Sophisticated and passionate, with flamboyant taste in sunglasses, Cem Karaca once led Istanbul's music fans through a period of violent political turmoil. Karaca reworked traditional folk lyrics with molten electric bass lines that played up both a poet's broiling righteousness and also his listeners' common ground with their elders in Turkey's history. This is the second album from Karaca, released in 1974, reissued for the first time in Picture Disc with remastered sound.
It leads the listener through Karaca's own musical history, skipping across various collaborations and bands up to his then-current project Dervisan. Can throbbing Anatolian guitars take on the assassins of the Grey Wolves? Imagine a hairy pied piper with R Kelly's flair for drama, wailing into a microphone over an electric baglama, and you're ready to enter the bohemian world of Papa Cem.