• britxotica goes east!: persian pop and casbah jazz from the wild british isles!  (LP, £14.50)

    label: trunk

    A breathtaking follow-up to the successful Britxotica! LP takes us on a magic carpet ride to a place where the Sphinx, sheiks, sand dances and caravans of camels are the magical, musical norm. But this is music made by post war jazz musicians and show girls from London – blimey! Yes, this is perfect Persian pop and killer Casbah jazz made by Eastenders! It’s also British music as rare and as beautiful as Tutankhamun’s treasure. You may never come across a more exotic British LP ever again…you’ll be cursed if you miss it. Britxotica! (pronounced “Britzotica”) neatly describes an odd and yet undocumented pre-Beatles British musical scene where famed UK composers as well as unknown singers and bandleaders threw convention on holiday and went wild wild wild! For this, Part Two of our planned Britxotica series we head to the mystic East for tales of yashmaks, Turkish coffee and bizarre belly dances. Here we offer up a superb lost recording of Caravan, an insane Eastern Kazoo number, several fierce instrumental dance numbers (one penned by Basil Kirchin!) that will get you sand dancing all over the shop, PLUS charismatic vocal cues about pyramids, late night Desert trysts and outrageous Sultans. This is an amazing compilation of British music so obscure and rare that only Trunk Records could find and package it so superbly and with such effortless and comedic style. This new compilation of British treasures is like no other, and will have you rocking the Casbah like never before. TRACKLISTING: SIDE ONE 1) Sphinx Won’t Tell – Beverley Sisters 2) Yashmak – Chico Arnez 3) Caravan – Stanley Black 4) Four Beats To The Casbah - Johnny Keating And The Z Men 5) Persian Twist – Charles Blackwell 6) Baghdad Bazaar – Philip Green And His Mayfair Orchestra 7) Sheik Or Morocco – Kenny Day 8) Marrakesh – Tony Osbourne / SIDE TWO 9) Climb Up The Wall – Yana 10) Miserlou – Stanley Black 11) Delilah’s Theme – Johnny Keating Kombo 12) Call Of The Casbah – Laurie Johnson 13) Lonely One – Roy Tierney 14) Turkish Coffee – Tony Osborne 15) Kazoo – Reg Owen 16) The Sultan Of Bezaaz – Ray Ellington All cues mastered and sequenced by Jon Brooks, AKA The Advisory Circle. Single LP, standard black wax. None of this dicking about with 180 gram tip ons, multicoloured wax, obis, useless inserts or unwanted novelty extras. Just rare and interesting music. So there.

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