MENU
Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

BARIS MANCO

Crossover Prog • Turkey


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Baris Manco picture
Baris Manco biography
Tosun Yusuf Mehmet Barış MANÇO was born on 2nd January 1943 in Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey. He formed his first band at school (KAFADARLAR (The Buddies)), but it was with his next band HARMONILER (THE HARMONIES), that he started recording cover versions. Upon leaving school he moved to Europe, forming different bands and recording songs in English, French and Turkish while touring a great deal.

In 1970, he formed Barış Manço Ve ... (BARIŞ MANÇO AND ...) and recorded his first hit single, ''DAĞLAR DAĞLAR'' (''MOUNTAINS, MOUNTAINS!''), selling over 700,000 copies. After this success he recorded a couple of singles with MOĞOLLAR (THE MONGOLS), before returning to Turkey. It was back at home that his early works were brought together and released as album 'DÜNDEN BUGÜNE'.

In 1972, he formed KURTALAN EKSPRES, with whom he would work for the rest of his career, and then concentrated on singles until his debut non-compilation album '2023' was released in 1975. The following year he released 'BARIS MANCHO' (an anglicised version of his own name) in an attempt to gain international success, and although it didn't achieve what he expected it did top the charts in both Romania and Morocco. It was later released in Turkey as 'NICK THE CHOPPER'. He continued recording and performing with KURTALAN EKSPRES and then in 1988 also started directing and presenting the TV show ''7'DEN 77'YE'' (''FROM AGE 7 TO 77''). This was a combined music, talk show and documentary program and was a real success for the 8 years it ran on Turkish National TV.

On 31st January 1999, Barış died from a heart attack just before the release of 'MANÇOLOJI' ('MANÇOLOGY' or 'MANCHOLOGY'), which was a double album containing re-recordings of many of his hits to celebrate nearly 40 years of being involved in music. Thousands of people attended his funeral to pay respects as he was seen by many as one of the most important influences on Turkish music.

Baris Manco official website

BARIS MANCO MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s
No MP3/Stream available for this artist.
Collaborate with Progarchives.com, learn how to submit new MP3s.

BARIS MANCO forum topics / tours, shows & news


BARIS MANCO forum topics Create a topic now
BARIS MANCO tours, shows & news
No topics found for : "baris manco"
Post an entries now

BARIS MANCO Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to BARIS MANCO

Buy BARIS MANCO Music


Yeni Bir GunYeni Bir Gun
Guerssen Records 2014
Vinyl$23.96
$30.81 (used)
20232023
Guerssen Records 2012
Vinyl$33.52
$34.19 (used)
Dunden BuguneDunden Bugune
Guerssen Records 2012
Audio CD$15.65
$15.65 (used)
Sakla Samani, Gelir ZamaniSakla Samani, Gelir Zamani
Guerssen Records 2012
Audio CD$21.09
$20.70 (used)
Mancoloji 1943Mancoloji 1943
Emre Muzik
Audio CD$24.95
$22.86 (used)
Hal HalHal Hal
Import
Ais 2013
Vinyl$66.00
Daglar Daglar - Baris Manço KlasikleriDaglar Daglar - Baris Manço Klasikleri
COSKUN PLAK SAN. 2011
Audio CD$15.99
$2.99 (used)
Sozum Meclisten Disari by Baris Manco (2013-05-04)Sozum Meclisten Disari by Baris Manco (2013-05-04)
Pharaway Sounds
Audio CD$65.38
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
BARIS MANCO MANCOLOJI 1 AND 2 2 LP Vinyl Turkish music POP ROCK USD $75.53 Buy It Now 9h 7m
Baris Man o, Baris Manço, Baris Manco - Dunden Bugune [New CD] Reissue USD $19.17 Buy It Now 10h 50m
Baris Man o, Baris Manço, Baris Manco - Dunden Bugune [New CD] Reissue USD $17.09 Buy It Now 11h 2m
NEW Rare Turkish PSYCH TRIP ROCK LP - Baris MANCO Live in TARSUS "Concert" 1975 USD $45.52 Buy It Now 1 day
Turkish Psych LP Baris MANCO Sakla Samani Gelir Zamani 1972-85 Limited Edition USD $68.37 Buy It Now 2 days
BARIS MANCO - daglar daglar TURKISH FUNK PSYCH 7" w/PS 1970 USD $19.99 Buy It Now 3 days
Baris Manco Degmesin Yagli Boya CD USD $5.99 Buy It Now 3 days
BARIS MANCO: Dunden Bugune LP Sealed (Spain, reissue) Rock & Pop USD $30.00 Buy It Now 4 days
Turkish Psych LP Baris MANCO Dunden Bugune Limited Edition MINT TurkuOla USD $68.37 Buy It Now 4 days
ERKIN KORAY Rare LP - Cem Karaca Baris Manco Turkish LP USD $113.94 Buy It Now 6 days
Baris Manco Turkish LP NEW USD $25.26 Buy It Now 7 days
ASIAN TURKISH COMP LP LOVE PEACE & POETRY VOL3 ERKIN KORAY BARIS MANCO MOGOLLAR USD $34.12 Buy It Now 7 days
Anatolian Turkish Rock POP Synth BARIS MANCO - MEGA MANCO - SEALED VINYL LP 1992 USD $26.14 Buy It Now 7 days
TURKISH PSYCH FUNK LP - Baris MANCO 45 7" - Sari Cizmeli Mehmet Aga LTD ED USD $17.03 Buy It Now 8 days
BARIS MANCO/Kurtalan Ekspres-Estagfurullah Ne Haddimize!-'83 TURKISH PSYCH-NEWCD USD $19.00 Buy It Now 8 days
BARIS MANCO / KURTALAN EKSPRES - ESTAGFURULLAH... NE HADDIMIZE NEW CD USD $26.38 Buy It Now 8 days
Baris Manco Kirpiklerin Ok Eyle Turkish psych rock folk 45 Hear 1969 LISTEN USD $31.65 Buy It Now 8 days
Rare BARIS MANCO Sah Plak DAGLAR DAGLAR Turkish darbuka kemenche folk guitar 7" USD $94.96 Buy It Now 8 days
BARIS MANCO Anadolu Turkish psych garage 45 LISTEN Hear Kaygisizlar 1969 Listen USD $63.31 Buy It Now 8 days
Georges Hayes Orch Euro Jazz Funk Break Bass Funky 45 HEAR Baris Manco Belgium USD $50.64 Buy It Now 8 days
BARIS MANCO mod. 60's Baby Sitter freakbeat French 45 EP LISTEN Turkish Baris USD $316.53 Buy It Now 8 days
Baris Manco RARE Türkofon Germany 7" Iste Hendek Mogollar Turkish psych HEAR USD $189.92 Buy It Now 8 days
Baris Manco WEDDING RECORD 1978 Promo 7" PRESENT Only 500 Copy RARE Hear Turkish USD $633.05 Buy It Now 8 days
ANADOLU ROCK Turkish LP Baris MANCO Kurtalan Ekspres Estagfurullah.Ne Haddimize USD $28.42 Buy It Now 8 days
TURKISH PSYCH FUZZ FUNK E-ROCK - BARIS MANCO - HAL HAL - 2x LP TurkuOla S/S USD $45.52 Buy It Now 9 days
Sozum Meclisten Disari, Baris Manco & Kurtal USD $19.00 Buy It Now 9 days
BARIS MANCO/KURTALAN EKSPRES Sozum Meclisten Disari 2015 promo CD album USD $10.12 Buy It Now 10 days
Turkish POP ROCK LP Baris MANCO Darisi Basiniza 1989 RE Limited Edition Sealed USD $28.42 Buy It Now 10 days
Turkish PSYCH 2x LP -TURKISH FREAKOUT 2 Baris Manco Cem Karaca Mogollar SEALED USD $34.12 Buy It Now 12 days
TURKISH PSYCH PROG LP CEM KARACA - NEM KALDIM - G/F S/S Baris Manco Erkin Koray USD $28.42 Buy It Now 12 days
BARIS MANCO-2023-Turkish Psych Rock-NEW LP USD $44.99 Buy It Now 12 days
Baris Manco / Kurtal - Sozum Meclisten Disari [New CD] USD $16.15 Buy It Now 12 days
Baris Manco / Kurtal - Sozum Meclisten Disari [New CD] USD $16.33 Buy It Now 12 days
BARIS MANCO SEALED 1966 SINGLES CD 1ST FRENCH TURKISH MUSIC RECORDINGS TURKEY USD $15.00 Buy It Now 12 days
GOGE SELAM BARIS MANCO CEM KARACA BAHADIR AKKUZU ALBUM YENI TURKCE CD TURKIYE USD $20.00 Buy It Now 12 days
LES MISTIGRIS (BARIS MANCO) 7" VINYL LOT, BEATLES COVER *RARE FREAKBEAT, GARAGE* USD $18.00 Buy It Now 13 days
ERSEN CD/1970s Turkey/Psych Rock/Erkin Koray/Baris Manco/Kardaslar/M USD $28.98 Buy It Now 13 days
Dnnden Bugnne - Baris Manco (CD Used Very Good) USD $15.09 Buy It Now 14 days
Goge Selam CD KURTALAN EKSPRES BAHADIR KUZU BARIS MANCO Turkish ROCK music USD $17.39 Buy It Now 14 days
BARIS MANCO MANCOLOJI 2 CD Anatolia ROCK POP Turkish music USD $22.61 Buy It Now 14 days
TURKISH COSMIC PSYCH FUNK LP - Baris MANCO - 2023 - G/F - S/S Limited Edition USD $34.12 Buy It Now 15 days
TURKISH FREAKOUT 2 2xLP+LTD BONUS 7"/Turkey/Psych Rock/Baris Manco/Cem Karaca USD $39.98 Buy It Now 16 days
BARIS MANCO-2023-Turkish Psych Rock-NEW LP GUERSSEN USD $39.99 Buy It Now 16 days
Baris MANCO-Dunden bugune-TURKISH PSYCHEDELIC-NEW LP GUERSSEN USD $36.99 Buy It Now 16 days
BARIS MANCO: Aglama Degmez Hayat Bu Goz Yaslarina / Kirpiklerin Ok Ok Eyle 45 ( USD $20.00 Buy It Now 16 days
BARIS MANCO-Live In Tarsus 75-Turkish Psych LP Vinyl USD $59.85 Buy It Now 16 days
SELDA LP/1979 Turkey/Prog-Folk Rock/Baris Manco/Edip Akbayram/Erkin Koray USD $35.98 Buy It Now 17 days
TURKISH PSYCH FUZZ E-ROCK LP - BARIS MANCO Sari Cizmeli Mehmet Aga -Türküola 009 USD $28.42 Buy It Now 17 days
BARIS MANCO-SARI CIZMELI MEHMET AGA-'79 Turkish psych-NEW SINGLE 7" USD $23.99 Buy It Now 17 days
New TURKISH PSYCH FUNK LP - Baris MANCO - Full Aksesuar`88 Manço SEALED ALBUM USD $28.42 Buy It Now 17 days
PSYCH FUNK A LA TURKISH Rock LP - VOL 1 Turk-A-Disk Various Artist Baris Manco USD $39.82 Buy It Now 18 days
BARIS MANCO Sakla Samani Gelir Zamani TURKISH ARABESK PSYCH FUNK LP 180g VINYL USD $28.42 Buy It Now 19 days
Baris Manco Turkish psych funk rock moog organ Türküola RE 7" HEAR Listen Plak USD $18.99 Buy It Now 19 days
Baris Manco Live Concert LP Bootleg Germany Spain ?? Suadiye Atlantic 1978 SS USD $18.99 Buy It Now 19 days
Baris Manco superb Turkish DISCO psych/funk/rock/synth Türküola LP HEAR Listen USD $56.97 Buy It Now 19 days
Rare ! Turkish PSYCH TRIP E-SAZ Rock LP - ERKIN KORAY - Cem Karaca Baris Manco USD $113.95 Buy It Now 19 days
TURKISH FOLK ROCK LP CEM KARACA MUTLAKA YAVRUM Baris Manco Erkin Koray MOGOLLAR USD $26.14 Buy It Now 19 days
VINTAGE TURKISH PSYCH LP - BARIS MANCO Kurtalan Ekspres YENI BIR GUN - GATEFOLD USD $28.42 Buy It Now 20 days
BARIS MANCO: Kagizmana Ismarladim / Anadolu 45 (Turkey, small writing on label, USD $40.00 Buy It Now 20 days
21 CD ALBUM BARIS MANCO 15 CD Kelimeler Yetse KADIN Od SEBNEM FERAH FUNDA ARAR USD $166.25 Buy It Now 20 days
BARIS MANCO / KURTALAN EKSPRESS: Yeni Bir Gun LP Sealed (Spain, reissue, gatefo USD $30.00 Buy It Now 20 days
BARIS MANCO: Sakla Samani Gelir Zamani LP Sealed (Spain, 180 gram reissue) USD $30.00 Buy It Now 20 days
BARIS MANCO - 2023 11-TRACK COMPILATION TURKISH PROGRESSIVE EMRE GRAFSON CD USD $12.95 Buy It Now 20 days
MEGA RARE TURKISH PSYCH TRIP FUNK LP - Baris MANCO - DISCO MANCO 1979 S/S LTD ED USD $39.82 Buy It Now 21 days
Baris Manco-Sozum Meclisten Disari CD First Edition TURKISH MUSIC "Brand New" USD $14.90 Buy It Now 21 days
Baris Manco - Musaadenizle Cocuklar CD First Edition TURKISH MUSIC "Brand New" USD $17.90 Buy It Now 21 days
Baris Manco - Hal Hal CD TURKISH MUSIC "Brand New" USD $12.90 Buy It Now 21 days
Baris Manco - Kizilciklar Oldu mu? CD 4 Songs French Version "Brand New" USD $13.90 Buy It Now 21 days
Baris Manco - Sari Cizmeli Mehmet Aga CD TURKISH MUSIC "Brand New" USD $12.90 Buy It Now 21 days
Live In Japan by Baris Manco USD $8.83 Buy It Now 21 days
Vintage Turkish PSYCH PROG LP CEM KARACA & KARDASLAR ! Baris Manco Erkin Koray USD $22.73 Buy It Now 22 days
VINTAGE TURKISH PSYCH FUZZ SAZ E-Rock 2x LP Erkin Koray ARAP SACI - Baris Manco USD $34.12 Buy It Now 22 days
BARIS MANCO-HAL HAL-'69-92 TURKISH PSYCH PROG ROCK-NEW 2LP USD $64.99 Buy It Now 22 days
BARIS MANCO-DUNDEN BUGUNE-'71 TURKISH PSYCH ROCK-NEW CD USD $23.00 Buy It Now 22 days
Turkish PSYCH ROCK WAH WAH LP - Baris MANCO - 1st LP DUNDEN BUGUNE 1971/2009 S/S USD $28.42 Buy It Now 22 days
TURKISH FREAKOUT vol. 2 cd Baris Manco Gulcan Opel USD $12.99 Buy It Now 23 days
CEM KARACA MOGOLLAR 2.2.1973 ANKARA YENI CD+KITAP BARIS MANCO TURKIYE USD $25.00 Buy It Now 23 days
PSYCH ROCK Turkish LP - Baris MANCO Kurtalan Ekspres Sozum Meclisten Disari S/S USD $28.42 Buy It Now 24 days
BARIS MANCO TURKISH LIVE IN JAPAN CASSETTE CONCERT TURKISH ROCK MADE IN TURKEY USD $20.00 Buy It Now 24 days
BARIS MANCO - DUNDEN BUGUNE (REISSUE) NEW CD USD $26.38 Buy It Now 25 days
BARIS MANCO-SAKLA SAMANI,GELIR ZAMANI-'76 TURKISH PSYCH FUNK Arabesk-NEW LP USD $44.99 Buy It Now 25 days
TURKISH ANATOLIAN PSYCH ROCK LP - BARIS MANCO - Kayalarin Oglu 2023 TurkuOla S/S USD $28.42 Buy It Now 25 days
BARIS MANCO: Nick The Chopper / Lonely Man 45 (Turkey) Rock & Pop USD $15.00 Buy It Now 27 days
BARIS MANCO Arsiv 1 2 3 4 5 5 set Total: 15 CD TURKISH rock pop Anatolian USD $109.00 Buy It Now 27 days
BARIS MANCO/Kurtalan Ekspres-Estagfurullah Ne Haddimize!-'83 TURKISH PSYCH-NEWLP USD $30.00 Buy It Now 28 days
NEW Rare Turkish PSYCH TRIP ROCK LP - Baris MANCO Live in ISTANBUL 1978 SEALED USD $28.42 Buy It Now 29 days

More places to buy BARIS MANCO music online Buy BARIS MANCO & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
BARIS MANCO has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

BARIS MANCO discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

BARIS MANCO top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 10 ratings
2023
1975
5.00 | 1 ratings
Baris Mancho
1976
5.00 | 1 ratings
Yeni Bir Gün
1979
5.00 | 1 ratings
Sözüm Meclisten Dışarı
1981
4.33 | 3 ratings
Estagfurullah... Ne Haddimize!
1983
4.67 | 3 ratings
24 Ayar Manço
1985
3.09 | 2 ratings
Degmesin... Yagli Boya
1986
5.00 | 1 ratings
Ful Aksesuar '88 Manço: Sahibinden Ihtiyaçtan
1988
2.18 | 2 ratings
Darisi Basiniza
1989
4.00 | 1 ratings
Mega Manço
1992
4.00 | 1 ratings
Müsaadenizle Çocuklar
1995

BARIS MANCO Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Japan
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Tarsus, 1975
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Istanbul 1978
2016

BARIS MANCO Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

BARIS MANCO Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

5.00 | 2 ratings
Dünden Bugüne
1971
5.00 | 2 ratings
Sakla Samani Gelir Zamani
1977
0.00 | 0 ratings
Sari Çizmeli Mehmet Aga (German Cassette)
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
20. San'at Yili Disco Manço
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
Iste Baris Iste Manço
1989
4.50 | 2 ratings
Hal... Hal
1989

BARIS MANCO Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
The Twist / Let's Twist Again
1962
0.00 | 0 ratings
Twistin' USA / The Jet
1962
0.00 | 0 ratings
Çit Çit Twist / Dream Girl
1963
0.00 | 0 ratings
Baby Sitter
1964
0.00 | 0 ratings
Il Arrivera / Une Fille
1966
0.00 | 0 ratings
Bien Fait Pour Toi / Aman Avci Vurma Beni
1966
0.00 | 0 ratings
Bizim Gibi / Big Boss Man / Seher Vakti / Good Golly Miss Molly
1967
0.00 | 0 ratings
Kol Dügmeleri / Big Boss Man / Seher Vakti / Good Golly Miss Molly
1967
0.00 | 0 ratings
Kizilciklar / I'll Go Crazy
1968
0.00 | 0 ratings
Bebek / Keep Lookin'
1968
0.00 | 0 ratings
Karanliklar Içinde / Trip (To a Fair)
1968
0.00 | 0 ratings
Bogaziçi / Flower of Love
1968
0.00 | 0 ratings
Unutamiyorum / Runaway
1969
0.00 | 0 ratings
Aglama Degmez Hayat Bu Göz Yaslarina / Kirpiklerin Ok Ok Eyle
1969
0.00 | 0 ratings
Kagizman / Anadolu
1969
0.00 | 0 ratings
Derule/Küçük Bir Gece Müzigi
1970
0.00 | 0 ratings
Daglar Daglar
1970
0.00 | 0 ratings
Iste Hendek Iste Deve / Katip Arzuhalim Yaz Yare Böyle
1971
0.00 | 0 ratings
Binboganin Kizi / Ay Osman
1971
0.00 | 0 ratings
Fil ile Kurbaga / Je te retrouverais
1972
0.00 | 0 ratings
Ölüm Allah'in Emri / Gamzedeyim Deva Bulmam
1972
0.00 | 0 ratings
Lambaya Püf De! / Kalk Gidelim Küheylan
1973
0.00 | 0 ratings
Gönül Dagi / Hey! Koca Topçu - Genç Osman
1973
0.00 | 0 ratings
Nazar Eyle Nazar Eyle / Gülme Ha Gülme
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Bir Bahar Aksami / Estergon Kalesi
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Ben Bilirim Ben Bilirim / 2023
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Baris Manço'nun Yeni Plagi
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
Little Darlin' (We'll Be Kissing) / Emerald Garden
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
Nick The Chopper / Lonely Man
1977
0.00 | 0 ratings
Nick the Chopper / Lucky Road
1978
0.00 | 0 ratings
Lale & Baris
1978
0.00 | 0 ratings
Sari Cizmeli Mehmet Aga / Aynali Kemer Ince Bele
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
Egri Bügrü / Yemen Türküsü
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
Hal Hal / Egri Egri Dogru Dogru Egri Bügrü Ama Yine De Dogru
1981

BARIS MANCO Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Degmesin... Yagli Boya by MANCO, BARIS album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.09 | 2 ratings

BUY
Degmesin... Yagli Boya
Baris Manco Crossover Prog

Review by Bilek

3 stars I divide Barış Manço's music into several phases; as with all artists/band I enjoy listening to. Roughly, there's the beginning phase (with twist and then standard Rock'n'Roll songs, netween 1962 and 1968); the Psychedelic/Anatolian Rock phase (1968 to 1971); pure Anatolian Rock / Progressive phase (1972 to 1979); Eclectic Progressive phase (including still heavy Anatolian influences plus some poppy aspects, 1979 to 1985); and outright pop phase, from 1986 to his death in 1999. But without going into such detail, I consider anything he produced up to 1985 "good", and after 1985 "bad", with gradual deterioration, of course. That is, after 1985 his albums go in this order: "so-so" "not so good" "OMG, did he really do that?" and "avoid at all costs..." Anyway, you can read about them in their separate pages, if I ever review them (or someone else does, for that matter...) While I draw the line between 1985 and 1986 (something really happened those days, because I share the same sentiments for most other Turkish artists/bands, not necessarily prog, not even rock) I can say that the line is somewhat blurred, and there are some aspects I don't like about the 1985 album (mainly, the synth sound), and while I do not consider this album I'm reviewing a Barış Manço classic, it does have more than a few redeeming qualities, and I'm writing all these to tell about them. Roughly, we can consider Barış Manço's 1970-1985 period "progressive"; and post-1985 as not so progressive... In fact, anything he produced after this album are not remotely prog, in any sense of the word. So, to use an analogy from Genesis, if 1985's "24 Ayar Manço" is Barış Manço's "Duke" (I chose that one, because I actually like that album, even more than And There Were 3!), "Değmesin Yağlı Boya" is his Abacab... And after that everything goes downhill, with only a few concert recordings to save the day! (Sadly, Manço did not even produce his "Three Sides Live" or "The Way We Walk - The Longs"... all we have afterwards is "Invisible Touch" over and over again!)

First of all, this album is notable for being the last one (for a long time, at least) to have all the members of Kurtalan Ekspres playing. The reason for this, according to many Barış Manço biographies and reviews on the web, is that he wanted to explore TV producing further (indeed, after hosting short segments in several shows from time to time, he started his own show to air on Sunday mornings in 1988), so in this attempt he pushed band music behind. The band still continued to exist, but they only played in concerts, and after some time they started to show up in his TV shows as well. Starting with this album, Manço began working with Garo Mafyan, one of the renown arrangers and keyboard players of Turkish pop scene at the time, notable for his "assembly line" approach towards music. That is, he was involved with arrangements & production of about ten albums a year in late '80's and nineties, and those are what I was aware of! Using digital keyboards, sequencers and computer programmed drumming to create an entire album (other than singing) is not a good idea, at least as far as Turkish music is concerned. I mean, this Garo guy is no Edgar Froese or Klaus Schulze! But I digress... Luckily, In the first album he worked with Manço and Ekspres, his involvement is quite limited. he is credited with arrangement of only two tracks in the album, and though he played the keyboards, most of the music was still produced in a band approach, i.e. there was live bass, guitar was a melody instrument, not just used for 25 second solos in select tracks, and woodwinds still have a prominent role in this album. That's redeeming quality number one. Unfortunately, the double drumming rhythm section that was employed in Kurtalan Ekspres since its formation (which, most of the time, included two drummers and an assorted percussionist, making it actually triple fold) broke in this album, when the long-standing drummer Caner Bora left, and former percussionist Celal Güven took over drumming duties, which he performed with an electronic drumkit... Now, I'm not against the use of such equipment, but especially in the eighties that technology was still in development, and they didn't sound very lively. Or, people down here just didn't know how to make good use of them :) In the previous "24 Ayar Manço" album Bora played acoustic drumkit, while Güven played both assorted percussion (such as congas) and electronic drums, so the sound was quite tolerable, with all the ryhtmic sequences coming from "live drums" (as we call them), and electronic sounds only adding flavor. Now, here we have only Güven, playing the entire thing in digitalized form... Not your ideal Anatolian Rock, I would say.. Still, a tad better than the totally computerized rhythm section, that would infect (almost) all Manço albums from this point on!

The album starts with "S.O.S. Aman Hocam" which sounds like a modernized Rock'n'Roll number in the beginning, featuring a cheesy '80's sound with a digital keyboard melody and the electronic drumming I just mentiond, luckily augmented by rhythm guitar. Manço lists all the letters of Turkish alphabet, and with "z" the melody changes and the guitar starts playing a riff; while repeating the title in a rhythmic fashion, on the background Manço lists some seemingly unrelated high-school course subjects (as diverse as chemistry, geography, biology and logic...). This pattern repeats twice, and in the second part the alphabet section is kept shorter, and as soon as "S.O.S. Aman Hocam"s come in, the guitar starts playing a killer solo, unfortunately buried a little in the mix. It is one of Bahadır Akkuzu's finest moments, and the song certainly doesn't overstay its welcome in its 6 minute run. In fact, it leaves me asking for some more. (S.O.S. is obvious, while "Aman Hocam" means "O Teacher")

The second song is a regular pop song, with some adventurous keyboard arrangement. Manço tells the story of how his grandparents met ("Babaanne" meaning paternal grandmother). It was a hit when the album came out, and a video was produced for it (in fact, I remember seeing videos of at least 5 of the 9 songs. Manço was indeed into TV those days).

"Nerede" is a slow blues number, based on one of the themes used in the film "14 Numara" in 1985 (Manço composed the entire score for the movie, he also used some of the other themes for other songs later, such as 1989's "Darısı Başınıza," see my review of that album) I know this, because I watched the movie just to catch the Barış Manço themes :) I personally like the tunes, especially the way they were presented in the movie (I saw it in youtube just for this reason!) but the song is a bit cheesy.

"Düriye" is a pop-rock number, not unlike Süper Babaanne. The opening (and ongoing) bass and synth riff and the following funky guitar is interesting, but that's pretty much it. The lyrics are derived from traditional Turkish sayings, as was Manço's custom around the time. In fact, at least one such song is included in each album from 1979's "Yeni Bir Gün" to 1992's "Mega Manço"... With acoustic drums this song may have sounded better IMHO.

The opener of side B in vinyl and cassette editions is another redeeming quality, at least for me. The song has a simple but familiar Barış Manço melody, and the lyrics are again derived from Turkish proverbs. The title (second part of the famous saying by Suleiman the Magnificent, coupled with the actual first part) forms the refrain. The saying basically means "health is better than wealth". Literally: "There is nothing else as worthy as government (state) in the public; there is no such govenment as worthy as health in the whole world" ("devlet" in the saying might as well be a double entendre, meaning both state, govenment, and "luck" in other contexts). As I said, the melody, as well as the entire song is simple, not having intricate solos or changing time signatures, but I like it, probably because it reminds me of similar earlier Manço songs, such as "Kazma" from 1983's "Estağfurullah... Ne Haddimize!"

The next song "Unutamadım" (I couldn't forget you) is a pretty standard blues number. As much as I hate blues (except when Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, or certain krautrock bands perform it!) the electronic drums make it worse! Even when the album first came out, and when I bought the cassete in 1990, it was my least favorite in the album, and time didn't treat it well according to my taste... Still, it doesn't keep me from singing it with screaming voice in Barış Manço memorial concerts held every year on February 2 :) (that's because it's a fan favorite)

Here comes the shining jewel of the album: "İşte Hendek İşte Deve (15 Yıl Sonra)"... It may have been the single redeeming quality of the album, which would prompt me to give 3 stars. It is the reason why I wrote the lengthy explanation in the releases information section. I repeat here: "İşte Hendek İşte Deve" is the 4th recorded studio version of the 1971 single. Parenthetical sub title means "15 years later." Saxophone solos near the end are variations of the solo played in the track "Kervan," first recorded in 1974 and released in the 1980 cassette-only album "Disco Manço" -- 15 years later obviously refers to the first recording/release date and the date of this recording, although in the meantime there was another rendition, in 1980's "Disco Manço." The version here is extended by another stanza, continuing the story told in the original song ("I have the same song in my lips, years later, today"). This my favorite version of the song, maybe along with the radio edit recorded around the same time with the original single version, but not publicly released until 1989. This makes the version here the fourth recorded, but third released version. Regardless, this is my favorite of all those versions :) The funky bass+keyboard+guitar riff opens the song, followed by a short woodwind section playing the main theme. Vocals come in, as with the Moğollar versions, and continues until the first interlude. The interludes are played by woodwinds instead of the guitar in the single version and distorted organ in the (then-unreleased) radio version. Then comes the second (newly-written) stanza, again followed by the same interludes, but this time variations with saxophones are played (based on the solos from "Kervan" as I mentioned above). As short as it lasts (about 25 seconds) it is my favorite part of the song, and in turn, favorite part of the album; also favorite part in all versions of the song! Following the solo, the closing stanza (actually, semi-stanza) of the original song is sung, and the song fades out, without singing the refrain once more (unlike the 1971 originals, which closes with the refrain; but then again, those versions had one and a half stanzas, and by this point in this version the refrains are already sung twice); which possibly makes this version better. The next (and final) recorded/released version (in 1999's Mançoloji) is based on this 15th year version, having the extra stanza, but not the new solos and the original half-stanza ending. and the interludes, played with guitar and organ in the 1971 originals and saxes here, are played with saz (bağlama) in that version. On a related note, the interlude melody is based on a traditional folk tune from Elazığ region of Turkey. Moğollar made use of that melody in a very eclectic instrumental single track they released in 1970 (commonly considered as the very first Anatolian Rock record), and when they started working with Manço the next year, it's no surprise they came up with an enhanced version of the melody. Too bad their collaboration didn't last, at least for another year or so.

Coming back to the album: the next song, "Osman" is one of the two songs arranged by Garo Mafyan (the other being "Düriye") but no big difference is felt with the other songs, presumably since he already exerted his influence on the driving instrument of the album, the keyboards. My friend Münir Tireli (munimonde) who writes experimental/progressive music reviews (both for Turkish and international scenes) describes the song as "epic", but I don't think this has anything to do with its length (with a very average 5 minutes, it is only the fifth longest track in the album; although 5 minutes is quite long considering Manço songs in general, and the entire Turkish pop/rock scene for that matter). The song tells the story of a forbidden love, touching very slightly upon the social injustice in Turkey. Music wise, it's a slow, blues-based, keyboard driven melody, with very few interesting moments. As such, I'm not a big fan. And I'm not fond of the tragic ending of the story, either... Probably the only thing appealing with the song that it is composed by the long-standing Ekspres member Celal Güven, who also happened to contribute to the composition of an all-time Barış Manço classic: Dönence (beware: don't expect any similarities, as the majority of Dönence is actually Nejat Tekdal's work...)

The album wraps with another band member Bahadır Akkuzu's composition, "Al Beni." It's a romantic song with a string-synth background and acoustic guitar riff. For years it had been my most loathed song from the album, so much so that even when I was cassette-bound I took time to fast forward the tape to the end, and either flip it to hear it from the beginning or move on to the next cassette... If I the CD had come out those days (and was accessible like the budget price CDs I bought in mid-nineties) I would've definitely skipped the track (i.e. stopped CD, since it's the last track). But for some reason, the song began to grow on me in recent years, so much so that I find myself humming it! Still, I don't think it's of interest to progheads. Add to this the fact that I find even the worst song by Barış Manço "listenable" and never change station when I chance upon any Manço song on radio.

I really want to rate this album 3 stars, because as much as it marks the turning point in Manço's musical career, where everything afterwards went totally downhill, it is also remarkably better than the first album I reviewed (1989's Darısı Başınıza, which I rated 2 stars) so it does deserve at least half a star more. In a Barış Manço site I probably would have rated this three and a half, a tad better than non-essential for Manço fans (still, not indispensible, but not to be totally overlooked either). Here, when the progressiveness is concerned, the album as a whole is definitely non-prog, with some progressive/experimental touches here and there, prog-related at best. If the ratings were over ten, I probably would've rate it 5. Manço fans should include it in their collection, of course, especially after collecting all the good stuff (all albums from 1975 to 1985, with a couple of essential compilations from the same period and earlier). This album provides a not-so-worthy, but not-hideous-either coda to that period. To make another analogy with a well known prog (related) band, if you like all '80's Alan Parsons albums (but all of them; not just Eye in the Sky; well, with the possible exception of Vulture Culture...) there's a chance you might find this one enjoyable... But first, go through everything before this, at least 5 or so albums...

 Darisi Basiniza by MANCO, BARIS album cover Studio Album, 1989
2.18 | 2 ratings

BUY
Darisi Basiniza
Baris Manco Crossover Prog

Review by Bilek

2 stars What I forgot to mention while adding the album is, that the last three tracks are all older compositions with newly written Turkish lyrics:

The music of "Güle Güle Oğlum" is one of the themes used in the film "14 Numara" in 1985 (Manço composed the entire score for the movie, he also used some of the other themes for other songs later) I know this, because I watched the movie just to catch the Barış Manço themes :) "Hatırlasana" is basically "Une Fille" from 1966, one of the French language songs Manço recorded (and released) with his then band Les Mistigris. And lastly, "Hayır" comes from his self-titled album from 1976. He wrote new Turkish lyrics over the melody of "Ride on Miranda" (which, interestingly, is also the album closer in the original LP).

Anybody who has collaborator privileges (thus, can edit album infos) please feel free to edit the tracklisting section, adding the info I gave above, in more standard words, and with better English than mine, if possible :)

The album as a whole, is of no interest to progheads, as there's hardly anything remotely progressive here. If you're into electronic music, you may like the extended instrumental intro of track 3, which was actually composed as the theme music of Barış Manço's then new TV show, "7'den 77'ye..." ("From 7 to 77"; as indicated by the title as well). He then apparently wrote lyrics over the theme and made into a separate song. In the official music video of "Delikanlı Gibi" the song started arouond 3:06 mark as in the CD, without the extended intro, as I mentioned in the tracklisting.

"Kara Sevda" is a standard hard rock song. It has an arguably better version in 1996's Live in Japan.

"Hayır" is one of the redeeming features of the album, the actual music hailing from 1976. Even with the heavy digital synth/computer programming backing track, it didn't lose much of its quality. Still, any proghead would prefer the original version, regardless of the lyrics.

The rest are uninteresting pop songs, I would say. "Günaydın Çocuklar" (Good Morning Children) is written for shildren, as the title suggests. There's an even a reggae song (track 2)! Even when it first came out and I gave it a spin in my cassette player every now and then (once a week, at least!), I didn't care much about side 2.

Being a big fan of Barış Manço, and even this album being the first one I bought, I don't care much about his post- 1985 music, which goes worse with each subsequent album. I admit enjoying this (and the two preceding albums) during early nineties when I didn't have much of his '60's and '70's material at hand, but as I gradually acquired those records (or tape recordings made from them) I gradually lost interest in his latter day material (I never really liked his '90's albums in the first place). With that in mind, I'd rate this album 3 stars in a Barış Manço site (or Turkish/Anatolian Rock site, for that matter), because of its historical value. But in a progressive music site, it would be surprising anyone would give it more than one star, and I will do it only because I'm a big fan of Manço's music in general. Hence the two stars...

Thanks to kev rowland for the artist addition.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives