BÜLENT ORTAÇGÝL : BENIMLE OYNAR MISIN (TURKEY'74)
MASTERPIECE OF FOLK MUSIC
Every once in a while,you hear a record for the very first time and it becomes instantly ingrained into your memory.You intuitively know every note before it comes,you can hum along from start to finish,you feel that it has always been with you and will stay with you for eternity.Bülent Ortaçgil's absolutely phenomenal 1974 debut Benimle Oynar Misin is considered a landmark album in his native turkey,but after three decades the singer-songwriter remains virtually unknown in the rest of the world.Bülent's songs are written and arranged simply and tastefully,with his voice and gorgeous fingerpicked guitar playing in the forefront of almost every track,and sparse accompaniment on piano,trumpet,saxophone,strings,and several other instruments played by a long list of sidemen and women.The music on this record follows in the tradition of Nick Drake,Donovan,Duncan Browne,The Pentangle,Dando Shaft,Fairport Convention,and other like-minded british folk singers and folk rock bands.The mood is melancholic,but with a strong underlying sense of hope and joy.
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