‘A Masterpiece that embodies the musical ideals of Hahm Joong-ah as a band leader in the 1970s’.
This record is the masterpiece recorded by Hahm Joong-ah, a talented guitarist and composer influenced by Shin Joong-hyun, under the newly-formed project ‘Revival Cross’ following the breakup of his first band, the Golden Grapes (LITA065). It features vocals by singer Kim Ji-yeon, who was well-known for her collaboration with Shin Joong-hyun’s acid rock unit, the Men. That the record was fronted by a female singer and that the instrumentation features prominent string & reed parts were uncommon for Korean rock bands at the time – this appear to have been influenced by the works of Kim Jung-mi / Lim Ah-young which were produced by Hahm’s mentor, Shin Joong-hyun. The album kicks off with the title tracks driven by a funky rhythm part, ‘My Heart Wavers’ and ‘Please Smile’. Other acid-tinged tracks, such as ‘When Night Falls on the Beach’ and ‘Green Planet’, are hidden treasures that might be referred to as ‘slow psychedelic jams’. In particular, ‘Green Planet’ stands out as one of the very few prog-psychedelic tunes in Korean rock history, and the merits of its experimental composition is long overdue for re-appreciation. Because the album was too experimental for the production company’s liking at the time of its release in 1974, it was distributed only for promotional use. This has caused the original vinyl press of this title to become one of the most prominent ‘holy grail’ finds for collectors. This record is a must-listen for fans of Shin Joong-hyun’s works and the psychedelia masterpieces of Kim Jung-mi.
released May 28, 2018
김지연 Kim Jiyeon, vocal
함중아 Ham Jung-ah, guitar
신창호 Shin Chang-ho, guitar
정동권 Jung Dong-kwon, bass &vocal
한태곤 Han Taegon, organ
이수한 Lee Soohan, drums
(본 라인업은 정동권의 인터뷰를 바탕으로 추정한 것입니다)
Producer: 최동권 Choi Dong-kwon
Engineer: 최성락 Choi Sung-lak
Recording: 장충 스튜디오 Jangchung Studios
Original Design: 최동권 Choi Dong-kwon
Original Release: Apr. 01. 1974. 국제기획 제작/아세아음반 발매(AAL-IN-0022)
Reissued by: 이봉수 Lee Bongsoo
Reissue Mastering: 박기호 Park Kiho (DA4 SOUND)
Reissue Design: 김상만 Kim Sangman
Original LP by: 김욱중 Kim Wookjoong
Master tape by: 김주희 Kim Joohee
ⓟ 1974, 1976, 2018 SSANGYONG PRODUCTION
ⓒ 2018 BEATBALL MUSIC GROUP.
Released by COBRAROSE RECORDS,
a division of BEATBALL MUSIC, Korea.
supported by 8 fans who also own “Losing My Mind 내 마음 흔들려”
I absolutely love this band and I can't imagine how one could not! A beautiful synergy of surf rock; hazy, indie pop; sumi's light voice; and the occasional, passionate yet soft, new wave style guitar. It's practically impossible for me to choose my top 1 song so I'll go with let it begin, the courage to become somebody's past, and coming to the end! You should really just listen to their entire discography though. ^_^ My heart goes out to them and all they've been through recently <3 bangsinmytearduct