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Reviewed: Erkin Koray – Elektronik Türküler


Erkin Koray – Elektronik Türküler (1974)

by David Morales

The first full length of non-single material from the legendary Anatolian rock god, Erkin Koray, Elektronik Türküler is a perfect mix of traditional Turkish music and western rock. Spooky organ, moody guitar, Koray’s brooding voice, and electric saz.

With song titles that translate to “Lonely Pier” and “Horror Dream,” you get an idea of what he’s singing about. Dark stuff but done in a rockin’, stoned Turkish manner. The standout track is definitely “Cemalim.” An infectious guitar groove plays throughout while Koray shreds and sings with feeling.

Traditional Turkish instruments and musical styles meld so perfectly with psychedelia; they were made for each other. This is the landmark Anatolian Rock album from the living legend. Koray risked his life to play rock n roll in Turkey. He was once stabbed on the street for his long hair! Get weird with Erkin Baba (Father Erkin).

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