djan's world of oddities

turkish progressive/beat/garage; bollywood/lollywood music; blaxploitation/sexploitation; belly dance music; moog/hammond; exotica/lounge/space age pop; polka; jenka; surf; breakdance; soviet pop; DDR hits

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Terry Snyder & The All Stars - Persuasive Percussion (USA, 1965)

Finally, I'm back with a new post! Sorry for the delay....This time I have one of the greatest records of the Enoch Light productions. Terry Snyder and his orchestra The All Stars are featuring talented musicians of that time like Dick Hyman and Tony Mottola. The cover of the original print was designed by the famous painter and designer Josef Albers but the LP had been printed in Turkey with a different cover (which I'm presenting for you). So sit back and relax and enjoy the passionate sound of the exotic and PERSUASIVE PERCUSSION!

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

POPCORN The Discotheque Sound (France, 1972)

Hot summer hits on Moog synthesizer! One of the greatest "Hits on Moog" LPs...There is no information about who played the Moog...If someone knows please let me know too.That's all. Just listen to the hits like "Pop Corn", "Taka Takata" and "Son Of My Father" and keep on dancing!

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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Orquestra Cristobal Chaves - Tropical Fire (UK, 1967)

A magnificent exotica LP from Orquestra Cristobal Chaves...I'm listening to it again and again since two weeks. I hope you'll like it!!!

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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Factor - Factor (Bulgaria, ?)

I bought this LP yesterday from flea market. I don't know much about the band "Factor" except that they are a great Bulgarian folk-rock band. My little research in internet had brought me not a lot of information. I just learned that Factor had released a "best of" compilation a short time ago. Check it out if you want to listen some music which sounds similar to Levellers but also with fat basslines, Balkans style violins and the vocals like Robert Plant sometimes.

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Saturday, March 04, 2006

OST - Maine Pyar Kiya (India, 1989)

I think the terms like "kitschy", "corny" or "cheesy" are incapable to describe the sound of Bollywood movies sometimes. We can not ignore that Bollywood music has a strong ability to mix the traditional elements of Indian music with the dynamics of the Western music. A lot of different sounds, from country to rock'n roll, from funk to jazz, can take part in a Bollywood soundtrack, but always with a little touch of traditional instruments like sitar, sarangi or tabla.
This LP is a good example to show Bollywood's power of interpretation. "Mere Rang Mein Rangne Wali" (Track 4) is the most bizarre version of Europe's hit "Final Countdown" and "Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate" (Track 10) is the Bollywood version of Stevie Wonder's "I Just Call To Say I Love You". All lyrics by Asad Bhopali & Dev Kohli and all musics by Raamlaxman. Get up and dance! Enjoy!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Hell Preachers Inc. - Supreme Psychedelic Underground (USA, 1968)

A very rare record from 1968. Hell Preachers seems to me like a band which is formed just for this project. They don't have any recording except this LP. But also there are some rumours around which say that the whole album has been recorded by Deep Purple (band members: Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice, Jon Lord) ; but it's just a rumour, so I'm not sure. And I didn't know anything else about this magnificient psychedelic album...The music is great, that's certain! Enjoy!

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Friday, February 24, 2006

Erkin Koray - Elektronik Turkuler (Turkey, 1974)

One of my favourite records...The best album of the turkish progressive rock pioneer Erkin Koray...I will always see him as a soul brother of Frank Zappa. He's still alive and still weird. For more information and amazing record covers, please go to

To learn more about the Turkish progressive music in the 60's and 70's, please visit

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