Label : Grey Past Records
"26 Turkish Beat, Psych & Garage Delights: rarities from beyond the Sea of Mamara" (also called Turkish Delights) is a compilation of Turkish rock groups from the 1960s and 70s. The album highlights the early and classic 1966-77 rock periods in Turkey, including giants such as Mavi Işiklar, Erkin Koray, and Moğollar. Informed by the music coming out of Britain and the United States, the fourteen bands in this collection run the gamut from early beat sounds of garage bands to mid-seventies psychedelic explorations, simultaniously infusing the music with a distinctively Turkish sound.
In the mid-1960s, the British invasion's led by generals John, Paul, George, and Ringo and supported by units such as the Who, the Kinks, the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds swept across the United States and Europe, forever altering the static-dusted sounds coming from the radio. It wasn't long before young people all over the world were plugging in amps, setting up drums, cracking cases of beer and crunching out imitations of their favorite rock 45s. Most of these groups were, perhaps fortunately, lost to time, never amounting to anything more than a handful of misspent afternoons and adolescent laughs. Even so, there are countless examples of recordings available to the scholarly, curious, or just plain demented. The United States and Europe boast an impressive number of specialty stores, magazines, and conventions devoted to the quest for finding that one obscure gem, the recording that time forgot. Over the last decade the seemingly bottomless well of obscure U.S. and British bands began to dry up, forcing the now junkie-like record collectors to turn elsewhere for their fix.
If it were mapped on a globe, the widely accepted history of rock and roll would appear to bounce back and forth between Britain and the U.S. Contrary to conventional wisdom, however, varieties of rock spilled over into any region that had transistor radios and sullen youth with too much time on their hands. Starting with the release of the now infamous Cambodian Rocks album over a decade ago, European and American collectors have plumbed the relatively uncharted depths of garage and psychedelic rock from around the world. The curious can listen, among countless others, to rave-ups by Japanese, Greek, Indian, Korean, Italian, French, Peruvian, or Brazilian bands. Turkish Delights is just one installment in a long line of 1960s re-releases from around the globe. One of the greatest impediments to the total global domination of rock and roll was language. The young and curious in non-anglophone regions were often put off by their inability to decipher the frequently slurred and confusing lyrics of rock and roll. Such was the case in Turkey, which, although it had a small rock contingent in the 1950s, did not truly jump on the bandwagon until a decade later. Early on, the interest in Euro-American popular music was fuelled in Turkey primarily by instrumental bands such as the Ventures or the Shadows. Then the Beatles broke and, as happened in many popular music scenes around the world, everything changed.By Gabriel Skoog
Even if they chose the 16 best tracks from the Lp version, the remaining cuts would still make it worth it.
Baris Manco & Kaygisizlar - Trip (Fairground)
Cem Karaca ve Apaslar - Sans Cocugu
Rip from Cd (26 tracks)
By Electric Looser