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Cambodian Rocks

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Now this is an obscure compilation! I’m sure this music has an interesting story, but the liner notes are puzzling to say the least. From what I can gather, someone (the identity of this person is revealed on the comp Love, Peace and Peotry: Asian Psychedelic Music and not here, for some odd reason) was traveling with a friend through Cambodia (it is not explained when or for what purpose) and bought several cassette tapes. Later, “my hosts at the guest house” (yes, of course, the guest house—that sounds crebible enough) explained to the traveler that he had purchased tapes of “circle dance music,” a contemporaneous Cambodian interpretation of American music of the late 1960s and early 1970s. That’s all we know about the music on this CD, though. All of the lyrics are in Khmer (I’m guessing) and, despite some Asian elements in the music, this is well played 1960s rock. The artists on this compilation had clearly listened to their share of rock & roll, presumably from Armed Forces Radio. Some garage elements come into play, such as organ and fuzz guitar, but these musicians rely more on reverb and wah-wah than on fuzz. Track 13 (no song titles are listed) is built on the riff from “Gloria” and has a spoken word interlude, but that’s the only immediately recognizable song in this collection. The music on Cambodian Rocks is remarkably fresh and the instrumentation varies somewhat from track to track. A number of tracks employ a saxophone and track 20 features an accordion.

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  • Oburec

    dam-nim-dumm, lalalai-dumm-dumm

    22 Mar 2012 Reply
  • AJulian

    Yeah thanks for that.

    10 Oct 2010 Reply
  • xrystyna

    thanks for tracklisting !!!

    1 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Gormon

    so, A2 is - Ros Sereysothea - Chnam oun Dop-Pram Muy "I'm 16"

    27 Aug 2010 Reply
  • ashleyrobb

    high five to whomever provided the tracklisting !

    22 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Indieooo

    ah lol im from cambodia ^^

    19 Dec 2009 Reply
  • laminatedgat

    a friend gave me what he said was this comp. it's incredible. it doesn't have a track listing, but track 13 is a cover of the beatles "hey jude" and track 17 is a cover of ccr's "proud mary"... which i'm not seeing listed on the track titles below unless the titles were changed? maybe it's a different comp? anyone know?

    5 Feb 2009 Reply
  • shiidii

    This compilation is amazing

    29 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Zidrich

    Vityusha tak horosho pizdit po-angliicki!

    21 Jan 2009 Reply
  • c4k3

    Cambodian Rocks is the name of the album of several artists.....

    19 Jan 2009 Reply
  • brendaiscool

    or here for the tracklistings : http://www.aquariumdrunkard.com/2009/01/08/cambodia-rocks-sounds-from-the-60s-70s/

    12 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Grayfader

    could you recomend some places where possible to get albums of great cambodian rockers? love them much, but nowhere to find =(

    3 Jan 2009 Reply
  • dusty_trasher

    http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2007/12/cambodian-rocks.html

    29 Dec 2008 Reply
  • dusty_trasher

    tracklist part 2 11. Maok Pi Naok / From Where [Samouth + Sothea + Pen Ron + Dara Jamchan] [composer:Voy Ho] 12. Phneit Oun Mean Evey / What Your Eyes Has? [Sin Sissamouth] 13. Yuvajon Kouge Jet / Broken Heart Man [Yol Aularong] 14. Jol Dondeung Kone Key / Going to Get Engage [Meas Samon] [Composer: Mai Bun] 16. Chnang Jas Bai Chgn-ainj / Old Pot, Tasty Rice [Ros Sereysothea] 17. Kone Oksok Nas Pa / We're very Bored Dad! [Ros sereysothea + Dara JamChan][composer:Voy Ho] 18. Kom Kung Twer Evey / Don't Be Mad - [Ros Sereysothea] 19. Penh Jet Thai Bong Mouy / I Like Only You [Ros Sereysothea] 20. Sralanh Srey [Chnas/ I love mean girl [In Yeng + Pen Ron] 21. Komlos Teng Bey / Three Gentlemen [Sin Sissamouth- Meas Samon ][composer:Voy Ho] 22. Retrey Yung Joup Knea / The Night We Met [Ros Sereysothea]

    29 Dec 2008 Reply
  • dusty_trasher

    tracklist part 1 01. Jeas Cyclo / Ride Cyclo [Yol Aularong] 02. Chnam Oun Dop-PramMuy / I'm 16 [Ros Sereysothea] 03. Tngai Neas Kyom Yam Sra / Today I Drink Wine [Ros Sereysothea] 04. Sou Slarp Kroam Kombut Srey - Rather Die Under the Woman's Sword [Somnang + Tuk] 05. Srolanh Srey Touch / I Love Petite Girl [Sin Sissamouth] 06. Rom Jongvak Twist / Dance Twist [Pan Ron] 07. Knyom Mun Sok Jet Te / I'm Unsatisfied [Pan Ron] 08. Rom Sue Sue / Dance Soul Soul [Liev Tuk] 09. Jam 5 Kai Thiet / Wait 5 More Months [Ros Sereysothea] 10. Jah Bong Ju Aim / Old Sour & Sweet [Ros Sereysothea] common title: Krav Pe Bong... Oun /Besides You... I.

    29 Dec 2008 Reply
  • ndstwtrst

    cambodian rocks rock!

    8 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Mao-Zedong

    I thought that Cambodian Rocks is only the name of album 0_o

    6 May 2008 Reply
  • osozo

    some kind of tracklist - http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2007/12/cambodian-rocks.html

    8 Jan 2008 Reply
  • YouNeverShould

    i don't know that even the compiler of the compilation had that information.

    27 Mar 2007 Reply

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