Exposé Online banner

Moğollar — Moğollar
(Guerssen PHS039, 1976/2017, LP)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-08-17

Moğollar Cover art

In February 2017 Guerssen and Pharaway Sounds reissued the self-titled 1976 album by Turkey’s Anadolu Pop heroes Moğollar. They never had a singer for long, so this album is a collection of 11 instrumentals fusing Anatolian melodies and instruments with progressive pysch and the occasional fuzzed guitar. As all of the track titles are in Turkish I find easier just to refer to the track numbers. The first track begins with an acoustic Turkish stringed instrument and grows to the full band trading licks back and forth. The second track reminds me of Hungarian band Vágtázó Halottkémek. Track three is a very rhythmic piece of Turkish Folk Rock that could be used for belly dancing. Track four is another rhythmic dance tune with a strong mid-Eastern theme. Track five is an agressive Turkish Folk Rock tune. Track six is a calm and melodic instrumental with a Western song structure. Track seven is a great fusion of psych and Turkish rock. Track eight conjures images of a caravan and the horde charging across the steppes. Track nine is a duet of acoustic and electric guitars making you think of something moving sedately through tall grass. Track ten is a rapid rhythmic piece that somehow reminds me of Ravi Shankar. And the final track is another electric Turkish psych tune. All tracks are catchy and the music is quite accessible to anyone.


Filed under: Reissues, 2017 releases, 1976 recordings

Related artist(s): Moğollar

Latest news

2018-11-02
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more

2018-10-17
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more

2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

IZZ - I Move – Progressive rock fans seem to be split into two distinct camps when it comes to this kind of prog. IZZ operate in the same general area as Spock’s Beard – a rather poppish modern take on...  (2002) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues