Lost Album by Israeli Singer Shlomo Artzi Reissued After 31 Years

Live double album is part of four-CD boxed set featuring Artzi's music from the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Ben Shalev
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A live double album by Shlomo Artzi, one of Israel’s most successful singers, that was shelved right after its release in 1982 will be going on sale Tuesday.

The new album, which is part of a four-CD boxed set of Artzi’s music from the late 1970s and early 1980s, includes the albums “A Man Gets Lost” (1977), “Ways” (1979) and “Midnight” (1981).

The live double album was recorded at Tel Aviv's Tzavta club in 1982 with bassist Ernst "Etchie" Stroh, Artzi’s musical partner at the time. The album was released that same year, but evidently disappeared from the stores a short time later.

“I only heard the album once,” Artzi said, “because when it was released, I was so unhappy with it that I went to the stores and removed it. I don’t know a thing about it. I know only that time does its own work on things, and vintage has become something valuable in and of itself.”

After decades as one of Israel's top rockers, Shlomo Artzi still tops the charts.Credit: Daniel Tchetchik