Singapore - Singapore-a-go-go
Superb collection of Singaporean ’60s beat, pop and “off-beat cha-cha” classics compiled from original vinyl 45s. These 22 supercharged beat-a-go-go tracks defy a common held belief that the Chinese couldn’t rock, groove or swing back in the 1960s. The vocals are sung in the dialects of Mandarin and Hokkien and they soar, with catchy hooks atop groovy, clever beats. There’s plenty of electric guitar, organ and crazy percussion rocking and twisting behind it all, at times reaching quite a mad and freaky state of affairs. Seminal bands of the period like The Stylers and The Silvertones are well represented here, backing up a wide array of popular vocalists with Charlie Electric Guitar Band’s Sound of Japan ripping it up on four great instrumental tracks. CD comes with a 16-page booklet featuring full-color photos of the original 45 sleeves and extended liner notes from compiler William Gibson.