Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Collection: Roady Music From Viet Nam
|These recordings were made in 1997 in Viet Nam. They range from ambient "field recordings" to very nicely cut stereo. Some are very traditional, some westernized, some funeral marches, and more. 4 tracks have an odd connection to surf, three of which come from Dan Bau Vietnam, who rock! Many western roots are juxtaposed to traditional Vietnamese sounds and shapes. For instance, "Bonanza (Bat Ghen)" by Than Nam "Teu" 11 sports Vietnamese lyrics sung to Jerry Lordan's "Apache." |
This is definitely not for the average surf fan, but with two versions of "(Ghost) Riders In The Sky" on it, both of which are ultra cool, I think adventurous musicnauts will get a kick out of it!
Picks: Rider In The Sky, Chinese Song, Cung Dan Dat Nuoc, Rider In The Sky
Track by Track Review
Oddly compelling, "(Ghost) Riders In The Sky" is loosely based on the Shadows arrangement. Dan Bau Vietnam is a family band that takes their name from the lead instrument, the dan bau. It's a single stringed device with a wooden sound box. The slide effect is induced by moving a lever-arm, stretching the strings. Besides an exceptionally cool performance, the dan bau's sound gives this often covered melody an eerie and exotic sound, literally creating what might as well be a new song. Amazing!
Drum machine and the dan bau play a Chinese style melody, perhaps a cover, perhaps not. The western beat against the dan bau is delightfully inviting.
Much more traditional, "Cung Dan Dat Nuoc" is nonetheless set against drums and bass wit h a somewhat western blues-jazz prog feel. Mostly slow and very emotional, but ending in a faster verse that's very cool. Stunningly haunting!
This is an ambient live recording of Dan Bau Vietnam playing "(Ghost) Riders In The Sky" in the open market. Plenty of background goings on don't detract from the spirit and power of this amazing family band! Demented and delightful!