas Gas, taken from the Alkohol album and featuring DJ Shantel, but it’s matched against fine, drifting choral works like Mesecina Moonlight or the orchestral Underground Tango.
Goran Bregovic collaborated with a remarkable variety of other musicians, such as Sezen Aksu, Scott Walker, Cesaria Evora, Iggy Pop and the Greek singers George Dalaras and Alikistis Protopsalti.