V/A - Singapore A-Go-Go (2xLP)
OFFICIAL RSD 2018 release. Limited edition; Comes in full-color gatefold jacket with photos of the original 45 sleeves and extended liner notes from compiler William Gibson.
Sublime Frequencies works its way down to the tip of the Malaysian peninsula with this superb collection of Singaporean '60s beat, pop, and "off-beat cha-cha" classics from original vinyl 45s. These 22 supercharged beat-a-go-go tracks defy a common held belief that the Chinese couldn't rock, groove, or swing back in the 1960s. The vocals are sung in the dialects of Mandarin and Hokkien and they soar with catchy hooks atop groovy, clever beats. There's plenty of electric guitar, organ, and crazy percussion rocking and twisting behind it all, at times reaching quite a mad and freaky state of affairs. The record's finale "Happy Lunar New Year" sung by Linda Yong may be the weirdest New Year greeting ever recorded.
Every single cut is a winner and it never lets up from start to finish. Although most of the lyrics focus on love, innocence, and festive atmospherics, there's an epic vibe to the music that rivals other extremely well-recorded and unique pop styles emanating from the surrounding Southeast Asian scenes during the late 1960s. Seminal bands of the period like The Stylers and The Silvertones are well represented here, backing up a wide array of popular vocalists with Charlie Electric Guitar Band's Sound of Japan, credited here as Charlie And The Boys, ripping it up on four brilliant instrumental tracks. Also features: Grace Lee, Chew Yan, Lim Ling, Lena Lim, Dong Rong, Mei Feng With Tony And The Polar Bear Five, John Teo, Chen Jie And The Golden Melody, and Lim Chay.
Grace Lee And The Stylers - Each And Every Flower
Chew Yan And The Stylers - Tall Mountain Green
Linda Yong And The Silvertones - Good Luck In The New Year
Charlie And The Boys - Carnation
Lim Ling And The Silvertones - Love Is Like Dew And Flowers
Lena Lim And The Stylers - Luna, Luna
Chew Yan And The Stylers - Mimi Cat
Charlie And The Boys - Tough Time Missing You
Linda Yong And The Silvertones - Congrats, Congrats
Lim Ling And The Silvertones - (Funny, Funny) Why Do I Fall In Love With You?
Lim Ling And The Silvertones - Si Li Li Li Li Our Hearts Beat As One
Dong Rong And The Stylers - You Are A Heartless Person
Charlie And The Boys - Diamond
Mei Feng With Tony And The Polar Bear Five - Secretly Love You
John Teo And The Stylers - Riding A Trishaw Around Chinatown
Grace Lee And The Stylers - Why Are You Not Smiling?
Chen Jie And The Golden Melody - Spring Wind Kisses My Face
Lim Chay And The Silvertones - I Hate My Unrequited Love For You
Lim Ling And The Silvertones - Where Is The Lady?
Charlie And The Boys - Mountain Lady
Lim Ling And The Silvertones - Oh No!
Linda Yong And The Silvertones - Happy Lunar New Year
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