Initially self-released via Koenig's own Balkan Arts imprint, the original records were rediscovered at the CTMD's headquarters during an early meeting with Evergreene Music's Label Manager, Mark Roberts. "I was taking a break from listening to the Center's extensive audio archives and wandered around their office to stretch my legs," recalls Roberts. "Perched on crammed shelves near the entrance, I noticed a large number of cardboard boxes filled with vinyl of some sorts. It turned out the records had been stored there for decades and, aside from their somewhat yellowed and brittle sleeves, were in absolutely pristine condition. After digging out the Center's record player and listening to a handful of the records, I knew I had found an exceptional treasure."
With the decision made to give this historic series its first-ever, wide-scale release, Evergreene Music worked with New York's Magic Shop studio and vinyl specialist Jessica Thompson to create new masters from these iconic vinyl pieces.
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Photo credit: Martin Koenig