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4.04 | 22 ratings | 4 reviews | 23% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1974

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Karlı Dağlar (3:35)
2. Sır (2:48)
3. Hele Yar (6:20)
4. Korkulu Rüya (1:29)
5. Yalnızlar Rıhtımı (4:34)
6. Cemalim (7:43)
7. İnat (2:11)
8. Türkü (8:54)

Total Time 37:33

(note: name of track 2 had been misprinted in some earlier sleeves as "Disi Kedi" and consequently appeared on some reissues as such. Damla's LP reissue printed the hub of faulty early LP pressings on the sleeve's back, but the liner notes and LP's own hub features the name right.)

Line-up / Musicians

- Erkin Koray / guitar, bağlama, piano, organ, tambourine, vocals; bongo on "Inat"
- Sedat Avcı / drums, bongos, and other percussion
- Ahmet Güvenç / bass

Guest musicians:
- Ahmet Tekbilek / zurna (a traditional Turkish reed instrument) on "Türkü"
- Faruk Tekbilek / bağlama (a traditional Turkish stringed instrument, much like guitar) on "Türkü"
- Eyüp Duran / bongo on "Türkü"
- Ayzer Danga / drums on "Cemalim"
- Sedat (Avcı) and Meftun / vocals on "Hele Yar" and "Cemalim"

- Doruk Onatkut / sound recording
- Cüneyt Sarvazlar / sound recording on "Cemalim" and "Inat"

Releases information

1974, Dogan (LP, Turkey - L.P. 1)
1996, Nexus Records (LP reissue, Germany - DAMLA 001)
1999, World Psychedelia (CD, South Korea - WPC6-8461)
2008, GDR (LP Reissue, Italy - GDR 0706)

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ERKIN KORAY Elektronik Türküler ratings distribution

(22 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(23%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
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Review by DamoXt7942
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4 stars Erkin KORAY is thought as one of Turkish psychedelic progressive rock legends. His musical style is pretty simple but is filled with ethnicity, tribalism, and fusion of Western and Islamic essence. This Middle East-West mixture is well done and splendidly matured, that should be his originality and mystic, energetic fuel for his career itself. Featuring beautiful sitar sounds, surrealistic percussion, and smooth, melodious, humane voices. I've already listened to the eponymous album by a Turkish suprapsych combo Bunalim launched in 1971, and felt just like I had got drenched in mysterious texture with some definite familiarity ... such a feeling has been popped up around me via his creation.

His rhythmic part is quite simple and exciting (or danceable) but melody lines are too innovative and impressive for me (a Japanese) to help getting addicted completely. Every tone and musical note should absorb me in another dimensional sense (cannot realize in an apparent manner really though). Turkey is active and aggressive for various cultural issues between Europe and Asia, and their powerful humanity might have produced such an addiction. Suppose this style be popular around Turkey? Maybe yes.

Electric guitar fuzz from the beginning until the last masterpiece "T'rk'" sounds not declined but musically rich. Pretty fantastic and fanatic is hotchpotched and orientally flooded soundscape with cool wind instrumental bullets in "T'rk'", that might mention all of his elements I imagine. Sorta passion.

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4 stars The first LP of Erkin Koray, after releasing lots of singles since late 1960s. LP was scarce in Turkey up to 1973, since it was expensive (vinyl players, too) and the LP record technology was not being used widely. This album features covers of folk songs from psychedelic and rock and roll per ... (read more)

Report this review (#1699106) | Posted by ctasan | Monday, March 6, 2017 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The Turkish scene of psychedelic rock is not always as bright as what we hear on this album. This album features some traditional Turkish folk songs as powerful psych rock, and it does wonderfully. The melancholy inside the lyrics, the special voice of Erkin Koray and psychedelic jamming co ... (read more)

Report this review (#613810) | Posted by talha | Friday, January 20, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars now this is the real experimental turkish new folk album you wanted! forget about the mogollari baris manco or cem karaca... erkin koray stands where the real revolution done in 74 but sorry for all of us he didn't choose to continue on this road. his first lp "elektronik türküler" was a diff ... (read more)

Report this review (#507619) | Posted by ourlawisliberty | Tuesday, August 23, 2011 | Review Permanlink

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