AKBAYRAM, EDIP -ST (70s Turkish fuzz) CDPHARAWAY SOUNDS
Remastered sound, insert/booklet with photos and liner notes by Angela Sawyer (Weirdo Records).
This 1st album collects precious singles from 1972-74, with dark melodies that descend in loose spirals, seemingly forever. Tunes taken from mystic Sufi poets who played the baglama, but retrofitted with hard plowing electric bass lines, funky drums, fuzz-wah guitars and keyboards.
Edip Akbayram's a frail guy who spent his childhood unable to walk, but once he grew up he was on Istanbul TV in a whitey-fro and knee length colored robes.
Akbayram's voice is big & open, and it took him all across Turkey at the height of Anatolian psychedelia.