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Royal Court Music of Thailand

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A tough call for some great music

  • Jan 14, 2000
Musically I am a big fan of this cd, but my main complaint would have to be that when listened to in headphones the instruments are not spaced well so overall, the cd comes off as sounding a bit "small".

I do love the music though. The female who sings on a couple of the tracks is the main focus of my fascination with this cd. This is the only Thai cd I own (so far! ), so I'm not an expert, but the female vocalist has what I could only describe as a "backwards" style of singing. I don't mean "backwards" as a cultural slur. I mean that sometimes her voice sounds like she is singing in reverse, and it is mesmerizing.

Actually I am torn. My first instinct was four stars, but I have decided on three, but I give it three stars with the disclaimer that I am a big fan of this cd and me and my music collection are better for owning it. So far I have only reviewed one cd that I gave two stars to, but this cd is head-and-shoulders more worth the money than that one is.

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Reticent yet dynamic, sophisticated and delicate, this recording contains four cherished and exquisite compositions performed with an enchanting mix of xylophones, gongs, cymbals, fiddles, guitars, and breathtaking vocals. Instrumental and vocal music of the Thai classical repertoire draws listeners into a realm of ornate tonal variations and textured rhythms. Recorded in 1994 in Bangkok, this studio recording features musicians of the Bangkok College of Dramatic Arts Fine Arts Department, performing the traditional and highly refined music of the Thai royal court. "Splendid example of thoroughly contemporary exotica." –Boston Rock
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Label: Smithsonian Folkways
Release Date: July 26, 1994

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