Turkish Psych-Rock pt. 2: Erkin Koray

A little less croonin’ and a lot more rockin’. Erkin really knew which end of a guitar to strangle and there’s loads of fuzzed-out riffing and soloing here. He also apparently developed the electric bağlama and featured it on many of his albums.

Erkin Koray (born June 24, 1941), has been in the Turkish rock music scene since the late 1950s or early 1960s. He is widely acclaimed as being the first person to ever play rock and roll in Turkey; in 1957, he and his band gained notoriety by playing covers of Elvis Presley and Fats Domino. He was also one of the first Turkish musicians to embrace the electric guitar and modern amplification.

By the late 1960s, he was already a major figure in Turkish psychedelic music and Anatolian Rock, beginning with his first psychedelic single Anma Arkadaş in 1967. Koray followed this with a number of singles, both by himself and in collaboration with others, that established him as a force to be reckoned with on the Turkish rock scene. Koray became a controversial figure in Turkey during the 1960s and 1970s; he was actually assaulted in Istanbul, and on one occasion stabbed, for having long hair. <wik>

Download his album Elektronik Turkuler here (63 megs. Rapidshare)

I do not remember where I originally downloaded this from; I’ve had it for some time. Props to the original uploader.

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