Various ‎– Open Strings: Early Virtuoso Recordings From The Middle East, And New Responses

Honest Jon's Records ‎– HJRLP39
4 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Box Set


A1 Abdul Hussein Khan Shahnazi* Homayoun
A2 Moustapha Bey Rida Taxim Hugaz Kar Wahda
A3 Bahkesirli Fuat Bey* Nigris Taxim
A4 Tanbouri Ibrahim Bey Adham* Taxim Hidjaz
A5 Sami Chawa* Eerabi Fil Sahra
B1 Abdul Hussein Khan Shahnazi* Bidad
B2 Haigo Shushtar
B3 Abdul Hussein Khan Shahnazi* Mofhalef Segah
B4 Sami Chawa* Taxim Nahawand Wahda
B5 Nechat Bey* Adjem Achiran Taxim
C1 Nechat Bey* Hidjaz Taxim
C2 Nechat Bey* Husseini Taxim
C3 Nechat Bey* Yeghia Taxim
C4 Kanoni Artaki* Soultanigiah
C5 Kementchedi Alecco* Kurduli Hidjazkiar Taxim
D1 Nechat Bey* Rast Taxim
D2 Oudi Yorgho* Seghiah Taxim
D3 Abdul Hussein Khan Shahnazi* Mavaraounnahr
D4 Tambouredji Osman Pehlivan* Anadol Kachik Havassi
D5 Mehmet And Ahmet Balki-Oglu Aydin Oyun Havassi
E1 Sir Richard Bishop* Olive Oasis
E2 Micah Blue Smaldone Mortissa
E3 Michael Flower Lake Of Fire
F1 Charlie Parr Paul Bunyan's Fall
F2 Six Organs Of Admittance Goat, Thorns And Brick
G1 Bruce Licher Mesopotamia
G2 Paul Metzger Emel
H1 Rick Tomlinson Surfin' UAE
H2 Steffen Basho-Junghans Improvisation 6
H3 MV And EE* You Matter, Sometimes



Sides 1-4 are early, mostly 1920s recordings from Egypt, Iran, Iraq and Turkey, transferred from original 78s in the EMI archive with sound restoration at Abbey Road Studios.

Sides 5-8 are new commissions in response.

Housed in four individual picture sleeves within a hard cardboard slipcase.