Baligh Hamdy – Love Story
On this instrumental record, Baligh Hamdy continues in the style that’s also on the earlier EP Gada (featured on Waxidermy). The arrangements combine Western and Eastern instruments, with wild rhythms and Eastern melodies. There’s a drum kit, which you don’t hear that much on Arabian records, plus saxophone and electric guitar. Wild keyboard sounds are in the mix too. As on the Gada EP, all compositions are original, apart from one. If you’re looking for peace of mind, well, the arrangements and playing are pretty heavy! The energy contained in the recording comes through in ultra busy rhythms combined with quarter tone virtuozo solo’s in less than soothing registers. The slower tracks offer headtrips for the more exotica oriented listener. The record’s title comes from Francis Lai’s Love Story, covered here in oriental style (like Omar Khorshid’s version on his Belly Dance nr 3 LP). Mirrored on the other side is Baligh Hamdy’s own terrific composition My Love Story. Here it’s done with an eerie intro utilizing a spacey tone that whistles the melody like it’s from some middle eastern mystery movie. The rest of the group joins in with a cool, dragging rhythm and there are canoun bubbles coming from the deep. Some other worldly keyboard finishes it nicely.
“My Love Story”