Saz Beat

Global Pop First Wave
A Corvo Records sublabel

Saz Beat. Turkish Rock, Funk, and Psychedelic Music of the 1960s and 1970s


From the curator of “Bosporus Bridges Vol. 2,” now comes the compilation “Saz Beat” on Corvo Records’ sublabel Global Pop First Wave. This new selection of tracks explores the sounds of Turkey from when the country was hit by the first wave of global pop in the 1960s. Unlike elsewhere, Anglo-American pop did not lead to a copy culture, but to an extraordinary blend of an electrified Western style with Turkish elements in composition, language, and instrumentation.

The compilation presents a wide mix of music for dancing and listening, ranging from hard rock to soft folk and from disco funk to muezzin psychedelic. It contains two incredible tunes by Grazia, “the only synth-driven, Israeli-Turkish, break-heavy, psychedelic-disco-funk record by a child nightclub singer” (Andy Votel). Also featured are American-Turkish beat rock by Devil’s Anvil, otherworldly sounds by Gülsüm Kamu and Yabancılar, hiphop-sample-friendly beats by Özdemir Erdoğan and Zafer Dilek, and heavy groove folk by Meral Atakök and Zerrin Zeren.

All tracks have been carefully restored and completely remastered for full sonic impact at Calyx Mastering, Berlin.

01 Grazia – Olmek Var
02 Devil’s Anvil – Shisheler
03 Grazia – Soyle Beni
04 Gülsüm Kamu & Ergun Özer Orkestrasi – Aliyi Gördüm Aliyi
05 Özdemir Erdoğan – Gurbet

06 Dün Bugün Yarın – Kara Tren
07 Zerrin Zeren ve Kupa Dörtlüsü – Tatli Dile Güler Yüze
08 Meral Atakök – Masa Üstünde Testi
09 Yabancılar – Ağıt
10 Zafer Dilek – İşte Hendek, İşte Deve

“Saz Beat” on Global Pop First Wave
A Corvo Records sublabel
CGPFW 001 LP, vinyl edition strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide
Complitation: Holger Lund
Cover & Font Design: Barbara Stehle
© 2013

Release: End of August, 2013

Release event in cooperation with fluctuating images & General Public 26.09.2013

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Corvo Records was founded in 2010 in Berlin. The label is releasing experimental turntable music, free improvisation, sound art, and electro-acoustic compositions on vinyl. The releases are striking for their sound-object like character, as well as for a high quality standard in mixing and packaging. The visual and haptic aspects of Corvo Records products are very important and for getting the best result, particular techniques and materials are used.

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