Various Artists – Songs Of Israel (1971)

FrontCover1This rare Album is a giveaway from El Al, the Airline Company of Israel:

El Al Israel Airlines Ltd. is the flag carrier of Israel. Since its inaugural flight from Geneva to Tel Aviv in September 1948, the airline has grown to serve over 50 destinations, operating scheduled domestic and international services and cargo flights within Israel and to Europe, Middle East, Americas, Africa and the Far East from its main base in Ben Gurion Airport.

El Al in principle offers only kosher in-flight meals and does not fly passengers on the Jewish Sabbath or religious holidays. El Al is the only commercial airline to equip its planes with missile defense systems, and is considered one of the world’s most secure airlines, thanks to its stringent security procedures, both on the ground and on board its aircraft. Although it has been the target of many attempted hijackings and terror attacks, only one El Al flight has ever been hijacked.[8][9] As Israel’s national airline, El Al has played an important role in humanitarian rescue efforts, airlifting Jews from other countries to Israel, setting the world record for the most passengers on a commercial aircraft (single plane record of 1,122 passengers) by Operation Solomon when 14,500 Jewish refugees were transported from Ethiopia in 1991.

In 2012, El Al operated an all-Boeing fleet of 38 aircraft, flying over 4 million passengers, and employed a staff of 6,056 globally. The company’s revenues for 2011 grew to $2.4 billion, totalling losses of $49.4 million compared to a profit of $57 million in 2010. (by wikipedia)

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“This selection of Songs draws on many traditions and like very old wines the vintage suits the pattern and ryhthm of the seventies.We hope that you will find in this record some of the excitmentyou have experienced in Israel today” (taken from the original liner notes).

The music of Israel is a combination of Jewish and non-Jewish music traditions that have come together over the course of a century to create a distinctive musical culture. For almost 150 years, musicians have sought original stylistic elements that would define the emerging national spirit. In addition to creating an Israeli style and sound, Israel’s musicians have made significant contributions to classical, jazz, pop rock and other international music genres. Since the 1970s, there has been a flowering of musical diversity, with Israeli rock, folk and jazz musicians creating and performing extensively, both locally and abroad. Many of the world’s top classical musicians are Israelis or Israeli expatriates. The works of Israeli classical composers have been performed by leading orchestras worldwide.

Ilan & Ilanit
Ilan & Ilanit

Music in Israel is an integral part of national identity. Beginning in the days of the pioneers, Hebrew songs and public singalongs (Shira beTsibur) were encouraged and supported by the establishment. “Public singalongs were a common pastime [of the early settlers], and were for them a force in defining their identity”, wrote Nathan Shahar.[2] This view of music as nation-building continues to this day. “We are in the midst of creating a culture”, says Nahum Heyman, one of Israel’s leading music composers and music historians. Jewish immigrants from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and elsewhere brought with them their musical traditions, melding and molding them into a new Israeli sound. (ny Wikipedia)

And I was deeply impressed by this beautiful songs … and ir you like world music, than you should listen to this record !

And I guess, I would like to collect more records with music from Israel …

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Tracklist:

01. Ilan & Ilanit: Bashana Haba’ah (Manor/Hirsh) 2.49
02. The Navy Troupe: Ma Avarech (Shapira/Rosenblum) 3.59
03. Shiru Shir Ensemble: Hevenu Shalom Alechem (Traditional) 1.14
04. Southern Command Troupe:  Shivchey Maoz (Shemer) 2.58
05. Ilana Rovina: Yevarechecha (Weinkranz/Traditional) 2.51
06. Shuly Nathan: Jerusalem Of Gold (Shemer) 4.55
07. Sh. Nitzan & N. Rabinovitz: Chassidic Song (Traditional) 1.48
08. Igal Bashan: Osse Shalom (Hirsh/Traditional) 3.42
09. Ran & Nama: Hava Nagila (Traditional) 2.00
10. Effi Netzer Singers: Tsur Mishelo Achalnu (Traditional) 3.07
11. Shlomo Carlebach: Vehaer Enenu (Carlebach/Traditional) 3.36
12. The Nachal Troupe: Haben Yakir Li (Traditional) 4.24
13. Ran Eliran: Lach Yerushalayim (Ettinger/Rubinstein) 2.08
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Shuly Nathan
Shuly Nathan

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