Is this record worth a spin? Should I buy it? Will it add to or detract
from my credibility? Should I care?
I wish someone could break it down for me.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Turkish Freakout 2: Psych Folk 1970-1978

Note: Kudos to whoever posted this awesome youtube version of Edip lip-syncing a version of Mehmit Emmi in what appears to be some daytime studio roundtable discussion setting.

Turkey, Constantinople aka Istanbul specifically, is known as the gateway between East and West, the natural bridge between Western and Eastern civilizations, so it's also natural that this retrospective collection features a fine blend of Eastern and Western musical styles. Traditional Anatolian folk meets Western rock music and the result is thoroughly original. I can't imagine how Turkey's predominantly Muslim citizens reacted to this when it was being played locally because it really begs to be accompanied by Western vices. Many of Turkey's finest artists are represented, including Edip Akbayram, Baris Manco, and Cem Karaca & Mogollar. A lot of ground is covered, from the traditional folk of Ozel Turkbas's "Ozel's Dance Routine", to the heavy psych-meets-Shocking Blue on Perihan's "Nerden Nereye", and straight through to the haunting pop sound of Kamuran Akkor's "Kim Ne Derse Desin". Turkish Freakout 2 is just another in a growing list of compilations that have found a Western audience, lending credence to the worldwide notion that you need only a guitar, amplifier, kef, saz, kaval and ney to truly rock out.

Buy this record if you want to feel worldly without the hassle of dealing with foreigners.


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