Thursday, May 9, 2013

Rare Cambodian Tracks


Reupped by popular demand here.



At least nine compilations of Cambodian rock have been released for western consumption over the last decade, making this incredibly rich pop from the 60s and 70s some of the most talked-about and listened-to around the world. But for every song now readily available on CD, there are 10-20 more that most people outside of Cambodia haven’t yet heard.

Over the last year I’ve scoured the furthest reaches of the Internet, pulling together a collection of nearly 1,000 songs, ranging from pretty darn okay to unimpeachably great. The selection I’ve put together here is an attempt to showcase the greatest of what has yet to see major distribution. Every song on this mix-CD is a personal favorite and, to the best of my knowledge, not otherwise available on any of the Cambodia Rocks, Cambodian Psych-Out, Groove Club, Dengue Fever or Sublime Frequencies compilations.

If I had a CD series of my own, this would be the first thing I’d release. Alas, I don’t. And, because I don’t, it looks like you’ve just saved yourself $16.95.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

HUGE THANKS!

tim abdellah said...

This rules! Thanks so much!

Holly said...

Gary -
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!

You might enjoy this gentleman;s efforts as well - I'm sure there's overlap but hey! :-)

http://tinyurl.com/83lkxyf

Gary said...

Thanks, gang.

Holly, I downloaded it a bit ago and am crawling my way through it. Some of it is taken from the Sublime Frequencies Cambodian Cassette Archives CD and a couple of others are well-known things on other comps, but there are some things I've never heard that are pretty great, such as Sinn Sisamouth's "Kal Oun Neang Rom Twist" and Mao Sareth's "Bar Bong Min Matha," which is utterly gorgeous--I'd definitely have put both of them on my own comp if I'd known about them.

Thanks for the tip!

gilhodges said...

Ros Sereysothea's Karen Carpenter cover is fantastic. Thanks Gary!

Anonymous said...

this is PURE TREASURE! thank you, thank you, thank you :-D

JamesL said...

Holy crap, dude.

This is unbelievable.

Thank you x100000.

Anonymous said...

You are a god among men!

Anonymous said...

thanks been looking for some of these tracks for aaaages :)

Anonymous said...

thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

This blog is truly a goldmine.

Sterling Cale said...

Just discovered your excellent blog. Thanks for a great post. I've been dipping into Khmer Rock for several years now, but in the last 12 months or so, sice discovering the Cambodian Space Poject, the music from that era has taken over my life! Will be checking out as many of your other posts as time allows :-)

Tom said...

Hi! Unfortunately, the link is dead now. Please reupload! Thanks!

Tom said...

Looks like I only just missed it, too!

Gary said...

This has been a pretty consistently popular post, so I'll go ahead and reup, though it could take a few days. Patience!

globalgrooves2009 said...

Great Blog! Really love this Cambodian stuff. I have a radio show in Boise, Id. My show is world music and I will be playing the Cambodian cover of Superstar on my show on Saturday. Would love to have you on as a phone interview sometime to talk about your blog. Here is the blog link to my show:
http://www.globalgroovesradioshow.blogspot.com/

Gary said...

Sounds fine; I'm out of state for the rest of the week bu we can try to connect when I'm back next week

screwdriver said...

AMAZING

screwdriver said...

AMAZING

Stasia said...

Thank you so much!

nimra yasmeen said...

nice collection dear