Cem Karaca —
Nem Caldi ... LP PharawaySounds (Spain), 1975. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Mad sounds from the legendary Cem Karaca – one of the hippest things going in mid 70s Istanbul – and an artist whose unique sound has gotten a great deal of global rediscovery in recent years! The music is a compelling mix of psych, funk, and more local styles – and although Karaca's previous records were great, there's an even stronger, more sinister feel to this one – full arrangements that really drive the whole thing forward strongly, and rising vocal power from Cem to match! This is definitely one of those records that will blow your mind, even if you can't understand the language – and it's a great place to start if you're looking to dig into mad sounds from the 70s Turkish scene. Titles include "Nem Kaldi", "Adsiz", "Oye Babo", "Oy Bana Bana", "O Leyli", "Gurbet", and "Kendim Ettim Kendim Buldum". 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
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 500!)
Erkin Koray —
Halimem ... LP PharawaySounds (Spain), Early 70s/1987. New Copy ...
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
Selda Bagcan —
Selda ... LP PharawaySounds (Spain), 1975. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
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Funky breaks and fuzzy guitars – one of the most amazing albums to come out of the Turkish scene of the 70s – and one with a sound that really defies categorization! Although the sweet image of a girl and guitar on the cover might make you think the record's a folk set, the overall production is heavily electric – filled with fuzzed-up touches on the guitars, and usually supported by some funky drumming that gives most of the record a cool Eastern break sort of feel! Lyrics aren't in English, but they're oddly compelling even if you don't know what they mean – as Selda's voice has a weird other-worldly quality, and comes off with the same tripped-out qualities as the music! Titles include "Ince Ince", "Nasirli Eller", "Mehmet Emmi", "Dost Uyan", "Gitme", "Kizil Dere", "Yaz Gazeteci Yaz", and "Meydan Sizindir". LP, Vinyl record album
Selda Bagcan —
Selda (1979) ... CD Turkuola/PharawaySounds (Spain), 1979. New Copy ...
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Selda packs a heck of a punch on this late 70s set – a record that's still got all the wonderful elements of her previous three albums – that unique mix of folksy roots, protest themes, and nicely trippy production! Selda's holding an electrified version of the baglama on the front cover – and the instrument really sounds great on the tracks throughout – piercing with a punctuated sound that's almost like an electric sitar, but a more more straightforward – a perfect accompaniment to the rich, flowing lines of Selda's vocals. None of the tunes are in English, but there's a really universal appeal to the music – as Selda's the kind of singer that's so expressive, one hardly needs to know the lyrics to get the meaning of her tunes. Titles include "Ona Don", "Hele Yar", "Ayaginda Kundura", "Hizir Pasa", "Cendarme", "Izin Ize Benzemiyor", and "Sorsunlar Beni". CD