giovedì 28 gennaio 2016

AA.VV. - Waking up Scheherazade Vol. 1 & 2

Waking Up Scheherazade is a two volume vinyl compilation of Arabian garage psych nuggets from the late 60s and early 70s, that have been hidden for many many years. The rarest of the rarest from Iran to Morocco. Some great north African and middle eastern early rock trash.

Finding a nuggets album with psychedelic tracks from the middle east and north Africa is hard. One of the reasons why we hear so little of rock examples from Middle Eastern and Arab countries is not that they do not exist, because especially in the 60s and 70s the whole world was open to modern experiments, but many of such scenes quickly closed down in many countries and were replaced by fascist or other extremely “limiting the freedom of creative expressions” Regimes. These records now, stand proud as the voice of a generation that grabbed the opportunity to create new sounds.

The music on the two compilation is not really very psychedelic, It is rather a mixture of 60s rock and pop with a Middle Eastern twist. The singing is in both English and native tongues and the quality of each track is admirable. The wide range of local instruments and the use of electric piano or keyboards is something that adds a particular flavor to it, don't expect anything over psychedelic , just some slightly eccentric early oriental rock music.

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AA.VV. - Waking up Scheherazade Vol. 1

A1 Sea-ders - Thanks A Lot

A2 El-Abranis - Athedjaladde -
A3 Simon C. Edwards & His Soul Set -  I Got You  

A4  Morocco -  Ela Tho
A5 Kouroush - Dil Dasa Per Mesha
A6 The Kool Kats - Step Out  

A7 Nai Bonet  - The Seventh Veil  
A8 Tony Franks & The Hippin' Souls -  Last Night
B1 The News -  From The Moon
B2 Raks  - Raks Dance
B3 Kareem Issaq & Middle Eastern Rock  - Besaha

B4 Ray Psyah  - Deep Down Inside
B5 Sea-ders - Undecidedly
B6 El-Abranis - Ayetheri A L'afjare
B7 Simon C. Edwards & His Soul Set  - The Way I Do

B8 Morocco - Opa Kukla

AA.VV. - Waking up Scheherazade Vol. 2

A1 Wrong Notes -  Vereguoi
A2 Shar 'Habeel - Dance And Cheer
A3 Abdelhadi - Tbib Ou Jarhi
A4 Feridun Foroughi -  Wals Jackie
A5 News - Tell Me
A6 Dorid Laham - Tamo Yamo
A7 Les Freres Megri - Sebar
B1 Soli - Music Negar
B2 Tony Franks And The Hippie Souls - Crazy Woman
B3 Wrong Notes -  Oriental Tunes
B4 Shar 'Habeel - El Bambi
B5 Naïma Samith - Zifaf Filfada
B6 Tony Franks And The Hippie Souls - Keep It
B7 Jo And The New Magnifici  -Sunshine

HERE Vol. 1&2

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