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

by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-08-17

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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

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