he third installment of THAI BEAT A GO-GO features 18 rare funk, pop, and soul tracks that pulsated though the Bangkok club scene during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Easily one of the best series of the recent worldwide archival explosion in '60s-and-after pop/rock, the Thai Beat A Go-Go discs had already made a big splash by the appearance of the third entry, further excavating rarities ranging from the fantastic to the bemusing. Liner notes and photos help give context to the selections while past favorites reappear with other cuts, but even if one knows nothing about anything on the disc, all that matters is playing it and enjoying the results. The basic principle of fusing Western pop approaches (and a number of full-on cover versions) with a variety of Thai musical keys -- from singing in Thai to backing arrangements to more besides -- lies at the heart of nearly every cut, and the joy lies in how readily and how different the results proved. Young singer Supaphorn gets two great numbers near the front -- "Cham Chai," a retake of "Hang on Sloopy," and the Troggs' "With a Girl Like You" aka "Lua Chan See." What's especially nice is hearing how readily R&B and soul arrangements in particular suit Thai singing -- Don's cover of the song "Sunshine Day" is a treat, the easygoing flow of the music matching with the gentle reverb on his voice, while funk acts like the Erawan Band and Flash (and, but of course, the Oriental Funk, with the Moog-led treat "Come Together") take some good bows. Then there's a winning take on Johnny Wakelin's "The Black Superman" by Duangdao Mondara, which while it can't beat the original keeps the celebratory bounce to match the sharp yet sweet delivery. The disco samplings toward the end of the disc are equally grand, with the contributions from the Moog-crazy band backing singer Panatda proving wonderfully insane. Then there's the stuff that's just mind-boggling, like the kiddie record "Heoow Sabat," according to the liner notes a song about a land of rabbits with suitably wacky enough vocals to befuddle most adults in any language. ~ Ned Raggett
If you dug volume 1 and 2 of "Thai Beat A Go-Go", you'll go crazy over this release in the Thai Beat A Go-Go series! Incredible and ultra rare recordings from Thailand in the late 1960s to early 70s. The amazing "Thai Beat A Go Go V.3", concentrates on Thai funk, exotic female pop, go-go and rock n roll, amazing moog blasters and of course some very weird tracks, extreme sensuality and emotions, surreal and groovy, all with a totally otherworldly Thai flavor. Experience the blossoming Bangkok night club scene with the exotic bar and lounge go-go bands! There is a lot of work and effort behind these comps and they have taken a long time to compile. Records with Thai 60s-70s funk/soul/rock/pop a-go-go bands are incredible hard, if not impossible, to find as there is no Thai tradition of saving native artifacts from the 1960-70s.