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Radio Pyongyang: Commie Funk and Agit Pop from the Hermit Kingdom

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ff59024) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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HASH(0x9cdc49f0) out of 5 stars Tasteless by American standards, but catchy 8 Dec. 2006
By Joseph Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I played this for a friend of mine at work, and he noted the striking disco beats and synthesizers. The album is full of them. It's heavy on the Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble, whose name alone should tell you what you are in for listening to this. But they are catchy tunes ("Reunification Rainbow", the song at the start of "New Model Army", has invaded my brain and is trying to send other parts of my brain to labor camps), and you can't get more north Korean without an accordion. Cheesy disco beats under huge choruses, sounds of gunfire, and English and Korean language excerpts of propaganda broadcasts. If you like eclectic music, this may just be for you.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d07b63c) out of 5 stars Chilling 23 Dec. 2006
By J. Harvey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wow.. what a CD. For anyone curious about North Korea, this is an amazing collection of music. It is beautiful and I think it is going to haunt me for a long time. There isn't really all that much information out there about what life is really like in North Korea - but this CD definitely gives an insight. The tunes are scarily enrapturing, the music both uplifting and depressing at the same time. It has a definite dictatorship feel to it.. I completely recommend this, it is a fascinating listen that will stay with me. The style of the CD is nice too, the radio format makes it feel even more real, as if you are truly listening to a broadcast. It is definitely pleasant on the ears, even if it sends chills down my spine. A very unique look at North Korea, that's for sure.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ff571bc) out of 5 stars Radio Pyongyang 28 Nov. 2005
By Harry C. Batchelder Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album strikes a resonant chord in all thoses possessing a "correct" revolutionary fervor. There is not leftist deviation here or sappy "rightest" moralizing.

We were particularly fond of the resonant sounds of AK 47's and light artillery in the first track. This was only matched by the gripping sounds of the Stalinist peon to revolution the harmonies of 40 thousand Koreans singing stalinist praises raises the hair on one's head. We were somewhat put off by the chipmunk like voices on track 5 called Start em young, but we were consoled by the fact that the revolution is in safe hands. One only hopes the American left adopts this album as a Christmas present as its revolutionary fervor is unsurpassed. One need not understand a word to get the message. We can only hope the rest of the world agrees....up the revolution!! Harry + Charnie Batchelder
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HASH(0x9ceccc9c) out of 5 stars Dear Leader approved! 14 Nov. 2012
By Dan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I travelled to North Korea for 10 days in August 2011 with Koryo Tours. It was one of the most fascinating trips I'd ever taken. While westerners tend to view places only in terms of their government (Iraq was Saddam, DPRK is the Kims, Zimbabwe is Mugabe) and don't often look beyond the figureheads, North Korea is a real place with a unique culture, art and music, shaped by both regime and history, which is interesting in its own right.

Many of the tunes used on this CD are authentic pieces one hears often in places like the Arirang Games, or the Schoolchildren's palace, or the Pyongyang Pizza restaurants (a DPRK-Italian joint venture). The high strung voices are heard on loudspeakers on collective farms, or on "all Kims, all the time" television channels. If you don't want to spend thousands to travel there, you will get a small feel of the place from this CD.
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