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.