Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Yoo Young-Jin (유영진): Blues In Rhythm & Blue Rhythm

Yoo Young-Jin has arguably been the most dominant presence in K-pop over the last decade and a half but ironically, most are completely unaware of that fact. This singer/songwriter/composer, is responsible for some of K-pops biggest hits over the last few years but many do not know his name nor can recall his string of solo efforts under his current employer, the juggernaut that is SM Entertainment. Originally beginning as a performer for SM, Yoo Young-Jin shifted his interests to composing and arranging after he fulfilled his mandatory military service. While his signature style is still felt and his powerhouse vocals can be heard in accompaniment, Young-Jin has taken a backseat to the public eye and instead help solidified the careers and success of some of K-Pop's most well known groups. H.O.T, DBSK(TVXQ), Super Junior, and now the freshly debuted EXO, all owe their continued success to this man behind the scenes and while his at times "off-beat" artistic pursuits have been questioned, no one can deny his impact. While I enjoy the whole array of his works, I wish that he was still a performer. His vocals and arrangements and soulful, powerful and damn catchy. These are his first two solo albums and they make for great listens. Check out the covers of Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight" and "Easy" on his 2nd album, they are great renditions. Enjoy!

1집 - Blues In Rhythm (1993)

1. 그대 가슴에 나를 가두어
2. 그대의 향기
3. 매일꾸는 꿈
4. 내곁에 머물수없니
5. 마음에 내리는 비
6. 시간
7. 사랑을 배우는 인생
8. 비오는 오후에
9. 내곁에 머물수없니 (instrumental)
10. 그대의 향기 (instrumental)

2집 - Blues Rhythm (1995)

1. Interlude
2. 너의 착각
3. 지난 날
4. 습관적인 눈물
5. 영원한 친구
6. 내곁에서 멀리
7. 두번째 이별
8. Wonderful Tonight
9. 마지막 여행
10. 나머지 사랑을 내게
11. 사랑이 끝난후
12. Easy
13. 혼자되어도
14. Outro Amazing Grace

Friday, April 13, 2012

Lee Sun Hee (이선희) - 이선희 골든

Here's someone I've been really getting into since I got to Korea and luckily I found a torrent that contained nearly her entire discography (which I will be posting). Great vocals and a long lasting career, Lee Sun Hee won me over with

인연 and I hope everyone who visits can enjoy her music too. I'm gonna change it up with some more "modern-ish" Korean music with the next few posts, or maybe I'll combine it all....I haven't decided. Well it's good to be back and hopefully I can win back some of my followers! If you would like anything reposted let me know! It may be different since all of my hard copies are back in the states and I haven't kept everything, but most of it should be there! Enjoy!

이선희 골든 (2005)

이선희 골든: J에게/아! 옛날이여 [Disc 1]

1. J에게

2. 아! 옛날이여

3. 갈바람

4. 괜찮아

5. 갈등

6. 그래요 잘못은 내게 있어요

7. 나는 사랑에 빠졌어요

8. 다시 필 사랑 위해

9. 소녀의 기도

10. 이 말을 하고 싶어요

11. 연인의 눈물

12. 눈물속에 피는 꽃

13. 서울의 밤

14. 사랑의 기회가 한 번뿐이면

15. 누가 나를 알까요

16. 가난한 연인을 위하여

이선희 골든: 영/알고 싶어요 [Disc 2]

1. 영

2. 어둠은 걷히고

3. 알고 싶어요

4. 늦었어요

5. 잃어버린 약속

6. 이별은 정말 어려워요

7. 후회

8. 청아한 사랑

9. 그 깊은 사랑의 이별

10. 바람 속에서

11. 못 잊을 너의 이름은

12. 소망

13. 도요새의 꿈

14. 이제는 떠나야지

15. 눈물

16. 그 표정의 의미


인연 - 13집 - 사춘기

Monday, April 9, 2012

Alive and Well in South Korea~!

Hello Everyone! I hope you've been well! I've been transitioning into my new life as an english teacher in South Korea and everything is working out very well. There are difficulties in living in a country where you don't speak the language very well but people are accommodating and supportive of my efforts of using Korean to communicate. Well enough about me...its back to music time! I hope to post as much as I can and first I'd like to focus on Korean music for a while since i'm here! So, todays post I'll start with a 2 disc Jeon Young Rok compilation I found in a record store in Busan. Two disc collections like this are fairly common in Korean department stores but I still find that most people have no idea who they are when I buy them, unless they are from that generation of course! People give me some perplexed looks when I ask for older music or Trot, but I guess its pretty strange for a waygook to know, let alone, like these artists! Jeon Young Rok is a great singer and his daughter has also continued the families musical lineage as a member of the famous k-pop group, T-ARA. Enjoy!

전영록 힛트곡 전집 (2005)

1. 종이학
2. 사랑은 연필로 쓰세요
3. 지나간 시절의 연가
4. 애심
5. 연민
6. 그대가 미워요
7. 꼬꼬
8. 애원
9. 그대 뺨에 흐르는 눈물
10. 그날이 오면
11. 이브
12. 만남에서 헤어짐까지
13. 떨어진 잎새
14. 나그네 길
15. 재회
16. 그대
17. 하얀 발자국

1. 애인
2. 빗속의 연가
3. 카사블랑카
4. 그대
5. 동경
6. 포옹
7. 겨울 장미
8. 철 지난 바닷가
9. 삶
10. 사랑은
11. 작은 풍선
12. 그대여
13. 내 꿈은 너
14. 슬프지 않은 곳으로
15. 마지막 손길
16. 실연
17. 이 말을 하고 싶었어요