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Boomkat Product Review:
**Two discs housed in a three-fold Digipak plus booklet including photos and memorabilia** The cats at Vampi Soul have put together a lush selection of forgotten jewels from pre-revolutionary Iran. 'Rangarang' collects 28 songs by the stars of Persian pop's golden era, including Googoosh, Aref, Leila Forouhar, Mehrpouya and Kourosh Yaghmaei, some of whom were the subject of excellent reissues this year for the likes of the Finders Keepers and Now Again labels. Their diverse and Westernized sounds reflects the politics of Iran during the '60s and '70s prior to the induction of a new, Islamicized government regime during the populist Iranian revolution of 1979 when most were forced into exile, establishing communities in LA and elsewhere. The range of styles on offer is often astonishing, from Fereidoon Farrokhzad's folksy pop singalong 'Aashianeh' to the suave, jazzy funk of Mehrpouya's Moondog-alike 'Dokhtare Shab', Afshin Moghaddam's soulful pop cover 'Gharibooneh' and the psyched-out delirium of Pooran's 'Shahre Paiz', all documenting a truly tremendous outpouring of creativity and imagination from what was once a hotbed of cultural activity.