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Album Review

Their first Rounder album has better sound, but a shakeup in personnel altered the focus a bit. There's still lots of jovial world-fusion here.

Customer Reviews

Best Polka Music Ever!

I grew up on this album. Loved it as a kid, live it now!

Not their best, but still fun

I became a huge fan of Brave Combo with their 1984 LP "World Dance Music." It's not available here, which is sad, because I still think it was the best of their long list of records, a wild polka-punk party with upbeat covers of a great song list (Skokiaan, Sixteen Tons, Rosemary's Baby, People Are Strange, Lilli Marlene...). By this one, three years later, the personnel had shifted a bit, and the jump-up-and-down energy of the earlier LPs had waned a bit. Still, "Happy Wanderer" and "Who Stole the Kishka" are two of my favorite BC tracks.

Walken sings it perfectly in "Envy"..

I love this tune..


Formed: 1979 in Denton, TX

Genre: World

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Applying the polka and world-music dance treatment to a most unlikely song lineup ("People Are Strange," "Sixteen Tons," "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," "O Holy Night"), Brave Combo formed in the late '70s in the small Texas hometown of vocalist and guitarist Carl Finch, recorded three albums for the self-owned Four Dots label, and later moved to Rounder. The group's line-up, though constantly shifting, began to coalesce around Finch, horn player Jeffrey Barnes, bassist Bubba Hernandez, and either Mitch Marine...
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