Album Review

Longing For The Past [coll] – [Dust-To-Digital]

Naysayer   4/16/2017   CD, International

Dust-To-Digital is a one of a kind label, focusing not only on quality collections but making sure packaging and information is as exquisite as the sounds. “Longing For the Past, The 78 RPM Era in Southeast Asia” continues this tradition. 78 recordings from the early 1900’s through the 1950’s, taken from Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam cover all ranges of music and styles from these countries at these times. Court music, wedding songs, instrumental pieces both solo and groups in all configurations, folk songs, known and unknown performers, village music, leaders chanting and on and on. So many sounds caught on 78’s and still intact to preserve a selection for us to hear on 4 CD’s. Initially this music was recorded merely as a means to sell Victrolas to a new market. You won’t buy it if there is nothing there to hear. European salesmen went out and recorded just about anything that moved. The selection in incredible. The accompanying book is a comprehensive review of how this started, who did it, where they went, the types of music and their history, notes on instrumentation and history of instruments and artists. Each song has three to five paragraphs of thorough explanation. Dive in, learn and enjoy.

you heard it 66 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 458 days ago, Hemroid the Leader played Khmer People, Get Ready to Fight
  • 458 days ago, Hemroid the Leader played Sentencing Precious Consort Pang, Part 2
  • 458 days ago, Hemroid the Leader played a Great Man (nam Nhi-Tu)
  • 458 days ago, Hemroid the Leader played Thong Yon/Phleng Barang/rueang Khun Chang Khun Phaen
  • 458 days ago, Hemroid the Leader played Four Great Landscapes/Gold Coins (Tu Dai Canh/Kim Tien)
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