Alamooga Esinlenmeler -Sentetik Oyun Havalar- (1975) H.A.T. LP 101
"Slippy Town" description :
"Early 70s Moog-madness from a musician who played organ in an early line-up of the 60s Turkish rock band Silûetler. This disc reissues his early 70s album, which has the translated title Synthetic Dance Moods. Rock, pop, classical, and Turkish themes are "switched-on," a la Walter Carlos, but with a rock band backing everything. The results are very odd, alternately inspired and silly, neither exotica nor prog but inhabiting some strange middle ground."
Info on Alatli provided by Munimonde :
"Born in 1936...As far as i know he began his musical career with the group called "Metin Alatli 3" They joined The Bosphorus Music Festival in 1965 and won a prize which i can not remember right now. Alatli then,joined Siluetler in 1966 and did a lot of contribution in group's great performance during the "Golden Microphone" Music Contest. After leaving his place to the legandery keyboardist Murat Ses, he went to france and played as a session musician with Sylvie Vartan, Paul Maurriat etc. He also made shows in nightclubs of Turkey and formed the first group where rthym-box takes the place of the drummer. I don't know exactly when and how he first played and experienced Moog Synthesizer ;but he must have involved enough that he made his first and last L.P using ARP Synthesizer but by getting the contributions of musicians like Veysel Çadr (drummer) and Yaz Baltacgil (bass), Stephan Umutyan (electric guitar)...The lp is named "Synthetic Dance Moods"(Sentetik Oyun Havalar) Alatl died in 1992 because of a heart attack."
My own opinion :
First site has various inventive, very good, nice or easy listening crossover-rock with Middle Eastern elements, rock and electronic instruments (and sitar). Last tracks are more in kitschy classical music interpretations, more comparable in style to Walter Carlos. These more kitschy tracks are indeed sometimes a bit silly. Still it's a good album.
Musicians participating : Metin H.Alatli, Stephan Umutyan, Yaz Battacigil,Attila Ceyhan, Erdogan Aktug, Veysel Cadir, Duyal Karaöaoglu, Yesil Giresunlu):
Metin H. Alatlı / Arp 2600, Synthesizer, Hammond H-112 org, l-220 Leslie organ, Sitar
Stephan Umutyan / Fender Jaguar, Telecaster Elektro, Gibson Dove Akustik, Gibson Les Paul bass guitar, Shankar sitar
Yaz Baltacıgil / Fender Jazz Bas
Atilla Ceyhan / Tüm Taksimler
Erdoğan Aktuğ / Ludwig Super Classic drums
Veysel Çadır / Ludwig Down Beat drums, Tumba
Duyal Karagözoğlu / Kayıt
Yeşil Giresunlu / Moral Destek
Tracklist : 1. Beyoglunda Gezersin, 2.Gül Agaci Degilem, 3.Silifke-Bombili-Niksarin Fidanlari, 4.Findik Kurdu-Ibibikler-Dere-Düriyem, 5.Çayda Çira-Intermezzo-Lorke, 6.Dede Efendi 75, 7.Haydar Haydar, 8.Nikriz Longa, 9.Dök Zülfünü, 10.Rast Saz Semaisi, 11.Silemezler Gönlümden, 12.Olam Boyun Kurbanin-Aman Avci-Hos Bilezik, 13.Nasil Geçti Habersiz, 14.Mevlana Böyle Dedi
"Metin Alatlı a former member of 60s Turkish rock’n'roll band Siluetler made this moog record in the 70s, covering songs ranging from traditional Anatolian to classical Turkish and even fusing them together in crazy medleys.The album may seem too kitsch or even silly for people who are not into moog, but if you do, there is a nice cultural transformation in it for you.
Moreover, Turkish listeners will probably sense the retro Turkish movie sound throughout the album. This is no surprise, since Alatli was a frequent composer for Turkish movie scores and probably one of the people responsible for creating that certain sound."