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Gökçen Kaynatan
June 24, 2008, 8:37 pm
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Gökçen Kaynatan was from Turkey.

Turkey has had a long tradition of musical influence. Since Turkey is Europe’s crossroads into Asia, the whole phenomenon of East-meets-West hybridization (in this case, traditional Anatolian folk and ’60s pop) makes for some amazing music that couldn’t come from anywhere else. In just the last few years, there has been a handful of great compilations and a number of albums that have been re-issued.

Gökçen started out in the early 60’s playing in the band Kara Kediler, and then with Somer Soyata Orkestrası. He was considered to be “the greatest show musician” and had a minor hit with The Shadows inspired song “Moda”. However, due to his frustration with young band members constantly leaving and returning, resulting in a very inconsistent band, he decided “to make music without human players”.

So, he became one of the first experimental electronic pop musicians and by the late 60’s he was performing live concerts in Istanbul. Gökçen apparently had access to the latest equipment from the Maestro catalog, including the Echoplex and Rhythm’n’Sound (both effects are featured promently on this song). He eventually went on to set up the first electronic music studio in Turkey, and worked with Baris Manço.

Later in the 70’s, Gökçen produced many unreleased recordings such as “Cehennem” (“Hell”), “Lost Island”, “Doann Otesi” (“Beyond Nature”), and “Angio” which describes a surgerical operation he had in 1979. Nowadays he makes Rock’n’Roll music with his old partners and works as an architect. He also has music performed, composed and arranged on the EMS synthesizer.

The A side of this single, “Pencerenin Paerdesini”, was on the Hava Narghile: Middle Eastern Raga Rock Ala Turquie ’66-’75” compilation released by Bacchus Archives. I recently saw a copy of his other single from 1973: “Sihirbaz” b/w “Evren” on 1 Numara. Although the titles were different, the songs were the same (Pressing plan error?). He also recorded two other singles, one in 1963 and one in 1966.

Catalog number A.K. 07 on 1 Numara Records of Turkey, released in 1973.

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3 Hür El
June 24, 2008, 7:58 pm
Filed under: Turkey

Sevenler Ağlarmış

3 Hür El (also known as: Uç Hür El) were three brothers named Feridun, Onur and Haldun who were from Istanbul, Turkey.

Turkey has had a long tradition of musical influence. Since Turkey is Europe’s crossroads into Asia, the whole phenomenon of East-meets-West hybridization (in this case, traditional Anatolian folk and ’60s pop) makes for some amazing music that couldn’t come from anywhere else. In just the last few years, there has been a number of great compilations and a handful of albums that have been re-issued.

The three Hür El brothers formed their first band in 1966, called Istanbul 4, but then became 3 Hür El in 1970. Unlike every other band in Turkey, they never played cover songs or traditional Turkish compositions on stage or on record.

Feridun wrote the original composes and lyrics, and sang, also played a double-necked instrument : one neck for guitar, the other for Turkish saz (as seen in the picture). Haldun was also know to use a mix of Western Drums with Eastern percussion, adding to their unique sound.

They released their first single in 1970, and eventually went on to record their first self titled album in 1973. Their second LP “Hür El Arşivi“, 1976, is a collection of most of their singles. Both of these albums have recently been re-issued on compact disc. There is a complete discography listed here.

They staged a comeback in 1997, and recorded two CDs. “Efsane… Yeniden” in 1996 and “1953 Hür El” in 1999. Though they used to be one of the most busy tour bands during early 70’s, now they refuse to play live.

There is the first few moments of a video for this song, that is posted on YouTube. The A side to this single, “Ömür Biter Yol Bitmez”, was included on the Prog is Not a Four Letter Word compilation on Delay 68 records. Also, someone has created a fan page on MySpace.

Catalog number DT 5108 on Diskotür of Turkey, released 1974.

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Haramiler
June 24, 2008, 7:14 pm
Filed under: Turkey

Adanali

Haramiler were from Turkey.

Turkey has a long tradition of musical talent to begin with, and being Europe’s crossroads into Asia, the whole phenomenon of East-meets-West hybridization (in this case, traditional Anatolian folk and ’60s pop) makes for some amazing music that couldn’t come from anyplace else. In the last few years there has been a few great compilations and a handful of albums that have been re-issued.

Here is a really good overview of the evolution of the music scene in Turkey, written by Gökhan Aya:

“Turkish rock’n’roll scene started as early as 1956 and blossomed by the arrival of The Shadows. It is very important to underline the influence of The Shadows because the missing essence which held the rock music from being popular in the first years was the problem of language. As Turkish did not have any roots in relation to English it was really very hard to understand what rock’n’roll was all about. The Shadows served very good as the nation was very used to listen to instrumental music. It also should be noted that 60’s marked very rapid changes in Turkey: year by year general level of culture was increasing, by 1961 the most democratic period of country started and by every year, as far music’s concerned, record sales were geometrically multiplying.

“The Shadows reigned heavily until The Beatles came along and that blew up everything! There was such a blasting of bands that one of the biggest national newspapers called Hürriyet decided to organise a big contest that would help the young amateur bands have their names heard throughout the country. But, what the contest organisers wanted was interesting: the musicians who wanted to attend the contest had to either compose songs in Turkish or arrange a traditional tune. Also they had to perform this in a western style with electric western instruments! The ones who ware finalists ware to perform live In many cities that the newspapers arranged a tour for them. If Altin Mikrofon had not been assembled, we wouldn’t likely to be talking about 60’s & 70’s Turkish rock scene.”

Between 1966 and 1968, they recorded five singles, two of which were for Altin Mikrofon (Golden Microphone) contests. This song is from their second single which was part of the 1967 contest, and their third single was in the 1968 contest.

Catalog number H-019 on Altin Mikrofon of Turkey, released 1967.



Rana Alagöz
June 20, 2008, 1:36 pm
Filed under: Turkey

Bahçelerde Börülce

Rana Alagöz was from Turkey.

Turkey has a long tradition of musical talent to begin with, and being Europe’s crossroads into Asia, the whole phenomenon of East-meets-West hybridization (in this case, traditional Anatolian folk and ’60s pop) makes for some amazing music that couldn’t come from anyplace else. In the last few years there has been a few great compilations and a handful of albums that have been re-issued.

Here is a really good overview of the evolution of the music scene in Turkey, written by Gökhan Aya:

Turkish rock’n’roll scene started as early as 1956 and blossomed by the arrival of The Shadows. It is very important to underline the influence of The Shadows because the missing essence which held the rock music from being popular in the first years was the problem of language. As Turkish did not have any roots in relation to English it was really very hard to understand what rock’n’roll was all about. The Shadows served very good as the nation was very used to listen to instrumental music. It also should be noted that 60’s marked very rapid changes in Turkey: year by year general level of culture was increasing, by 1961 the most democratic period of country started and by every year, as far music’s concerned, record sales were geometrically multiplying.

The Shadows reigned heavily until The Beatles came along and that blew up everything! There was such a blasting of bands that one of the biggest national newspapers called Hürriyet decided to organise a big contest that would help the young amateur bands have their names heard throughout the country. But, what the contest organisers wanted was interesting: the musicians who wanted to attend the contest had to either compose songs in Turkish or arrange a traditional tune. Also they had to perform this in a western style with electric western instruments! The ones who ware finalists ware to perform live In many cities that the newspapers arranged a tour for them. If Altin Mikrofon had not been assembled, we wouldn’t likely to be talking about 60’s & 70’s Turkish rock scene.”

This song is from her first single, which was part of the Altin Mikrofon (Golden Microphone) contest from 1967, which she won 3rd place. She was backed by her brother Selçuk’s band, who was also a well know musician in Turkey.

There is plenty more information and pictures of Rana and Selçuk are avaliable at the Psyche Van Het Folk website.

Catalog number H-021 on Altin Mikrofon of Turkey, released 1967.

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Mavi Işiklar
June 19, 2008, 1:22 pm
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Giresun Kayiklari

Mavi Işiklar roughly translates into Blue Lanterns, and they were from the swinging scene in Turkey.

This is from the Psyche Van Het Folk web page:

Mavi Işiklar was undoubtedly one of the most successful beat/rock bands of the latter part of the 60’s. They managed to sell thousand of records one after the other and be loved for what they really were even in the conservative Anatolian towns. They were a really good R&B band but gradually became a successful underground entity after 1968.

Apparently they reunited in the summer of 2000 and played some shows in Turkey to promote a CD compilation of their material that been released on Ada Müzik at the time.

Catalog number FS 175 on Sayan of Turkey, released 1968.