Veteran Turkish rocker’s album gains success in US
ANKARA - Anatolia News Agency
Turkey’s best known rocker Erkin Korya compilied his songs from 1970s in the album ‘Meçhul: Singles & Rarities.’ The songs in the album are being played by many radio stations in the country and have also gotten the thumbs up from music critics.
A veteran figure in Turkish rock music, Erkin Koray, has become very popular in the U.S. with his album including his songs from the 1970s. The album, released under the title “Meçhul: Singles & Rarities” by Sublime Frequencies company, is being played by many radio stations in the country and has also gotten the thumbs up from music critics.
Mark Gergis of Sublime Frequencies said the album included songs from between 1970 and 1977, and that Koray was their guest at an organization in San Francisco to promote his album.
Gergis said the album was Koray’s first album released in the U.S. and it was distributed globally in both album and CD format. “Besides the U.S., the CD gained big success in Australia, New Zealand and Japan,” he said, adding that Koray’s album had been positively reviewed in newspapers, magazines and websites.
Gergis also said they planned to release the album in the U.S.
Some of the articles about Koray’s album in the U.S. are as follows: “Erkin Koray’s records have been slowly reissued and compiled in the West over the past few years, giving new listeners a chance to hear the man who essentially brought rock music to the Anatolian country. Sublime Frequencies adds another jewel to his crown with this excellent CD,” wrote Othermusic website.
“Known as the first musician to ply Turkey with rock ‘n’ roll, Koray has been battling bootleggers intent on ripping off his intoxicating hybrid of imposing riffs and Anatolian soul,” wrote the San Francisco Chronicle.
“This collection features tracks not found on the many unauthorized Erkin compilations and LP reissues that have emerged in the West over the years,” wrote Blastitude.