9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The title of this release from Now-Again Records promises much and it more than lives up to that promise - this is one of the best various artists compilation albums I've heard in years. From start to finish it is nothing short of stunning. Unlike other Middle and Far East music scenes of the 1960s and 1970s that took inspiration from the US & UK and added a local twist, the Indonesians played straight-up western style music. And on the evidence here they were capable of writing quality songs.
Infused with the spirit of Black Sabbath, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin and James Brown to name but a few, this is not lightweight tribute music - it's highly original and heady stuff. Fuzz guitar, thundering guitar riffs, solid percussion, trippy prog & psych and funk vibes - it's all here and much more. And these artists could really play - there wasn't much of a record scene in 1970's Indonesia so they earned their chops playing live.
Special mention must go to the extraordinary packaging - the CD is housed in a cardboard sleeve and is accompanied by a lavish booklet and these are both housed in a sturdy outer sleeve. The booklet gives a very detailed overview of the Indonesian music scene and the artists featured and is filled with archive and record sleeve photos. All songs have been re-mastered so the sound quality is excellent. Playing time is a generous 75 minutes.
Turn up the volume, kick back and listen to an album that will feature near the top of most end of year lists.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 March 2013
If someone had asked me a year ago what I imagined Indonesian rock from the 70s sounded like, I might have said something derogatory. It was only some of the insistent reviews here that made me suspect that here lay a musical goldmine waiting to be tapped. And I agree 100% with the others, I have tons of psych, prog and funk, so it was up against a lot of stiff competition in my music collection, but it was still love on first listen for me. In fact as the others have indicated, a lot of this music is far more interesting than that which their western counterparts were producing, and it has a pretty unique sound a bit different to anything you'll find in your music collection. I struggled to get the CD out of and back into the packaging, although attractively made, but I only needed to do that once as I then ripped it onto the harddrive. This collection made me realize just how valuable a 'Fuzz, Acid and Flowers' for Asian psych/prog/funk would be, one can only hope Vernon Joynson will take on the task some day.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2011
Beware of what Amazon consider as a Vinyl. It is not at all the 3 LP sold at the label, but a CD box.
Beyound that, it's a beautiful product with plenty of texts and pictures, and the music is amazingly good.