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The Rough Guide to the Music of China [2003]

  • 1. Yi Wu Suo You (Nothing to My Name) - Cui Jian
    2. Silaihuar - Urna
    3. Jiu Kuang (The Drinking Song) - Yao Gongbai
    4. Wo Yao Hui Jia (I Want to Go Home) - Bai Hong
    5. My 1997 - Ai Jing
    6. Stone Forest Nocturne - Min Xiao-Fen
    7. Hong Niang Hui Zhang Sheng - Zheng Jun Mian/Li Hong
    8. Shananxi Air - Silk Road Music
    9. Yellow Banana - Hang on the Box
    10. Nocturnal Light - Kin Taii
    11. Lan Guei Ji Ji - Li Xiang Lan
    12. Green Brook Running, The - Tse Chun Yan
    13. Tirik Bostan - Sinkiang Uighur Autonomous Region, Song & Dance Ensemble
    14. Bo - Wu Xing
    15. Chiang Wei Cu Cu Kai - Gong Chio-Xia
    16. Autumn Moon - Tats lau
    17. Night of Bonfire, The - Farhan Sabbagh/Liu Fang
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1122

  • Credits
    ProducerPhil Stanton

    Performers include: Bai Hong, Li Xiang Lan, Gong Chio Xia, Tats Lau, Liu Fang & Farhan Sabbagh, Cui Jian, Kin Taii, Yao Gongbai, Tse Chun Yan, Min Xiao-Fen, Hang On The Box, Zheng Jun Mian & Li Hong, Wu Xing, Ai Jing, Silk Road Music.
    Liner Note Author: Paul Fisher .
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Bai Hong; Ai Jing; Li Xiang Lan; Liu Fang; Hang on the Box.
    Arrangers: Urna; Qui-Xia He; Robert Zollitsch.
    Whatever you imagined about Chinese music, put it aside for this stunning compilation that captures China today. Yes, there's a brief (and actually very listenable) snippet of Chinese opera, but much of this is decidedly contemporary, whether it's the endearing, broken English semi-punk of Hang on the Box, or the simply otherworldly, captivating music of Urna. And to hear Tse Chun Yan on the qin, a type of zither, is to understand the possibilities of the instrument. The Chinese-German band, Wu Xing, offer plenty of space in their track, with a singing style that bridges the gap between classical and contemporary music. Following it with a classic cinema song from the pre-Communist era makes for a surreal juxtaposition, but still splendid, like walking farther and farther into an unknown but enchanting forest. While Chinese pop has often received a bad rap, the examples here show a very creative side, whether it's the atmospheric, building sound of Tats Lau, the rocker Cui Jian, or Ai Jing's classic "My 1997," which caused a controversy on its release in 1992. Put everything together here, even the intelligent new age of Kin Taii, and you have what's possibly the most persuasive -- and certainly the most accessible -- compilation of Chinese music available in the West. ~ Chris Nickson

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