Moğollar – the Mongols – were the original Anatolian rockers and coiners of the term “Anatolian Pop”. Back in the late sixties and seventies when Americans and Europeans followed the hippy trail east through Turkey, Afghanistan to India, Moğollar was the first Turkish act on the scene to hew out a place for itself blending Anatolian folk elements with Western psychedelia,in part pandering to Western tastes for Eastern exotica. Clad in rustic sheepskin vests and shaggy boots, they combined traditional folk instruments like saz, def and rural pipes with electric guitars, keyboards and western drum sets, bringing their sound West to critical acclaim. The group disbanded in 1976, reunited briefly in 1993 to record some of their best work. Giving a nod to the current Anatolian pop revival hype, Murat Ertel from Baba Zula, persuaded his Dutch label Night Dreamer to embark on a series of “direct-to-disc” recordings, cutting a compendium of Moğollar’s greatest hits. One of the most appealing tracks is Gel Gel (“Come Come”), a groovy, wildly hummable love song with dramatic tempo changes. The song dispenses with the keening pipes of the 1973 original, adding instead darbukas, taut saz lines and spacey, microtonal keyboard playing. The at times plaintive and sneering vocals of one time front-man Cem Karaca are replaced by Karaca’s son. Though lacking the pathos and theatrical intensity of his father’s vocals, the song hits home with the same urgent force.