Saturday, October 30, 2010

Thai Shadow Music (Golden TS-2051)/ Modified Thai Shadow Music (Golden TS-2052)




Some folks checking out this blog may already be familiar with Thai Shadow music from the "Shadow Music of Thailand" LP released a few years ago by the indefatigable Sublime Frequencies label. The press release for that particular record gives a nicely succinct description of what the "Thai Shadow Music" genre is all about:

SHADOW MUSIC was a broad term given to the Thai guitar pop movement of the 1960s and the groups that came out of it, all under the profound influence of early Western rock and roll. British instrumental wonders The Shadows (as in Cliff Richards & the Shadows) were the origin of the genre's title, also coined 'Wong Shadow' or early Thai 'String' music. Shadow records were often marketed as 'Thai Modernized Music' which it was in the truest sense. Traditional Thai melodies were given the Shadow treatment; incorporating rock, surf, a-go-go, exotica, soul, blues, Latin and other worldly styles of the times. Inventive compositions and instrumental genius meet the occasional odd vocal arrangement and the results range from plaintive guitar and organ-driven lullabies to full-blown electric garage folk-psychedelia!

I'm not sure how much redundancy/overlap there may be with the collection of instrumental tunes contained on these deeply great tapes and the Sublime Frequencies record (I don't own it) but I can't imagine that there's a whole lot. The only thing I know for sure is that the music here is like a warm super-satisfying infusion for the soul.



Update.. New Info from the comments. Thanks Peter!

the first album is a compilation of songs by johnny guitar & p.m. pocket music, and the second is entirely by the son of p.m.
here are the tracklists:

thai shadow music
01. p.m. pocket music - กระแต
02. p.m. pocket music - กลองยาว
03. p.m. pocket music - สร้อยแสงแดง
04. johnny guitar - ลาวดวงเดือน
05. p.m. pocket music - ไทรโยค
06. johnny guitar - สุพรรณหงษ์
07. johnny guitar - ลาวเจริญศรี
08. johnny guitar - สีนวล
09. johnny guitar - นางนาค
10. johnny guitar - มอญกละ
11. p.m. pocket music - พม่ารำขวาน
12. p.m. pocket music - ต้นบรเทศ
13. p.m. pocket music - ยะวา
14. p.m. pocket music - โสมส่องแสง
15. p.m. pocket music - แขกต่อยหม้อ
16. johnny guitar - ลาวกระทบไม้
17. johnny guitar - ลาวเสี่ยงเทียน
18. johnny guitar - ลาวคำหอม
19. p.m. pocket music - ซัดชาดรี
20. p.m. pocket music - มโนราห์บูชายันต์

and

modified thai shadow music
1. son of p.m. - เพลงอวยพร
2. son of p.m. - กราวกีฬา
3. son of p.m. - พม่าเห่
4. son of p.m. - คลื่นกระทบฝั่ง
5. son of p.m. - เส่เหล่เมา
6. son of p.m. - แขกหนัง
7. son of p.m. - อิเหนา
8. son of p.m. - ลาวดำเนินทราย
9. son of p.m. - บุหงากาก๊ะ
10. son of p.m. - เพลงอาหรับ
11. son of p.m. - นกขมิ้น
12. son of p.m. - ลาวแพน
13. son of p.m. - เขมรโพธิสัตว์
14. son of p.m. - ม้าย่อง
15. son of p.m. - ลาวครวญ
16. son of p.m. - เห่เรือ
17. son of p.m. - คาวหัวใจ
18. son of p.m. - จันทร์โลม
19. son of p.m. - ฝั่งหัวใจ
20. son of p.m. - ลุ่มเจ้าพระยา

one the second tape, there are about 4 tracks extra on each side.. no idea what these are, so i left them off the tracklist


5 comments:

Kurt said...

Thanks!

peter said...

thanks so much, as always!
lots of great songs on here that i've never ever heard before! the first album is a compilation of songs by johnny guitar & p.m. pocket music, and the second is entirely by the son of p.m.
here are the tracklists:

thai shadow music
01. p.m. pocket music - กระแต
02. p.m. pocket music - กลองยาว
03. p.m. pocket music - สร้อยแสงแดง
04. johnny guitar - ลาวดวงเดือน
05. p.m. pocket music - ไทรโยค
06. johnny guitar - สุพรรณหงษ์
07. johnny guitar - ลาวเจริญศรี
08. johnny guitar - สีนวล
09. johnny guitar - นางนาค
10. johnny guitar - มอญกละ
11. p.m. pocket music - พม่ารำขวาน
12. p.m. pocket music - ต้นบรเทศ
13. p.m. pocket music - ยะวา
14. p.m. pocket music - โสมส่องแสง
15. p.m. pocket music - แขกต่อยหม้อ
16. johnny guitar - ลาวกระทบไม้
17. johnny guitar - ลาวเสี่ยงเทียน
18. johnny guitar - ลาวคำหอม
19. p.m. pocket music - ซัดชาดรี
20. p.m. pocket music - มโนราห์บูชายันต์

and

modified thai shadow music
1. son of p.m. - เพลงอวยพร
2. son of p.m. - กราวกีฬา
3. son of p.m. - พม่าเห่
4. son of p.m. - คลื่นกระทบฝั่ง
5. son of p.m. - เส่เหล่เมา
6. son of p.m. - แขกหนัง
7. son of p.m. - อิเหนา
8. son of p.m. - ลาวดำเนินทราย
9. son of p.m. - บุหงากาก๊ะ
10. son of p.m. - เพลงอาหรับ
11. son of p.m. - นกขมิ้น
12. son of p.m. - ลาวแพน
13. son of p.m. - เขมรโพธิสัตว์
14. son of p.m. - ม้าย่อง
15. son of p.m. - ลาวครวญ
16. son of p.m. - เห่เรือ
17. son of p.m. - คาวหัวใจ
18. son of p.m. - จันทร์โลม
19. son of p.m. - ฝั่งหัวใจ
20. son of p.m. - ลุ่มเจ้าพระยา

one the second tape, there are about 4 tracks extra on each side.. no idea what these are, so i left them off the tracklist

Matt said...

hey peter, thank you so much!

it's wonderful to know who's playing what... there's a few songs here that i recognize from their traditional counterparts... track 16. ลาวกระทบไม้ from the 1st tape is one that i think i have 3 or 4 different versions of.* i have a memory from many years ago of a thai friend explaining to me that the rhythm is derived from rice husking or something like that... anyways, great stuff. as always, thank you for knowledge!

* (btw, if it's of any interest here's an upload of one of the traditional versions i'm talking about: http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?y4d09zisxbiezeb ...very nice catchy, happy melody imho)

peter said...

hey matt!
lao krathop mai is one of my favorite thai melodies as well.. i know that the tune is associated with the bamboo pole dance common to much of southeast asia (known as tinikling in the phillipines for example). this dance could very well be traced back to some rice farming activities.. i've read a couple ideas on the matter!

that's a great recording, thanks! do you happen to know the performers?

& if you're interested in more versions, there's a great solo khaen rendition to be found at haji maji, or a version on marimba at my site.

thanks again!

Matt said...

hey peter,

thanks for the links to haji maji and your marimba post! very cool. i'll be sure to check 'em. cheers!

i've posted the tape that track i linked above comes from... of course i can't read a single word of thai but i'm guessing from the sparse info the performers aren't listed (?)