the habibiyya: if man but knew (digi)
  • the habibiyya

  • if man but knew (digi) (CD)

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  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sunbeam Records
  • Genre: Psychedelic

    CD packed into a 4 panel digipack, UV gloss with a 12 page booklet

  • 1972 psych-folk classic
  • First official CD release
  • Mighty Baby-related
  • Five bonus tracks
  • Detailed booklet with band history / rare photos

The Habibiyya’s sole 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, other-worldly 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.

Track Listing:

  • Two Shakuhachis
  • Koto Piece
  • The Eye-Witness
  • Mandola
  • If Man But Knew
  • Fana-Fillah
  • Bonus tracks

  • Procession of the God Intoxicated
  • Peregrinations
  • Peregrinations Continued
  • Another Ode
  • Bird in God's Garden