LP released: Jul 05, 2019

Side 1
1. Habaitak Ta Neseet Al Naoum
2. Baatilak
3. Ana Indi Haneen
Side 2
1. Al Bostah
2. Wahdon
Cat No: WWSLP22
Barcode: 3700604719885
Packaging: LP Regular

1 x 12" Vinyl Album
Following the reissue of Ziad Rahbani's "Abu Ali" album, Wewantsounds is pursue its
exploration of great Lebanese music with the reissue of "Wahdon," released in 1978 by
legendary Middle Eastern diva Fairuz and recorded during the Abu Ali sessions and
including the Lebanese dancefloor cult classic 'Al Bostah'.
1978 is a turning point for the Lebanese Diva. The 70s had seen her rise as an international
star, playing sold out concerts in the US and in Europe, and appearing on national TV in
France. She had had a long-lasting
artistic collaboration with her husband Assi Rahbani and his brother Elias (aka The Rahbani
Brothers) who, together, had penned most of the singer's classics. In 1978, Assi who had
suffered a brain haemorrhage in 1972 got weaker and the collaboration finally ended
(together with their personal relationship). Their 22 year old son Ziad took over Fairuz's
musical reins and set to work on their first album together, "Wahdon" ("Alone"), serving as her
mother's producer, composer and musical director.
Wahdon typifies this key moment in Fairuz's career when she switched from traditional to
more modern arrangements. The first side of the album encapsulates the more traditional
side of the singer with such mesmerising songs as "Habaitak Ta Neseet Al Naoum" ("I loved
you so much i forgot to sleep") or "Ana Indi Haneen" ("I'm Nostalgic"), filled with gorgeous
arabic strings and percussion.
The Second side though is a whole different affair. Recorded in Athens at the EMI Greece
studio at the same time as the Abu Ali sessions, the two long tracks brings a hipper,
contemporary funk and disco feel that has made the album such a collector's item with DJs
and diggers around the world. Clocking at almost nine minutes "Al Bostah" ("The Bus") tells
the story a woman in love remembering a bus journey with her lover under a scorching heat,
enhanced by an hypnotic uptempo funkified disco beat, while "Wahdon" brings a slower and
jazzier underlay to Fairuz's superb singing. These tracks shocked some of the diva's fans at
the time but they've since passed the test of time and have become highly sought after.
Whadon has since become both a classic Fairuz album and a cult Ziad Rahbani production
that Wewantsounds is delighted to bring to a wider audience for the first time.