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Phương Tâm

Magical Nights - Saigon Surf, Twist & Soul (1964-1966)

    First ever retrospective of Phương Tâm, the groundbreaking Saigon teenager who became one of the first singers to perform and record rock and roll (known in Vietnam as nhạc kích động, or, action music) | 25 tracks spanning Phương Tâm’s recording career: early rock and roll, surf, twist, soul, blues and jazz ballads recorded in Saigon between 1964-1966, featuring electric guitars, contrabass, lush brass, saxophone, drums and organ, and rich backing vocal arrangements. 

    Produced by Mark Gergis (compiler of Sublime Frequencies’ 2010 compilation Saigon Rock and Soul) and Hannah Hà (daughter of Phương Tâm). | Audio restored and remastered from original records and reel tapes. | A family story – as told by Hannah Hà, whose dedication to discovering and sharing her mother’s musical legacy, is helping to put Phương Tâm back on center stage after 55 years | Adds critical context to the fragmented understanding of Vietnamese popular culture at the time. | First western-issue single-artist retrospective of a pre-1975 Vietnamese artist.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Có Nhớ Đêm Nào (Remember The Night) 2:59
    A2. Buồn 18 (Sorrow At 18) 3:09
    A3. 20-40 (20-40) 3:08
    A4. Anh Đâu Em Đó (Wherever You Are, I Will Be There) 3:19
    A5. Nếu Có Xa Nhau (If We’re Far Apart) 3:59
    A6. Phút Say Mơ (In My Dream) 3:28

    B1. Đêm Huyền Diệu (Magical Night) 3:27
    B2. Nhịp Đàn Vui (A Merry Tune) 2:53
    B3. Ai? (Who?) 2:41
    B4. Vẫn Yêu Hoài (Still Loving You Always) 2:35
    B5. Ngày Phép Của Lính (A Soldier’s Day Of Leave) 3:10
    B6. Lá Thư (The Letter) 3:38

    C1. Đôi Tám (Double Eight) 2:57
    C2. Thần Tượng (Idol) 3:21
    C3. Nhớ Mình Anh Thôi (Missing Only You) 2:51
    C4. 60 Năm (60 Years) 3:05 C5. Tình Lính (A Soldier’s Love) 3:42
    C6. Buồn Lên Thành Phố (The Sadness Of The City) 3:26

    D1. Lòng Trai 20 (The Heart Of A 20-year-old) 2:31
    D2. Nếu Có Em (If I Have You) 2:59
    D3. Tình Mơ (Dreamy Love) 2:36
    D4. Bước Giang Hồ (My Wonderful Journey) 2:42
    D5. Những Ngày Qua (Bygone Twisted Days) 3:06
    D6. Còn Nhớ Gì Không (Do You Remember?) 3:04
    D7. Thế Hãy Còn Xa Lắm (Still So Far Away) 3:23 

    Omar Souleyman

    Jazeera Nights: Folk & Pop Sounds Of Syria - RSD Vinyl Edition

      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

      This retrospective features live recordings spanning 15 years of Omar's tireless repertoire, and is rife with frenzied Syrian Dabke (a regional folkloric dance and party music), Iraqi Choubi and a host of Arabic, Kurdish and Turkish styles, among others -- an amalgamation that exemplifies the musical essence of Northeastern Syria. Culled from cassettes recorded between 1995 and 2009, this collection offers a further rare glimpse into Syrian street-level Dabke folk-pop – a phenomena seldom heard in the West, not previously deemed serious enough for export by the Syrians and rarely, if ever, included on the import agenda of worldwide academic musical committees. Over the years, Souleyman's popularity has risen steadily and the group tirelessly performs concerts throughout Syria and has accepted invitations to perform abroad in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon. In 2006, Sublime Frequencies partnered with Omar to release Highway to Hassake, the first compilation of his works to be issued in the West. The success of this release and the video for the song "Leh Jani" helped see Souleyman and his group invited for their first Western tour in 2009 alongside label-mates Group Doueh from the Western Sahara. This successful tour quickly elevated Souleyman to the status of an international legend -- and deservedly so.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Hafer Gabrak Bidi (I Will Dig Your Grave With My Hands)
      2. Ala Il Hanash Madgouga (The Bedouin Tattoo)
      3. Hot Il Khanjar Bi Gleibi (Stab My Heart)
      4. Labji Wa Bajji Il Hajar (My Tears Will Make The Stones Cry)
      5. Dazeitlak Dezzelli (I Signal, You Deny)
      6. Li Raja Behawakom (I Beg You, Baby)
      7. Kell Il Banat Inkhatban (All The Girls Are Engaged)
      8. Mandal (I Don't Know)
      9. Eih Min Elemkom (From The Day That I Told You)

      Various Artists

      Pop Yeh Yeh: Psychedelic Rock From Singapore And Malaysia

        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

        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.

        TRACK LISTING

        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

        Koudede

        Guitars From Agadez Vol. 7

          In October 2012, the Tamashek community lost one of its most luminous voices when Koudede's life was cut short by a car crash during his trip home to Niger from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Koudede was a leading light among the myriad musical groups that have recently proliferated in Niger and Mali to voice the Tuareg struggle against exploitation and to exalt their proud but waning nomadic heritage. His outstanding reputation and corpus of songs garnered the respect of his contemporaries, and his altruistic persona made him a formidable conduit for younger generations of musicians; he was always eager to foster dialog by spreading the music and message of his people. These recordings were captured in an atmosphere of tumult as the 2012 Tuareg insurgency led to a series of battles in the northern Sahara between the government of Mali and the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA). In a misbegotten alliance, the MNLA was drawn together with a rogue movement of dogmatic fundamentalists who were bent on destabilizing West Africa's generally symbiotic relationship with a peaceful, centuries-old Afro-Islamic culture.

          Three of these four tracks were recorded on location at Toumast - the Tuareg headquarters in Mali's capital city of Bamako - shortly after Koudede appeared as a featured artist at the Festival au Désert in Timbuktu. In February 2012, as conditions worsened for the Tuareg in Mali, Koudede's peers advised him to flee the country. The remaining track was recorded in Ouagadougou, after Koudede and his group left Bamako for the safer soil of Burkina Faso. These recordings showcase Koudede's mastery of song and emotion, and memorialize his tragically short tenure as one of the Tuareg's most venerable prophets of the Kel Tamashek message to the outside world. Sublime Frequencies is honored to perpetuate Koudede's extraordinary legacy with this four-song, 45-rpm 12" EP. Recorded and compiled by Hisham Mayet.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Ewellan
          2. Souvenir
          3. Adounia
          4. Taghlamt

          Tucker Martine

          Brokenhearted Dragonflies: Insect Electronica From Southeast Asia

            • LP vinyl edition of the original long out-of-print CD from 2004.
            • One of the most stunning live insect recordings ever produced.
            • Recorded live on location in Laos, Thailand and Burma in the 1990s.
            • Limited edition pressing with a beautiful tip-on jacket and an insert with text and photos.

            There is a legend in Burma stating that swarms of male dragonflies gather to join in choruses of high-pitched tones to court their mates. The ones that don't succeed in mating eventually scream so loud that their chests explode and they drop dead to the ground. These recordings are a tribute to this legend. Droning cicadas, dragonflies, and other insects display their charm as masters of the high frequency airwaves, recorded live and unprocessed by Tucker Martine in the lush settings of Laos, Thailand, and Burma. Enter the supernatural world where entomology and electronica converge in a tropical hallucination of alien sound. Anyone who has ever wondered if these strange symphonies could be recorded or preserved as precisely as they sound in the field need look no further. Martine has done it and you will be transported to the exact experience one would encounter in these mysterious lowlands.

            Limited edition LP pressing of the long out-of-print CD from 2004, comes with a beautiful tip-on jacket, including an insert with photos and liner notes by Hakim Bey and Alan Bishop.


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