“Selda 4” by Selda - album review

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TJR says

It’s exceedingly difficult to get a good grasp of Selda Bağcan’s complete discography – I spent a long-time having a go, and reckon her to have released 19 “A-list” albums between 1975-2011. The most difficult area seems to be at the very start i.e. the mid-70s. From what I can ascertain, the Türküola label, founded in Germany, was first to showcase Selda’s work on albums, and I think that German-produced cassettes were first on the scene in 1975, initially serving as round-up compilations of single sides recorded in the first-half of the 70s. “Selda 4” was the first of these cassettes to break the mould and include “hot-off-the-press” recordings of new material in 1975. 12 of these 15 recordings would be released on her first long-player, “Selda” released in Turkey in 1976 on Türküola (Turkey) LP 304. If anyone with deep expertise on the subject could clarify my reading of the situation then I’d be delighted to hear from you. By ’75, Selda had left behind her acoustic-guitar-led brand of middle-eastern folk, and had radicalised her sound, collaborating with cutting-edge young Turks such as Moğollar, fusing the exotic folklore heritage of Anatolia with western pop and rock, enthusiastically embracing new synthesizer technologies. The results here are highly interesting, even if I’m rarely over-excited. Her voice is a constant force of nature itself, and the overall mix keeps me engaged for 50 minutes; the flat “Euro-Pop” moments are overcome with plenty of edgy highs such as “Gitme”, “Yaylalar”, “Mehmet Emmi” and the excellent closer, “Bad-I Sabah”. Notably, my two favourite tracks are the ones which sound most Turkish; make of that what you will.

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A1 [03:48] 5.7.png Selda - Dam Üstüne Çul Serer (Selda Bağcan) Folk
A2 [03:02] 5.2.png Selda - Dost Uyan (Aşık Mahzuni Şerif) Folk Rock / Americana
A3 [04:12] 6.7.png Selda - Gitme (Neşet Ertaş) Cerebral Pop
A4 [03:41] 6.3.png Selda - Kızıldere (Aşık Ihsani) Folk
A5 [03:42] 5.7.png Selda - İnce İnce Bir Kar Yağar (Aşık Mahzuni Şerif) Folk Rock / Americana
A6 [03:05] 4.9.png Selda - Anayasso (Selda Bağcan, Şemsi Belli) Cerebral Pop
A7 [03:38] 2.8.png Selda - Nasırlı Eller (?) Pop Ballad
A8 [02:13] 5.3.png Selda - Aşkın Bir Ateş (Ülkü Aker) Folk
B1 [03:15] 4.5.png Selda - Niye Çattın Kaşlarını (Neşet Ertaş) Rock
B2 [03:47] 6.8.png Selda - Yaylalar (?) Rock
B3 [03:39] 4.7.png Selda - Meydan Sizindir (Aşık Mahzuni Şerif) Rock
B4 [04:54] 5.5.png Selda - Gine Haber Gelmiş (?) Middle Eastern
B5 [03:22] 7.3.png Selda - Mehmet Emmi (Aşık Mahzuni Şerif) Middle Eastern
B6 [02:45] 6.0.png Selda - Yaz Gazeteci Yaz (Aşık Mahzuni Şerif) Folk Rock / Americana
B7 [04:24] 8.6.png Selda - Bad-I Sabah (Traditional) Middle Eastern
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