POP ~ Israeli Folk in Modern Style
POP"... Maybe it is not the best way to define this second group
of songs; I just want to convey a meaning of modern style based
on traditional folk, as many of these songs are of ancient spirit
but expressed in our times style.
3) Kol Haneshamah
is the first international success, with mainly Yemenite songs in
a modern key, as "Eshal", "Da'ale Da'ale" and new versions of "Im
Nin'alu" and "Galbi". Track list:
3. Da'ale Da'ale
4. My Aching Heart
5. Love Song
7. Face To Face
8. Take Me To Paradise
Song" is an outstanding performance a cappella of Shir HaShirim
8:6-7 (the Song of Songs of Solomon 8:6-7).
is her first album containing tracks also in English, including
two versions of tracks previously released in Hebrew: "My Aching
Heart", from "Hake'ev Haze" and "Take Me To Paradise" from "Bo Venagen
Otti", both released in the album "Yamim Nishbarim".
is a beautiful song that introduces us to her next two albums that
complete this group.
"Kirya" and "Kol Haneshamah" In my opinion,
these two albums are her best ones; I'd say they mark Ofrah's
"Golden Age"... exquisite music and songs exalting her matchless
voice. To these two albums, I'd add some extra releases: "Elohi",
title of two versions of the song "Kol Haneshamah" that were
recorded for the soundtrack of "La Reine Margot" (The Queen
Margot), and a magnificent live version of "Leorekh Hayam" preceded
by the first words of "Elohi", which was released in the compilation
"Manginat Halev" or "Greatest Hits".
this section, I'd mention as Ofrah's golden songs in this style,
the melodic "Latet" and which I consider her best featuring: "Yerushalaym
Shel Zahav", that has been sung by many Israeli singers, though
none of them may ever equal Ofrah's performance. Both these tracks
have been also released in "Manginat Halev".
(A Requiem for Refugees)
Fate and Love
Of No Return
10. Today I'll Pray
track released in the Italian issue of the album.
Kol Yom Vehake'ev Shelo
Ben Adam Ba'olam
Gufchà Roqed Bahalomi
"Love Song" - lyrics (translation)
"Set me as a seal on your heart,
As a seal on your arm;
For love is strong as death,
Jealousy is as cruel as Sheol;
flames are flames of fire,
A very flame of Yah.
Many waters are unable to extinguish
Neither can floods drown it.
If a man would give
All the wealth of his house for love
He would be utterly scorned."
(Song of Solomon 8:6-7)