KOREAN POP/ROCK/FUNK
reissues
Seoul Traveller (1976)->
Love & Peace

LP (1978,re.2011), LP (1979,re.2012)

Yejeon Media Music     Love & Peace : 1st (KO,1978,re.2011)**°°
airplay : track 4,track 5

Love & Peace are already a bit closer to the disco/funk/pop area. Some musicians from the West who in the beginning became part of the disco/funk/soul-pop scene, were musicians who were the same people who used to playing bluesrock and perhaps even some progressive music forms. It was the different sound of the keyboards (with high pitch wahwah effects) and the different fuzz pedal that were used in this new period that in fact expanded from what was possible for improvisation in prog/psych/rock circles, Love & Peace combines these improvisations with serious commitment and a light and happy touch. The drumming is light, with funky bass guitars and there are some texturing sympho-keyboards from the disco/pop area. The guitar improvisations, and sometimes the electric piano take the time to develop onto these new rhythms. Sometimes the electric guitar is even a bit Gilmourish (track 5), and occasionally there is an extension from bluesrock present with well-developed emotion in the playing (track 6). There are also a few fun improvisations with classical music. We have a funky/disco version of Beethoven’s 9th. And there’s a sad keyboard arrangement of “Ave Maria” (Schubert) with that extra electric guitar (track 5). And then we also have a keyboard improvisation integration of something of the “Flight of the Humble Bee” (Rimsky-Korsakov) too (track 7). All in all, the combination of seriousness, lightness, grooviness and improvisation works well.

Track titles : 01 - Long time no see, 02 - Songs be echoed, 03 - Mother's Lullaby, 04 - Beethoven Symphony No,5 (Inst),05 - The Flight of The Bumble Bee(inst), 06 - That Wind, 07 - Moonlight,08 - Thunderhead (Inst),09 - Ave Maria (Inst)

Choi, I-Chul : Vocal & Electric Guitar, Mouth Tube, Rhythmn, Ross Super Gas, Solo Guitar & Others;Kim, Myung-Gon : Vocal & Elka String, Mini Moog, Alto Sax, Solina String, Fender Keyboard, Music Man Bass ;Lee, Gun-Soo : Fender Keyboard, Yamaha Organ;Kim, Tae-Heung : Drums
Sarvo : Music Man Bass

Audio: http://www.youtube.com/... & http://www.youtube.com...
& http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15-w4Mfd57Y & http://music.naver.com/album/index.nhn?albumId=29353
Info : http://fenikon-fusion-world.blogspot.com/2010/11/love-and-peace-1978-long-time-no-see-re.html
& audio on http://fenikon-fusion-world.blogspot.com/2010/11/love-and-peace-collection-longtime-no.html
Korean info : http://www.maniadb.com/artist.asp?p=105313
Other page : http://blog.naver.com/rlaalsdn34/70107780674

From http://askakorean.blogspot.com/2010/04/50-most-influential-k-pop-artists_27.html :
(About the importance of) Love and Peace, 1978
"In 15 words or less:  The pioneer of Korean funk.
Maybe they should have been ranked because…  Their experiments in funk and soul were innovative, and some of their songs like "It’s Been a While" are iconic.
They were not ranked because…  Fairly or not, right now their achievements are not valued as highly as other artists who were their contemporaries."
2nd album Rose/Festival 1979 (SRB 0023)








Yejeon Media Music     Love & Peace : 2nd (KO,1979,re.2012)***/**°°

On the second album there was created a more consistent style which is a combination of funk, blues, jazz, rock and pop music, varying from just a few small hanging-ons towards a mellow song towards a more progressive rock approach with a talent to improvise, with funkier pop/rock tracks inbetween.

The album starts with what is basically a rock song but which gets funky keyboards, fitting with the disco/funk association up-tempo cymbal driven drums and further on some bluesy electric guitar solos. This is followed by a more mainstream sound or pop-related mellow hum-nana-and-sing along song. The third track is an instrumental with two electric guitars and funky keyboards which sounds like a more progressive approach, especially for the stretched electric guitar solos, mixed with more sympho-keyboards. The fourth track is a groovy, funky and melodic keyboard melody driven instrumental with funky bass, disco drums and electric piano and other keyboard solos. The fifth track refers to a classical melody again (like a few times on the first album). This time this sounds like a kitschy up tempo driven version of this known classical tune, played by keyboards, a jumping bass rhythm and funky guitar rhythm. It is symphonic instrumental pop driven and not really progressive in this case. The 6th track is a disco-pop track with funky elements and with lead harmony vocals, including a few female backing singers, some keyboard and some electric guitar solos. The 7th track is a pop/rock song with swollen harmony vocals mixed with keyboard harmonies. The eighth track is founded on a more instrumental improvisation, attention and progression, with a more progressive sound. Also here there are nice harmony vocals performed. The second part is much funkier with wild electric piano and keyboard stick led improvisations. A further part improvises with lead jazz guitar mixed some other fine arrangements. Track 9 is a pop/rock song again, leaving the funky touch present in the keyboards and guitar. Also the last track is a rather progressive and cleverly played slightly funky jazzy improvisation on keyboards, drums and electric guitars. A rewarding album worth tracing.

Korean info : http://www.maniadb.com/artist.asp?p=105313

About previous band Seoul Traveler : http://fenikon-fusion-world.blogspot.com/...
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