A couple of days ago I noticed that my music files could no longer be downloaded or listened to. Apparently I have used 100% of my monthly sharing bandwidth. I don`t even know what exactly that means. Maybe it`s because of you my dear readers!
Last month more than 8000 people visited this blog and now box.net wants a little money for their services. I`m very surprised but also very happy that my activity seems to be so well received but when I started I did not intend to pay for my little hobby. I have moved a couple of dozen mp3`s to div.share but I don`t know how to move 300 mp3`s.
I guess it will all get normal this month, because I don`t think that many people will find their way here every month. If not I`ll have to think of something else.
I bought it on my trip to Croatia last month and didn`t know anything about the group. I took it because I recognized Endless Sleep as the Jody Reynolds-penned tragic teen classic.
This is a great version of that song by the American group The Poppy Family on the Decca and the Yugoton label. Yugoslavia , probably because it was a member of the Non-Aligned Movement, had a little more freedom taking capitalist shortcuts. But then I´ve seen these double logos on Hungarian records too and Hungary was part of the Warsaw Pact states. Maybe it doesn`t have anything to do with either of these facts but a capitalist logo on a communist record is pretty strange. Maybe somebody can bring some light into this matter?.
Sarolta Zalatnay is one of the most famous Hungarian Pop stars. In the 60s she worked with Hungarian beat bands Metro, Omega and Bergendy. These two songs are Jackie Edwards cover versions. Jackie Edwards wrote “Keep on running” and “Somebody help me”. Great soul songs. Sung in English.
I found this nice video of Sarolta performing ” Nem varok holnapig” with Omega in the 1967 Hungarian Dance Festival. It`s a slightly faster version than on the record that I have. Naturally they won first place!
Here`s a Czech version of “Land of a Thousand Dances”. While Erkin Koray was more into the “Cannibal & the Headhunters” direction, Milan Cernohouz sounds like a Czech “Wilson Pickett”. Great soul music. Backed by the wonderful Gustav Brom Orchestra.
Actually I feel a little bad because I`m stepping into territory that is already being covered by Lukas excellent Funky Czech-In blog. He writes very well researched articles on the Czechoslovak music scene of the 60s/70s and inspired me to do my blog. This could have been one of his posts.
As I`ve written last week I have been to Istanbul 4 times in the last 3 years and have always been searching for records. I didn`t know a lot about Turkish rock or pop music so a lot of names were unfamiliar and it was hard to pick the right ones. Only the last time I found some good stuff.
Sometime last year I remembered that I had a whole box full of Turkish 45s in my basement. When my girlfriend and I moved into our apartment ten years ago, we needed some furniture and bought two very cheap 50s cocktail-armchairs in a nearby thrift-store. On the way out I spotted this box of records and asked how much they were. The owner said: “Just take them for free”. They were dusty and without sleeves but I took them all. When I got home I gave them a quick listen and was disappointed that they appeared to be just boring traditional folk music. So they went to the basement.
Last year I remembered this box and with my new knowledge about Turkish music I saw them through, cleaned them and gave them all a spin again. That`s when I discovered this great Erkin Koray 45 that I`ve had all these years and didn`t know about it!
Anybody who knows anything about Turkish rock music knows that Erkin Koray is the king of Turkish rock`n`roll. So this record is not a rarity or obscure, but a Turkish hit record. “Sana Bir Seyler Olmus” is a great cover version of “The land of a 1000 dances”, written and first recorded by Chris Kenner in 1962.
The record has a sticker from a shop in Izmir and two stamps from, I guess, the former owner, who lived just a block away from me. I went there just the other day to see if he was still living there but he must`ve moved. It`s still nice to think that some 39 years ago some Turkish people from my neighborhood rocked out to this stuff…
ERKIN KORAY, Sana Bir Seyler Olmus, 1969
ERKIN KORAY, Seni Her Gördügümde, 1969
This was hidden in the same box. “Ersen ve Dadaslar” are one of the most popular Turkish rock groups and the inventors of the “Anatolian Rock” sound, mixing traditional Turkish and rock music. Normally I don`t like so-called “World-Music” but this is still heavy on the progressive side with some psychedelic moments…
This one I bought on my first visit to Istanbul. The owner of a used-record store played it and I knew I wanted to have it. It was quite expensive, maybe 10 euros. I`m still happy that I bought it, because I know I would have regretted it if I hadn`t. Okay Temiz is a leading fusion-jazz musician who has worked with a lot of international jazz musicians in the last 40 years. His recorded output is huge.
This record on the other hand, sounds like it was made for all the freaks from western countries who hung around Istanbul at the time. Two really weird songs that only bring drugs to mind. Psychedelic…
A while ago I promised to post some more Turkish rock`n`roll. This record I bought last summer in Istanbul. I had been looking for records at previous times in Istanbul but found very little. Both songs are on a Dutch bootleg Cd that came out a while back. Great Turkish beat music that actually sounds very Turkish. Unlike, for example a lot of German beat stuff that simply imitated the British bands, this has a distinctly oriental touch, but still ROCKS!