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Artist: "A" TRIO + ALAN BISHOP
Title: Burj al Imam
Format: CD
Label: Annihaya
Country: Lebanon
Price: $32.00
"Entirely recorded at Tunefork Studios on the outskirts of Beirut, Burj al Imams five tracks include three largely improvised numbers, a loose reworking of early Sun City Girls track "The Imam," and a cover of traditional Americana song "Gently Johnny." The album displays remarkable coherence, for four musicians coming from such different backgrounds. True to their habits, the Lebanese trio of trumpeter Mazen Kerbaj, guitarist Sharif Sehnaoui, and bassist Raed Yassin create acoustic improvised drones that range from insistent, chiming resonances with emergency alarm bells to low, thrumming hums. The three musicians largely avoid conventional technique, instead using what sounds like motorized devices to generate rattling, metallic vibrations, building a mechanistic backdrop out of which the instruments true voices occasionally arise. Perched above the ambient din, Alan Bishop is in fine form, and alternates between gentle crooning and malevolent whispering. Alan Bishop: guitar and voice; Mazen Kerbaj: trumpet; Sharif Sehnaoui: acoustic guitar; Raed Yassin: double bass. Packaged in a poster sleeve; hand-numbered edition of 500." - Annihaya.

Artist: SAID, RIZAN
Title: King of Keyboard
Format: CD
Label: Annihaya
Country: Lebanon
Price: $32.00
"It can be justifiably said that without Rizan Said a good number of Syrian singers from the 1990s on might never have been heard -- most notably Omar Souleyman, who has collaborated with Said for two decades. Where synthesizers can bring a certain artifice and death to the sound of music, Saids torrential speed and flair on the keys bring new life to Syrian and Kurdish sounds, respectfully forcing the component sounds of folkloric dabke to the next level. This is the updated sound of the ages, with hand drums and reed flutes emulated and pounded out on Korg keyboards. Packaged in a poster sleeve with green foil cover; hand-numbered edition of 500. Liner notes by Mark Gergis." - Annihaya.

Artist: SUN CITY GIRLS
Title: Gum Arabic
Format: CD
Label: Annihaya
Country: Lebanon
Price: $22.00
"Sun City Girls were an experimental music trio from the United States. The group was founded in 1981 by guitarists and half-Lebanese brothers Alan and Richard Bishop. Charles Gocher joined as percussionist in 1982 and the Girls went on to become what many have described as North Americas most innovative and influential underground group. In 2007, Gocher passed away at 54 years old and the Bishop brothers decided to end their 26 year run. Annihaya is proud to release its third album: Sun City Girls Gum Arabic. A limited edition of 1000 copies with artwork by artist Hatem Imam. All tracks on this CD are cover songs from Sun City Girls repertoire, several frequently performed by the group live for more than 20 years. Several cuts were inspired by found unmarked cassettes and radio recordings made in Egypt and Morocco by Alan Bishop in the early 1980s. The original song titles and composers of the radio-inspired arrangements are unknown. SCG created their own song titles and rearranged, at times radically, the music to fit their vision. The rest of the tracks are by various artists from the Middle East and North Africa. One track, "Wild World of Animals" is an African piece written for the theme of an American television show by the same name from the 1970s." - Annihaya.

Tracks 1/4 recorded in 1985/from "Grotto of Miracles" LP 1986 (Placebo Records)
Track 2 recorded in 1988/from "Youre Never Alone with a Cigarette" CD 2008 (Abduction Records)
Track 3 recorded in 1983/from "Sun City Girls" LP 1984 (Placebo Records)
Track 5 recorded in 1992/from "Con Artist" LP 1993 (Poon Village)
Track 6/7 recorded in 1988/from "Torch of the Mystics" LP 1990 (Majora Records)
Track 8 recorded in 1990/from "Youre Never Alone with a Cigarette" CD 2008 (Abduction Records)
Track 9/11 recorded in 1994/from "330,003 Crossdressers from beyond the Rig Veda" 2-CD 1996 (Abduction Records)/3-LP 2003 (Locust Music)
Track 10 recorded in 1985/from "Eye Mohini" 7" 1994 (Majora Records)

Packaged in poster sleeve with gold foil front cover. Hand numbered edition of 1000 copies.
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