Earlier this year, we announced that we’d be releasing our anthology of Iranian rock godfather Kourosh Yaghmaei’s Pre-Revolution recordings in three formats… and we promised details in “a few weeks.” Well, it’s been a few months – sorry! – but we’re finally ready: Kourosh Yaghmaei – Back From The Brink is now available as a hardbound 2CD/book, a 6panel/3LP (with book) and 4×7″ box set (again, with book).
The details are:
2/CD: 2 discs in a hardbound 52-page book full of liner notes, full annotation, rare photos and ephemera. Note: CD version contains songs not available on vinyl; text is in English only.
3/LP: 3 records housed in a 6-panel gatefold jacket and comes with an oversized 28-page book full of liner notes, full annotation, rare photos and ephemera. Note: CD version contains some songs not available on vinyl; text is in English only.
4×7” Box Set: Exact reproductions of the 4 picture-sleeve 7” singles Kourosh released before the Revolution, housed in a magnet-clasped box and comes with a 44-page book full of liner notes, full annotation, rare photos and ephemera. Note: text is in English only.
So – if you’re at all interested in psychedelic rock recorded on the fringe, dropped at the brink of the abyss, and brought back in its stereophonic glory, click above and buy. You’re supporting the only officially licensed compilation of Yaghmaei’s work on the market. But, if you need more reasons, check out some photos of the various packages below. And download a sample track – “Hajme Khali” – which first appeared on our Forge Your Own Chains anthology.
Download: Kourosh Yaghmaei “Hajme Khali.”
Buy it here.
Original sessions produced by Kourosh Yaghmaei.
This anthology produced by Egon.
Art direction by Errol Richardson.
Restoration and remastering by Sean C. and Dave Cooley.
1.Gole Yakh (Winter Sweet)
2. Dar Enteha (At The End)
3. Hajme Khali (Empty Bulk)
4. Paiz (Autumn)
5. Leila (Same)
6. Del Dareh Pir Misheh (My Heart is Getting Old )
7. Akhm Nakon (Don’t Frown)
8. Shirin Joon (Dear Shirin)
9. Ghazal (Gazelle)
10. Tavalode Yek Seda (Birth Of A Sound)
11. Saghe (Stalk)
12. Entezar (Waiting)
13. Niyayesh (Praise)
14. Saraabe Toe (Your Mirage)
15. Reyhan (Same)
16. Baroona (Rains)
17. Mosafere Shahre Baran (The Traveler Of Rain-Town)
18. Khaar (Thistle)
19. Havar Havar (Shout Shout) Tak Derakht (Single Tree)
20. Ashiooneh (Nest)
21. Bachehaye Khoobe Koocheh (The Good Children of the Street)
22. Akhtare Asemanha ( The Star of the Sky )
23. Kei Toe Miayee (When Will You Come)
24. Share Cheshmat (The City of Your Eyes)
25. Dokhtare Delkhasteye Shahr (The Heartbroken Town Girl)
26. Daas (Scythe)
27. Ghahr (Sulk)
28. Aabere Shab (Night Passenger)
29. Ghad Boland (Tall)
30. Kei Toe Miayee (When Will You Come)
As above, excerpting these songs: Mosafere Shahre Baran, Akhtare Asemanha, Share Cheshmat, Dokhtare Delkhasteye Shahr, Daas, Ghahr, Aabere Shab, Ghad Boland, Kei Toe Miayee
7″ Box Set:
Contains faithful reproductions of Kourosh’s 4 7″ singles: “Gole Yakh/Del Dareh Pir Misheh,” “Leila/Paiz,” “Hajme Khali/Akhm Nakon,” “Saraabe Toe/Dar Enteha”
NA 5066 (CD), NA 5079 (LP), NA 5082 (7″ Box Set)
Download high res cover art here.
We’re pleased to announce that we’ve approved the samples of hardbound, full color book – and, of course, 2 CD set – of the complete Pre-Revolution recordings of Iranian psych-rock godfather Kourosh Yaghmaei. We’ll be posting more information about this anthology – and the two vinyl formats in which we will present Kourosh’s music – in the coming weeks. In the meantime, read more at the links below and, if you haven’t already purchased our Forge Your Own Chains anthology of global psychedelia, download Kourosh’s entry on that album – the masterful “Hajme Khali” – below.
More: Kourosh Yaghmaei on Now-Again.
Download: Kourosh Yaghmaei “Hajme Khali.”
We’re pleased to announce that the New York Daily News was so impressed by our investigations into global psychedelic funk music that they dedicated an article to it. Alongside discussions about our forthcoming Indonesian psych-funk compendium Those Shocking Shaking Days, writer Jim Farber had this to say:
“As it turns out, psychedelia’s glow didn’t only affect musicians in its clichéd epicenters but in places as far off as Ghana, Tehran and Manila all through the ’70s.
Only lately, though, has the full scope of these sounds come to light, many through the efforts of a company called Now-Again Records. Indian-American owner Eothen Alapatt began putting out collections of this swirling music in 2009 with “Forge Your Own Chains: Heavy Psychedelic Ballads and Dirges 1968 to 1974.” It featured mind-bending cuts by period acts born in Colombia, Sweden, South Korea and elsewhere. From there, the company started traipsing the world, territory by territory, to issue in the last year alone collections by psych bands centered in India, Zambia and Indonesia…
…f ew have exceeded Now-Again’s eagerness and breadth, not to mention their sumptuous packaging and obsessively detailed liner notes.”
Read More: New York Daily News – “It’s A Trip, Man…”
More: Indonesian Psych on Now-Again/Those Shocking Shaking Days Anthology.
NPR posted the latest list in Egon’s Funk Archaeology series on Iranian Psych and Funk. Included in the list was a write up on Kourosh Yaghmaei’s woeful masterpiece “Hadjme Khali,” which will appear on our forthcoming Forge Your Own Chains comp.
From Egon’s post:
“One of the great male vocalists of 70s Tehran, Kourosh released a host of melancholic, beat-heavy psych with a distinctively Persian edge. His releases range from weeping ballads to fuzz-heavy, poly-rhythmic up-tempo floor shakers. An always tasteful guitarist, Kourosh was rumored to have released an album in the mid 70s, but I’ve never seen a copy. I have, luckily, added a number of 7s to my collection, including the brooding “Hajme El Khali,“ a meditation on loneliness. Kourosh, who still lives in Iran, has seen numerous bootlegs of his recordings come out of America in recent years. His son Kaveh is working to right that wrong. Recent discovery of many of Kourosh’s master recordings in Tehran will hopefully push the process along. ”
We’ll post more information about Kourosh and the Forge Your Own Chains compilation. In the mean time check out “Hadjme Khali” here: Kourosh Yaghmaei: “Hadjme Khali.”