Kim Choo Ja was one of the singers who had participated with Shin Jung-Hyun and his bands. This is an over 72 minute 1987 compilation of various albums. Of course several tracks come from that period or are related with it, and different versions of this period are also added. I like the slow organ contributions on some of such tracks. Not all of it is of similar quality and the songs also tend to entertain rather than express something deeper, but as a cheap compilation, like Korea Guide says, it is, despite little surprises and its tendency to go to kitschier areas, still ok enough for checking out. But don't forget to check out KimJung Mi and Pearl Sisters first.
"Recently I ran across a Kim Choo-ja retrospective called Kim Choo-ja Best 20 (Yejeon Media). It originally came out in 1987 and features 20 songs (no surprise there). Although the sound quality is not always the best, the songs are a pretty interesting range (like Kim’s versions of “Geojitmaliya” and “Aniya,” which I had not heard before). It also includes a complete lyrics sheet (good for practicing my Korean). Best of all, the album was less than $10. Totally worth it." Korea Guide
SJH mvd. Kim Chu Ja with Shin Jung-Hyun & Donkeys (KO,1969)***''
airplayed : Tr.4, "Gone to my lover" 4 min, Tr.5, "Please don't go" 3 min,
Tr.8, "Leaving to the people" 9 min 16
Radio show comments : "60’s psychpop. The recording was done directly from vinyl. From the 7th to 10th track are with male voice. The 8th track is more psychedelic, with great guitar and psych organ in late 60's psych pop style."
Folkie Jin : "Kim Chu-Ja/Shin Jung-Hyun songs collection 1969 ; Kim Chu-Ja is a another korean pop star and debuted with support of Shin Jung-hyun. This record is a her debut album. Musical performance by Donkeys of Shin Jung-Hyun. I think that this record Donkeys play style similar to early Jefferson airplane. Especially side B 2 song is a unique koreanized psychedelic song!! Side A songs are a little pop style but Side B songs are very good psychedelic style!! Recommendable !!"
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"Kim Choo Ja enjoyed a very successful career in Korean music after bursting onto the scene in the late 1960s, musically she was associated with Shin Jung Hyun on her earlier LPs but this LP is slightly after that. Although much of this album has a more gentle & orchestrated feel there is enough lo-fi/garagey production values to keep things enjoyable. The drum sound especially is extremely ghetto & sounds like the drummer was recorded through a tunnel in an adjacent building. For me there are three really strong tracks on this LP, so check them out."