Gokcen Kaynatan - s/t LP
Label: Finders Keepers
The missing component in the history of Turkish pop and one of the earliest exponents of Turkish electronic music alongside Ilhan Mimaroglu and Bulent Arel, Gokcen Kaynatan electrified the rock and roll scene of the late '50s/early '60s, sending teenagers wild with his custom-built guitars and helping charge the climate for the birth of Anatolian rock. Then, from the sanctuary of his private studio, he revolutionized the industry with his pioneering use of electronics whilst hanging the sonic wallpaper in the living rooms of an entire generation of tele-addicts as the in-house composer of choice for Turkey's first national television channel TRT 1. Despite having a modest discography of only four 7" singles to his name, his influence is a major current that flows through over 50 years of Turkish pop culture.
Compiled with unparalleled access to his private studio vault, Finders Keepers present the first-ever collection of Gokcen Kaynatan's pioneering early electronic works. Featuring a selection of his experimental pop and rock recordings dating from as early as the 1968, this eponymous anthology features both of the highly sought after 1 Numara singles, including a never before heard extended version of "Evren" as well as previously unheard archive material and songs recorded for and broadcast exclusively on TRT 1, most of them never to be repeated.
In helping Gokcen end his self-imposed 44-year exile from the record industry, Finders Keepers can now share the first of these important recordings from a genuine maverick who helped shape the face of modern Turkish music, as well as shed some light on the rise of one of Anatolian rock and pops must fruitful and experimental periods that began with the arrival (and subsequent explosion) of domestic synthesizers on the Turkish scene. Mastered from the original quarter inch studio tapes with full cooperation from the man himself, this important compilation also includes extensive liner notes written by Doug Shipton, as well as a host of rare personal photographs and memorabilia.