Omar Khorshid - Guitar El Chark (Guitar Of The Orient) (Music CD)

Release Date: 18 June 2012
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Omar Khorshid was a massive figure in the musical movements of Egypt in the 1970s, adding his guitar to a series of bands and solo excursions ranging from the now-classic Oum Kalthoum to his own brands of psychedelic experimentation. As he flies through these recordings, all from the 1973-1977 period, the sound is immediately striking. The chaos of a stereotypical Middle Eastern bazaar is inherent in every track, with tiny clashes, small and large thumps of a darbukkah, and jangling percussion everywhere. With that, though, there's an organ that roves into true psychedelic territory à la Ray Manzarek more often than it stays as basic accompaniment. And there's Khorshid himself, powering his guitar through odd mixes of rhythmic exploration, of traditional scales, and of acid jazz noodling all at once. The resulting sound is simultaneously exotic, ageless, and retro-modern. But all elements are entrancing. This is nostalgic ethnic music at its finest, and is only aided by the extensive liner notes and the vinyl release, which adds the old sparkle and pop of the record player to the sound. ~ Adam Greenberg
Release Date: 18 June 2012

1. Guitar El Chark (Guitar of the Orient)
2. Wadil Muluk (Valley of the Kings)
3. Sabirine
4. Ommil Habiba (Mother, My Dearest)
5. Hebbina Hebbina (Love Us Like We Love You)
6. Rahbaniyat (Rahbani Variations)
7. Ah Ya Zaman (For Old Time's Sake)
8. Kariaat El Fengan (Fortune Teller)
9. Arrabia'h (the Spring)
10. Alf Layla (One Thousand Nights)
11. Ka'an Azzaman (That Was Yesterdaay)
12. Pop Concerto
13. Banadi Aleik (Calling For You)
14. Al Rissassa (the Bullet)
15. Sidi Mansour (Master Monsour)
16. Raksat El Kheyl (Dance of the Horses)
17. Solenzara
18. Enta Omri (You Are My Life)
19. Habibaty (My Beloved)
20. Raqset El Fada (Dance of Space)
21. Warakat Ya Nassib (Lottery Ticket)
22. Taksim Sanat Alfeyn (Music of the Year 2000)
23. Ya Dala Dallaa (Love Me More)
24. Aziza
25. Sawt El Hob (Voice of Love)
26. Awal Hamsa (the First Whisper)
27. Men Ajel Ayneyk (For Your Eyes)
28. Randaphon Record Company Promo Spot

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Catalogue No: SF052CD