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Thursday, April 14, 2016
Pet Phin Thong - their debut record (HLP 260), full album!
Here is a gem from the Phet Phin Tong Band, issued on the Phet Phin Thong Label. The Band uses 2 Khaens (the mouth-organ carried by the players left and right on the cover) and the Phin, a 3-string guitar (seen in the center). For support some drums are added (Glong Yao, Thai longdrums), creating a hypnotic and driving beat that pushes harder than any funk number I know of. Usually the songs start slow and then pick up speed. I assume this record is from the early or mid-seventies. Several Tracks are "Lam Ploen" style, a music that is original from the area of North-East Thailand and has developed from very early forms of Khaen playing and singing. With the arrival of american soldiers in the sixties and tours of western pop-bands (The Shadows were huge in SEAsia!) these traditional forms of Thai music were played more and more danceable - other bands used western instruments (guitar, bass, drums) and combined them with thai instruments, creating exciting hybrid sounds. Enjoy this instrumental groovy monster and excuse me for just creating one audio-file...!