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Kourosh Yaghmaei - Back From The Brink, 3xLP Vinyl

Kourosh Yaghmaei - Back From The Brink, 3xLP Vinyl

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Back from the Brink - Pre-Revolution Psychedelic Rock from Iran 1973-1979, the only legitimately licensed collection of the godfather of Iranian psychedelic rock, Kourosh Yaghmaei. Known within the Iranian diaspora simply by his first name, Kourosh's Pre-Revolution recordings were thought lost after Islamic fundamentalists took control of Iran. They weren't: Kourosh had protected them – along with key ephemera from the 70's.

Kourosh Yaghmaei and his brothers Kamran and Kambiz were amongst the few inspired Iranian musicians determined to change Tehran's musical landscape in the late 60's and early 70's. The trio, armed with rented, second-hand instruments and records by The Ventures, The Kinks, The Doors, merged Western garage rock, psychedelia and Iranian folkloric music to create a sound unlike anything that came before them. Later, inspired by the unlikely duo of Elton John and James Taylor, Kourosh's music took a sophisticated turn, and he churned out funky, progressive rock that is as imminently enjoyable as it is impossible to categorize. 

His star on the rise was knocked off course by the Revolution, and its backdrop of Islamic fundamentalists burning record companies and harassing musicians. But while most Pre-Revolution musicians – including his brothers – fled Iran in 1979, Kourosh stayed, loyal to the country of his birth. He has suffered a performance and recording ban for twenty-two out of the last thirty-two years. Yet he remains stoic and resolved to continue bolstering Iranian musical tradition. 

Kourosh still lives in Tehran and is pleased that his story – and his glorious 70s recordings – will finally spread the world over. This essential piece of Iran's musical history is also accompanied by a full color book and contains never-before-seen photos and ephemera.

A1                   Gol E Yakh
A2                   Dar Enteha
A3                   Hajme Khali
A4                   Paiz
B1                   Leila
B2                   Del Dareh Pir Misheh
B3                   Akhm Nakon
B4                   Shirin Joon
C1                   Ghazal
C2                   Tavalode Yek Seda
C3                   Mosafere Shahre Baran
D1                   Saghe
D2                   Entezar
D3                   Niyayesh
E1                    Saraabe Toe
E2                    Reyhan
E3                    Baroona
F1                    Khaar
F2                    Havar Havar
F3                    Ashiooneh
F4                    Bachehaye Khoobe Koocheh

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