Tue, 27 October 2009
So its been awhile since I uploaded anything. But forget that and listen to this. Mississippi Records and Canary Records just released a vinyl only compilation called String of Pearls: A Collection of International 78's. On it is an 1946 release by Shalom Katz entitled Eil Malei Rachmim. It's breathtakingly powerful. According to the liner notes, Shalom was a Holocaust survivor and had been slated for execution. While digging his own grave, he supposedly sang this song and it stirred the guards so much that they postponed his execution. He was able to survive the war beyond that and emigrated to the USA following the war.
I know old 78rpm Jewish folk tunes are not the rage these days, but you have to hear this.
Shalom Katz - Eil Malei Rachmim 
Category:Shared Music -- posted at: 5:24pm CDT