Selda Bagcan – Vurulduk Ey Halkim Unutma Bizi (1976)

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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.

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15 Comments

  1. Hi.

    Thanks for this, I would never have heard this in a million years were it not for your efforts.

    This is the power of a really good blog like this – introducing music to a new audience. It's rubbish to say that artists are damaged. If I find somethng I really like I'll buy the album eventually. If it weren't for bloggers the artists would actually lose that sale.

    The 30 second sound samples on many of the retail sites are useless more often than not. Especially with salsa records, the main bulk of the track can sound completely different thannthe sound sample. I can't afford to fork out money on the strength of such samples.

    So well done. Regardless of what the reactionaries might say, you're doing a good thing.

    BTW, I wouldn't mind hearing the other LP, if it's as different as you say. However the link is down. If you have time I'd be grateful if you could repost it.

  2. THANK YOU!!!
    one of my all time favourite artists!! and so hard to track down…
    in Canada at least.
    anymore turkish psych/prog rock??
    please post!!

  3. Just amazing! The BEST music blog out there. Thanks!!!

  4. I'm desperately searching for a rip of the CD version (Türkülerimiz 3) as the copy I bought no longer plays. It's an official copy, but looks like a CDR release & I guess the disc has degraded.
    Can't find the CD anywhere, so it's nice to have a vinyl rip of the original.

  5. hi Jokebox, this is not actually a vinyl rip but a CD copy (although I believe the label sourced it from vinyl, in fact..). But what I mean to say is that it is definitely *not* a CD-R release. You did not by any chance purchase yours through AMA$ON dot com ? I had a fight with them once over a Betty Davis reissue that showed up at my house that looked like it was made by somebody at home with an inkjet printer. They say they have been licensed to sell CD-Rs and that they are `the same quality` as the originals (I saved all the emails, it was quite hard to fathom). They refunded my money but they were jerks about it.

  6. Thanks for the great music, amazing blog. But the links to this great Selda album don't work, hoping for a re-up please.
    Mediafire would be amazing though but yet again thanks 🙂

  7. Rar dosyalarının şifresi nedir?

  8. Excellent that the links are still working, especially in glorious FLAC! I recently dug out the Finders Keepers 1976 reissue and it dawned on me I should really check some more material out by her – like you say, this isn't immediately as mind-blowing as the aforementioned FK reissue, but hell, it is pretty damned fine.

    I had no idea she had released so many records, there are ten different reissues under the Major 'Türkülerimiz' series alone!
    I found Volume 2, originally from 1973 over at the great Ezhevika blog and while the quality isn't great,it is still worth a listen.

    http://ezhevika.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/selda-turkulerimiz-2-1973.html

    • Hey thanks for the comment. It is indeed amazing that the links are still up. I haven't dove much lately into the waters of Turkish psych, I guess there is just too much other music I've been chasing after and I start to bypass the genres where I don't know WTF anybody is singing about, but I appreciate the link to that blog and am already grabbing that '73 album.

  9. What is the PW for your archives

  10. I've found it.

  11. Anantich Oleg Symonenko

    Hi. I found your page being searching for records of Selda. Thanks for lots of interesting music here. Is any chance to know pass for archive?

  12. Anantich Oleg Symonenko

    Found, thanks )

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