There seems to be a compilation of 70's Anatolian rock released every six months or so at the moment and this compilation from New York's Nublu Records is another worthy addition. Containing tracks from the original pioneers - Cem Karaca, Erkin Koray, Baris Manço and Mollogar - of the unique sounds that were coming out of Turkey in the late 60s & 70s and lesser known artists, the quality never falters for one minute.
Highlights include Koray's prog/psych epic 'Cemalim', which highlights why he is considered by many to be the true Godfather of Anatolian rock. Edip Akbayram & Dostlar's 'Ayrilik' features some stunning percussion and bass and although Akbayram's vocals do detract from the overall quality (much like Cem Karaca, his vocals really do spoil a lot of his songs), it's still a classic. Nazan Soray covers Baris Manço's 'Halhal' (a song he wrote especially for her) and is backed by his backing band Kurtalan Ekspres. The extended bridge in 'Binboganin Kizi' by Baris Manço & Mollogar is seriously funky and Nazan Soray re-appears to close the album with 'Teselliye Sen Gereka', a disco dancefloor filler straight outta Istanbul!
Housed in digipak with a cool retro cover, it clocks in at 62 minutes and features a very informative essay on the origins of the Turkish music scene of the 60s & 70s. The overall sound quality is good considering that for much of the music the master tapes no longer exist. Highly recommended.