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ZIA ATABI “Heleyos” (ca. 1970s)

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I let this blog die for a while but if Gabe Said, “We’re Into Movements” can come back after almost 3 years dormant, I guess I can pick again after only a couple months.

Anyway, Finders Keepers has really been putting out some incredible comps lately. The Sound of Wonder, amazing Pakistani film music from the ’60s-’70s, was one of my favorite releases of 2009…

BUT. I think they’ve topped that with Pomegranates, “Persian Pop, Funk, Folk, and Psych of the 60s & 70s”. Practically every track is mind-blowing, but the opener, “Heleyos” is my favorite– the scatting, the thick bass, the crazy horns, the chanted vocals. Can’t stop listening to this.


3rd Kind

Recently posted gems from all over:

Never Enough Rhodes shares this great Marvin Gaye/Mizell Brothers jam. News to me!

Dream Chimney shares this Santo & Johnny-meets-Amon Duul cut from Eroc.

And Mind on the Run shares a tremendous track from Sir Richard Bishop’s new record on Drag City. Unbelievable guitar on this.

Don’t sleep!

AHMED FAKROUN “Awedni” (1974)

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Last summer I went pretty nuts over Fakroun and his incredible jams, then as always happens to me, my attention shifted elsewhere…

But now I’m back on him and I’ve been cruising his online store. “Awedni” is the cream of the fistful I just picked up. That flute or pan flute he breaks out in the chorus is too good.


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Harrison produced an entire record’s worth of Krishna chanting in the late ’60s and early ’70s. He also plays guitar. Some of the tracks are pretty straight up harmonium-and-chanting numbers, but “Govinda” is more of period pop jam, with sweeping strings and lots of reverby voices in the chorus, like an R. D. Burman/Phil Spector co-production.