Normal Rec. V.A. : Love, Peace and Poetry : Turkish Psychedelic Music ****'
This is a third compilation which gives some idea of some other Turkish psych. All 16 tracks are taken from LP's. Not too many LP’s were printed in Turkey in this style as a musical concept, while most LP’s were compilations of singles.
Selda is included with two tracks from two different LP’s which were recently reissued (in UK and Korea). The first track comes from the most political album. This album was not her best but still interesting. The second track of Selda is a very psychedelic rock version with emotional female voice in a Turkish traditional form.
The second track, from the Özdemir Erdogan band, by this arranger with band was a track which appeared on one of both TRT compilation LP’s. Such gentle Anadolu pop tracks were used on national television as musical interludes. It was a proof of how much this “psychedelic touch” was generally accepted and adapted as being typically Turkish.
A short track by Alpay with nice voice shows how this popular singer somethimes had fine arrangements from some guest musicians.
A different version of the song is added by Baris Manço and the great Kaygisizlar band. Baris had a rich history in styles, but I always liked most, his late 70’s work. Also this version is from a later LP, but not one of his true highlights.
A fine anadolu rock track by Mazhar & Fuat is followed after this. The band after this, as a trio (MFÖ), moved / evolved to a much more popular but less musically attractive sound.
Then we have an early 70’s song by Erkin Koray with his Supergroup and rather experimenting with sounds and Turkish chords of electric guitar. Also the great mellow voice of Ersen is added with a beautiful hand rhythm section and his band Dadaslar from his debut album, another compilation of singles.
Also Edip Akbayram’s band Dostlar was great. We hear great fuzz and electric saz, and emotional singing which was rather traditional but in a heavy rock way.
Hardal was pretty different from all other bands, and were a first step outside Turkish folk foundations predicting an example for later rock bands from late 90’s and later.
Erol Büyükburç was one of those singers who because of commercial standards rarely succeeded in showing the talent of his band in psychedelic and hard rock teritory. On this compilation is added an official track which gives some idea.
Cem Karaca is my favourite rock voice. Also his bands like Kardaslar here, were able to perform true psychedelic inventive arrangements. On the added track we hear such intelligent, and compact arrangements. Hopefully Cem Karaca get his recognition with a reissue soon too.
Üç Hürel LP’s were reissued first, even when the music was less psych, rock or beat than various other examples.
One of the most inventive, still compact arrangements is from Mogollar, a group who based their work on traditional instruments but with very progressive improvisations on organ (by Murat Ses), bass, electric guitar. This album, Anadolu Pop was reissued recently.
Also included is a beautiful track from Bülent, another great album in an acid folkrock style.
Last track is by Erkut Taçkin, a not too special track, but still original for its jazzy movements within a Turkish style mixed with some electric guitar and brass.
A fine compilation for repeated listening pleasure.