Let No One Judge You Early Recordings From Iran, 1906-1933 - Box Set 180g 4LP


Let No One Judge You Early Recordings From Iran, 1906-1933 - Box Set 180g 4LP

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Let No One Judge You Early Recordings From Iran, 1906-1933 - Box Set 180g 4LP
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HJRLP69 4 DISC BOX SET 827670412816 Masterd by Abbey Road
 
Ravishingly beautiful, achingly precious songs and instrumentals, ranging from two performances by the Royal Court Orchestra in 1906 — with futuristic, overlapping trumpets and exquisite clarinet improvisation — through to a hauntingly soulful Hafez setting by Moluk Zarrabi of Kashan, from 1933. 
 
There are eight selections from more than three hundred recordings made in 1909 above the Gramophone Company offices in City Road, London EC1, by the travelling Persian Concert Party — with chimes, castanets and rattles lighting up its rueful, imploring, besotted love-songs. ‘I am crazy with envy of the dress asleep in your arms and the oils rubbed into your skin.’ 
 
The backbone of the collection is a set of powerful performances by women, in defiance of the social stigma attached to professional musicianship. A singer calling herself simply Helen turns in some boozy Hafez wisdom: ‘Keep your cards close to your chest. Kiss nothing except the lips of your beloved and the rim of a cup of wine. Let no one judge you.’ 
The great Jewish tar-player Morteza Ney-Davud is featured as soloist and accompanist, besides a series of staggering improvisations by Abd-ol-Hoseyn Shahnazi, and an anonymous, red-raw tar solo from the South Caucasus, captured in Tiflis in 1912. 
 
Sumptuously presented in a hard-back Box, with a 26-page booklet containing full notes and marvellous photos, on fine-art papers, stitched not stapled. The four 180g LPs are presented in two gatefold sleeves inside a heavy card slipcase, with a 12-inch-square, 20-page, saddle-stitched booklet on art paper.
The music was painstakingly restored from 78s at Abbey Road studio in London. 
 
Tracklisting:
Ebrahim, Royal Orchestra — Bidad (Homayun)
/ Reza-Qoli, Akbar — Gavri (Shur)
/ Seyyed Hoseyn Taherzadeh, Habibollah Moshir-Homayun — Bayat Esfahan (Homayun)
/ Seyyed Hoseyn Taherzadeh, Akbar — Daramad (Homayun)
/ Not Known — Tar Solo
/ Moluk Zarrabi — Daramad, Dad (Mahur)
/ Parvaneh — Mansuri (Chahargah)
/ Parvaneh — Zabol, Mokhalef (Segah)
/ Abd-ol-Hoseyn Shahnazi — Mokhalef (Segah)
/ Akhtar — Bayat Esfahan, Bayat Raje (Homayun)
/ Javad Badizadeh— Morghe Bi Ashian, Afshari (Shur)
/ Iran od Dowleh Helen — Bidad (Homayun)
/ Moluk — Dashti (Shur)
/ Montakhab-oz-Zakerin — Qafqaz I (Segah)
/ Montakhab-oz-Zakerin — Qafqaz II (Segah)
/ Abd-ol-Hoseyn Shahnazi — Daramad (Homayun)
/ Hayk — Shushtar (Homayun)
/ Qoli, Royal Orchestra— Abu-Ata (Shur)
/ Seyyed Hoseyn Taherzadeh, Akbar — Qafqaz (Segah)
/ Seyyed Hoseyn Taherzadeh, Hoseyn — Daramad, Bayat Raje (Nava)
/ Seyyed Hoseyn Taherzadeh, Akbar — Afshari (Shur)
/ Asadollah, Reza-Qoli — Shahnaz (Shur)
/ Reza-Qoli, Baqer, Akbar, Moshir-Homayun — Na Dideh Rokhat, Bayat Esfahan (Homayun)
/ Abd-ol-Hoseyn Shahnazi — Mavara-an-Nahr (Rast Panjgah)
/ Iran-od-Dowleh Helen — Daramad, Dad, Khavaran (Mahur)
/ Iran-od-Dowleh Helen — Delkash, Eraq (Mahur)
/ Adib Khansari — Eraq (Mahur)
/ Iran-od-Dowleh Helen — Golriz (Shur)
/ Ruhangiz — Daramad, Zabol (Segah)
/ Akhtar — Hejaz (Shur)
/ Morteza Ney-Davud — Bayat Esfahan, Bayat Raje (Homayun)
/ Morteza Ney-Davud — Oshshaq, Bayat Esfahan (Homayun)
/ Moluk Zarrabi — Daramad, Zabol (Chahargah)
/ Abd-ol-Hoseyn Shahnazi — Bidad (Homayun)
 
 
 
 
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