박은옥 - Park Eun-Ok
박은옥 - 사랑하는 이에게/회상 1985.10.31 대성음반 DAS-0315
박은옥* – 박은옥 2집 / 양단 몇마름 · 회상
박은옥 1집 - 사랑하는 이에게 [ LP Sleeve ] 뮤직리서치 | 2008년 03월 20일
MRCD-080421 Mar 2008
01 양단 몇 마름 / Both ends
02 사랑하는 이에게(3) / To Loved Ones (3)
03 나그네 / Wayfarer
04 어리야 디야 / Aria Diya
05 젊은이여 / Young Man
* 06 회상 / Remember
* 07 윙윙윙 / Buzz buzz
08 하늘위의 눈으로
09 사랑하는 이에게(2) / To the Loved Ones (2)
10 작은일 쉬운일 / Small things first
Although the onset of singer/songwriting is here for grading the album for accessibility to foreigners this might miss the right elements to overcome the foreign language. It was difficult to grade.
Tracks with * I consider the most essential listens or classics from a western point of view of filtering and listening, as tracks that stand out as such. This makes them also very suitable for western radio show airplay. Tracks that are only underlined can be considered fine tracks you might better check out as well, but I am not sure how essential they really are.
This is a fine song/singer/songwriter album with a nice, slightly mellow flavour.
Melodically it is not always surprising but it is everywhere enjoyable once you know it. The style compared to the 70s approach of folk has been softened a bit.
The arrangements are good with several acoustic guitars, duo or solo clarinets and/or flute, some sparse violin string arrangements, some keyboards and electric piano, some electric bass and drums and in the first and fourth tracks I think a kind of balalaika-like approach of an additional arrangement, and an occasional mouth harmonica arrangement (on track 3).
The second track is sung by male/female duet. I took out the sixth track for airplay. It is sung with an unclear melancholy of completely tempered or swallowed emotions, the voice expression coming out well, accompanied by picked guitar, electric piano, drum, electric bass.
The 7th track is a lighter uptempo happy track that sounds a bit like a childrens song expression, accompanied by a string orchestra, flute and clarinet and band, and a part with happy whistling.
While all tracks fit well together, the last track is different in style, and is a big hall entertainment song with louder vibrating voice, accompanied by a brass band combo, more related with what comes from the 50s and early sixties.
박은옥 - 회상 SRB Records in 1978
MRCD-0803 21 Mar 2008
* 01 회상 / Remember
02 바람 / Wind
03 3월 단비 / March rain
04 아하! 날개여 / Aha! Wings
05 서해에서 / On the west sea
06 나는 누구인고 / Who am I?
* 07 윙윙윙 / Buzz Buzz
08 시인의 마을 / Village of poets
09 에헤라 친구여 / Ehera Friend
10 봄 / Spring
* 11 비오는 나루 / Rainy naru
12 너와 나 (군가) / You and me (military song)
Listening to the first album of Park Eun Ok I enjoyed it better than the second, even though there are comparisons.
This more clearly a singer/songwriting album (compared to the song cover albums), with inspired, somewhat soft songs and with subtle arrangements of string orchestra, nylon string strums, electric piano or organ, electric bass, relaxed rhythms, and some oboe or reed instruments and an occasional flute (with a bird like melody arrangement on the third track).
The songs are soft but not too light. Two songs have an additional male accompaniment. The 7th track sounds like a childrens song, a successful interpretation. On the 11th track the string and reed arrangements are almost classical in nature.
The last track is a bit of more a mystery of why, it sounds like a (not really bad as a result) politicised song with a marching band singing-in-one-voice choir, like a part of a musical.
I understand in listening closer to this release how Park Eun Ok is regarded an important songwriter in Korea.
Although one can sense an honesty in the singer/songwriting style, its tendency towards a mellow character for a foreign listener it does not make it less easy to consume each track and each moment with full attention. So I would suggestion caution.