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Farid el Atrache

Nagham Fi Hayati [Vinyl LP]

Nagham Fi Hayati [Vinyl LP]

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wewantsounds present a first time reissue of Farid el Atrache's cult album Nagham Fi Hayati released in 1974 on Voice of Lebanon.
  • Sampled by the Beatles (on "Revolution 9") and nicknamed the "King of Oud", El Atrache is one of the giants of Egyptian music
  • The album which showcases El Atrache's versatility and includes the monster groove "Hebina Hebina", is one of Brian Eno's favorite albums.
  • Contains an unedited version of "Takassim Oud" highlighting El Atrache superb oud playing.

Wewantsounds present a first time reissue of Farid el Atrache's cult album
Nagham Fi Hayati released in 1974 on Voice of Lebanon. It is the soundtrack of
the eponymous film starring El Atrache. Sampled by the Beatles and nicknamed
the "King of Oud", El Atrache is one of the giants of Egyptian music together with
Oum Kalthoum and Abdel Halim Hafez. The album which showcases El
Atrache's versatility and includes the monster groove "Hebina Hebina", is one of
Brian Eno's favorite albums. Nagham Fi Hayati also contains an unedited
version of "Takassim Oud" highlighting El Atrache superb oud playing. In the '50s
and '60s, El Atrache became one of the most famous singers in the Arab world.
One of his songs from the '60s, "Awel Hamsa" even got sampled by the Beatles
on their "Revolution 9" from the White Album. The album Nagham Fi Hayati (The
Melody of My Life) released in 1974, the year of his death. It was also the
soundtrack of the eponymous film directed by famed Egyptian director Henry
Barakat and also featured female star Mervat Amin. The album is comprised
of four tracks. "Alachan Malich Gheirak" (Because There is No One Else for Me
but You) and "Ya Habaybi Ya Ghaybin" (My Absent Loves) are typical long
romantic songs alternating lush instrumental parts by a full Egyptian orchestra with
parts sung by El Atrache. "Takassim Oud" is an astonishing instrumental
highlighting El Atrache's virtuoso oud playing explaining why he was nicknamed
"The King of Oud". The song is released here in its entirety for the first time on
vinyl as a small section that was cut from the original vinyl release, has been
reintegrated. The highlight of the album is certainly "Hebina Hebina" (Love Us,
Love Us) which has become an Arabic groove club classic over the years featuring
a funky loop and groovy organ. The song and the album actually caught the ear
of producer Brian Eno who named it one of his favorite albums in an interview
with musician William Doyle in 2016 for The Quietus. Originally released on
the label Voice of Lebanon, Nagham Fi Hayati was recorded by engineer Nabil
Mumtaz (from the cult Polysound Studios in Beirut). It has become one of Farid El
Atrache's most coveted albums on the Arabic music scene. Audio newly
remastered by Colorsound, original artwork and new liner notes by Mario
Choueiry from Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris.


TRACKLISTING
01. Alachan Malich Gheirak (9:10)
02. Hebina Hebina (7:26)
03. Ya Habayibi Ya Gheibin (8:29)
04. Takassim Oud (9:50)

Release Date: February 10, 2023

UPC: 3700604744818 View full details