Grup Doğuş

04/10/2019Long Forgotten 1975 Cassette By Turkish Guest Workers Gets Reissue Treatment

Istanbul's Grup Ses is back at it. This time the avid digger, DJ and producer resurfaced an obscure 1975 one-take album by the should be and maybe soon to be legendary Grup Doğuş, aka the brothers Tufan and Muhittin Aydoğan, guest workers, who emigrated from Turkey to Germany and in 1974 formed their group.

Tufan Aydoğan, playfully dubbed "Hammond Tufan, the Conqueror of all organs" by none other than Barış Manço, was, as you may have guessed, the organist and vocalist of the group, while his brother Muhittin manned the bass alongside Koray Dikmen on drums and Sedat Ürküt on guitar and vocals. While performing in a nightclub in 1975 the band received an offer to record a cassette album, which they did, boasting a remarkable Anatolian pop repertoire, decked out with extensive guitar and Hammond solos, "progressive movements" and indelible psychedelic grooves. Sadly, the album faded into oblivion – until now, that is.

Remastered and released via Ironhand Records back in August, eight brilliant Anatolian pop tunes from the fabled album have now made it onto vinyl for the very first time. The selection mainly features covers of originals by renowned composers and performers such as Barış Manço, Cem Karaca, Üç Hürel and Selda, while Grup Doğuş curiously find multiple ways to outshine their predecessors. You can listen to the full self-entitled album below or click on the teaser video, in case you're in a hurry.

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom