Love, Peace and Poetry: Turkish Psychedelic Music (QDK Media)


The ninth volume of this long-running series focuses on the surprisingly fertile Turkish psych scene of the late-’60s and early-’70s. It’s the music you hope to hear drunkenly wandering into a falafel restaurant at 3 A.M. – Middle Eastern guitar motifs, exotic instruments like the saz, and passionate foreign vocalists that could be singing about almost anything. With most of the songs coming from the 1970s there’s a progressive rock bent to music, but it sounds so damn exotic that it’s not grating like Yes or ELP.

As usual, QDK Media cherry-picks the best songs from what must be very rare singles and albums, and delivers informative liner notes with bios for each of the fifteen bands on the album. I could break it down on a track-by-track level and talk about how “Sur Efem Atini” by Mazhar ve Fuat, differs from “Gitmek Dustu Bana” by Erkut Tackin but the album is meant to be taken as a whole. Hookah sold separately.

Love, Peace and Poetry: Chilean Psychedelic Music (Shadok’s Music)


The tenth volume of Love, Peace and Poetry collects seventeen ultra-rare tracks from Chili’s psychedelic underground, spanning  1967-1974. That this music exists at all is no small feat considering the political upheaval in Chili at the time (detailed in the liner notes), with dictator Augusto Pinochet banning almost all rock music in 1973. As with the other volumes in this series, a variety of then-popular styles are showcased, (acid rock, folk rock, progressive rock, traditional Latin music, etc…) and the results are varied. Some tracks are excellent, like “Foto De Primera Comunion” by Los Jaivas (The Little Crabs) which marries a traditional Latin rhythm to scorching acid-rock guitars, or the Byrds-y “La Realidad” by Sacros, a band that often incorporated religious themes into their music, and even played at Catholic mass. However, for each song that slays there’s a less interesting counterpart, like Kissing Spell’s corny “Yellow Moon” or Aquaturbia’s “Erotica” which is just a woman moaning in ecstasy over a generic acid-rock instrumental. Sixties fanatics with an interest in foreign psychedelia will dig this disc, but it’s probably not for the casual fan.

Tracklisting:

1. Yellow Moon – Kissing Spell

2. Foto De Primera Comunion – Los Jaivas

3. La Primavera De Miss L.O.B. – Los Vidrios Quebrados

4. Erotica – Aguaturbia

5. Los Momentos – Blops

6. La Realidad – Sacros

7. La Muerte De Mi Hermano – Los Mac’s

8. Pisandose La Cola – Blops

9. Canto Sin Nombre – Embrujo

10. Pobre Gato – Los Beat 4

11. I Wonder Who – Aguaturbia

12. Tu, Yo Y Nuestro Amor – Tumulto

13. Piromano – Blops

14. Magnetism – Escombros

15. Civilizacion – Los Beat 4

16. Cuantos Que No Tienen Y Merecen – Congregacion

17. Asi Seras – El Congresso