“ Genre: Compilation - Garage Punk / Artist: Various Artists / Released 2007-12-17 by greymatter „
Finding a "nuggets" album with psychedelic tracks from South America or S.E. Asia is fairly easy to do but one covering Middle Eastern tracks is less easy to find, Hard Rock from The Middle East comes close, except for the fact it's US based artists primarily. Waking up Scheherazade generally ticks all the right boxes if you are looking for such a compilation.
The music on the album is arguably different from the typical nuggets album, it's not really very psychedelic at all - rather a mixture of 60s rock and pop with a Middle Eastern flavour to it.
Half of the album's 16 tracks are taken up by Lebanese artists, not too surprising considering that even today it's Lebanese artists that adorn the Arabic music channels, Beirut beats are more rythmic than any other in the Arabic world and they have a wide range of songs here from the souly Tony Franks & The Hippin Soul's "Last Night" through to the more garageish Ray Psyah "Deep Down", there are several Armenian tracks - technically not Arabian and their appearance on an album labeled "Arabian Garage Psych Nuggets" a little mysterious but impressive tracks all the same, I expected that though coming from a musically rich nation. To complicate matters further, the band is called Morocco!
Perhaps rarer gems are the Algerian and Iranian tracks present on the album of which one of my favourites is Koroush's "Dil Dasa Per Masha", which has an extremely funky fuzz guitar and booming vocals to compliment it, no idea what he's singing about but it seems deep!
The wide range of local instruments and use of electric piano or keyboards throughout is something that adds a particular flavour to the album, don't expect anything over psychedelic though, just slightly eccentric!