홍민 - Hong Min
This is a rather good album of a singer who hangs in between a few styles, starting and returning to a folkier song and also songwriter music accompanied by acoustic and electrified guitars mostly, to a few more crooners with the inclusion of strings and flute arrangements and more humpapa rhythms (an early part on the album isn’t the most outstanding introduction, track 2,3), with a few tracks hanging a bit in between these two styles (like track 4).
Other, and especially the second half of the album we hear songs that are more clearly songwriting inspirations (6, 7 & 9). With this part the album becomes better and more original in melody and uplifts the music to a next level after the two early crooners.
The 7th happier track has strings, flute and a rock band (organ, drums, bass) with a nice poppy melody and evolution.
My favourite tracks still are the last two sadder tracks. Especially the last track with a crying slowness and with a Korean folk flavour, stand out well. On this track, an electric guitar improvises on this mode a bit while an acoustic guitar picks slowly and the voice returns with melancholy perspectives.
한국포크의 명반이자 희귀음반인 ‘홍민’의 1973년 작품 - ‘첫사랑’이 CD로는 처음으로 발행되어 컬렉터들에게는 반가운 아이템입니다. 70년대 저음의 목소리를 지닌 포크가수로 유명했던 홍민의 여러 음반 가운데 가장 명반으로 손꼽히는 앨범입니다.
"This is a fine item for collectors Of Hongmin's first release, a rare Korean folk album. It is one of the best albums of Hongmin, famous for being a bass voice folk singer from the 70s."
홍민: 첫사랑/환희의 눈물 (SEL-20-0013) 1973 LP
Hongmin: Tears of First Love / Happiness CD 2012-10-13 Music Research
A1. 첫사랑 / First love 2. 작은참새 / Little Sparrow 3. 종이배 / Paper boat 4. 황혼길 / Twilight 5. 바람과 나 / Wind and Me 6/B1. 환희의 눈물 / Tears of joy 7/B2. 파란 베레모 / Blue beret 8/B3. 가로등 / Street lamp * 9/B4. 부두 / Wharf * 10/B5. 강남제비 / Gangnam Swallow
Fine honest still slightly darker singer/songwriter music in guitar folk style with acoustic and electric guitar. Some tracks have larger arrangements (flute, drums, bass and strings).
Tracks on compilations:
가요(歌謠) 박물관 / Music Museum 220 Best
* CD8 5 고별 / Farewell (1972)
-ref. "Stringiti alla mia mano"-
This is a classic song with simple strummed chords, still a nice performance with rich emotion.