Sunday, October 01, 2006

Music I Liked And Didn't - 9/30/06 - 10/1/06

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SOTHEAR, SREI And Sin Sisamouth: Cambodian Psych-Out LP (El Suprimo / Defective Records) - At this point, there’s been a lot of archival releases of 60’s/70’s Cambodian material and, in general, the quality of the material they contain has been going down further and further since those great initial Cambodian collections (like the first, “Cambodian Rocks” LP on Parallel World and Sublime Frequencies, “Cambodian Cassette Archives: Khmer Folk & Pop Music, Vol. 1”, for example). This LP, however, changes that trend, as it contains some of the absolutely best, “east meets west", 60’s/70’s Cambodian material I have ever heard! A perfect blend of eastern-influenced song structures and those great, otherworldly, sing-song vocals, with over the top western electric rock treatments, such as fuzz and wah. In fact, the only small complaint I can make (and it’s a recurring thing with these types of releases) is that they should stick to original material, rather than doing covers of western “hits”, as those tracks are invariably the worst tracks, and they are in this case, too. An absolutely great and essential release!

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Running Count For The Year

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