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Category: Asian pop

60s/70s rock +/- pop
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1969’s China Night ~ Guitar Music LP

Back in 2006, I was still making the compact disc equivalent of the “mix tape.” CD players were still in common use then and a convenient device for playing back digitally-transferred selections from my vinyl collection. Varying levels of effort went into my CD compilations from this period — some

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"Pengosekan"
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The “Monkey Chant” in Pop

[Note:  Piece updated on February 15, 2019 – see special coda at the tail end] Zero to 180 is intrigued to discover that today’s featured song is the sole composition attributed to Vic Coppersmith-Heaven [whose impressive audio engineering CV includes Cat Stevens, The Rolling Stones, Billy Preston, and even Stanley Kubrick] on Discogs.  This

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"1900 Yesterday"
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“1900 Yesterday”: Bye White Whale

Liz Damon and the Orient Express Band were once the house band at the Hilton Hawaiian Village whose debut album, At the Garden Bar, Hilton Hawaiian Village, was originally issued on local label, Makaha, in 1970.  Enter White Whale, the indie label that likely released surf music’s final first-wave recording

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10-string guitar
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Andy Tielman’s 10-String Guitar

Victor Uwaifo‘s double-neck “magic guitar” with 18 strings immediately brings to mind Andy Tielman and his 10-string guitar.  I suspect that many if not most Americans are unfamiliar (as I was) with The Tielman Brothers, a band of siblings from the Netherlands by way of Indonesia.  But check out this

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"Forevermore"
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Tokyo Happy Coats: Japanese Pop on King Records

There is, interestingly enough, a Japanese label that shares the name King Records.  Japan’s King Records even predates Cincinnati’s King Records by twelve years or so. But back in 1970, it was Cincinnati’s King Records who released two LPs and exactly three 45s by an “all-girl” Japanese pop group, The

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"Ranjana"
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“Ranjana”: West Meets East

Chet Atkins‘ 1967 RCA album, It’s a Guitar World, finds him on the back cover under the banner, “The International Guitar of Chet Atkins“: Producer Bob Ferguson writes the following about “Ranjana” in the album’s liner notes: [“Ranjana” and “January in Bombay“] are India’s attendants at this musical U.N. feast. 

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