Following the success of the special Record Store Day ‘Abu Ali’ edition, we are reissuing a standard version of Ziad Rahbani’s mythical Disco 12″ which was originally issued in Lebanon in 1978. This reissue on black vinyl features the original artwork, with remastered audio. A highly sought-after EP fetching high prices on the market, Abu Ali is a must-have for all fans of Lebanese groove and collectors of Arabic Funk.
Ziad Rahbani is a cultural icon in Lebanon. The musician, pianist and producer is also a renowned playwright and a political activist, one of the most important exponent of the lebanese left-wing counterculture to emerge from the 70s.
Coming out of an illustrious artistic dynasty (his father is the famous composer and musician Assi Rahbani, member of group The Rahbani Brothers and his mother is the legendary Middle East Diva, Fairuz), Ziad Rahbani started his music career during his late teens, composing music for his mother.
Rahbani quickly spread his wings further. He started producing his own music during the early 70s and released records under his own name at 17. Among these was “Abu Ali” recorded in Greece at the EMI Studios in Athens in 1978 with a full orchestra (there he also recorded his mother’s album “Wahdon”) and released it as a limited run EP for the lebanese market. Legend has it that the album was only pressed at 500 unit hence its rarity.
The result is a fabulous New York-meets-Beyrouth Disco exctasy developing over two 13-min tracks and one of the most collectible albums on the international dance and disco scene which Wewantsounds is happy to finally make available.
1. Abu Ali 13.12
2. Prelude (Theme from Mais El Rim) 12.48