Lam Phloen World Class: The Essential Banyen Rakkaen (Compiled by Soi48)
We've long been selling the music of Banyen Rakkaen, one of the great Thai morlam singers. This is a new compilation of tracks from the early to mid 1970s originally released as 7 inch singles. Great vocals, naturally, with production by the very wonderful Thepphabut Satirodchomhu. Includes English liner notes in 28 page booklet, with rare photos. Tracks remastered.
1. Spinning Cotton on a Full Moon Night 2. Lam Phloen to Soothe the Heart 3. Promise of March 4. Lam Phloen World-class 5. I Wont Move 6. Lam Yao Salab Toei 7. Toei from the Heart 8. Lam Phloen Bar Girl Banyen 9. Lam Phloen I Dont Love You 10. Whose Guy Is It? 11. Lam Phloen Daen Isan 12. Lam Toei Salab Chak
Lam Phloen Phumphuang Duanchan
Originally released in 1985, album produced by Doi Inthanon. Phumphuang who died in 1992, aged 30, was considered the 'Queen of Country Music'. She was from a poor farming family in central Thailand, and after winning many local singing competitions, eventually became the biggest star of lukthung, especially popular with the migrant workers in Bangkok. This album contains seven lukthung and three morlam songs. Comes with English liner notes in a 28 page booklet.
1. Diao Don Any Time Now 2. Lets Leave It Once and For All 3. The Voice from the Countryside 4. The Koel Tells the Sad Tale of Parting 5. Lam Phloen Phumphuang Duangchan 6. Lam Phloen Let Me Be Your Lover 7. Lam Phloen I Will Wait by the Mun River 8. You Are So Handsome 9. Words that Disappeared on the Breeze 10. Big City Beast
Currently living in Chiang Mai, Rasmee Wayrana is from the Isan region of North East Thailand. She grew up in a musical family, her father was the founder of the Khmer folk group, Jariang Band, and started singing at the age of 5. Her music mixes morlam style vocals with soul, blues and jazz elements. It's often been called a mix of Isan and Nina Simone, a hypnotic concoction, that's for sure, and one of the best singers in Thailand of recent years.
1. Maya 2. Muang Chut Dam 3. Boonruen's Love Song 4. Lam Duan 5. Where are You? 6. Prakaprui 7. Naoina
Bangkok Nites (Original Soundtrack)
Soundtrack to the highly acclaimed Japanese film, Bangkok Nites, directed by Katsuya Tomita. Filmed in Bangkok and Northeast Thailand, the story evolves around Luck, a popular escort who works on Thaniya Road in Bangkok for Japanese clients including Ozawa. They take a trip to Northeast Thailand and Laos, home to morlam music. The soundtrack mixes 1970s and 80s morlam, lukthung and contemporary music from including Japanese blues and rap artists.
1.Pai Tuktuk Dwai / DJ Pai Dwai 2.Pai Massage Dwai / Young-G (stillichimaya) 3. Kin no Nyoi / Suri Yamuhi & The Babylon Band 4.You've Left Me Alone / Suri Yamuhi & The Babylon Band 5.Porra XXXSSS Tokyo 6.Somutame Dake / Onuma Shinshiri 7. Innaka wa Ii ne / Runpet Lemushin 8. Isaan Radio 9. Pipe Yo Pipe Yo / Dao Bandun 10. Burn! Burn! Burn! -Surfin' Dien Bien Phu / Suri Yamuhi & The Babylon Band 11. Kimi o Kaimodosu / Bannonkai Band 12. Samet Love / DJ Pai Dwai 13. Nikkuki Motasai / Kuwanta Fasawan 14. Yoru no Shuki - Chitto Pumisakku no Uta Yori / Surachai Jantimaton 15. Saramanda / DJ Pai Dwai 16.Tamarindo no Ha (Morlam) / Ankanan Kunchai 17. Ban Suwairon / Kun Narinzu Electronic Pin Band 18. Khane Whistle Reprise (JRP Tondo mix) / DJ Kensei feat. Tondo Tribe 19.Vang Vieng Bank (Change Yen to Lao) OST mix / DJ Kensei 20.Shenkuwan no Musume / Thong Boonma(vocals) Le Boonma(Khaen) 21.Get Em / XLII 22. Paun's House / Suri Yamuhi & The Babylon Band 23. Xanadu / Young-G 24. Kanom Party / Young-G (stillichimaya) 25. Song of an Angel / Suri Yamuhi & The Babylon Band 26.In no Katari / Spenja Ponkon 27. Isaan Ram Purun / Ankanan Kunchai 18. Mangetsu (Assani Ponrachan) / Toyoda Yuzo, Yamamura Tsuyoshi
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Khun Chang Khun Phaen (2 CDs)
Early 1970s traditional style morlam. Incessant rhythms, rap style male and female call and response vocals, with Khaen (mouth organ) and percussion. Another cassette re-released onto CD.
Thai Funk Zudrangma Vol.1
70s Funk Thai Style! Lukrung, Lukthung, Morlam and mixed with 70s disco elements and other tunes into a wild concotion. Features The Impossibles, who had a residency in Hawaii once, and other artists of which not much is known. Some are covers, including Funkytown and intriguingly Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 by Pink Floyd. Probably best to listen to the samples rather than trying to describe them here.
1. Louis Kennedy- Pu Yai Lee 2. Meesak Nakaratch- Luk Ron 3. Chantana Kittiyapan - Chee Vit Kon Dum 4. The Hot Pepper - Kun Rod Fai, Pai Rod Bus, Kee Chang, Kang Tent 5. Ongart Jeerapan - Ka Ma Kon Deay 6. Plearn Promdan - Sam Bai 7. Royal Sprite - Yang Hai Mun Kong 8. Kana Tnt - Kod Hang Kam 9. Panadda Chayapark - 5000 Nut 10. Pranee Thanasri - Chown Tur Ten Rum 11. Panadda Chayapark - Rus Pu Tin 12. Nakplang Krumklowna - Disco Tour 13. Champoo - Arai Arai Kor Disco 14. Buppa Saichol - Sheng Ra Bert 15. Chairai Chaiyata/Sawanee Pattana - Khown Tai Doey Loak Puin 16. Chantana Kittiyapan - Sa Ra Wan 17. Sroeng Santi - Nam Man Pang 18. The Impossibles - Do It (Till You're Satisfied)
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Thai Funk Zudrangma Vol.2
More wild 70s funk from Bangkok. Features some of the same artists, more covers of 70s disco classics and other wild tunes. Take a listen.
1. Bualuang OST - Singto (Lion) 2. Panadda Chayapark - Yoong (Mosquito) 3. Chai Muangsing - Pee Kao Pee Oak (Ghost In Ghost Out) 4. Sangthong Seesai- Duang Duang Duang (Luck Luck Luck) 5. Sripai Jaipra - YomMaBan TaLangKan (Officer Of Hell's Announcement) 6. Sangthong Seesai - Kam Kao (Old Karma) 7. The Impossible - Pom-Pom-Pom (Hair-Hair-Hair) 8. Soonthorn Sujaridchan - Sara-A-Mor-Sara-R : Kee Mao (D-r-u-n-k : Pissed) 9. Soonthorn Sujaridchan - Sara-A-Mor-Sara-R : Kee Mao Lae (D-r-u-n-k : Wasted) 10. Soonthorn Sujaridchan/ Krongthong Tussanaphan - OudTaLud Bump (Hurtle Bump) 11. The Generation - Racing 12. The President - Ruk Chua NiRunDon (Love Forever) 13. Don Sornabeab - Mao (Drunk) 14. Chantana Kittiyapan - Ya-Ya (No-No) 15. The Oriental Funk - Loy KraTong Disco 16. The Generation - Kon Muan Khan (People Are The Same) 17. Sroeng Santi - Leang Mai Toe (Overkill) 18. Buppa Saichol - Kon Chob Pluk (Waker) 19. Sroeng Santi - Ba Bor Por Khan (Crazy Same Love) 20. Hongthong Dao Udon - Mai Keay Ruk (Never Loved) 21. Rayrai na Koratich - Kard Klan Nam Mun (Lack Of Gasoline) 22. Royal Sprites - Noom Rai Por (Kenaf Farm Man)
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Jomkwan Mar Laew
Funky morlam from the husky voiced Jomkwan. 10 tracks. 1. Kor tarng noi ka 2. Yarm jon 3. Klub jae-bieb 4. Jod mai karn noi 5. Kid tueng barn na 6. Likasit hua jai 7. Kaaw kum sood tai 8. Pha pa ka klub 9. Fung krueng fai jai chum 10. Wun tee ter jark Click here to email for availability
Morlam with attitude! Brilliant album of hard hitting morlam with electric guitars, fast paced rhythms, and morlam rap style vocals, with some slower tunes thrown in too. 14 tracks. 1. Yah Khor Morlam 2. Gae Tar Khar Lun 3. Chewit Neh 4. Itchar 5. Silapin Nai Duang Jai 6. Hang Sung Hang Si Dai 7. Entrance Hua Jai 8. Sah 9. Mao Mai Kub 10. Hua Jai Taek Kerb 11. Ruk Kao Hai Por 12. Khor Mee Ruk Jing 13. Huk Sao Kay Larng 14. Phom Ruk Kun Click here to email for availability
Moradok Isaan 2
2 CDs of pulsating morlam from Isaan, northeast Thailand played on the phin (lute) and khaen (reed bamboo mouth organ) accompanied by modern beats and chants. Click here to email for availability
Lum Long Chalermpol
New album from brilliant lukthung / morlam male singer, this one features some of the grooviest, funkiest rhythms of all his CDs with some great playing of Thai instruments such as the khaen (mouth organ) and phin (lute). 12 tracks. Click here to email for availability
Boo Mee Yee Hor
Electric rock guitar mixed with morlam and lukthung, well sung by recent artist to come on the scene. 10 tracks. Click here to email for availability
Superb album by veteran morlam singer and percussionist. Slow to mid-tempo hard roots with a variety of instrumentation, some acoustic, some slightly cheesy synthesizers. Chanting, yodeling backing vocals add to an already strange brew. Click here to email for availability
One of Morlam's biggest male stars in mixture of upbeat rootsy and rather smooth ballads. Excellent place to discover the male side of morlam. Click here to email for availability
JOB & JOY
Morlam Punlai 5
Two fantastic female singers on exceptional album of high quality driving morlam. Some duets, some sung individually. Good mix of slow and fast tunes. Click here to email for availability
Rootsy lukthung and morlam by young singer. Good selection of varied tunes from slow to mid tempo and faster paced tunes. Each features khaen, guitar and organ with programmed beats without sounding too cheesy. Recommended. Click here to email for availability
Pop morlam kitch at its best. Big production with synths, heavy guitars, drum machines, disco beats all done with humour and in the best possible taste. Male singer with a motor bike to match his ego. Click here to email for availability
TAI TOON & DINGLEE
Male and female vocalists on upbeat and plaintive pop and roots morlam numbers, with electric guitars and keyboards adding to a distinct cheese factor.
Male duo in rootsy up-tempo and mid-tempo material. The real sound of morlam, wonderfully performed. Click here to email for availability
Characteristic whooping backing vocals, driving percussion, fake brass accompaniment on synthesizer, all the elements of a Waipot album to the fore. Brilliant.
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A buddhist monk who sings morlam by the look of it, except this hasn't got much to do with zen. Instead danceable, powerful and at times rather odd. Wonder what they make of it back at the temple.
Jazzy organ and phin, gentle grooves and a great voice make this an exceptional morlam album by perhaps the best male morlam singer in Thailand.
Sooa Laisee Peelitai
Pop/morlam by a veteran singer. Most tracks have that harder edge she seems to revel in, although on others a more western pop feel takes over. Just about any album by Barnyen however is worth hearing. Excellent.
HONEY SRI ISSAN
Popular morlam singer who died over ten years ago. Synthesisers blend with phin (stringed instrument) khaen (bamboo mouth organ) over incessent rhythms. This album of 12 songs is mostly mid-tempo and a nice blend of modern and traditional, with more western influences than other morlam singers.
HONEY SRI ISSAN
Similar to volume 1 above, but probably with more of a western pop feel. Hanee had a piercing and powerful voice, which made her the star of the genre.
Fourteen tracks and artists including Chalomparn Malakam, Dao Bandoen and Tongmi Malai. Hard hitting, chugging, incessant rhythms with great singing. One of the best CDs with which to discover this wonderful music. Click here to email for availability
Relatively unknown artists include Pim Dai, Sala Ka and Dao Bandorn. Top notch hard core morlam, sung by both male and female singers. Click here to email for availability
Lukthung Palaton Palan 1
Rather wonderful morlam/lukthung compilation album. Artists include Charlempon Marlakam, Wypot and Damtitakon. A pretty good place to explore morlam.