AQUI NESSE DISCO O GRANDE DESTAQUE FICA POR CONTA DA FAIXA "THE OUD & THE FUZZ" QUE É A MUSICA TEMA E DE ABERTURA DO MEU PROGRAMA "ROCK N ROLL GOLDMINE"!! JOHN BERBERIAN, DESCENDENTE DE ARMÊNIOS E QUE MORAVA NOS ESTADOS UNIDOS, JUNTOU UMA TURMA DE MÚSICOS ALTAMENTE QUALIFICADOS PRA EXECUTAR MUSICAS DE SEUS ANTEPASSADOS DO ORIENTE MÉDIO!! A SONORIDADE QUE NOS OFERECEM FUNDE "VIBES" DO ORIENTE MÉDIO COM O ROCK OCIDENTAL, CUJO RESULTADO É VERDADEIRAMENTE FASCINANTE!! COM BASE NA MÚSICA TRADICIONAL DA TURQUIA, ARMÊNIA, GRÉCIA, ARÁBIA E AFRICA DO NORTE, CRIARAM UMA MISTURA DE RITMOS EXÓTICOS, CHEIO DE IMPROVISAÇÕES E ESPIRITUALIDADE!! VENENOS DO MUNDO BEM RECOMENDADO!!
Fuzz Acid & Flowers:
"Middle East ethnicity from New York City, more than two decades before the rather hyped 'World Music' movement. John Berberian, an accomplished oud player and a student in Business Studies at Columbia University in the mid-sixties, gathered around him a troop of skilled musicians to perform the music of his forefathers. With a foundation of traditional music from Turkey, Armenia, Greece, Arabia and North Africa, they created a captivating blend of exotic rhythms, melodies and inprovisations on the first two LPs, transporting the listener to bustling bazaars and scorched sands. Oud Artistry is an album of infinite beauty and one of the best fusion LP's ever made. Every track is a winner. The music radiates warmth, spirituality and tension, while blending Arabian, Armenian and Turkish material with ease and grace. Most strongly recommended! The pricey and much-sought Music Of The Middle East ups the swing'n'swirl factor with some frantic whirling-dervish workouts. The flamenco-like flourishes in Oud Solo are irresistible. A truly uplifting selection that has thankfully been reissued. Music And Gibran is a collaboration with Rosko, a DJ at WNEW-FM. Subtitled 'A Contemporary Interpretation Of The Author Of 'The Prophet' ', this is a predominantly- spoken mystical journey through the works of Kahlil Gibran, a Lebanese poet who died in 1931. One of Gibran's books, The Broken Wings, was made into a film at the time of the LP and won an award at the Sorrento Film Festival. Middle East Rock is Berberian's most accessible album for the curious. Here he fuses Middle Eastern vibes with Western rock to produce some fascinating results."
From the original liner notes I have the following essential information:
"The Oud and The Fuzz" is an original sound that derived from the Druze tribe of Northern Africa.
"Chem-O-Chem" is a popular Armenian song.
6/8 is the traditional rhythm for Armenian dances. This features lead vocalist Bob Tashjian.
"Flying Hye" (with 'hye' referring to (flying) Armenian) starts in 9/8 which changes to 6/8, and has a melody taken from the Greek dance form of Tsamiko.
Also "3/8 + 5/8= 8/8" refers to how complex Middle Eastern melodies can build up, based upon Turkish classical music. Because here, the 8/8 is broken up it gives the piece a special and also typical Turkish drive.
"The magic ground" is a based upon A minor (or Kurdi for Arab music), which takes off in 2/4, then breaks into a swing. This is a groundbreaking recording that will appeal to fans of Kaleidoscope (US).
John Berberian - Oud
Souren Baronian - Clarinet, Bongos, Sax, Zills
Joe Beck - Amplified Rock Guitar & Fuzz
Ed Brandon - Guitar
Steve Pumilian - Finger Cymbals, Def, Dumbeg, Tambourine
Bob Tashjian - Vocls, Dumbeg, Percussion
Chet Amsterdam - Bass
Bill La Vorgna - Drums
1. The Oud & The Fuzz 6:25
2. Tranquility 6:38
3. Chem-Oo-Chem 5:59
4. Iron Maiden 3:52
5. Flying Hye 6:02
6. 3/8+5/8=8/8 5:13
7. The Magic Ground 4:22