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✨✧ Charles DuvellePhotographs Of Charles Duvelle – Disques Ocora & Collection Prophet (2CDs & hardcover book) ... CD
Sublime Frequencies, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD & Book ... $56.99 68.99
An amazing tribute to one of the greatest series of ethnographic material ever recorded – the legendary Disques Ocora records – still unsurpassed in terms of their care and quality! The material set a new standard for field recordings – handled by musicologist Charles Duvelle, who also shot a huge amount of photographs during the time of the project, too – a huge number of which are reproduced in this stunning book! The volume is way more than just a selection of ethnographic images – as it follows the recording program of the label, and is laid out as such – and is followed by a complete discography of Ocora Records, with album cover images and other details too. There's also an interview with Duvelle, who also put together 2CDs' worth of his favorite Ocora Recordings – which illustrate just how mindblowing the label's efforts were back in the 60s. There's other goodies too – an index for the photos, a report on Eastern Music In Africa prepared by Duvelle for Unesco in 1970, and even a look at The Prophet Collection – Duvelle's label after Ocora. One of the nicest sets we've ever seen from Sublime Frequencies – and one that maybe puts it on a par with Ocora! CD
(293 page hardbound book with over 200 black & white and color photos plus 2CDs of field recordings – a beautiful package!)

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Omar KhorshidGuitar El Chark ... CD
Sublime Frequencies, Mid 70s. Used 2CD ... $16.99
Exciting music from Arabic guitar legend Omar Khorshid – material recorded in Beirut from 1973-1977 – instrumentals filled with impeccable playing by Khrorshid, who also plays Moog and synth, backed by percussion and some accordion for a really full, transcendent sound! Khorshid got little attention outside the Arab world, which is a real injustice if the music here is any indication. It's feverish stuff recorded at Polysound Studios with the latest production innovations of the time at their disposal – electronics are brought into the sound with grace and subtly, and none of the progressive elements compromise the influence of the great Arab composers who influenced Khorshid. Sublime Frequencies never disappoints, but this material is wonderful by any standard. Includes "Guitar El Chalk", "Wadil Muluk", "Sabirine", "Hebbina Hebbina", "Ah Ya Zaman", "Sidi Mansour", "Enta Omri", "Warakat Ya Nassib", "Taksim Sanat Alfeyn" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Various1970s Algerian Proto-Rai Underground ... CD
Sublime Frequencies, 1970s. New Copy ... $13.99
A very hip collection of Algerian work from the 70s – work that predates some of the more familiar rai from the 80s, served up with a much rougher style overall! The instrumentation here is all tied strongly to the rhythms – horn parts and guitar lines that romp just as much as the drums – all in support of pointed lyrics that often have a forceful feel – pushing out boldly, even if you can't understand the language! The tunes are really hypnotic, given the instrumental interplay – and the vocals are the one element that seems to burst out of its own accord. Titles include "Malgre Tout" and "Dayha Oulabes" by Boutaiba Sghir, "Li Maandouche L'Auto" and "Lah Lah Ya S'Habi" by Bellemou & Benfissa, "Ana Dellai" by Cheb Zergui, and "Mazul Nesker Mazal" by Groupe El Azhar. CD

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VariousPrincess Nicotine – Folk & Pop Sounds Of Myanmar Vol 1 ... LP
Sublime Frequencies, 1960s/1970s. New Copy Gatefold ... $22.99
Incredible sounds from Burma – a really under-tapped musical legacy, finally brought forth by the always-great efforts of Sublime Frequencies! The sound here is unlike anything else we've ever heard – a very weird mish-mash of Southeast Asian elements, but always moving away from our expectations just when we think we've got a handle on it! There's some soulful vocals that remind us a bit of recordings from the subcontinent – but at other times, there's some very noisy, very percussive passages that remind us of the intense side of Indonesian gamelon – and at still other points, there's the weird sort of cultural crossroads that you'd get in frequently passed-through territories like Vietnam or Cambodia. But this hardly even gets at the surface of the whole thing – and as usual, you're best just putting your ears in the hands of Sublime Frequencies – as they blow your mind with cuts that include "Burmese Golden Drum" by Bo Hein, "Really Strange & Weird Things" by Sein Sah Thin, "Beautiful Town" by Mar Mar Aye, "Elephant Dragon" by Luan Moe, "Good Time" by Yi Yi Thant/Aung Heina, and "The Tune Of The Second Entertainment" by Yangon Sein Kyi Moe. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition full-color gatefold LP.)

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✨✧ VariousChoubi Choubi – Folk & Pop Sounds From Iraq ... CD
Sublime Frequencies, 1970s/1980s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A heady brew of unusual music from the Iraqi scene – material that's billed here as folk and pop, but which has a quality that's a lot different than those genres might sound in the US! The folksy cuts often have angular reed work in the mix, which really gives them a sharp edge – especially when aligned with the vocals – and the "pop" material is still often pretty edgey too, with qualities that almost remind us of Bollywood music at times – given the stuttering rhythms, nasally reed lines, and little bits of strings. As usual with Sublime Frequencies, the music here more than lives up to the promise of the label's name – truly unusual sounds that you'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere else! CD

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VariousFolk & Pop Sounds Of Sumatra Vol 1 (limited edition) ... LP
Sublime Frequencies, 1980s. New Copy Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A strangely tuneful selection of grooves from the island of Sumatra – percussion, tribal folk material filtered through some surprisingly diverse and modern trippy, funky influences! The recordings were culled from rare cassette tapes acquired in the late 80s, many without artist credits, helping make this one of those strange unearthed treasures. Fascinating and tuneful! Tracks include "Sitogol (#1 & #2)", by Haba Haba Group, "Borungktu Si Derita" by Marios Group, "Siti Payung" by Pimp Rubiah (Orkes Melayu Asli), "Bapikek Balam" by Samsimar (Saluang Dangdut) and lots more! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited vinyl version of the great Sublime Frequencies compilation!)

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✨✧ VariousKwangkay – Funerary Music Of The Dayak Benuaq Of Borneo ... LP
Sublime Frequencies, 2011. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A other-worldly set of funeral music from Indonesia – sounds that are quite different than anything you'd ever hear in an American funeral home or church! The music is very earthy, and almost feels like witchcraft at time – with some sounds that echo the ringing bells and tones of gamelon music, but others that are almost electro-acoustic, even though generated from organic sources – a really weird mix of modes that almost puts the record somewhere in the sphere of 20th Century avant projects that tried to combine the modern with the primitive. Titles include "Nocturnal Soundscape", "Titi Mati", and two versions of a "Ngerangkau" dance. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousGuitars Of The Golden Triangle – Folk & Pop Music Of Myanmar Burma Vol 2 (2017 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Sublime Frequencies, 1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Unusual guitar sounds from Myanmar – all pulled from obscure cassette recordings, and presented here in a wonderful package that was maybe one of the first great compilations from the Sublime Frequencies label! The music is a compelling mix of east and west – slight exotic currents coming into play with more familiar electric guitars – in a way that echoes some of the better-known Southeast Asian material of the time – but often with some surprisingly wild guitar work! In fact, the guitars here are definitely the main draw – especially on some of the more trippy numbers – and titles include "Naung Ywe" by Kuhn Kan Chwain, "A Girl Among Girls" by Lashio Thein Aung, "Sequence 2" by Khn Paw Yann, "Hopes & Goals" by Khn Paw Yann, "Khin Kam" by Saing Saing Maw, "Moon" by Khun Hla Maung Law, and "Mistake Of A Small Bird" by Lashio Thein Aung. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousIshq Ke Maare – Sufi Songs From Sindh & Punjab, Pakistan ... LP
Sublime Frequencies, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Contemporary Sufi music from Pakistan – recorded in the field, but with a really beautiful sound – crystal-clear presentation of the hypnotic vocals, reed instruments, and percussion that really drive the performances! The song styles vary – so that some are heavily vocal, if not all performed by voice – while others have a driving rhythmic core, which seems to whip the singers into a frenzy, which is captured beautifully by the spontaneous quality of the recording. One track features an extended performance of the "murli been" – a really mindblowing reed instrument – and the package is part of a great new wave of ethnographic recordings from the Sublime Frequencies label. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousWhere The Mountains Meet the Sky – Folk Music Of Ladakh ... LP
Sublime Frequencies, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The title definitely gets the setting right – as the music here is from the Himalayas, where the high altitude seems to really produce something special in the culture! Many of these tracks have a spare, almost meditative feel – as a good deal of the music comes from spare pairings of stringed instrument and voice, percussion and reeds, or even just a solo instrument. A few longer passages have a fuller vibe – but still, there's a feel to most of the music that really makes you feel like you're on the edges of civilization. The music here comes from an archive of folkloric recordings from the radio station of Ladakh – documenting a culture that vanishes more and more as the years go on. Very well-done – in the recent Sublime Frequencies mode! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousMusic Of The Bahnar People From The Central Highlands Of Vietnam ... LP
Sublime Frequencies, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Wonderfully weird sounds that are unlike anything we've ever heard from Vietnam before – music made by one of the nation's most ancient indigenous people, located in the country's central highlands – far removed from the culture of the cities! The instrumentation features familiar forces, but often used in different ways – such as a combination of bamboo fiddle with mouth resonator, or a zither made of bamboo – mixed with a few other songs on gongs, and others with acoustic guitar and vocals, but light years from any American folk. The set's got some helpful notes that briefly explain the different tracks – and the recording quality is excellent, especially on the "resonator" tracks, which may well be the highlights here. Titles include "Gong Playing In Funeral #2", "Bamboo Zither Song", "Blang Tree", "Bamboo Fiddle With Mouth Resonator Solo #2", "Bamboo Zither With Bowl Resonator", and "Bahnar Easter". LP, Vinyl record album

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