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**Double gatefold, tip-on style jacket with sleeve notes** Sublime Frequencies peer through the brief window of Pakistani folk and pop produced between 1966-76 on their latest expedition. The album's compiler, Stuart Ellis trawled the EMI Pakistan archives to pluck out 22 joyfully charming and unique fusions of "filmi", folk and pop music with electrified instrumentation which was new to the region in 1966. To put this music in context we need to consider that prior to '66 Pakistan was subject to a restrictive decade-long dictatorship under Field Marshal Ayub Khan, He was succeeded for ten years by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's Socialist Pakistan Peoples Party during which time American and English pop covers became popular in the Karachi nightlife, spawning a generation of bands with names like The Mods, The Bugs, The Fore Thoughts and The Abstracts, all of whom appear here playing a mixture of Surf and psyche-tinged rock with predominant traces of traditional folk and popular film music. This revolution ended when Sharia law was imposed under Military Chief General Zia-ul-Haq in June 1977, and so with it the end of Pakistan's "Swinging '70s". Thankfully we still have this record of the period which should be recommended to anyone who nabbed the Tafo Brothers or Sound of Wonder issues on Finder Keepers or with a passion for truly niche '70s pop.