Bishop, Sir Richard

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Bishop, Sir Richard - Freak Of Araby Freak Of Araby
Pop New - LP DC398 Drag City
Sealed 2009 Original From The Former Sun City Girls Member. “Sir Richard Bishop Is The Pico Iyer Of The Guitar. On His Previous Five Solo Recordings He's Visited Not Only Various Nations And Continents, As The Writer Has Done In His Books, But Time Periods On His Instrument As Well -- Something That Iyer, Limited By Physics, Has Been Unable To Do. Arabic Music Has Long Held A Place In Bishop's Heart As A Guitarist, As A Member Of The Sun City Girls And As A Solo Artist, But He's Never Indulged It So Completely As He Does On The Freak Of Araby. There Are Two Distinct Inspirations For This Album; The Primary One Is The Egyptian Guitarist Omar Khorshid (1945-1991), Known As "The King Of Arab Guitar." His Influence, In The Way Bishop Phrases And Uses Everything From Reverb To His Picking Style, Reveals The Inspiration Of Khorshid, Who, At The Beginning Of His Career, Was A Member Of Abdel Halim Hafez's Oriental Orchestra, And Went On To Become An Actor And One Of The Great Composers In Arabic Cinema; He Scored More Than 40 Films During His Brief Lifetime. The Other Influence, Which Is A Bit More Subtle But Unmistakable, Is The Great Egyptian Singer Umm Kulthum -- Khorshid Was A Member Of Her Backing Band For A Time.” – Thom Jurek, AMG... more details
 

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