Those Shocking, Shaking Days
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The vinyl is beautifully housed in a heavy triple gatefold sleeve that has images of the groups, record covers and records themselves and contains a beautiful book that provides background info on the songs and bands. A 5-star release all the way through. It is the kind of record set that makes one neglect the rest of one's collection.
Recommended? HELL YES.
The style of music on this CD is described in the booklet as "Indonesian Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock and Funk" and that sums it up pretty well, although I really don't hear much that qualifies as "funk" in my musical dictionary. A few tracks sound a bit too derivative of other 70s-era Western bands (I'd swear one of them is, in fact, a cover, with the lyrics changed), but there also some really incredible tunes on here that would blow the minds of most fans of 70s psyche and hard rock, bursting with wicked, fuzzy guitar licks and propulsive keyboard work. My two favorite songs are "Evil War" by Shark Move and "Candle Light" by Benny Soebardja and Lizard. Not surprisingly, Soebardja was also the vocalist and guitarist in Shark Move. Clearly, this guy was one of the country's rock talents. I'd love to hear by him and his various bands.
Like one reviewer, I was puzzled why there are no songwriting credits on this CD.Read more ›
Indeed. Turns out the only place with bad music in the 70's was the US. The CD on offer here is a best of from a multi-disc package available elsewhere, so let's hope additional volumes are on their way. The tracks here show that the Indonesian musicians readily absorbed James Brown, Led Zeppelin, Delta Blues and spun it all in an intoxicating stew flavoured genuinely with their passion for music and rhythm.
Herein you'll find uniquely Indonesian takes on psychedelia, funk, rock-gamelan, and all of it is astoundingly magical. In the opening song there is a lyric "I love all music and melody," and clearly that is the guiding ethos. And for the record, want to know where Plant got that yelp? It's all here. The march toward 1980 would result in the gamelan structure of a renewed King Crimson and a world approach by Talking Heads and Peter Gabriel. The roots must have been not just in Fela but in this Malaysian curry. This is a great disc.
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It's good, three discs and very unique. The English lyrics are understandable and the sound is psychedelic. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Stevo
I am prepared to like this album as it is smartly packaged and contains intestesting material, but for whatever reason the publishers have chosen to not list the songwriters. Read morePublished on May 14, 2011 by John Hattan