Paul Bowles ‎– Music Of Morocco



Highlands - The Berbers
Ahmeilou (Tafraout)
Song For Male Voice (Tiznit)
Aqlal (Zagora)
Women's Chorus (Tahala)
Mixed Chorus (Tahala)
Men's Chorus (Tafraout)
Aouada Trio (Tamanar)
Chorus And Dance (Tamanar)
Qsbah Solo (Segangan)
Women's Chorus (Ait Ourir)
Mouwal (Ain Leuh)
Men's Chorus (Ait Bou Guemmaz)
Lowlands (Influent Strains)
Male Solo With Women's Chorus (Goulimine)
Rhaitas And Tbola (Einzoren)
Song For Male Voice (Marrakech)
Taqtoqa (Fez)
Gnaoua Chorus (Marrakech)
Gnaoui Solo Song (Marrakech)
Mixed Chorus (Marrakech)
Secular Sephardic Song (Meknes)
Qsida (Meknes)
Andaluz Chorus (Fez)

Versions (2)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
LCM 2057/2058/2059/2060 Paul Bowles Music Of Morocco(2xLP, Album) Library of Congress Recording Laboratory LCM 2057/2058/2059/2060 US 1972 Sell This Version
DTD 046CD Various Music Of Morocco, From The Library Of Congress(4xCD, Album, Comp, Ltd + Box) Dust-to-Digital DTD 046CD US 2016 Sell This Version


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October 29, 2019
referencing Music Of Morocco, 2xLP, Album, LCM 2057/2058/2059/2060
There is a variation with solid blue "long playing micro-groove" Folkways-esque labels. Not sure if this is the same pressing or an earlier one.


July 17, 2018
referencing Music Of Morocco, From The Library Of Congress, 4xCD, Album, Comp, Ltd + Box, DTD 046CD
This set very much compliments the novels and short stories by Paul Bowles. The stories read better after hearing this and the music also has more depth after being familiar with his narrations of the International Zone. The same with dust-to-digital's, Voices of the Mississippi boxset. If you end up owning that, best seek out the authors on the interview disc if foreign of them; Barry Hannah, the Ray Lum book by W. Ferris - "You live and learn. Then you die and forget it all", Eduora Welty (and her photographs taken in the 30s), Robert Penn Warren, etc.


June 16, 2016
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Music Of Morocco, From The Library Of Congress, 4xCD, Album, Comp, Ltd + Box, DTD 046CD

incredibly thorough, beautiful and unexpected reissue of a legendary recording many of us had had pieced together through glimpses on other releases. the whole is about the music, about the author, about a time and place long gone yet brought to life vividly by the recorded evidence.

the packaging is an almost ritual experience, of opening, feeling and piecing together, but also of geometric forms, colours and textures that form a sensual backdrop to otherwise arid words and alien sounds. the feeling is of an artist edition box, only more lavish and fitting to the content.

the words are the liner notes of the library of congress release plus extracts from the author's work notes plus annotations by the reissue researcher, all accompanied by photographs of the expedition. a glimpse into the mind and time of the author where completeness and thoroughness was less important than capturing the right sound at the right time.

the music in the end is the point of the release, a snapshot of morocco in 1959 as seen by the author, before (bowles thought) it would disappear in the changing political tide. the urgency and mystery of the different expressions comes across fully. hearing some of these pieces in their entirety (eg. the aouada trio, a three minute extract on tellus 23, here ten minutes long) is a privilege. the hypnotic effect of moroccan music is here intoxicating, more than in any recording i have heard.

in short, this is a unique, essential release, not for everyone but rewarding to anyone with an interest in the above.