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Genre: World Music / Artist: Various Artists / Audio CD released 2008-12-15 at sublime frequencies

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      10.01.2012 19:38
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      Field recordings that don't appeal

      "I Remember Syria" is one of the many pricey compilations of Seattle based record label Sublime Frequencies, put together by a guy called Mark Gegis, it consists of 2 cds, the first recorded in 1998 and the latter in 2000. As a historical document it may be used in years to come but if I want to judge it on it's musical merit then it will barely sneak above 1 star.

      The deciding factor is the distinct lack of music on the album, Syria has such rich musical talent and if you want to listen to fine artists like Omar Souleymane or the Al Turah Ensemble then this is not the album to do so. In fact Sublime Frequencies themselves have better Syrian albums like the "Highway to Hassake" volumes.

      I Remember Syria is predominantly made up of interviews and segments of news that have been recorded in English and occasionally Arabic, it is sprinkled with field recordings, these are done at a wedding, in a market and in a mosque. Whilst I suppose it does sound like the streets of Syria, it's definitely not worth forking out £18 on.

      As a collage of recordings grouped into tracks based on fairly loose themes, "I Remember Syria" follows a similar pattern to the somewhat frustrating "Radio Thailand", "Radio Palestine" and "Radio Algeria" albums and by buzzing around from one thing to another loses some of its appeal. If you are a fanatical Syria lover then it might be of interest but if your in search of traditional music then it's not the album for you.

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Syria Today
    2 Radwan Satellite-The Bedouin Lobby
    3 Damascus Between the Lines
    4 V.I.P. Dinner Knives and the Songbirds of Al Haramain
    5 Winged and Winded Receptions
    6 Al Thawra Street
    7 Ummayad Mosque Interior
    8 Honest Brokers
    9 Ramadan Radio
    10 Sham Frequencies
    11 Old City: Wedding and Souk
    12 Upstairs Downtown Bedouin Boy
    13 Youth Radio of the Syrian Arab Republic
    14 Mujahadeen
    15 Previous Occupations
    16 Hamidiyah Median
    17 Evening Petrol
    18 Meternal Bedouin Saddam Song
    19 Syria Today: News, August 2000
    20 National Anthem/Sign Off...
    21 Golan Double Fold
    22 SW Secrets of the Universe
    23 Haddad Reprisal
    24 Dueling Cassette Kiosks
    25 Kazib City

    Disc #2 Tracklisting
    1 Sonic Suriya
    2 Homo Aleppo
    3 Multi-Interior
    4 Radio Abu Kamal
    5 Morning Petrol
    6 Omar Souleyman Band
    7 Way It Music Be
    8 Lattakia Nightclub
    9 London Freedom
    10 Radaio Tartus
    11 DeBis
    12 Arab Women in Focus
    13 Blood Irrigation on the Orontes