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  • Audio CD (21 Mar. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Putumayo
  • ASIN: B000E6ESP8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,785 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kirmizi Biber - Bendeniz
2. Kalmadi - Mustafa Sandal
3. Buda - Sertab
4. Pis Pisla - Nilqil
5. Dudu (Özgür Buldum Remix) - Tarkan
6. Sinanay - Gülseren
7. Kusurszsun (Acoustic Version) - Emrah
8. Ayrilik Günü - Göksel
9. Oha Falan Oldum Yani - Tugba Ekinci
10. Atiyosun - Nazan Öncel
11. Sanima Inanma - Sezen Aksu

Product Description

In 2005, Putumayo’s head of A&R, Jacob Edgar, traveled to Istanbul to immerse himself in Turkey’s culture and discover its music. Though its cities are filled with the ancient architecture of its long history, Turkey is considered one of the most modern Muslim countries in the world. This cultural juxtaposition is most evident in Turkey’s contemporary pop music scene, where classical traditions and instrumentation blend with sophisticated global pop and dance music. Putumayo World Music’s Turkish Groove reflects this unique musical mosaic and joins the successful Groove series, which has sold over one million CDs. Much like their Western pop counterparts, Turkish stars push the limit of their society’s standards of acceptability. As a result, Turkish pop music has crossed over to audiences outside Turkey, making inroads into the contemporary scenes of Europe and Latin America though remaining largely unknown in other parts of the world. As Turkish pop takes its place on the international stage, its fusions of cultural traditions and modern techniques play to an ever-expanding audience. Putumayo’s Turkish Groove hopes to serve as an introduction to the contemporary sounds of this culturally rich country.

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Do not even think about *not* getting this CD! I can honestly say, that I have played it everyday since I have had it.. IT IS BRILL! and possibly my fave Putumayo cds....
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I like bouncy music and this is very bouncy . It cheers you up, it is happy music. I love it. . . It is brilliant for practicing Body Jam, and other dance moves.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hols on 9 Oct. 2008
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It took me a few listens to get in to, but now this is my favourite c.d.
Chearful and giggy-with-it this music will lift your mood and transport you off to beautiful Turkey. Its orthentic with about being too serious about it.
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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful
Buy the music. Hear the music. Love the music. 25 Oct. 2006
By Charles Curtis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm a huge Turkophile. Just don't get me started, I'll bore you for hours on how amazing Turkey is. Incredible history. Sublime landscapes. Limpid seas. Beautiful weather. Exquisite food. Gracious hospitality. Some of the most beautiful women (and men, I have on good authority) in the world. One of the most poetic and beautiful languages on the planet.

Not to mention incredible music.

Ah, the music.. Until you've been at a traditional peasant wedding on the Aegean, or to a nightclub in Van where the Kurds are breaking it down the Old School Anatolian way with a traditional eight piece band, well.. you just haven't been there. You haven't really heard it. And you can't know what you're missing. No CD will replicate those sort of experiences.

Not even this one. But it comes sort of close. This disk isn't old school like the music I heard the above mentioned places. But it catches some of that same energy and soul (NB: not soul as in Marvin Gaye, but soul as in Mehmet the Conquerer & the Book of Dede Korkut.) It's froth off the top of the rich Turkish pop scene. Music that's a fusion of the traditional with international pop influences.

And contrary to our Turkish friend from Izmir commenting here, I have to say that it does make sense. It's a nice melange of tunes. A taste of modern Turkey. Afyet olsun, as they say. For someone who's never heard anything from Turkey other than maybe Tarkan, this will prove a tasty morsel. BTW, Tarkmeister's a Turkish version of Ricky Martin, only a hundred thousand nintey nine million times as good. He is the only artist with two songs on this mix.

My favorite tune here is Sinanay, a folk cover, with a great irrepressible bass line. It opens with a Latin American dude asking for directions "Donde esta Istanbul? Estoy perdido aqui!" to which the Turkish girl goes "Istanbul?" And then breaks into poetic song telling the poor goofball how to get there. Just çok comik & wicked güzel, chooch.

Atiyosun deserves special mention, as well. The lyrics- as well as I can gather with my 500 word Turkish vocabulary- are a girl telling a guy to get lost. It's bracingly laconic, relentlessly catchy.

Those are two highlights. Know that there is nary a bad track on this thing.

So buy this disk, slap it on during your next party, and everyone will dig it, I promise you. Your parents, super hip acquintances, dorky friends, annoying roomate, maiden aunt.. Everybody. Why? Because it's groovy. It's Turkish. And - Need I say it? - like all things groovy & Turkish, it rocks.

PS. And be sure to go to Turkiye someday, if only in your dreams.

The Muslims won't hurt you. And more than a few Turks will welcome, even embrace you. You will always savour & never regret it.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Turkin' Groovin' 12 May 2006
By S. Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I keep an eye on Putumayo's website, so I was aware of this CD long before it was released. Oh, the agony of the wait! The day it came out I rushed to a local music store and picked up a brand new copy.

Many of the performers are veterans of the Turkish music scene like Tarkan, Bendeniz, and, of course, Sezen Aksu. Others are new-comers. My favorites I've listened to over and over. Bendeniz's opening number is one of her catchiest from my listening experience, so the CD get's you grooving from the get-go. Sertab's "Buda" is a funky blend of Turkish traditions and breathy western hip-hop sensibilities. "Sinanay" by Gulseren is a new party-pop version of an older Sezen Aksu song.

One of the grooviest tracks is Nazan Oncel's "Atiyosun" which rolls from her tongue in an infections way that makes the non-Turkish speaker want to understand every word. As always, Sezen Aksu is fabulous. Nothing more needs to be said about that.

I probably own about 40 Putumayo disks.

There are a couple of tracks that don't shine, but none is a complete dud, and the great tracks more than make up for them.

In the short time since this one was released I've definitely listened to it more than any other for their fantastic compilations. Highly recommended.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
What s a great intro to Turkish music !! 18 April 2006
By Bulut - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
What s a great intro to Turkish music !!

I am an amateur musician who keeps a very close eye on contemporary Turkish music. This is a pop album (by Turkish standards) but unlike pop that we get exposed to in the West, it will be attractive to music lovers with a wide range of taste and age. My 13 year old loves it and so do I. Intoxicating percussion and mystical melodies will put you in a trance. It is upbeat and promotes good mood. It is fresh. It is ethic but worldly. It is progressive but has its roots in ancient musical traditions. It blends acoustic and electronic elements with precision, good taste and balance. This CD has more female voices then male voices and that seems to add a very special feel. The album cover is very appropriate. There is Turkish music out there that represents many alternative genres however I can't imagine anyone being disappointed by this selection. The artists in Turkey are struggling to survive in an environment where many people still choose to buy bootlegged copes of CDs. Buy the original CD !!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Turkish Delight 2 July 2007
By Amaranth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Turkish Groove" is a tantalizing taste of Turkey;like Edmund in "The Lion,the Witch,and the Wardrobe" one listens to the Turkish Delight and wants more. It's sweet, savory, and from its opening song, it's an amazing journey into the exotic locales of Istanbul and Topkapi. It's a compilation that avoids the bellydancer&harem cliches.

It begins with Bendeniz's rousing "Kirmizi Biber",a catchy song in which a woman complains about her lover's neglect. Mustafa Sandal's "Kalmadi" and Gulseren's "Sinanay" (the latter is a humorous song about giving directions to Istanbul) both deflty weave Latin and Turkish rhythms. Sertab,who looks like a Turkish Trudie Styler (Sting's wife),sings the beautiful Asian-flavored "Buda"...a hypnotic song about finding nirvana like the Buddha. Though Turkey is predominantly Muslim, this song shows that Eastern&New Age spirituality have found inroads in that country bridging Europe and Asia. Turkish heartthrob Tarkan has the catchy "Dudu" (Ozgur Buldum Remix). Think of an Anatolian Justin Timberlake with an exotic,amazing sound and lots of talent. Emrah's "Kusursuzsun (Acoustic Version)" is a memorable song in its simplicity;it also shows how Turkish differs from Arabic. In fact,Turkish is linguistically related to Hungarian (Magyar) and Korean. Goksel's "Ayirilik Gunu" blends Bollywood and retro flavors. Tugba Ekinci's rousing "Oha Falan Oldum Yani",with its exotic instrumentation,is a passionate plea to a cheating lover;Ekinci shows that she has more than sex appeal,but amazing vocals as well. Nazam Oncel's "Atiyosun" is a poetic song about everyday life.

"Turkish Groove" is a compilation of appetizers of Turkish music;now I'd like to explore the music of Tarkan,Sertab,and Goksel further. "Turkish Groove" is a perfect introduction to Turkish music in its variety.It's a fun musical excursion to Istanbul and Topkapi
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Not Your Daddy's Groove Album...Though I Wish it Was! 14 April 2007
By R. Smallwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Being a big fan of Putumayo's Groove series (having bought and enjoyed World Groove, Asia Groove, African Groove, and even Arabic Groove), I was really looking forward to Turkish Groove. I (mistakenly) figured that since it was in the Groove series it had everything that I was looking for - i.e. a blend of traditional ethnic music with funky Western electronica and/or hip-hop beats. Unfortunately, Turkish Groove fails to deliver on that premise. Unlike a previous reviewer, I found very little "hip-hop" about this album, and was thus disappointed.

Having said that, the (Turkish pop) music on this CD is enjoyable. The music is up-temple and you could probably dance to it - if you try real hard. Just be aware, it's not like some of the other CDs in Putumayo's Groove CD series.
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