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In 1970s Tehran, the classically-trained Ramesh played the serious, quiet marquess against Googoosh's langorous pop princess. Both singers made the papers every time they changed their haircuts & appeared on TV frequently. However, while Googoosh now runs a cosmetics company in Los Angeles, they say Ramesh was killed in the political turmoil of the late 70s because she was a lesbian. Nobody knows for sure. What we do know is that she was a funky queen whose rich voice sits like a fat mink coat, twirling it's melancholy way around long-necked lutes, backed by flurries of frame & goblet drums. And the sleazy, Western brass, strings & synths are here too, slathered across rare singles for your shameless dancing pleasure. Welcome to the unpredictable world of pre-revolutionary Iranian pop music. Comes with insert/booklet including extensive liner notes and pictures. Also available on CD.
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“This absurd and outrageous allegation needs correction since Ramesh is alive & well, living in Los Angeles, and nor is she a lesbian” her publicist and spokeswoman stated. Furthermore, Ramesh was recently interviewed by Radio Javanan and Pars T.V., Iranian Satellite T.V. & Radio both based in L.A. Her Facebook page, “Ramesh Official” is filled with news and followed by young & old loyal fans from all over the world. Ramesh is happy to correspond with anyone who wishes to email her at her Facebook.
In regards to this CD, this is an unauthorized compilation by the web-based Pharaway Sounds, which Ramesh herself had no part in and receives no loyalty. The CD offers 12 of her songs spanning over 30 years, containing a small ratio of Ramesh’s best songs, nevertheless, all are memorable and still in the hearts of her fans after all these difficult years since the revolution…
Currently, Ramesh has chosen to refrain from singing to protest the tyranny against women’s right in Iran and because of the prohibition of women singing and performing… Ramesh is a living legend with a “velvety” voice which will never fade away…