Beatball Rec. Kim Choo Ja : '78 Recital (KO,1978,re.2015)**°
I usually highly regard these officially re-mastered Mini-lps’s from Beatball, but this album still keeps me puzzled what to think of it. This singer Kim Choo-Ja has a good rocking voice and band. It is a live document, which shows a good perspective on a concert of those days. The music however still is a bit more entertainment pop (with an additional brass band too) than alternative or inspired rock. The whole album is like a well prepared and arranged medley of pop/rock songs.
As a bonus the last part of the concert is included as a large “Encore”, which more sound like a larger rock improvisation, a track of nearly 17 minutes of which the voice cannot be hear well, but the more progressive and wilder jamming rock band is completely on the front. Here you can hear a bluesy electric guitar solo first leading the groove more, then the incorporation of a rocking part from “Hey Jude” from Beatles. From then onwards the brass band can be heard too, and the full band ends with playing together some marching part ending. This whole bit of 5 minutes wasn’t the full ending yet. You can still hear the full band playing further again with an enjoyable medley and improvisation (rock and brass band and some backing choir), not in a perfect but still enjoyable mix.
"Its pop-psychedelic beginning, the encounter with the Soul and its variations, the Latin accent, their romantic-modern versions of Trots and even a medley from the aforementioned ‘Recital 78’, with several successes, such as ‘Sgt. Kim’, ‘Regret’, ‘Rumour’, and even a version from ‘Ani Holem al Naomi’, single that sold more than 1 million copies in 70s Japan, from the Israeli duo Hedva and David!
We would be unfair to Choo-Ja, if we just label her as an exclusively psych-folk singer, such as Kim Jung Mi was. What we see here are Big Bands and their orchestrations, Brass Funk-Soul, Psych, Rock, Trots, Ballads and a familiar Korean tendency to put a few spoons of sugar into the romanticism: ‘Nangman’!"