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Those Shocking Shaking Days [coll] – [Now Again Records]

surferrosa   11/15/2011   12-inch, International

Here is a collection of Indonesian hard, psychedelic, progressive rock and funk from 1970-1978. In order to avoid western cultural imperialism, the dictatorship at the time banned the sale of records by western artists such as the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elvis, ect. ..as well as those b Indonesian artists playing western style music. So this music was not really embraced at the time it came out. You can hear te sounds of the 70s all over these records, with influences from bands like Deep Purple, King Crimson and Cream. There is plenty o fuzz, epic guitar solos, sweet organ lines and driving rhythms here. A3, E1 and E2 are particularly funky, and D2 is a nice long instrumental. C2 has some lovely instrumentation that sounds a bit more traditional. Overall, this is a collection of 20 solid tracks with absolutely no space fillers. Play anything. Its all awesome. These Indonesians just want to ROCK! -Surfer Rosa

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