One thing I learned last year whilst doing this blog is that Oktoberfest starts in the middle of September and just barely runs into October. This year it starts on Saturday (Sept 17th) and goes on until October 3rd. So in the spirit of Oktoberfest, I bought this record. It was $3.00.
Last year, I did two posts regarding Oktoberfest. They were pretty informative and as a result, I really can not think of much to add. Obviously the big festival is in Munich. If you do not want to go back to the old links, the first Oktoberfest was held in 1810 in October-proper to honor Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. In the subsequent years, the festival was moved up to September to allow warmer weather. The festival was also enlongated. Had to make those Marks, baby.
This album is a collection of folk music from Upper Bavaria, which is centered by Munich, the home of Ocktoberfest. These songs run from yodels and polkas, mostly with singing but some instrumentals as well. What else can be said other than you can almost smell the beer farts listening to this record?
For a sample, I decided to go with a few tracks so if you are looking to add a soundtrack for your Oktoberfest activities, you have some tunes to choose from. So from this album, here is “High On The Mountain Peak”, “Slap Happy in Gotzing”, “Bavarian Polka”, and “De Gumpesel”.
As far as the record goes, meh. I mean I get what it is about after two songs. Also , a bit pricey for my taste. But anyway. here they are for your Oktoberfest amusement.