Omar Khorshid And His Guitar conjure pure six string wizardry. This sound is perversely incredible. It’s unconscionable. The deep well of feeling I’m overcome with while hearing this – how much I must have been missing out on all these years! The change starts now. Prepare cochlea for imminent eargasm.
Rhythms From The Orient took me by complete surprise. A certain nice young fellow at Everything’s Exploding shared a raft of information about Khorshid which led my ears to this utterly sublime alchemy. It’s Dick Dale-ian surf guitar rumble meets mooged-out spacey atmosphere over a floor pounding belly dance groove. In fact, it’s everything that statement conjures and then some – hammering accordion and hand drums electrify several moments, and a sense of joyous abandon colors the entire project. It honestly sounds as if it were as fun to make as it is to listen to. Which of course, is a blast.
I’ve looked around for legit copies of this album in any form and this place seems to be the only source. If you can help it would be greatly appreciated!
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After lots of searching for a legal copy, I’ve found this:
The fansite (www.omarkhorshid.org) claims that vinyl pretty much died out in Lebanon in the mid-1970s and got replaced by cassettes, which is what this looks like to me from the rectangular shape of the picture. There are a few other albums on there, including a few CDs (there are even some on Amazon, surprisingly), but this is the only copy I’ve found of this album so far.
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dead link, thanks in advance
Link fixed, enjoy!!
(seriously, this is a fantastic album…)
Now you can get Guitar El Chark (Guitar of the Orient) on Sublime Frequencies: