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    Alpay – “Yekte” – [Pharaway Sounds]

    More excellent eastern excursions from Pharaway Sounds.
    This time hitting the Anatolian tollboth and dialing
    up the early 70’s in Turkey. The liner notes portray
    Alpay (Nazikioglu) as nearly a god fallen to earth,
    rising legal eagle by day, scoring soccer star by night.
    Who knows but the man knows how to belt out a rock anthem,
    and he hooked up with some divine studio folks. Check
    the title cut, those little staccato beats, the wah-wah
    and then the flourishes of Turkish strings and melodies.
    The closing track after that feels like a perfect twin
    to go with the other. Alpay even grunts well, and
    his voice on this is more of a dominant whisper.
    But really it’s that perfect marriage of Turkish folk
    and hippy psych that once again finds the flame. Was
    his guitarist really a USAF kid stationed overseas.
    I refer you to the liners’ leg work. Back to the music
    cool mouth popping, hammer-ons to start, followed by
    slow gypsy spin, Yardbird leanings, dry percussion, bass
    lines that would have Entwistle tapping his toes in his
    grave. The songs play tag so well between saz and guitar,
    between east and west, it makes me wonder why the Islamic
    Brotherhood detests such dalliances. The middle section
    of the album is more pop flavored, but none the less
    enjoyable. Tracks 5 and 8 may not be your Turkish delights
    but my sweet tooth had no problem with ’em.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 19, 2013 at 11:09 pm
  • Filed as CD,International
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