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The Trip. Psychedelic Music from the Hippie Trail
Pt. 1/4-From Italy to Turkey
Expect unexpected music from the 1960s and 1970s, mixing Western and Eastern elements, remapping your knowledge of pop music along the way. Hear Italian shouters, East-European freak beat, Anatolian rock, Kurdish spiritual pop, Uzbek folk pop, Pakistani soundtracks, Nepalese folk beats, Mongolian pop, Indian Bollywood scores, Malaysian rock'n'roll, Philippine surf pop, Singaporean dream pop and many sounds more for all lovers of the danceable, the mind-expansive, and the sure-fire hits. Come on and take the trip...
Pt. 1/4-From Italy to Turkey takes you from Italy via Hungary, Slovenia, Greece, and Lebanon to Turkey.
Pt. 2/4-From Turkey to Nepal will follow in fall 2015, Pt. 3/4-Picnic in Pakistan and pt. 4/4-From Indonesia to Singapore will follow in 2016.
Compiled by the curator of "Bosporus Bridges Vol. 2," "Saz Beat," and "Mount Olivet Inspirational Choir," on Corvo Records' sublabel Global Pop First Wave.
All tracks have been restored and remastered for full sonic impact at Calyx Mastering, Berlin.
"The Trip. Psychedelic Music from the Hippie Trail" on Global Pop First Wave
A Corvo Records Sublabel
CGPFW 003, 4 x 12", strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide. This is pt. 1 of 4.
Compilation: Holger Lund
Behind the Scene...
To my surprise, Klaus, a record dealer at the Leopoldplatz fleamarket in Berlin, knew about Anatolian Rock when I told him about the Bosporus Brigdes compilations. He told me that, in his hippie days in the beginning of the 1970s, he had hitchhiked to Istanbul to make his way from the Pudding Shop Cafe to the Far East.
That is how the idea was born to re-create a soundtrack for the Hippie Trail, the trail of the psychedelic hippies from Europe to Asia. The result: a series of four 12" records, called "The Trip". What could the travellers have heard back in the days? Especially: which previously unknown sorts of music, combining Western and Eastern elements and thus establishing new styles of pop music?
For some years now, thanks to many re-releases of some labels interested in historical developments, pop music history tends to be re-mapped. Instead of focusing on a tiny number of old centers, a new multipolar view has emerged: besides the classics of the Anglo-American realm, other pop music styles, which combine local and global elements, have been given more attention. Pop music history is one thing, hybrid pop music history another. For sure the latter cannot be thought without the impulses of Anglo-American pop music, nevertheless it is a music of its own kind, being more and more considered and recognized as such due to the growing influence of post-colonial ways of thinking.
The series of "The Trip" shares this line of thinking. The trip starts in Italy with almost familiar sounding rock music, and travelling from there to the East, to less well-known shores of familiar-unfamiliar hybrid music, due to the mixes of global with local elements. What it so special about it, is the exceptional musical versatility, which characterizes the musical modernity in non-Western countries.
Holger Lund, curator of the series "The Trip"