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Released originally in 1969, Middle Eastern Rock is a unique, compelling fusion record from Armenian-American oud player John Berberian. The Rock East Ensemble, Berberian’s backing band, consists of the artist’s standard group, which specializes in traditional Armenian music with a jazz edge, and American session musicians who bring more of a rock sound. The results, which blend elements of psychedelia, free jazz, surf music, and various klezmer, African, and Middle Eastern textures, are dazzling, and are sure to thrill anyone with a taste for rare "outside" albums.

- AllMusic Review by Anthony Tognazzini

Berberian, John

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    Crazed time signatures abound as musicians from the West look East for inspiration, infusing their rock and jazz sounds with vibes looted from India and the Far East. • First ever legit LP reissues of this cross genre coveted psych/jazz/world masterpiece! • Mastered by Joe Lizzi, cut by Kevin Gray at Third Man Pressing! • Features new liner notes from Thomas Patterson, Senior Editor Shindig! Magazine Released originally in 1969, Middle Eastern Rock is a unique, compelling fusion...

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      Crazed time signatures abound as musicians from the West look East for inspiration, infusing their rock and jazz sounds with vibes looted from India and the Far East. • First ever US CD reissue of this cross genre coveted psych/jazz/world masterpiece! • Mastered by Joe Lizzi, packaged in a nifty tri-fold jacket! • Features new liner notes from Thomas Patterson, Senior Editor Shindig! Magazine Released originally in 1969, Middle Eastern Rock is a unique, compelling fusion record from...

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        Crazed time signatures abound as musicians from the West look East for inspiration, infusing their rock and jazz sounds with vibes looted from India and the Far East. • First ever legit LP reissues of this cross genre coveted psych/jazz/world masterpiece! • Mastered by Joe Lizzi, cut by Kevin Gray at Third Man Pressing! • Features new liner notes from Thomas Patterson, Senior Editor Shindig! Magazine • On colored vinyl! Released originally in 1969, Middle Eastern Rock is a unique, compelling...

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          Souren Baronian: trailblazing Armenian-American jazz and folk musician, founder of visionary fusion band Taksim, master of the saxophone, clarinet and such Middle Eastern instruments as the duduk, kaval and dumbek – and the man behind the three albums collected here, originally released in the early-to-mid ’70s on Souren’s own Carlee Records, and now lovingly reissued for the very first time. As the great man himself says, “World music is in today, and I was at the bottom end of this thing, I...