Giant + Guitar ... LP Voice Of Lebanon/We Want Sounds (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
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Fantastic work from OmarKhorshid – definitely a giant in the 70s, due to his roles on screen – and a hell of a guitarist here, one working with a really great blend of trippy styles and Lebanese rhythms! There's some great moments on the record that mix eastern grooves with strong electric lines from Omar – who almost comes across here as a Gabor Szabo for the Mid-East scene, but also get support on some cool keyboards too – sometimes moogy, sometimes more organ-like – and balanced out nicely with the earthy percussion on the tunes! Titles include "Guitar El Chark", "Takassim Santalfeyn", "Laylet Hob", "Ah Ya Zein", "Rakset El Fadaa", and "Lamabada Yatassana". LP, Vinyl record album
Forgive the record its title, and dive in deeply to the mix of tracks within – as there's a whole heck of a lot here we might not have heard otherwise – served up from a great array of rare Mid-Eastern records of the 70s, plus some other bits from later years too! The vibe is maybe a bit like some of the releases on the Habibi Funk label of late, but the span is a bit wider too – as sources for sounds stretch all across North Africa, up the east coast of the Mediterranean too – tracks from disparate scenes, but all brought together in the love of a groove! Titles include "Give Me Disco" by Raja Zahr, "Ma'A Ibnat" by Ouiness, "Nisyan" by Ahmed Fakroun, "Zina" by Raina Rai, "Nadim" by Freh Khodja, "Drum Sequence" by Raja Zahr, "I Love You Lina" by Elias Rahbani, "Sehr El Oyoun" by Mustapha Amar, "Pop Corn" by OmarKhorshid, "Halelo" by Dur Dur Band, "Mabruk" by Ali Hassan Kuban, and "Sabrina" by Freedom. LP, Vinyl record album
A stunning collection of psychedelic funk from all over the world – incredible material that mixes the free spirit of the psychedelic scene and the furious sense of groove learned from the funk movement! The collection is a bit of a genre-starting compilation – as it brings together global funky bits that had been bubbling underground with collectors for years – all resonating even more strongly together here in the company of each other – fantastic cuts from Istanbul, Athens, Paris, Beirut, Cairo, Paris, Lagos, Moscow and beyond! Many of the tracks mix familiar funk elements with more exotic instrumentation – nice fuzzy touches around the edges, and deep beats at the bottom – on titles that include "Su Derenin Sulari" by Husnu Ozkartal Orkestrasi, "Respect" by Kukumbas, "Alemiye" by Mulatu Astake, "The Man Who Must Leave" by Kim Sun, "What You Can Do In Your Life" by Petalouda, "Ghabileh-Ye Lily" by Mehr Pooya., "The Feed-Back" by The Group, "Circuito Chiuso" by Armando Sciascia, "Mevlana Boyle Dede" by Metin H Alatli, "Dagon" by Eskaton, and "Rakset El Fadaa" by OmarKhorshid. CD