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HABIBIYYA, THE - If Man But Knew


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"Sunbeam Records present a reissue of The Habibiyya's sole album, If Man But Knew, originally released in 1972. The album stands as one of the earliest and most beautiful pieces of world music ever recorded in Britain. The musicians involved (including three members of UK underground legends Mighty Baby) had been profoundly affected, both musically and spiritually, by visiting Morocco in 1971, and became adherents of the Sufi faith. Upon their return to London they made If Man But Knew, featuring exotic instruments such as koto, shakuhachi, and mandola alongside guitar, organ and drums, conjuring a hypnotic, otherworldly ambience in the process. It makes its long-awaited CD debut here, accompanied by detailed liner notes, previously-unseen photographs, five rare bonus tracks, and an introduction by the group's leader, Ian Whiteman. Four-panel digipack; includes 12-page booklet." - Sunbeam.
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