Friday, December 17, 2010

Yanti Bersaudara

Philips 112 608 RE

A1 - Pepito
A2 - Bunga Bangsa
B1 - Surya Dan Dewi Malam
B2 - Nachoda

The Yanti Sisters were Yani, Tina and Iin Parlina Hardjakusumah, the latter was later involved with the Bimbo band. They released 3 albums and a handful of EPs, even a Christmas themed one that can be found over at Madrotter. The backing band here is Pantja Nada.

Trio Visca

Irama EPLN 18

A1 - Tjempaka
A2 - Putus Dudjung Tahun
B1 - Mari Bergembira
B2 - Tjinta Kasihku

Trio Visca was a vocal harmony girl group from Indonesia consisting of the 3 sisters Winny, Ria and Widyawati. They named the group after their respective Zodiac signs; Virgo, Scorpio and Cancer.

The backing band on the EP is Gaja Remadja and the producer is guitarist Ireng Maulana, a member of the Eka Sapta band.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Zainab Ahmad & S. Moorelhuda dengan The Alfan

Olympic T.R.C. 1069

A1 - S. Noorelhuda - Chaya Tarian
A2 - Zainab Ahmad - Ratapan Bahagia
B1 - Zainab Ahmad - Jangan Angan2
B2 - S. Noorelhuda - Rupa Tarian

A third entry for The Alfan band on StereoMono, this time backing two girls on a split EP. It seems The Alfan could do no wrong and all of their music I've heard is consistently excellent!

One of the singers is called S. Moorelhuda on the cover and S. Noorelhuda in the track list, not sure what is correct.

The Rezas - Pertemuan di Malam Pesta

Life LMEP 8804

A1 - Pertemuan Di Malam Pesta
A2 - Berkenalan
B1 - Mencari Kepastian
B2 - Musafir Kelana

The Rezas was Malaysian 1970s band that sounds like they were a bit influenced by Santana. This EP was produced by M. Daud who's probably the same guy as M.Daud Kilau.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Sarena Hashim - Setiap Masa

 EMI Parlophone S-EGEP-800
Singapore - 1975

A1 - Setiap Masa
A2 -  Kenangan Manis
B1 - Kanda Dan Dinda (dengan Dave)
B2 - Bergembira

Sarena Hashim was a a prolific artist during the seventies, sometimes backed by what was arguably the most successful Singaporean group ever; The Quests.  The Quest's guitarist Reggie Verghese is present as aproducer for this EP as well. "Kanda dan Dinda" is a duet with DJ Dave who is still performing, and "Bergembira" is a version of Emy Jackson's classic "Crying in a Storm," here sung in Malay.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

S. Salim dengan The Alfan - Majlis Pengatin

Olympic - T.R.C. 1068

A1 - Bimbang
A2 - Majlis Pengantin
B1 - Surat Dari Kekaseh
B2 - Terjalin Chinta

The Alfan strikes back!  
...and sound just as great backing S. Salim as they did in my earlier post Jeti dengan The Alfan. The last track is actually credited to S. Salim & Jiti, who's probably the same as Jeti..

Monday, November 8, 2010

Hongthong Daoudon - Huai Abanibi

ช้างเอราวัณ (Chang Erawan label)

A1 - ฮ่วย อะบานิบี
A2 - เพลงรักจากหงษ์ทอง
A3 - กะเดาต้นเก่า
A4 - เต้ยต๊กกะเทิน
A5 - ห้ามใจไม่อยู่
A6 - ไปไม่สั่ง
B1 - แหวนหมั้นคนดัง
B2 - ค. คน ค. ควาย
B3 - เอาไหนบ้างซี
B4 - อย่าใช้จดหมาย
B5 - แสลงใจ
B6 - ชาติหน้าตอนเย็นๆ

หงษ์ทอง ดาวอุดร (Hongtong Daoudon) is a luk thung and molam singer from north eastern part of Thailand. This late 70s-early 80s album however is in large parts western influenced Thai funk that wouldn't sound of place on one of the ZudRangMa compilations.

The title track ฮ่วย อะบานิบี is a cover version of Israels winning contribution to the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest, Izhar Cohen & Alpha Beta's "A-Ba-Ni-Bi" (א-ב-ני-בי). This song was apparently a huge hit in Thailand, and monrakplengthai's curator Peter says he would still hear the song playing around Bangkok even today. He's also uploaded อรอุมา สิงห์ศิริ (onuma singsiri)'s version of the song so go listen to that as well!

Thepporn Petchubon - sam kloe thiao krung

เทพพร เพชรอุบล - สามเกลอเที่ยวกรุง ตอน 2
Apples HLP 235

A1 - สามเกลอเที่ยวกรุง ตอน 2
A2 - รำวงหาคู่
A3 - ครวญหาอังคนางค์
A4 - นัดวันให้น้องรอ
A5 - เป่าแคนคอย
A6 - อย่าลืมอ้าย
B1 - พระธาตุพนม
B2 - จนแท้น้อ
B3 - ร้องไห้ทำไม
B4 - บ่ลืมบ้านนอก
B5 - นับหมอนรถไฟ
B6 - รักหรือเปล่า

Today we have a StereoMono house favorite, a great Isan luk thung album from เทพพร เพชรอุบล (Thepporn Petchubon). There's a write up in Thai here for those who can read the language. All I managed to figure out with the help of a Google translation is that Thepporn was born in 1947 in the Ubon Ratchathani province. Anyway, it's the music that matters. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pattaya Nayok - thee rak jaa

พัทยา นายก - ทีรักจ๋า
แผ่นเสียง ตรา กระต่าย คู่ - MN 125

A1 - ทีรักจ๋า
A2 - ลาน้องไปทหาร
A3 - ทหารคนดี (sung by ยุพิน แพรทอง [Yuphin Phraethong])
A4 - ระวังไว้นะคนสวย
A5 - กล่อมน้องนอน
A6 - รักเต็มหัวใจ
B1 - อิจฉาเด็กน้อย
B2 - อย่าอิจฉาเด็กน้อย (sung by ยมนา วิภาวรรณ [Yomna Wiphawan])
B3 - ลูกคนจน
B4 - ลิเกบ้ารัก
B5 - เสียดายความหนุ่ม
B6 - เช้งวับ

Other than that Pattaya Nayok is from the Nakhon Nayok province in central Thailand and released at least 2 albums on the "double rabbit" label, there ain't much I can tell you about todays selection. I really like this album of mostly up-tempo luk thung.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Fahim Sadi Sings

Aida Mustafa - Pantun Jenaka

Philips - 473 873 PE - Indonesia

A1 - Pantun Jenaka
A2 - Menanti
B1 - Telah Bersemi
B2 - Bungaku

Mesayu Aida Mustafa is accompanied by The Steps on this late-60s/early-70s EP, delivering some awesome fuzz-guitar blasts on "Pantun Jenaka". As many other Indonesian artists (Ernie Djohan, Ervinna, Irni Jusnita etc..) Aida also released records in Singapore and Malaysia during the 1960s-70s.

More Aida Mustafa can be found on Madrotter!

Jeti dengan The Alfan

Olympic - T.R.C. 1074

A1 - Mesra Di-Kenangan
A2 - Churiga-Churiga
B1 - Bisekan Kalbu
B2 - Sunyi Menanti

What? You say you've never heard about Jeti before?? Then it's about time you got acquainted!

Not sure were Jeti hails from, the lyrics seem to be in Malay and the EP was released in Singapore which was a veritable melting pot of the South-East Asian music scene of the 1960s-70s.  Backing band "The Alfan" recorded with many other artists too and may have had a few releases on their own if I recall correctly. They sound absolutely fantastic here, great organ, violin and percussion sounds. Malay EPs of this kind can be pretty much a hit & miss affair, especially when you blindly buy records just cause the cover art looks great, once in a while a real gem turns up and this is one of them. As you can see on the cover the music is presented in glorious StereoMono!


Suphaphon Thiapthiam / Soonthorn Sujaridchan - รักอุตลุด 2

 Top Teen Talent - T-031
Thailand - 1977

A1 - สุภาภรณ์ เทียบเทียม (Suphaphon Thiapthiam) - รักหนอรัก
A2 - รัยอลวนตับ (เรียเรียง - ปราจีณ ทรงเผ่า)
B1 - สุนทร สุจริตฉันท์ (Soonthorn Sujaridchan) - สระ-เอ-มอ-สระ-อา (ขี้เมา)
B2 - สุนทร สุจริตฉันท์ (Soonthorn Sujaridchan) - สระ-เอ-มอ-สระ-อา (ขี้เมาเละ)

Soundtrack from the 1977 comedy film "rak ootalood," think it means something like "Love in Haste" but don't quote me on that :-)

In addition to his solo career สุนทร สุจริตฉันท์ (Soonthorn Sujaridchan) was the singer of รอยัล สไปรท์ส (Royal Sprites). Both of his songs from the B-side of this EP was also included on the "Maft Sai : Thai Funk ZudRangMa Vol.2" compilation.

I know nothing at all about Suphaphon Thiapthiam who's singing the ballad on the first track. And neither am I sure who's performing the instrumental song, all I know is that it's composed by ปราจีณ ทรงเผ่า (Prajeena Sohngfao), a member of ดิอิมพอสซิเบิ้ล (The Impossibles) who will be featured later here on StereoMono.

On the Thai wikipedia page for the movie there's several songs from the soundtrack uploaded as OGG files
film poster

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Nahid Akhtar - Nahid's Choice (1976)

 His Masters Voice LKDA-5083 - Pakistan - 1976

A1 - Aaj Na Socho (composer: Karim Shahabuddin)
A2 - Hangama Hai KayoonM. (composer: M. Ashraf)
A3 - Khullam Khulla Pyar (composer: Chandar Mohan and Beliram)
A4 - Aaja Meri Bahon Men (composer: Chandar Mohan and Beliram)
A5 - Aaj Ham Donon (composer: Bakhshi Wazir)
A6 - Charhti Jawani (composer: Kamal Ahmad)
B1 - Mohabbat Bech Dete (composer: M. Ashraf)
B2 - Ailo Muk Geya (composer: Kamal Ahmad)
B3 - Rang Bhari Hai (composer: Karim Shahabuddin)
B4 - Aisa Lagta Hai (composer: A. Hamid)
B5 - Dil To Keya Cheez Hai (composer: M. Ashraf)

For those who got a taste for "The Sound of Wonder" and want more of the same; here's a great compilation of Lollywood film music sung by the divine Nahid Akhtar.

    Johnny Yuma Thai EP

    Coliseum Records
    Thailand - ca.1967

    A - มีศักดิ์ นาครัตน์ (Misak Nakharat) - จอหนนี่ ยูม่า
    B1 - The Wilder Brothers - Johnny Yuma
    B2 - The Wilder Brothers -That Silent Man

    Johnny Yuma was a 1967 Italian western film with music composed by Nora Orlandia. The 2 tracks here was performed by The Wilder Brothers, which was a pseudonym used by John Ireson & Wayn Parham for many Spaghetti Western films.  The original record was released as a 2 track single on RCA Victor. This Thai edition feature an extra track by Misak Nakarat singing the title song  backed by ขบวน มุกดา (Khabuan Mukda)'s "The Son of P.M." and Thai lyrics provided by Mr. P.M. himself: พยงค์ มุกดา (Phayong Mukda).

    Misak Nakharat was a singer and actor and reputedly the first practitioner of rock'n'roll music in Thailand. You can find a whole Misak album and a lot more information than I'd be able to provide on the great monrakplengthai blog:

    taek dang phlo

    be sure to also check the later Khabuan Mukda instrumental electone album on the same blog:

    electone '81, vol. 4

    Many thanks to Peter at monrakplengthai for all his help with transcriptions of my Thai records!!