Tuesday, September 18, 2018

phloen phromdaen: lung di khi mao

artist: เพลิน พรหมแดน (phloen phromdaen)
album: ลุงดีขี้เมา (lung di khi mao)
01. ลุงดีขี้เมา (lung di khi mao)
02. คนชอบเหล้า (khon chop lao)
03. สมาคมขี้เมา (samakhom khi mao)
04. เมืองนักปราชญ์ (mueang nak prat)
05. นานที่มีครั้ง (nan thi mi khrang)
06. ผู้ใหญ่พัฒนา (phu yai phatthana)
07. ลุงพัดหนังเหนียว (lung phat nang niao)
08. หนุ่มน้อยฝอยข่าว (num noi foi khao)
09. อยากดังฟังทางนี้ (yak dang fang thang ni)
10. คึกลิดคิดลึก (khueklit khit luek)

this week, 10 more solid-gold classics from mr. phloen phromdaen, the "king of talking music"! phloen grew up in aranyaprathet on the cambodian border, where he worked on his parents' farm. at age 20, a radio contest win landed him a spot in a local ramwong band. following that stint, he headed for bangkok to join the burgeoning luk thung scene, using his own savings to record original songs. eventually these sessions produced his massive hit "chom thung", which won him a spot among the biggest stars of the era, and even starring roles in several films. it was at this point that phloen became interested in comedy and inventive ways to incorporate clever wordplay and skits into his tracks. the result was phleng phut or "talking music", which is exactly what it sounds like: phloen will stop the music in the middle of a song to engage in witty asides with his bandmates. thai-language comprehension, of course, will help in appreciating the skits and the clever lyrics in general, but luckily the music is great on its own, featuring some of the hardest-hitting funk sounds to be found in 1970s thailand.. enjoy!


Thursday, August 16, 2018

wara worawet: phleng banleng khrueangsai phasom, vol. 7

artist: วราห์ วรเวช / วงเครื่องสายผสม คณะ วัชรบรรเลง (wara worawet & wong khrueang sai phasom khana watcharabanleng)
album: เพลงบรรเลงเครื่องสายผสม ชุดที่ 7 แสนคำนึง (phleng banleng khrueang sai phasom, vol. 7: saen kham nueng)
01. แสนคำนึง (saen kham nueng)
02. ครวญหา (khruan ha)
03. แสนสุดสวาท (saen sut sawat)
04. สุดสงวน (sut sanguan)
05. สารถี (sarathi)
06. สาวสอดแหวน (sao sot waen)

this week's cassette is part of a generous bequest gifted to us by educator cliff sloane, a former professor of ethnomusicology and founder of asianclassicalmp3.org, a major influence behind this blog.

this week, we'll hear our second entry from wara worawet! a physician by profession (graduating from the university of pennsylvania in 1961) mr. wara was also a prolific songwriter (having a number of luk krung & thai sakon-style hits to his name) as well as a leader of the musical association of thailand under patronage of his majesty the king. on this cassette, he tries his hand at the prayuk movement, a trend of "modernizing" thai classical music to appeal to an increasingly cosmopolitan local audience. in particular, this recording features a khrueang sai phasom or "combined string" ensemble, conducted by suwit bowonwatthana, and based on the traditional thai string ensemble (which typical featured so u and so duang fiddles, chakhe plucked zithers, khlui flute and percussion). to my ear, the phasom aspect regards the addition of accordion, chinese-style dulcimer, and perhaps some other elements that a more astute listener than i could divine? the repertoire features work from a number of prominent thai composers including luang pradit phairo (son sinlapabanleng), luang sano duriyang (thongdi thongphirun), luang sano duriyang (thongdi thongphirun), montri tramot, and phra pradit phairo (mi duriyangkun), several of which are based on more ancient melodies and which in turn feature further arrangement by mr. wara.. enjoy!


Monday, August 6, 2018

grand ex': duang duean

artist: แกรนด์เอ็กซ์ (grand ex')
album: ดวงเดือน (duang duean)
01. ลาวดวงเดือน (lao duang duean)
02. เหมือนไม่เคย (muean mai khoei)
03. ถ้าฉันจะรัก (tha chan cha rak)
04. ดวงใจในฝัน (duang chai nai fan)
05. เท่านี้ก็ตรม (thao ni ko trom)
06. จำพราก (cham phrak)
07. ร.รอรัก (r. ro rak)
08. ธรณีสายเลือด (thorani sai lueat)
09. ทำบุญด้วยอะไร (tham bun duai arai)
10. กาลเวลา (kan wela)
11. พรุ่งนี้ (phrung ni)
12. เนื้อทองของพี่ (nuea thong khong phi)
13. ลาวดวงเดือน [ดนตรี] (lao duang duean [instrumental])

this cassette was a generous gift from our pal sam of the (now sadly defunct) archive of southeast asian music!

this week, more great 1980's thai city-pop! founded in 1970 by nakhon wetsuphaphon and friends at bangkok's bophit phimuk college, grand ex' (like last week's royal sprites) got their start playing at nightclubs and string combo competitions around the capitol. the group carved out a niche for themselves by eschewing the hard rock image popular with other local groups, preferring a straight-laced look complete with dress shirts and neckties. they went through a range of personnel changes before settling on a line-up with chamrat sawetaphon (who would later found the ubiquitous new-age label green music) on lead vocals and starting their recording career. this cassette contains their 14th album, from 1984, wherein the group build slick, jazzy, electronic disco-crossover songs out of older classical and luk krung melodies. enjoy!


Sunday, July 29, 2018

royal sprites: rueang chip choi

artist: รอยัลสไปรท์ส (royal sprites)
album: เรื่องจิ๊บจ๊อย (rueang chip choi)
01. เรื่องจิ๊บจ๊อย (rueang chip choi)
02. กินรีเล่นน้ำ (kinari len nam)
03. กิ่งฟ้า (king fa)
04. เจอะคุณเข้าอีกแล้ว (choe khun khao ik laeo)
05. มนต์รักบ้านนา (mon rak ban na)
06. ธาราระทม (thara rathom)
07. เพ้อ (phoe)
08. ลมจ๋า (lom cha)
09. สั่งฟ้าฝากดิน (sang fa fak din)
10. จับปลาสองมือ (chap pla song mue)

this cassette was a generous gift from our pal sam of the (now sadly defunct) archive of southeast asian music!

this week, some classic thai funk! originally styled the royal academy of magic sprites, today's group was founded in 1969 by lead guitar amnat sima and singer adisak prakhunhangsit while they were studying at the poh-chang academy of arts. they played at nightclubs and string combo competitions around bangkok, in friendly rivalry with fellow pop/rock groups like the impossibles. toward the end of the 70s, adisak left the group and sunthon sutcharitchan came on as lead vocalist, whereupon they took on a more funk/disco bent and also began their recording career in earnest. they released a string of successful albums up until 1987, when they disbanded. the cassette featured today was their first for the azona label, released in 1982. enjoy!


Monday, July 16, 2018

chinthara phunlap: molam sa-on, vol. 3

artist: จินตหรา พูนลาภ (chinthara phunlap)
album: หมอลำสะออน ชุด 3 น้ำตาหล่นบนเถียงนา (molam sa-on, vol. 3: nam ta lon bon thiang na)
01. น้ำตาหล่นบนเถียงนา (nam ta lon bon thiang na)
02. เหงาใจในต่างแดน (ngao chai nai tang daen)
03. นกตูมร้องน้องสะอื้น (nok tum rong nong sa-uen)
04. รักร้าวที่บึงพลาญ (rak rao thi bueng phalan)
05. เดือนหงายอ้ายสัญญา (duean ngai ai sanya)
06. นั่งซึมใต้ต้นมะยม (nang suem tai ton mayom)
07. หมอชิตสองน้องคอย (mochit song nong khoi)
08. อ้อนอ้ายขายนา (on ai khai na)
09. ซังผู้ชายหลายเมีย (sang phu chai lai mia)
10. ไร่ข้าวโพดโกรธพี่ (rai khao phot krot phi)
11. ปอสี่พี่ไม่มอง (po si phi mai mong)
12. คนสามใจไก่สามขา (khon sam chai kai sam kha)

back in may, we had a great compilation from the first decade of luk thung/molam star chinthara phunlap's career.. this week, we'll hear an entry from a half-decade later! for a quick refresher: chintara came from a farming family in roi-et province and worked her way up through singing contests and radio appearances in khon kaen, before signing to gmm grammy and quickly becoming a best-seller. her high tone and ornamented style of singing have earned her the nickname "the girl with the voice of a phin", and her short haircut and energetic presence made her an icon of her generation. this cassette is the third in her "molam sa-on (pleasing molam)" series, released on her own mastertape label in the year 2000, featuring songwriting from dao bandon and music from sawat sarakham. enjoy!

Friday, July 6, 2018

winai phanthurak: kham laeo nai ruedu nao

artist: วินัย พันธุรักษ์ (winai phanthurak)
album: ค่ำแล้วในฤดูหนาว (kham laeo nai ruedu nao)
01. ค่ำแล้วในฤดูหนาว (kham laeo nai ruedu nao)
02. เสียงกระซิบสั่ง (siang krasip sang)
03. แหวนประดับก้อย (waen pradap koi)
04. ยิ่งคิดยิ่งช้ำ (ying khit ying cham)
05. เสียงเพลงทิพย์ (siang phleng thip)
06. ผีเสื้อกับดอกไม้ (phi suea kap dok mai)
07. ใจเป็นห่วง (chai pen huang)
08. คำปฏิญาณ (kham patiyan)
09. บางปู (สะพานสุขตา) (bang pu (saphan suk ta))
10. พรานเบ็ด (phran bet)

this week, a solo outing from the famed winai phanthurak! a saraburi native, winai got his start as a vocalist in one of phayong mukda's youth chorus projects before moving up to be an instrumental contributor to p.m. pocket music, phayong's shadow prayuk or "modernized" thai music ensemble. from there, he teamed up with settha sirachaya to form the impossibles, thailand's pre-eminent smooth 70's vocal/funk group. after they split up in 1977, winai joined rewat phutthinan (future head of gmm grammy) to form a band called the oriental funk. where, through all these comings-and-goings, did this particular album fall? i'm not exactly sure, but it bears the hallmarks of his erstwhile career, with a lightly funk-informed MOR sound dominating. interestingly, the selections all date from a generation or so previous, compositions of early luk krung songwriter and accordion star luan khwantham. on the musical side as well, the band keeps things interesting with some left-field moog-ish stabs. and speaking of left-field, the cassette also includes alternate (though clipped) beardless cover art of winai. as per your taste, i suppose.. enjoy!


Monday, June 11, 2018

thian chai, moradok ubon

artist(s): various
album: เทียนใจ มรดกอุบล (thian chai, moradok ubon)
01. เทียนใจ (thian chai)
sung by ยุวดี บุญทวี (yuwadi bunthawi)
02. มนต์รักแม่น้ำมูล (mon rak mae nam mun)
sung by เอกพล มนต์ตระการ (ekkaphon montrakan)
03. ตะวันขึ้นโขงเจียม (tawan khuen khong chiam)
sung by เอกพล มนต์ตระการ (ekkaphon montrakan)
04. มนต์รักแก่งสะพือ (mon rak kaeng saphue)
sung by แมน มณีวรรณ (maen maniwan)
05. อีสานลำเพลิน (isan lam phloen)
sung by บานเย็น รากแก่น (banyen rakkaen)
06. อดีตรักวันเข้าพรรษา (adit rak wan khao phansa)
sung by แมน มณีวรรณ (maen maniwan)
07. สาวอุบลรอรัก (sao ubon ro rak)
sung by บานเย็น รากแก่น (banyen rakkaen)
08. ด่วน บ.ข.ส. (duan b.k.s.)
sung by สลา คุณวุฒิ (sala khunnawut)
09. กระทงหลงทาง (krathong long thang)
sung by สลา คุณวุฒิ (sala khunnawut)
10. อีสานบ้านเฮา (isan ban hao)
sung by บานเย็น รากแก่น (banyen rakkaen)
11. เสียงพิณเสียงแคน (siang phin siang khaen)
sung by นพดล ดวงพร (nopphadon duangphon)
12. คิดถึงอุบล (khit thueng ubon)
sung by อ๋อน อิทธิเดช (on itthidet)

this week, a collection of classic ubon luk thung hits redone by a roster of the city's favorite sons & daughters, circa.. year 2000? the liner notes don't make it exactly clear, but the project seems affiliated with the ubon ratchathani rajabhat university in some way.. its president, asst. prof. somchai wongkasem is listed as the producer, and the architecture of the university's impressive cultural centre graces the front cover. a commemorative keepsake of some sort perhaps? regardless.. enjoy!


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

chatri sichon: samak rak, samak faen

artist: ชาตรี ศรีชล (chatri sichon)
album: สมัครรัก สมัครแฟน (samak rak, samak faen)
01. สมัครรัก สมัครแฟน (samak rak, samak faen)
02. ชำรักจากชลบุรี (cham rak chak chonburi)
03. รักหรือเปล่า (rak rue plao)
04. รอไม่ไหว (ro mai wai)
05. เมฆบังฟ้า (mek bang fa)
06. แฟนมีแฟนใหม่ (faen mi faen mai)
07. รักเก่าเขาลืม (rak kao khao luem)
08. ขวานทองของไทย (khwan thong khong thai)
09. น้ำตาพ่อตก (nam ta pho tok)
10. ชายสามโบสถ์ (chai sam bot)

this week, i'll be sharing another collection of golden-age luk thung from chatri sichon! (we've had one with an identical title before, albeit a different tracklist, so apologies to everyone trying to keep their discographies straight). chatri, from chonburi, got his start in samniang muangthong's ruam daokrachai band, but left to help suraphon sombatcharoen's wife sinuan rehabilitate their band after her husband's murder in 1968. in that role he was primarily a songwriter, but within a year chatri had founded his own band and cut his first records. this cassette features some those early tracks, propelled by wheezing accordions, hand-drums and chatri's own rough-cut vocals. the b-side features some harder-to-find songs of his, heavy on liké breakdowns and other folk-song flourishes. enjoy!!


Sunday, May 13, 2018

chintara phunlap: ruam hit 8 pi phleng rak chak chintara, vol. 1

artist: จินตหรา พูนลาภ (chintara phunlap)
album: รวมฮิต 8 ปี เพลงรักจาก จินตหรา ชุดที่ 1 (ruam hit 8 pi phleng rak chak chintara, vol. 1)
01. ถูกหลอกออกโรงเรียน (thuk lok ok rong rian)
02. วานเพื่อนเขียนจดหมาย (wan phuean khian chot mai)
03. พลังรัก (phalang rak)
04. คอยรักต่างแดน (khoi rak tang daen)
05. บัวไร้บึง (bua rai bueng)
06. เฮือนสามน้ำสี่ (huean sam nam si)
07. เสียงเศร้าจากสาวนา (siang sao chak sao na)
08. แรงงานข้าวเหนียว (raeng ngan khao niaow)
09. อดีตรักบุญบั้งไฟ (adit rak bun bang fai)
10. สาวอีสานพลัดถิ่น (sao isan phlat thin)
11. สาวติ๋มคอยรัก (sao tim khoi rak)
12. ฝากใจไว้กับเสียงลำ (fak chai wai kap siang lam)

this week, early singles from one of luk thung/molam's most enduring artists! chintara came from a farming family in roi-et province and worked her way up through singing contests and radio appearances in khon kaen, before signing to gmm grammy and quickly becoming a best-seller. her high tone and ornamented style of singing have earned her the nickname "the girl with the voice of a phin", and her short haircut and energetic presence made her an icon of her generation. this cassette marks her first 'greatest hits' package, released on her own mastertape label, collecting material from the first 8 years of her career (1987-1995): a fantastic mix of sentimental luk thung and assertive lam phloen. as of writing, chintara is still topping the charts with her blockbuster single 'tao ngoi'.. hope you'll enjoy hearing the roots of this evergreen star!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

klum yuwaphut wat sandonrom, changwat lamphun

artist: กลุ่มยุวพุทธวัดสันดอนรอม จังหวัดลำพูน (klum yuwaphut wat sandonrom, changwat lamphun)
album: ดนตรีเพื่อประเพณีของชาวลานนา (dontri phuea prapheni kong chao lanna)
01. จังหวะช้า (changwa cha)
02. จังหวะเร็ว (changwa reo)

this week's post marks the tenth in a series of cassettes gifted to us by educator cliff sloane, former professor of ethnomusicology and founder of asianclassicalmp3.org, a major influence behind this blog.

on our tenth tape from cliff, we've got 2 whole sides of non-stop northern thai percussion! our players today are from the young buddhist association of wat sandonrom in lamphun province, hailed on the cover as "champions of klong tueng nong in the northern provinces", klong tueng nong being the extremely long, deep drums (often 2 or 3 meters in length) which are accompanied by a team of cymbals and bossed gongs. the j-card also suggests proper settings for the music presented here, including sword dances, money-tree processions and firework displays. side one is slow, side two is fast.. enjoy!