Erkin Koray – Cemalim (1974)

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“Elektronik Türküler” (1974) was the first real long-play of Erkin Koray, besides of the self-titled album his old record company published without his knowledge one year earlier, which only was a collection of singles. In his words, this album had “a great sentimental worth” and he “created some of the things he wanted to give, but never had the chance to in his singles”. The album was made within a studio work of 150 hours, and was “the furthermost point one could go by bringing in electronic elements to our folk songs without loosing the beauty and ‘natural taste'”. “Cemalim” is an old folk song of the Cappadocian area which first was assembled by regional folk singer Refik Başaran. As to Koray, it “decribes the humiliate but manly feelings of Cemal” and is a blend of “a whining but ‘hard’ guitar coming from time to time to the foreground, and a firmly played but soft tuned Spanish guitar”.

[via Andes Grøn]

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