Monday, March 01, 2010

Today's Cassettes, March 1, 2010.

It's been a long time since I've done one of these, so here's a two for one shot.  In the trusty Sanyo not a Walkman tonight were:

Usah Di-Tanya, Usah Di-Chari by Malaysian singer Zaleha Hamid.  This is apparently a compilation.  It's been a long time since I've listened to this one, so I was surprised at the unintended distortion on some of the cuts on side one.  The vocals and some other stuff on here might make you think of Indian film music.  Lots of funky combo organ and sax playing as well.  Ms. Hamid was quite the cutie back in the '60s as can be seen via the cover shot.

Super Tophit 6 by Pumpuang Duanjan.  No doubt about this one being a comp.  She was a highly successful singer of Thai luk thung music, but died at the young age of 31 in 1992.  Most of what's on here is mid tempo ballad stuff but I still quite like it.  Of course speaking no Thai it's entirely her singing that has an effect on me, not the lyrical content of the songs.  This stuff is frequently refered to in English as Thai country music, and in a few places you can almost hear a direct connection, while in other places you might find yourself comparing it to Mexican music given the tempos and the use of horns. 

No comments: