Here is the first LP from an excellent series of 4 LP's by the Hindustani singer Amir Khan, with some of the best singing that one can possibly wish to hear. I will follow this post with the remaining three LP's and then some. I am sure you will not be malcontent. Fortunately there are some more hours recorded of this brilliant artist.
Bade Ghulam Ali Khan - (From the Archives of Radio Pakistan)
EMI - His Masters Voice - LKDR-1 - (No date)
A1 Raag Bhopali - Khyal in adachautala & Tarana in teen taal
B1 Raag Kamod - teen taal
B2 Pahadi - popular folk composition in Kaherva taal
"These three items were obtained from the original recordings made by Radio Pakistan and were edited under the supervision of Munnawar Ali Khan, able son of late Bade Ghulam Ali Khan"
This is what we can read on the record sleeve. However it is also true that this is a Pakistan pressing, and the time this record was made, it usually meant that the quality of the pressing was inferior to that of the indian pressings. The record is in mint condition only played a couple of times and it is still rather full of hiss and clicks because of the bad pressing. I usually don't filter much but I did a bit more for this one as I absolutely love Bade Ghulamn Ali Khan since the first time I heard him in back the sicxties when beginning to try to understand the rich traditions of classical singing. I find the Bhopali khyal to be most enjoyable even though there are some passages that strain the ear some. Fortunately the Kamod has fared a bit better and the pressing is not so bad for that piece. I hope you will enjoy it nevertheless for the good music it brings. I will post some more Bade Ghulam Ali Khan in the coming period so you will get to hear many delightful pieces by this great master!
A Musical Anthology of the Orient - Unesco Collection 2
The Music of Cambodia: Ceremonial, Folk and Court Music
Bärenreiter - Musicaphon - BM 30 L 2002 - P.1961
(Click here to go to to the disocgraphy listing of all the publications in this series)
A01 Invitation to the Genies
A02 Solo for Cha-pai
A03 Prelude (Karnai)
A04 Counting the flowers (Rop Koh)
A05 Music for banquets and in honour of distinguished personalities (Sam suon savan)
A06 To drive away Demons (Wan bain priyai)
A07 Distribution of Gifts at Marriage Festivities
A08 Funeral Music
B09 March of the Songs
B10 The King of Angkor (Prah Thao)
B11 Prayer in Pali
B12 Wedding Music
B13 Mystery a cappella track.
The following pictures of old instruments from the Phnom Penh Museum
in the 1960's, makes one wonder how they have fared over the years,
since the people there have met so hard times.
Skor Tom (Rumonea)
Shaing shra lei
The last track is not listed nor mentioned either in the liner notes to accompany the LP nor is it mentioned in the reviews. It is doubly sad becuse the anonymous singer has such good voiceculture that it would be interesting to read more about the tradition it was a manifestation of. If anyone has more information to shed some light on this track I would be most delighted. Maybe it was added on the second pressing but no mention is made to that effect.
12th century carved stone relief of musicians
from the ruins of the ancient capital of Angkor
If someone can point me to other releases of early recordings of Cambodian music, i.e. more specifically from the pre CD era I would be overjoyed! It seems that there were very few made!
I will soon post one more from a french label, with some recordings that I also find rather interesting, made by Jaques Brunet and published in 1971.