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Pop Yeh Yeh: Psychedelic Rock From Singapore And Malaysia

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Sublime Frequencies

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Until now, for some unknown reason, the psychedelic rock movement in Singapore and Malaysia, aka Pop Yeh Yeh, has never been given the worldwide attention it deserves. This compilation -- Pop Yeh Yeh - Psychedelic Rock from Singapore and Malaysia - 1964-1970: Vol. 1 -- is the first of its kind to focus solely on the Malay rock groups of this region. The Pop Yeh Yeh era, which took place roughly between the years of 1964 to 1970, coincided with the rapid modernization happening at the time in Singapore and Malaysia. Sublime Frequencies has already released many incredible compilations from neighboring Indonesia, so it's about time that the Malaysian groups got some attention! Pop Yeh Yeh artists instinctively cross-pollinated electric sounds of the West with Malay melodies, and added their own local poetic voice to the lyrics they wrote -- sung in Malay (and sometimes Bawean). The Pop Yeh Yeh musicians started out playing in styles inspired by Western groups like the Beatles and Cliff Richard, but they eventually succeeded in creating a sound all their own -- a sound that is not only accessible to the Western ear, but also retains an undeniable Malay personality. Nearly eight years in the making, this compilation was exhaustively researched and compiled by Carl Hamm and features 26 classic tracks of the very best bands and singers from Singapore and Malaysia's Pop Yeh Yeh era, including M. Osman, Orkes Nirwana, Adnan Othman, A. Halim, Roziah Latiff, and the Jayhawkers, J. Sham, Hasnah Haron, Zaleha Hamid, and many more. This 2LP deluxe edition comes in a gorgeous heavy-duty gatefold jacket with a full-size 12-page full-color booklet packed with insanely extensive liner-notes including band/artist bios, an overview of the era, translated lyrics, and plenty of rare photos taken from vintage magazines, album covers, and the artists' own personal collections.


1. Adnan Othman & The Rythmn Boys - Budi Bahasa
2. M. Osman & Orkes Nirwana - Kisah Disampang
3. Roziah Latiff And The Jayhawkers - Aku Kechewa
4. Fatimah Amin & The Clans - Oh Teruna
5. Afida Es & The Siglap Boys - Jangan Goda
6. Raja Ahmad & Dendang Irama - Oh Ya Ya
7. M. Said & Les Remaja - Temasha Ria
8. Fabians Boys (feat. Halipah) - Bersiar Siar
9. M. Osman & Les Fentones – Dara
10. Azizah Mohamed & Orkes Nirwana - Syurga Idaman
11. Halim "Janda-Ku" Yatim & The Sangam Boys - Jauh Pandangan
12. Zaleha Hamid & The Black Cats - Nelayan Bersampan 13. A Ramlie & The Rythmn Boys - Kasih Tak Sudah
14. Salim I & The Wisma - Bersiar Di Taman Hiboran
15. A. Rahman Hassan & Orkes Nirwana - Bimbang
16. M Rahmat & The Teruna - Mula Bertemu
17. Adnan Othman & The Wanderers – Revolusi
18. Nur Azilah & Desa Bersaudara - Ayah? Kini Ku Bercinta 19. A. Halim & De'Fictions - Kembali Lagi
20. Siti Zaiton & The Twilite - Rindu
21. Zaleha Hamid & Orkes Zindegi – Bertemasha
22. Noor Hamza & Band Mesra - Sidia Siapa
23. J. Sham & The Wanderers - Surat Ku Untuk Mu
24. A. Halim & De'Fictions - Kan Hilang Nanti
25. A. Rahman Hassan & Orkes Nirwana - Tak Mengapa
26. Hasnah Haron & The Spiritual 70s - Bintang Pujaan

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