The Trip. Psychedelic Music from the Hippie Trail
— Pt. 3/4 Picnic in Pakistan
Nahid Akhtar & Others — Ek Yehi Hai Khoobi 6:46
Nahid Akhtar — Saturday Night 3:23
Noor Jehan — Na Men Buby Na Men Reeta 3:02
Samar Iqbal — Khuda Bachae Tom Ko 6:02
Kishore Kumar & Asha Bhonsle — Jane Jan Dhoondta Hun 5:55
Usha Iyer — Good Times & Bad Times 2:03
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… With Pt. 1/4-From Italy to Turkey you have been travelling from Italy via Hungary, Slovenia, Greece, and Lebanon to Turkey. With Pt. 2/4-From Turkey to Nepal you have been travelling from Turkey via Kurdistan, Uzbekistan, and Mongolia to Nepal. With Pt. 3/4 you will stay for awhile in Pakistan and leave for India. “Pt. 1/4-From Italy to Turkey” has already been released in May 2015. “Pt. 2/4-From Turkey to Nepal” has already been released in September 2015.
Compiled by the curator of “Bosporus Bridges Vol. 2,” “Saz Beat,” and “Saz Beat II,” on Corvo Records’ sublabel Global Pop First Wave. All tracks have been restored and remastered for full sonic impact at Calyx Mastering, Berlin.
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 Café 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”
- Strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide
- Compilation: Holger Lund
- Cover Design: Mona Mahall, Asli Serbest
- Remastered & restored: Calyx Mastering Berlin
- CGPFW 006, 4 x 12″ This is pt. 3 of 4
- Made in Germany. All rights reserved. 2016
The latest instalment of The Trip: Psychedelic Music From The Hippie Trail is Part 3: Picnic In Pakistan (★★★★, GLOBAL POP FIRST WAVE LP) a limited edition six-track mini-album that continues the unravelling trans-continental audio trek set in motion back in 2015. Here, at the final stopping off point before the culmination of our journey in India, The Trip reaches Pakistan, where the mood is decidedly cinematic on a selection of Bollywood songs performed by a cast of playback singers including Nahid Akhtar, Noor Jehan, Samar Iqbal and Kishore Kumar & Asha Bhonsle, which come with backing tracks every bit as elaborate and finely-wrought as you could hope to hear.
— Shindig!#56, May 2016