A friend forwarded a September NPR article to me today (Iran: An Unlikely Treasure of Funk), which truly amazed me and I feel compelled to share this find with you! The author, Egon, is a collector of 1970's Iranian records and music. He seems to be very knowledgable about Iranian music scene and it looks like he is in possession of a large collection of Iranian music, looking for more. His article is very interesting and he shares a couple of links for finding LP's of old Iranian music. But the most interesting part of his article is some olden treasures he has supplied. Oh My God! You guys will love this! I hadn't heard some of these songs for ages!
Gougoush sings "I want to take you higher."
Abbas Mehrpooya plays "Soul Raga."
Hassan Shamaeezadeh plays "Kalakat" on saxophone.
Dia Prometido plays "Hava Nagila" with Santur (Persian fusion wasn't just invented, I'll have you know!)
Kourosh Yaghmaie sings "Hajm e Khali."
Here's Egon's short article. Enjoy it and the music. Happy Sunday!
"A few months ago, the record dealer who sold me the majority of his
Iranian collection told me that his recent finds in Tehran — including
Mehr Pooya's solitary LP of fuzz-guitar-soaked sitar funk — were going
to a well-heeled international collector. He'd already sold the heavy
psych pieces and the Iranian presses of Led Zeppelin albums and The
Beatles' Abba Road [sic] for stacks of euros before I got to dig through his collection.
I couldn't help feeling disappointed, but how could I be upset with
him? This man, who insists on remaining nameless (though I'd like to
showcase the determination with which he canvasses the streets of his
city and brings home never-before-heard '60s garage rock and '70s
psych-folk fusion) had provided me with some of my favorite records of
recent years. Those albums and 45s, many of which he bought as new
releases in the early '70s, gave me endless hours of enjoyment.
Here's some of the most beautiful music from my past purchases. On a
recent trip to Texas, I ran into a cab driver in Austin who told me
that he'd owned a copy of the Mehr Pooya album back when he lived in
Tehran in the '70s. If I had a dime for every Iranian cab driver whose
number I've stored in my cell phone on the hunt for records... well,
I'd have had enough to buy that Mehr Pooya album in the first place.
Online information on Iranian recordings of the 1970s is limited, but some good resources are available. Try the Progressive Homestead page dedicated to Persian Fusion or Dario Margeli's online catalog.
Egon is the general manager of the Stones Throw label. He also founded Now-Again Records, which reissues American funk and soul albums, as well as the Soul-Cal imprint with Peanut Butter Wolf. He DJs funk and psychedelia sets at venues all around the world.
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