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Em Records

Various Artists - Classic Productions by Surin Phaksiri: Luk Thung Gems from the 1960s-80s

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  • This collection of 12 luk thung songs from the 1960s-80s, all produced by Surin Phaksiri, is a superb showcase of cross-genre/multi-national fertilisation, with Latin, jazz, western pop, Indian and Japanese music seamlessly melding with the musical world of Isan (northeast Thailand), which is strongly rooted in Laotian culture. Esteemed producer Surin Phaksiri, an Isan icon, always strove to drive Thai music forward, with innovative techniques and open ears, introducing international elements as well as Lao influences, including the use of the khaen. Most of the singers here, all famed and respected, have Lao roots, and it is predominantly through music that the Isan Lao-Thai culture has entered the Thai national consciousness. These lovely and joyous songs are, for the most part, previously unavailable outside of Thailand; more than half are first-time reissues. The wide range of songs here includes covers of Japanese folk and pop songs, a paean to marijuana, proto-Thai funk, a ramwong-style dance tune, a cover of a Bollywood classic, some straight-ahead luk thung, a unique Indian-style luk thung, and a gorgeous answer song to a movie hit.

    Label: Em Records

    Cat No: EM1185LP

    Format: 12" Vinyl LP

    Genre: World / Folk / Luk Thung


    A1. Buppa Saichon - Send My Love on the Wind

    A2. Sumit Satchathep - Starved of Love

    A3. Kawao Siangthong - New Home Simulation

    A4. Banchop Charoenporn - Please Don’t Say Anymore

    A5. Riam Daranoi - I Get Excited

    A6. Kawao Siangthong - Bong Ganja

    B1. Buppa Saichon - Watch Me Walk

    B2. Danchai Sonthaya - I Want To Die

    B3. Dam Dansuphan - Ripe Love

    B4. Phloen Phromdaen - Seducing a Mekong River Girl

    B5. Sumalee Saengsot - The Cherry Blossom Is Waiting For You

    B6. Waiphot Phetsuphan - Lam by the Rice Fields