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 persian funk rare funk soul from pre revolutionary iran
 persian funk rare funk soul from pre revolutionary iran persian funk rare funk soul from pre revolutionary iran

Various Artists: Persian Funk: Rare Funk & Soul From Pre-Revolutionary Iran

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It seems hard for most westerners to imagine today, but in the middle part of last century, the Iranian government was very supportive of the western way of life. In addition to pushing for women's right to vote, the Shah and his organization encouraged art, music, and film in Iranian society. The Ministry of Culture founded Ahang Rooz, a record label featuring the biggest acts in the country. Over time, they launched additional imprints such as Caspian, Royal, Apollon, and Olympic. The music that came out of this renaissance ('53-'79) was an incredible mix of rock, jazz, soul, funk, and indigenous music. The influence of American and British music was extremely present. In fact, some artists even covered songs (in English) by the Beatles, John Lee Hooker, Aretha Franklin, and more. Successful Iranian musicians were treated like America treats Hollywood A-listers.

In 1979 religious leaders throughout Iran grew angry with what they perceived to be the Shah's attempt to wipe out Islam from their country. This sparked the Iranian revolution that put the anti-western Ayatollah Kohmeini in power. Once in power, Kohmeini eliminated the Iranian record business. He saw it as being riddled with western influence and a threat to his regime's power. They burned most of the country's recording studios and rid the country of its popular musicians. Most were exiled from Iran while others were put on house arrest.

Finally, 40 years later, some of the long lost popular music of Iran is beginning to resurface. Secret Stash Records is extremely proud to announce this release that focuses exclusively on Funk and Soul tunes recorded in Iran during the 70s. These tracks have been hand selected after dozens of hours of digging and searching through almost forgotten archives. They are a mix of instrumental, Farsi vocal, and English cover songs. This record is packed full of deep grooves, killer breaks, and high energy, all with a healthy dose of Persian influence. Each LP comes with a free digital download of the entire album and is packaged in a re-sealable dust bag.

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1. Shohreh - 'Cheshm Be Rah'
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2. Shamaizadeh - 'Hard Groove'
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3. Shohreh - 'Del'
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4. Morteza - 'Morteza'
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5. Kourosh Yaghmaei - 'Del Dare Pir Misheh'
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6. Mehrpouya - 'Soul Raga'
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7. Mehrpouya - 'Ghabileye Leyli'
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8. Martik - 'Past Time Paradise'
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9. Googoosh - 'Song For Googoosh'
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10. Shahram Shabpareh - 'Prison Song'
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11. Googoosh - 'Respect'
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Name: (Posted: 7/26/2011 3:57:00 AM; Partial IP: 129.105.47)
Location: Los Angeles
Comment: Did anybody said shah of Iran was saint? I think this is just picturing what happened, the facts not who was good or who was bad. Right now there are great young of artists in Iran who are producing great music.
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Name: (Posted: 7/26/2011 3:45:00 AM; Partial IP: 129.105.47)
Location: Los Angeles,CA
Comment: I love the fact that there some people who are keeping our culture and musical alive and available for the Iranian generations borne and/or living abroad or in Iran for the past thirty years. Thank you guys.
Name: (Posted: 6/5/2011 5:09:00 PM; Partial IP: .239.45.40)
Location: Switzerland
Comment: Music sounds great. But keep in mind that the Shah was a brutal dictator, who killed and tortured members of the Opposition. He overthrew the democraticly elected president with help from the West. In history there isn't just good & bad. Peace
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