"There were no deluxe studios for the musicians who recorded the devastating tracks contained on this double-LP collection. Nothing so grand. Most of these tracks were recorded live, with traditional instruments finding a place alongside any keyboards or guitars that could be found.
And yet, it was these experiments of Khmer rock musicians which transformed the nightlife of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh—and which many years later have seduced countless listeners around the world with their groovy sound. Alas, in 1975 came an entirely different type of transformation: the rise to power in Cambodia of the fanatical, anti-Western Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot. Within roughly four years, implementing their “concept of Year Zero,” Pot and his regime were responsible for the deaths of an estimated two million Cambodians, many in the notorious “killing fields.” Even the most famous and beloved Khmer musicians could not escape. Sinn Sisamouth (“the Emperor of Khmer Music”), Ros Sereysothea (“The Golden Voice of the Royal Capital”), and Pan Ron—all featured on this collection—met their deaths at the hands of the Khmer Rouge..." (Cover notes)
Tha rock is hot. 2xLP collection of raw Khmer psych & soul from the years just prior to the Pol Pot takeover. The artist bios included in the liner notes are expansive, illuminating and deeply tragic. Sold out in many shops, I'd highly recommend you purchase these Cambodian Groove Club collections before they're all gone. 320 vinyl rip by yours truly.
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* 1. Crazy Loving You- Thra Kha Band
* 2. Chnam Oun 31 -Pan Ron
* 3. Gunya Rouh Sroh -Ros Sereysothea
* 4. Pros Reang Yeh Yeh -Pan Ron
* 5. Nek Na Min Rom -Houy Meas & Dara Chom Chan
* 6. Sray Mouy Keo -Ros Sereysothea
* 7. Tonsai Mok Pi Na -Pan Ron
* 8. Prous Teh Oun -Sinn Sisamouth
* 9. Onguyng Keuy Bey -Sinn Sisamouth & Girls
* 10. Jah Jou Aem -Ros Sereysothea
* 11. Kchol Kdot Tirk Jonn -Sinn Sisamouth
* 12. Jom Nor Trocheak -Pan Ron
* 13. Kairch Har Cut Stung -Ros Sereysothea
* 14. Berk Tvea Auy Bong -Im Songserm & Houy Meas
* 15. Oun Jong Prolung Saravan -Thra Ka Band feat. Keo Sokha
* 16. Tirk Ho -Pov Vannary
* 17. Kom Nirk Oun Euy -Ros Sereysothea
* 18. Sora -Yos Alarong