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5.0 out of 5 stars Saigon Rock & Soul - Various Artists, 9 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Saigon Rock & Soul: Vietnamese Classic Tracks 1968-1974 (Audio CD)
'Saigon Rock & Soul' documents the influence of western Rock music on Vietnamese musicians during the Vietnam war. As such the music is immediately familiar with few genuine surprises other than many of the singers are female and the players sound as if Rock 'n' Roll was borne in the paddy fields of South East Asia. Unlike the Japanese bands of the same period whose mission statement was to play the loudest, heaviest rock music on the planet and succeeded, the Vietnamese bands, many of whom were just as fierce, dosed their fuzz with sweaty, sexy funk you could move your hips to as well as your head. Room enough amongst pyrotechnic guitar displays and machine gun drums, for garage style organ fills, bursts of soulful brass and yearning vocals.

The travesty is, at least for western ears, is that much of the music made during this period was destroyed when the Viet-Cong took over, or discarded by music store owners in favor of the latest sound. Ironically, it's of no consequence to the Vietnamese themselves who show scant interest in music made yesterday, let alone 50 years ago. This being the case the fidelity of these tracks reflect their source: the humble cassette, some of which have suffered from over-play and age. But don't let a little 'wow and flutter' put you off one of the best compilations released this side of Nuggets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect quality recordings but it's pretty rare stuff, 26 Oct. 2014
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Wow! I thought all Vietnamese music was dire pop songs. If this is what used to be then maybe there is hope for the future! Not perfect quality recordings but it's pretty rare stuff. Go for it!
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