Various ‎– Turkish Ladies. Female Singers from Turkey 1974 - 1988

Epic Istanbul ‎– 19075802551
Vinyl, LP, Compilation


A1 Huri Sapan Bir Şans Daha Ver 4:44
A2 Handan Kara Aşkım ve Gururum 3:52
A3 Gönül Yazar Sen Bir Yana 2:41
A4 Esmeray Ölmeden De Yaşamak 3:17
A5 Neşe Alkan Tut Kalbimi Tut 4:04
B1 Gülden Karaböcek Yanıyorum 3:43
B2 Gül Sorgun Ara Leyli 3:40
B3 Ferda Gül Yar Oy 2:49
B4 Dilber Doğan Yıkılla Köyler 11:06



The very first compilation of Turkish female singers from 70s and 80s delivered by Sony Music Turkey/ Epic Istanbul and Ladies on Records.

Female singers embody everything that is the most spectacular and precious in music. Their style reflects what is glamorous, vivid, important. However, the female music does not only reflect what is visible and accepted. It also mirrors all neglected, undervalued dreams and expectations. Female singers are not only artists. They are messengers.

"Turkish Ladies" compilation is curated by Kornelia Binicewicz aka Ladies on Records and made of deep and profound listening of the message of Turkish women singers. Created from vast music archives of old Turkish labels under the umbrella of Sony Music Turkey, the compilation catches the diversity of Turkish women music scene – from seductive and charismatic divas of gazinos and pavyons to straightforward and sharp folk singers of tavernas.

Sweet melodies and heartbreaking dramas are kept in edgy arrangements and compositions with eccentric synthesizers, mesmerizing arabesque string orchestras, waka waka funky guitars and narcotizing rhythm sections of darbukas and drum sets. Variety of influences and fusions – from classical Türk Sanat Müziği, Argentinian tango, Spanish flamenco, Egyptian classical orchestras, traditional folk songs to worldwide popular disco, psychedelia, funk in local unique setups from late 70s and 80s.

3 wings gatefold LP and CD booklet with profound liner notes telling the story of women in Turkish music in 70s and 80s, inner sleeve with lyrics in both Turkish and English. The artwork of the whole compilation combines the aesthetics of the 70s and 80s with respect to picturesque Ottoman tradition.

Curated and compiled by Ladies on Records AKA Kornelia Binicewicz, Polish curator and DJ, based in Istanbul exploring female music from 60s, 70s and 80s.

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May 20, 2018
edited over 2 years ago

If you're looking for funk and psych from your Turkish Ladies, be forewarned this comes up short. For the most part this is a comp of popular commercial seeking Turkish female singers in a pop lounge club style setting especially on side one. They are adorned with loads of fake synth strings all over the place thus rendering most of this as pretty ordinary. These 45s are very common sounding...if you don't mind your Turkish Ladies w/o great fuzz, distortion, sizzling saz,, funky beats and otherwise psychy heaviness, then by all means get it...Side 2 is much better as the commercial sounds leave with less fake strings, but overall this still lacks the punch!