HAVA NARGHILE- Various Artists

More than a curiosity, these all-Turkish 1960s garage bands really rock! You'll hear sizzling psychedelic raga-rock backed by the hypnotic belly-beat of a Darbuka. The exotic sounds of the Saz, the national instrument of Turkey and a distant relative of the Sitar, is blended into the fuzz guitar sounds prevalent at the time. With ethnic overtones aplenty, from a land of minarets and mosques, this compilation has some of the best garage and psych music from a period in which Turkish rock musicians mixed the oriental overtones of their traditional Folk music with Acid rock. On these 22 tracks, all released from 1966 to 1975, you won't know if you're in Constantinople or Istanbul. So light-up your hubble-bubble pipe (narghile) for a journey to what was once the uncrowned psych music capital of the world with these Mid-Eastern mindbenders: SILUETLER- Lorke Lorke; KAYGISIZLAR- Sasirdim (Short Circuit); MAVI ISIKLAR- Iyi Dusun Tasin (For Your Information); HARAMILER- Camlica Yolunda; YABANCILAR- Agit; APASLAR- Gilgamis (reminiscent of The Chocolate Watchband); MOGOLLAR- Hard Work (sung in English), and Berkay Oyun Havasi; ERKIN KORAY- Anma Arkadas, and Saskin; BARIS MANCO & KAYGISIZLAR- Flower Of Love, and Trip (Fairground), both sung in English; GRUP BUNALIM- Basak Saclim; ERKUT TACKIN with OKAN DINCER & KONTRASTLAR- Muhur Gozlum; CAGRISIM- Divane Gonlum; UC HUREL- ..Ve Olum; ERKIN KORAY & TER- Hor Gorme Garibi; BARIS MANCO- Ben Bilirim; KORAY OKTAY- Vefasiz Dost; ERSEN- Sor Kendine; MELIH FARUK SERDAR SAYGUN- Gurbet Acisi; and GOKCEN KAYNATAN- Pencerenin Perdesini. Compiled and researched by Jay Dobis & Gokhan Aya, the fold-out insert pictures most of the releases, either with the original picture sleeves, record label, or the artists publicity photo. This onslaught of Anatolian artists will appeal to Bollywood types yearning to feel like a sultan living in the legendary Topkapi Palace with your very own Ottoman Harem! Incense not included. This high quality CD is STILL FACTORY SEALED!