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Sun City Girls guitarist Alan Bishop, also improvising on voice, meets Beirut's "A" Trio of Mazen Kerbaj on trumpet, Sharif Sehnaoui on guitar, and Raed Yassin on bass for four quite unusual improvisations, and a cover of "Gently Johnny", best known from the UK movie "Wicker Man".

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UPC: 769791961067

Label: Unrock
Catalog ID: UNROCK 006LP
Squidco Product Code: 21895

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: USA
Packaging: LP - Gatefold
Recorded at Tunefork Studios in Beirut, Lebanon, in April and November 2012 by Fadi Tabbal.


Alan Bishop-guitar, vocals

Mazen Kerbaj-trumpet

Sharif Sehnaoui-guitar

Raed Yassin-bass

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track listing:


1. Howling Sheep 6:45

2. Burj Al Imam 13:25


1. Smoking Elevator 5:12

2. Folk Machinery 8:13

3. Gently Johnny 5:15
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"Entirely recorded at Tunefork Studios on the outskirts of Beirut, Burj al Imam's five tracks include three largely improvised numbers, a loose reworking of Sun City Girls track "The Imam," and a cover of traditional Americana song "Gently Johnny" (a highlight of Alan Bishop's live Alvarius B. shows).

True to their habits, the Lebanese trio of trumpeter Mazen Kerbaj, guitarist Sharif Sehnaoui, and bassist Raed Yassin create acoustic improvised drones that range from insistent, chiming resonances with emergency alarm bells to low, thrumming hums. Avoiding conventional technique, "A" Trio generates rattling, metallic vibrations and a mechanistic backdrop out of which the instruments' true voices arise.

With Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls, The Invisible Hands, The Dwarfs of East Agouza) and his guitar and enigmatic voice in the mix, alternating between gentle crooning and the sounds of a howling dervish, this recording reaches an exceptional depth with strange sounds boiling down to a dark, heavy spiritual syrup. Psychedelic, industrial free jazz."-Unrock

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