Erkin Koray —
Halimem ... LP PharawaySounds (Spain), Early 70s/1987. New Copy ...
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Two slices of work from one of the hippest, grooviest Turkish artists of all time – the madly tripped-out Erkin Koray, a singer with a sound that's even wilder than his look on the cover! The collection brings together rare tracks from cassette-only releases and singles – and is a great counterpart to some of the reissues of full length albums by Erkin that have come out in the past decade or so – as his work has finally gotten the global attention it deserves! Most of the tracks are from the first few years of the 70s – heavy on the freaky fuzz guitar that sounds great next to his vocals – and the set also includes a few surprisingly nice tracks from 1987 as well. Titles include "Sen Yoksun Diye", "Sevildigimiz Icin Severiz", "Halimem", "Tik Tak", "Gel Bak Ne Soylicem", "Dost Aci Soylermis", "Kendim Ettim Kendim Buldum", and "Cukulatam Benim". LP, Vinyl record album
A masterpiece of Turkish psychedelia – and quite possibly the greatest album ever from Turkish psychedelic maestro Erkin Koray – a mad blend of sounds that definitely lives up to its "elektronik" title! Most numbers feature a weird blend of electric guitar and baglama – used in a style that's similar to Koray's earlier Arabesk recordings, but in ways that are often more tripped out and free-thinking – almost in a groove that's similar to late 60s blends of Eastern influences and progressive rock in the US and Europe – but even wilder and weirder throughout! There's a bit of vocals on the set, but the instrumentation dominates – and titles include "Sir", "Karli Daglar", "Cemalim", "Inat", "Hele Yar", "Turku", and "Korkulu Ruya". LP, Vinyl record album
A much-needed look at the huge legacy of female singers in Turkish music during the 70s – one that stands as a great complement to so much of the recent reissues of male artists from the same time! Much of this music shares qualities with reissues on labels like PharawaySounds or Finders Keepers – in that the singers often have a strong sense of drama, mixed with a really evocative blend of modern and older instrumentation – electric and acoustic, Western and Eastern, all served up as a way of pulling folk roots into a more urban milieu! The package is very well-done, and not only features detailed notes, but also English translations of the lyrics – for songs that include "Var Oy" by Ferda Gul, "Vamyorum" by Gulden Karabocek, "Ara Leyli" by Gul Sorgun, "Vikilla Koyler" by Dilber Dogan, "Bir Sans Daha Ver" by Huri Sapan, "Tut Kalbimi Tut" by Nese Alkan, "Olmeden De Vasamak" by Esmeray, and "Sen Bir Vana" by Gonul Vazar. CD