The item in question is 3 Mustaphas 3 - 'From The Balkans To Your Heart', basically a compilation of everything the band did for the John Peel Show from 1983 - 1985. Now, some of you might wonder who 3 Mustaphas 3 might possibly be, the back of the sleeve tells it all:
"It was in the concentrated little border town of Szegerely that the five brothers and their uncle were born. Together they share the same noble name and heroic intentions: MUSTAPHA - From The Balkans To Your Heart!
Patrel Mustapha bin Mustapha is the bandboys' uncle who sings and plays the bouzouk. Known as the >self-employed wolf<, he is a loved but reluctant Balkan film star whose steely determination convinced his nephews that they should concentrate on music, not just at home but internationally.
Hijaz Mustapha is the group's violinist, host and archivist. He is a balkan Champion fiddler and can greet people in ten languages.
Houzam Mustapha plays the drum set and cymbals. Already a son and nephew, he is now the proud father of Young Mustapha. He is a graduate of the Carpathian Grain and Vine Institute and carefully guards his family's diet on their visits with low-grade potatoes.
The nightly rooftop Accordion serenades high above the Crazy Loquat Club of Szegerely earned Niaveti Mustapha III rapturous applause from a loving public who wish him much success abroad.
Oussack Mustapha is the romantic self-effacing >cello player who holds aloft the feathered crown of song - a gesture worthy of his familiar depiction as the Nightingale of Szegerely<.
Brutal but sentimental, Isfa'ani V.T. Mustapha proves time and again that few words do not indicate few talents. Acknowledged mastery of many percussion styles heighten the enthusiasm of his brothers and uncle.
When on visit with a delegation (visa speciale Import/Export) modest sister Fat'mah Mustapha is leading with the balkan trombone.
Together from their balkan dance-house experiences, 3 Mustaphas 3 have forged a new dimension in international music."
Well, I'm all for that, I must say. Certainly the best liner notes on a sleeve since Galaxie 500's 'On Fire'. But enough of that, here's the tune I picked for you (and the reason why I wanted this LP so badly): a real masterpiece of our time, a fireside chat with the Master Uncle of storytelling, recalling recent events at home in Szegerely:
mp3: 3 Mustaphas 3 - 'A Chilling Tale Pt. 5' (broadcast first for John Peel 30/1/84)
I only hope at least one or two of you found this as amusing as I do: please let me know, will you?