The Sound Of Siam Vol 1
Leftfield Luk Thung, Jazz & Molam In Thailand 1964-1975 [Compilation]


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A TAV Curator’s Pick.

Thailand means different things to different people. Beyond the beaches and tourist spots lies a world of music still waiting to be discovered. Be it spaced out jazz, raw funk or the meditative sounds of the North East, Soundway has dug deep into the country's vinyl archives to present a broad range of vintage sounds that underlines Thailand's status as one of South East Asia's musical hot spots.

As Soundway’s entry point into the Asian music world, The Sound of Siam double LP offers a unique vantage point to the most experimental period in Thai musical history. The 19 tracks reflect the outcome of a twentieth century journey from Thai classical to Luk Krung and Luk Thung – music that incorporated western influences such as jazz, surf guitar, ballroom and even Latin and African.

The music maps changing social demographics, the movement of people, culture and language from countryside to city and all during a period when the record labels were at their most experimental. – Zudrangma Records

”This compilation of luk thung (Thailand’s answer to country music), luk krung (its city cousin) and molam (a more rootsy style from the poor northern region of Isan, near the border with Laos) will thus come as a surprise for many. And an intriguing one, at that. It’s the mixture of the exotic and the familiar that makes it so. While the frequent use of guitar, bass, keyboards and kit drums betrays the influence of the soul, rock and psychedelia of the time, the strange tonal nature of the Thai languages and the use of several local folk instruments, and their odd harmonies make it sound quite distinct. ” – BBC


A1. Chaweewan Dumnern - Lam Tung Wai

A2. Chaweewan Dumnern - Lam Toey Chaweewan

A3. Onuma Singsiri - Mae Kha Som Tam}

A4. Thapporn Petchubon, Noknoi Uraiporn, Thongthai Tin Isan - Isan Klab Tin

A5. Ream Daranoi - Fai Yen


B1. Panom Nopporn - Sao Ban Pok Pab

B2. Plearn Promdan - Wan Maha Sanook

B3. The Petch Phin Thong Band - Soul Lam Plearn

B4. Waipod Phetsuphan - Ding Ding Dong

B5. Hi Five Band - Soi Saeng Daeng


C1. Saknatee Srichiangmai - Nom Samai Mai

C2. Yenjit Porntawi - Lam Plearn Toh Lom Nhao

C3. Chaweewan Dumnern - Sao Lam Plearn

C4. Dao Bandon - Mae Jom Ka Lon

C5. Sanae Petchaboon - Pen Jung Dai


D1. Thong Huad & Kunp'an - Diew Sor Diew Caan

D2. Sodsri Rungsang - Uay Porn Tahan Chaydan

D3. Kawaw Siang Thong - Kai Tom Yum

D4. The Viking Combo Band - Pleng Yuk Owakard

D5. Dao Bandon - Tang Ngarn Si Nong


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The Sound Of Siam Vol 1: Leftfield Luk Thung, Jazz & Molam In Thailand 1964-1975




2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Repress



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World, Jazz, Folk


Luk Thung

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