Selda Bagcan – Selda (1976) *Repost*

Back by popular demand! This is in fact one of the most visited and commented-upon albums featured on this blog since it was posted a year and a half ago. Now it comes complete with a FLAC set for my fellow audiofreaks. I have sort of drifted away from the idea of sharing or writing about the interesting Anatolian psych scene in favor of focusing on other musics, but I might revisit that territory more often this year. Who knows.

Don’t let the folky cover fool you, the music is much more far-out psychedelic folk (of the Turkish variety) than it would lead you to believe. Fuzzy guitars, electric oud, Moog and other analog synths are all layered over and under her powerful voice. In fact most of Selda’s subsequent records are apparently more in the traditional vein of pop/folk songstress. Quite a bit of this is still psychedelic-tinged dreamy folk, sometimes wading into prog-rock waters (which is okay by me), and occasionally downright funky. My personal favorites in this set are ‘Yaz Gazeteci Yaz’ and ‘Yaylalar’ but the whole record is extremely engaging and ’tis hard to chose. I wish I could understand the lyrics because this IS protest music, engaged with the social problems of life under the oppressive right-wing regime of the mid 70s. I prefer to contextualize the posts on this blog in their historical context but this one is a bit outside my reach.

So here are some reviews and info:

Selda Bagcan – Selda (1976) [FLAC]
2006, Finders Keepers Records/B-Music BMS004

1. Meydan Sizindir (3:39)
2. Yaz Gazeteci Yaz (2:45)
3. Mehmet Emmi (3:21)
4. Nasirli Eller (3:38)
5. Ince Ince (3:42)
6. Gine Haber Gelmis (4:54)
7. Yaylalar (3:48)
8. Dam Ustune Cul Serer (3:47)
9. Dost Uyan (3:02)
10. Gitme (4:12)
11. Niye Cattin Kaslarini (3:15)
12. Kizil Dere (3:41)

Bonus Tracks:

13. Utan Utan (2:52)
14. Karaoglan (4:00)
15. Eco’ya Donder Beni (2:57)
16. Anayasso (3:03)
17. Nem Kaldi (3:47)

Total: 60:23

(REVIEWS)

Embodying all the aesthetic watermarks of a private press country LP, Selda’s
debut long player from 1976, Istanbul, has masqueraded as lamb dressed as mutton
throwing many a discerning wolf from the gourmet scent. Behold! Space age,
Anatolian, electronic, progressive-protest, and psych-folk-funk-rock from the
Middle-East.

Fusing Selda’s radical prose with equally radical musical gestures from some of
the most lorded musical mavericks was a match made in psychedelic heaven.
Artists such as Andalou beat combo Mogollar (Also known to a growing French
audience as Les Mogol) along with the talents of Turkish rock stalwart Arif Sag
and master electronic producer and pioneer Zafer Dilek (whom would later gain
critical acclaim amongst collectors of Turkish library music.) Each of these
artists involved in the recording of this album are considered the cream-of-the-
crop amongst Eastern Psych aficionados. In recent years, the legacy of Turkish
progressive rock has been gaining popularity amongst DJs, producers and record
collectors as an unrivalled source for unique sounds rarely found in other
genres of international music and, until now, rarely heard outside their native
environment.

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Finders Keepers continues in it’s mission to unearth some of the finest
treasures the Western world has never seen with this incredible 1976 album from
Turkish radical folk singer Selda Bagcan.

Part of Finders Keepers’ ‘Anatolian Invasion’ series, this particular record
stirred up quite a fuss among the world’s Turkish communities on it’s release,
achieving a certain notoriety for Selda herself as she proclaimed unashamedly
her thoughts on freedom of speech and quality of life.

So it’s political, we’ve got that down, but since most of us don’t speak any
Turkish we need to get hooked on the music itself, which mercifully isn’t a
tough task. Harnessing the genre-bending talents of a number of Turkish musical
free-thinkers she managed to conjure up a record that was equal parts
experimental and pure Middle Eastern pop, blending elements of folk, psych,
rock, prog and proto-electronica.

To be quite honest this is a record that simply has to be heard to be believed,
Selda’s voice is a marvel and complemented by such peculiar backing tracks
produces a record that stands head and shoulders over the competition.

There seems to be a bubbling of interest in Middle Eastern psych at the moment,
but I must say that Selda’s debut album is a real eye-opener. You don’t have to
know anything about psychedelic folk or Middle Eastern pop to glean enjoyment
from Selda, this is inclusive, intense, hugely enjoyable music and is as
essential as they come. Just buy it.



Selda Bagacan – Selda (1976) in 320kbs em pee tree

Selda Bagcan – Selda (1976) in FLAC LOSSLESS AUDIO

Selda Bagcan – Vurulduk Ey Halkim Unutma Bizi (1976)

selda
selda

Review of the original album:

Vurulduk Ey Halkim Unutma Bizi
(Turkuola 305) 1976

A. 1. Vurulduk Ey Halkim Unutma Bizi 2. Utan Utan 3. Karaoglan 4. Aciyi Bal Eyledik 5. Askerin Turkusu 6. Maden Dagi
B. 1. Maden Iscileri 2. Gardasim Hasso 3. Bundan Sonra 4. Gozden Gezden 5. Arpaciktan 6. Ecoya Donder Beni 8. Zamani Geldi


A very good folk album with some nice folkrock tracks, for progressive music lovers especially is “Utan,Utan” (in a more prog folk way with some fuzz) & “Karaoglan”. “Askerin Türküsü” is also interesting for its “mediaeval” arrangements. “Maden Dagi” is also very beautifully, very emotionally sung. A protest album forbidden at those days, so hard to find. It is however the same as the vol 3 CD (or “Türkülerimiz 3”), with again other order in tracks. Her singing is beautiful. (The photoraph you see here was also included on Türkülerimiz 3).

Bio found on the interwebs:

Selda Bağcan or Selda, was born in Muğla, Turkey in 1948, is a well renowned Turkish folk music singer, composer and politic activist.

She has been one of the most effective names in Turkish Folk and Folk Rock music for years. Her protest style and leftist, socialist political views both in lyrical and activist means brought her a great support from the public yet caused many troubles with the military and governmental authorities. Selda Bağcan’s lyrics demonstrate a political struggle as well as the problems and demands of working class and the public. Her satirical lyrics make critical references to contemporary politicians from both left and right-wings yet mostly criticizes the right-wing governments and imperialism.

She both composed her own songs and covered Turkish Folk songs. Bağcan’s covers involves the usage of western instruments like acoustic guitar as well as traditional ones like saz or bağlama. Her modern and universal style in covering the traditional folk songs, involving a wide variety of musical styles from progressive and psych rock to traditional folk catches the attention of many music lovers who are into different genres of music. And because of her powerful and emotional voice, she is known as (and she calls herself) bitter sound of Turkish people.

Biography

She has started his musical career when she was a student at Ankara University, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Engineering Physics. The first two singles had sold around one million and following this success she somehow had to choose music as a profession. She had gave concerts in many countries including Germany, Netherlands, France, England, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, and Australia. Also attended to the Golden Orpheus 1972 representing Turkey with the request of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She mainly performed on activities mainly organized by left wing foundations and initiatives. In 1973, for the first time she toured the Western Europe.

After the 1980 Turkish coup d’état, her activities were limited by the military junta and she had been arrested and jailed three times between 1981 and 1984. She couldn’t attend to The WOMAD (Word of Music and Dance) Foundation Festival 1986, which was supported by Peter Gabriel, just because her passport had been seized. But the festival committee decided to add one of her songs to the official record of the festival. This record has helped her to receive many international invitations for festivals around the world. With the hard efforts of the WOMAD Foundation, the government returned Bağcan’s passport in 1987. At the same year, she attended Rotterdam Art Festival (June 13), WOMAD and Glastonbury Festival (June 19), Jubile Gardens (June 20), Eurls Court (June 25), Capital Radio Festival (June 26). After her Western Europe tour in 1988, she gave local public concerts during 1989 and 1990. These concerts were free and hundreds thousands of people were gathered.

In year 1990, she was invited to Netherland by Rasa Organization (Interkultureel Centrum) and gave public concerts in Utrech, Jmegen, Tilburg cities and later on in Prizren ve Pristina, Yugoslavia. She also traveled to Israel and Denmark for concerts and festivals, at the same year.

In 1992, she recorded the film musics for Kurşun Adres Sormaz.

She lives in İstanbul and runs her own business under the name Majör Müzik Yapım (Majör Music Production)
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Singles

* Katip Arzuhalim Yaz Yare Böyle/Mapusanede Mermerden Direk, 1971
* Tatlı Dillim Güler Yüzlüm/Mapusanelere Güneş Doğmuyor, 1971
* Çemberimde Gül Oya/Toprak Olunca, 1971
* Adaletin Bu Mu Dünya/Dane Dane Benleri, 1971
* Seher Vakti/Uzun İnce Bir Yoldayım, 1971
* Yalan Dünya/Kalenin Dibinde, 1972
* Eyvah Gönül Sana Eyvah/Zalim Sevgililer Bu Sözüm Size, 1972
* Bölemedim Felek İle Kozumu/Bülbül, 1973
* Gesi Bağları/Altın Kafes, 1973
* Nem Kaldı/Rabbim Neydim Ne Oldum, 1974
* Aşkın Bir Ateş/O Günler, 1974
* Anayasso/Bad-ı Sabah, 1974
* Dostum Dostum/Yuh Yuh, 1975
* Kaldı Kaldı Dünya/İzin İze Benzemiyor, 1975
* Görüş Günü/Şaka Maka, 1976
* Almanya Acı Vatan/Kıymayın Efendiler, 1976
* Aldırma Gönül Aldırma/Suç Bizim, 1976
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Albums

* Türkülerimiz 1, 1974 (reissued in 1995)
* Türkülerimiz 2, 1975 (reissued in 1996)
o See also: Selda (Album), 2006
* Türkülerimiz 3, 1976 (reissued in 1998)
* Türkülerimiz 4, 1977 (reissued in 1999)
* Türkülerimiz 5, 1978 (reissued in 2001)
* Türkülerimiz 6, 1979 (reissued in 2006)
* Türkülerimiz 7, 1980
* Türkülerimiz 8, 1982
* Türkülerimiz 9, 1983
* Türkülerimiz 10, 1985
* Dost Merhaba, 1986
* Yürüyorum Dikenlerin Üstünde, 1987
* Özgürlük ve Demokrasiyi Çizmek, 1988
* Felek Beni Adım Adım Kovaladı, 1989
* Anadolu Konserleri: Müzikteki 20 Yılım, 1990 (Live)
* Ziller ve İpler – Akdeniz Şarkıları 1, 1992
* Uğur’lar Olsun, 1993
* Koçero, 1994 (With Ahmet Kaya)
* Çifte Çiftetelli – Akdeniz Şarkıları 2, 1997
* Ben Geldim, 2002
* Denizlerin Dalgasıyım Ben, Halkımın Kavgasıyım, Yarınların Sevdasıyım… Ben Ölmedim ki!, 2004
* Güvercinleri de Vururlar, 2008

SELDA on the web:
Progressive Homestead site
Finder’s Keepers page on Selda

This is not nearly as funky as the album from 1975 reissued on Finders Keepers, but its a damn cool slab of psychedelic tinged folk-rock. Plenty of vibe to go around here. Selda has received a bit of attention with a surge of interest in Turkish rock, psychedelia, and funky beats, the “Anatolian invasion” among record collectors. This album, reissued by the sketchy ‘World Psychedelia’ label in Korea deserves a good listen. The liner notes are badly translated and not terribly informative. There is a full set of lyrics, however, for those who can read them. Selda’s songs really make me wish I knew what the hell she was singing about.

in 320kbs

 FLAC LOSSLESS

Erkin Koray 1967-1973 Turkish Psych

Big thanks to Josh W for telling me to look out for this cat. Aside from the oddball, mediocre-but-still-fun-to-listen-to covers like songs by The Moody Blues, or ‘Land of a Thousand Dances,’ the rest of this collection is some stunning and creative psychedelia, cream of the crop of the Turkish rock scene.

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Erkin Koray – download via Rapidshare

1 Mesafeler 3:40
2 Askimiz Bitecek 3:22
3 Yagmur 3:41
4 Silinmeyen Hatiralar 4:11
5 Istemem 3:29
6 Cicek Dagi 2:39
7 Nihansin Dideden 4:05
8 Sana Birseyler Olmus 3:08
9 Seni Her Gordugumde 3:22
10 Aska Inanmiyorum 3:34
11 Kizlari da Alin Askere 3:32
12 Anma Arkadas 4:04
13 Belki Birgun Anlarsin 2:34
14 Kopruden Gecti Gelin 2:51
15 Yine Yalnizim 3:57
16 Ilahi Morluk 3:33
17 Anadoluda Sevdim 3:20
18 Zuleyha 3:13
19 Gel Bak Ne Soylicem 3:33
20 Dost Aci Soyler 3:05