A Valentine’s Day present that any self-respecting music fan will love

Aimer et Perdre is a fascinating two-disc collection of love songs—as well as mazurkas, quadrilles, polkas, waltzes, and hoedowns—from the

Aimer et Perdre is a fascinating two-disc collection of love songs—as well as mazurkas, quadrilles, polkas, waltzes, and hoedowns—from the 1910s, ’20s, and ’30s. Some of the artists (like Dock Boggs and the Carter Family) will be familiar to fans of folk, country, or old-timey music. Others, like the Broder Kapelle (who recorded a dance from Chernovitz, in 1929), are completely obscure, and delightful. What the tracks all have in common is that, while the artists come from all over the world, the recordings were all made in America—which is also to say, this is what the melting pot sounded like many decades ago. (Available on Valentine’s Day.)

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A Valentine’s Day present that any self-respecting music fan will love