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To the trained Western ear then it's probably the American volume of Love Peace and Poetry that sounds the best but one that comes very close on quality and perhaps wins extra marks for originality is Volume 3, the collection of Asian psychedelic music.
Even just by collecting the tracks from musically rich Cambodia and Turkey this album had some fine tracks and with a sprinkling of funky Indian hits they could have left it like that but instead the album also contains some awesome tracks from Japan, Korea and two of my favourites Singapore and Hong Kong.
Once you see "Robin, Teddy & The Playboys" as one of the band's on the disc, you know you're in for a treat and listening to this band's track certainly whets the appetite for a great mixture of qirky Asian versions of garage and beat bands, the Turks and Indians tend to throw in an ethnic oriental sound whilst the Japanese and Koreans - well I'm not really quite sure what they're up to but whether it's the nasally vocals or some of the more eccentric and progressive rock style music, it still works and adds a variation to a very interesting repertoire of Asian based psychedelic music.
I'm a rather big fan of the treats in store from Western wannabe bands from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong, so it was nice to see some of them get a run out on a well known compilation! If you want to travel into the 60s and 70s psychedelic music scene of Asia then this album is about as good a place as any to start, well worth listening to.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Magic Colours - Robin, Teddy & The Playboys
2 Istemen - Koray, Erkin
3 It Was Probably Late Summer - Lim, San Ui
4 You Know What I Mean - Heathcliff, Justin
5 Derule - Manco, Baris
6 A2 - Cambodian Rocks
7 Blind Bird - Mops
8 Greasy Sabreyle - Uchida, Yuya
9 Gonul Sabreyle Sabreyle - Hur El
10 Simla Beat Theme - Fentones
11 Katip Arzvhalim Yaz Yare Boyle - Mogollar
12 Voice From The Inner Soul - Confusions
13 26 Miles - Quest (4)
14 Korean Titel A2 - Hyun, Jung