Iran

The following appeared on Concept.

Perfectly illustrates the political message of Muslimgauze, the title speaks for itself. It is probably the album where one feels more of the epic breath that recurs in all albums. A great classic.

review by Cyrille Sottile
translation by T @ The Edge with the use of Power Translator

The following appears in All Music Guide.

An important release, and not just musically - this turned out to be the first album by Muslimgauze for Staalplaat, the Dutch-based label that, with its sister company Soleilmoon in the United States, proved to be Bryn Jones' staunchest supporter, releasing the lion's share of his massive discography over the course of the 1990s and beyond. Only three songs long, Iran still deserves attention if only for the killer opening track alone, an extended remix of "Lion of Kandahar." It's a slamming song with a pulsating beat that alternately takes over then subsides back into the mix, as other drums and percussion play around it. Bells, drones, and synth strings flesh out the overall piece, at times doing a radical revamp of the core beat as well. As an example of Muslimgauze's radical fusion of styles, it's near perfect. "Qom" has its points, with a strange, echoing clatter providing the main rhythm among many as the song slowly but surely builds. I still falls a touch flat, however, against the brilliant opening track. "Intifadah" brings it all to a fine conclusion; cymbal clashes herald yet more throbbing beats, occasionally dropping many of the rhythm tracks in various combinations. Some nicely unexpected shifts in tempo are provided, as string and sitar noises, among others, slide out of the speakers.

review by Ned Raggett
All Music Guide

Release date: June 21, 2010 (fourth version)

 "Iran" was the first Muslimgauze recording to be released on CD, and therefore occupies a special place in the hearts of Muslimgauze fans. The year was 1988, and Dutch label Staalplaat had recently been introduced to the music of Muslimgauze through their association with Soleilmoon. At the time, Staalplaat was known for their attractively presented cassette releases. "Iran" was their first CD release, and signaled the start of the label's transition away from the cassette format. Soleilmoon reissued "Iran" in America in 1993 after Staalplaat relinquished their rights to the material, although by then more than half a dozen Muslimgauze CDs had been issued by Staalplaat, Soleilmoon and other labels. "Iran" was available for another five years, until 1998, when it went out of print.

The Muslimgauze catalog is profoundly deep, with 200 or more releases, depending on how you count them. Ever the one to love his latest compositions above all others, Bryn Jones, the man behind Muslimgauze, pushed his record labels to issue new product and let older titles go out of print, which for the most part that made sense. After all, fans want the newest album, so why keep something old in print? But with the passing of time, the question has been answered: History is relevant, and the old recordings are still important. Thus it is with particularly great happiness and pride that we bring back the first ever Muslimgauze CD.

For this reissue the CD packaging has been completely redesigned. The original print films were converted into digital files so that the photographs could be reused, but the essay "Breien Met Mist / Zonder Handleiding" (Knitting With Fog / Without Manual) written in Dutch by Andrew McKenzie of The Hafler Trio, was deleted, allowing us to put full emphasis on the presentation of the images. The new package is printed entirely on high quality heavyweight papers, and is a work of art in its own right, rivaling the music recorded on the CD it's designed to hold. A sturdy slipcover pocket holds a black-and-white four-page booklet together with a CD slipcase made with scented, metallic gold paper. It is truly an art object to cherish and treasure.

Press release from Soleilmoon.

The following is from Fathom Distribution.

Fathom Distribution is proud to offer one of the first Muslimgauze CD’s, in reissue. Three long tracks that culminate in one of the finest Muslimgauze releases in the catalog. Layers of acoustic, ethno-traditional, and electronic drums along with vocal accents and haunting reverb make for an intense listening experience. As always, the political context of the times whence this music came is ever-important and informs the sound. For this reissue the CD packaging has been completely redesigned. The new package is printed entirely on high quality heavyweight papers, and is a work of art in its own right, rivaling the music recorded on the CD it’s designed to hold. A sturdy slipcover pocket holds a black-and-white four-page booklet together with a CD slipcase made with scented, metallic gold paper. It is truly an art object to cherish and treasure.

comments by Ibrahim Khider
Fathom Distribution (Saturday, July 31, 2010)

see also Iran, Zul'm, Infidel and Salaam Alekum, Bastard & Iran, Bhutto, Hebron Massacre, Drugsherpa & In Search Of Ahmad Shah Masood

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