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Welsh Rare Beat

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Aug 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Finders Keepers Records
  • ASIN: B000A6AB80
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,137 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Chi Sydd Ar FaiNia Ben Aur0:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Y GwylwyrBran 3:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. MathonwyHuw Jones 3:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Di EnwSidan 2:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. HwiangerddEleri Llwyd 1:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Dawns Y PairEndaf Emlyn 1:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Cwmwl GwymY Dyniadon Ynfyd Hirfelyn Tesog 2:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Cynnwrf Yn Ein GwladYr Atgyfodiad 4:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. HedfanGillian Elisa 2:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Marw A Wnaeth Dy DadMorus Elfryn 2:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Y Brawd HoudiniMeic Stevens 3:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Nos DduHeather Jones 3:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Y CynllwynGorffenwyd 1:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Godro'r FuwchY Tebot Piws 3:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. O GymruEleri Llwyd 4:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Y PenderfyniadEdward H. Dafis 3:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Dyddiau DwysBran 5:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. BlodeuweddY Diliau 2:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. DwrHuw Jones 5:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Calan GaeafEdward H. Dafis 3:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. BreuddwydBran 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Y Crwydryn A MiMeic Stevens 2:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Mae Rhywyn Wedi Dwyn Fy NhrwynY Tebot Piws 4:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Penhryn GwynHeather Jones 3:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Hen Wlad Fy NhadauTich Gwilym 1:590.99  Buy MP3 


Product Description

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Andy Votel and Dom Thomas discovered Welsh music by mistake, GruffRhys (from the Super Furry Animals) has never been able to escape from it. Over the past 12 months we have attempted to listen to every Welsh, rare record ever made ‘Looking For The Perfect Beat’ on your behalf... so that’s why we have called the first of our new Welsh music compilations "Welsh - Rare – Beat".

A Sain EP has all the all the unique and exotic trappings of a French, German or American pop EP - so the fact that it was comparatively manufactured in a skimming-stones distance of your local record shop is almost unbelievable. The added fact that the label itself has a political history not dissimilar to your favourite Brazilian or Turkish records is another surprise. On further inspection you realise that Sain could arguably be the longest running, self styled, British contemporary, independent record label to exist in our lifetime AND the fact that its non-conformist ideals predate ‘punk’ by almost 10 years could surely confirm that Sain records is in fact... the coolest record label to exist ever?!! Maybe we should listen to the music first!

Sain's A&R policy epitomises what an indie label SHOULD act like - without boundaries. You like prog-rock with blueprint trip-hop beats? So did Sain. You like ethereal girl groups with mystical acid folk overtones? So did Sain. You like psychedelic rock operas based on druidism and witchcraft? So did Sain. How about a radical Welsh answer to ‘The Grumbleweeds’ with a fat-ass 4/4 hip-hop breakbeat that’s been sampled by Cut Chemist and DJ Cashmoney? Er… so did Sain!

Compiled with the help of Welsh music librarian and enthusiast Gruff Rhys, this is the definitive ‘Best Of’. The most prominent and important label in Welsh music history, Sain. This compilation is the first of it’s kind and is long overdue; brought to you by Finders Keepers Records who recently gave you the Jean-Claude Vannier masterpiece ‘L’Enfant Assassin Des Mouches’ (FKR001CD/LP).


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5.0 out of 5 stars Casgliad Ardderchog 5 May 2006
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What a wonderfully eclectic collection of gems from the vaults of Cwmni Sain. This CD brought back such great memories with tracks by Y Dyniadon Ynfyd Hirfelyn Tesog, Edward H., and Tebot Piws. But the main reason I bought this CD was for Tich Gwilym's unforgettable version of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau. Cysga'n dawel Tich.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 70s Encapsulated 20 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
As an English white upper middle class male, albeit with an ecletic taste in music forged by John Peel, I didn't expect this album to be quite so good as it is. What first struck me, expecting Anrefn type underground production, is how professional this all sounds. Take any 70s compilation of English hits and this equals it if not superseeds it. I'm very particular about what makes it onto my iPod, but every track qualifies. OK, for a mass audience, you have to get over the fact it is sung in Welsh (and a lot of it may be slagging off people like me) but it is just superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best 11 Sep 2007
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I adore this album, and if I were on a desert island, I'd take it with me. It's a fantastic mixture of funky and folk, but combined beautifully, so, even though a few of the tracks aren't quite my cup of tea, as a whole, the album is perfect. Lots of the songs are quite basic, but I love that, they're quite raw and atomospheric, and yet the harmonies are incredible. And, the sad, dreadfully sad thing is that some of the artistes are unknown. Infact, my favourite track of the album, Blodeuwedd is by an unknown artiste.
It's a fine buy and an even finer listen. I'm eager for welsh rare beat 2.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hiraeth...... 31 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
I only speak pidgeon welsh (for political reasons which I will not elaborate on here) but I absolutly love this - brings tears to my eyes as a welshman - you can feel the passion of the welsh people, the deep, rich culture has a searching quality which comes through in the music. Y Gwylwyr (By Bran), is awesome couldn't stop playing it for days!!.

Get this if you welsh - Tracksuit wearers take note there is more to welsh culture than Bongs and Man Utd!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best of early Sain: Welsh-language indie pioneer label 9 Feb 2006
By John L Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This enjoyably eclectic and eccentric compilation of artists on the late 60s-70s indie Sain ("Sound") Welsh-language label makes a strong statement for the cultural nationalism that that era's agitation fomented. It reminds me of the Hungarian music from the same decades, when artists inspired by English-language rock and pop and folk decided to make their own assertive messages in the same idiom, but colored by their own traditions and in their native languages. Track 2 here, for example, sounds to me exactly like the Irish band Horslips, who similarly energized folk music for younger listeners with an infusion of harder rock. Compared to the British "acid folk" artists concurrent, the Welsh musicians tend to feature a grittier, tenser, and denser sound, even on the female-dominated vocal tracks here.

As the excellent liner notes by Gruff Rhys (SFA) explain, this meant no male choirs or winsome lasses with harps--although Heather Jones' couple of eloquent cuts do show this influence, if tastefully! He calls this music a blend of psych, blues, rock, pop, and proto-punk. The last of these genres can be best sampled from tracks 20 + 23, which sound as if the Super Furry Animals could've played them for the first time last week. Track 19 shows the more experimental side of the music; the latter half of the album tends to find the music opening up and stretching out into more innovative takes on then-current sounds. By comparison, the first half sounds more of its time, and the tracks often start out very strongly, but, as if constrained by the 3-minute-pop song rule, tend to suddenly fade out just when you wish they'd start to expand and take the song another couple of minutes! Certainly this feeling's rare for a listener to most such compilations of previously unheard music. I can see why Rhys favors best the Meic Stephens track 10--it's a clever and lively tune that shows why that artist's considered a peer of Dylan--Bob more than Thomas, perhaps.

The packaging deserves special mention. There's even a map of Wales which imitates the cut-and-paste graphics and period typography in showing the relevance of such movements as the Welsh Language Society and the Abergawn martyrs and the social unrest that led to the political as well as cultural demands for recognition of Cymric nationhood and autonomy--reminders that music does not always have to be explicitly topical to cause change in the wider society. The effect as a whole is not so much sounds you've never before heard, but the artists and label's right to simply convey the music they wanted to play in the language they wanted to sing.
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