Τρίτη, 8 Σεπτεμβρίου 2009

The Devil's Anvil-Hard Rock From The Middle East-1967


The Devil's Anvil was a hard rock/psychedelic band based out of New York City in the 1960's. They released on album entitled Hard Rock From the Middle East in 1967 showcasing a mix of 60's hard rock and psychedelic sound with Arab vocals and traditional instrumentals.

Their middle-eastern acid-rock was unique and bizarrely modern (it predates the British transglobal-dance bands by about 30 years). The fuzzed-out guitar mingled with oud, bouzouki, tamboura, durbeki.


The Devil's Anvil-Hard Rock From The Middle East-1967
01. Wala Dai
02. Nahna Ou Diab
03. Karkadon
04. Selim Alai
05. Isme
06. Besaha
07. Shisheler
08. Kley( Greek = Crying)
09. Hala Laya
10.Treea Pethya ( Greek=Three children)
11. Misirlou


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Παρασκευή, 4 Σεπτεμβρίου 2009

Ali Akbar Moradi - Fire of Passion: Kurdish Tanbur Music of Iran (1999)


Teheran based Ali-Akbar Moradi is considered a virtuoso on the tanbur, a plucked string instrument with a pear–shaped belly fashioned from a single piece of mulberry wood. The tanbur has always been considered a sacred instrument associated with the Kurdish Sufi music of Western Iran. Moradi is accompanied by Pejman Hadadi, the finest Irnanian percussionist living in America, who plays the daf, a large frame drum covered with goat skin with rows of metal rings jangling about on the inside. He also plays the tombak, which is similar to a dumbek but made also from solid mulberry wood. Its warm tone complements the rapid strumming and plucking on the banjo-like tanbur. This recording was made during a 1999 U.S. tour and, in a word, these duets are extraordinary. Having performed together only three times previously, Moradi and Hadadi play entirely improvisational Kurdish music on this date, presenting their amazing skills as one triumphant spirit. Together they soar into wild molten riffs, and then return to earth to deppict the sad reality of a people without an independent state of their own.» (William Bloomhuff, Rhythm, May 2001, quoted in SevenEights.com, where you can find also a brief biography of Ali Akbar Moradi)


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