송창식 - Song Chang-Sik (Twin Folio)

송창식 - 1974 : 맨처음 고백 / The First Confession

also titled as "First Confess"

CD release : Music Research May 01, 2008 (original LP MPA)


1 맨처음 고백 / The First Confession

2 한 걸음만 / Only One Step

3 밤눈 / Night vision

4 향수 / Perfumes


5 축가 / Anthem

6 손을 잡고 걸어요 / I Walked Holding Hands

7 새는 / Birds

(*) 8 한번쯤 / At Least Once

9 강변에서 / On the Riverside

10 바람부는 길 / Windy Roads

I thought Song Chang Sik's boosted song emotionality must have delivered a few worth checking out songs, but I could have guessed from this cover here the schlager-aspect most often was still the most dominant factor. The 7th track with psychedelic rock band featuring fuzz solos, flute and keyboard solos of course stands out well. Also a bit more convincing is the last, acoustic song.

Tracks with * I consider essential listens or classics, or tracks to check out for sure. These are tracks that makes them also very suitable for western radioshow airplay. Tracks that are only underlined are still fine tracks you might better check out as well, but I am not sure how essential they are.

https://conermusic.tistory.com/238 (translated roughly)

송창식 | 맨 처음 고백 / 손을 잡고 걸어요 (1974)

트윈폴리오에서 독립하여 애플 프로덕션에 둥지를 틀었던 송창식이 오리엔트 프로덕션으로 이적하며 발표한 첫 번째 음반으로, 통산 네 번째 독집에 해당한다. 애플 시절 송창식의 음반이 트윈폴리오의 연장선 혹은, 김희갑의 곡을 받으면서 가요와의 중간적 형태의 위치에 해당했던 반면 동방의 빛과 결합한 새로운 시도들은 향후 송창식의 스타일을 규정지을 정도로 독특한 형태의 진화를 이루었다. 그 진화 가운데는 스매시 히트곡 <한번쯤>과 같이 트로트와 결합했지만 통속적인 느낌이 들지 않는 트랙도 있다. 물론 그 이유는 연주에 참여하고 있는 동방의 빛의 영향력이 클 것이다. 특히 전체적으로 도입한 지 얼마 되지 않은 것으로 보이는 무그 신세사이저의 종횡무진 펼쳐지는 활약이 돋보이며, 프로그레시브록의 영향력 아래 펼쳐지는 서늘한 후주를 동반한 <새는>은 단연 압권이다. 송창식이나 동방의 빛의 여타 작품들에서 좀처럼 듣기 어려운 블루스적 감성의 <강변에서>도 독특하다.

Song Chang-sik | First Confession / Walk Hand in Hand (1974)

"Song Chang-sik, an independent of the Twin Folio and nested in Apple Production, is the first album released and transferred to Orient Production. While Song's album was an extension of the twin folio or the song of Kim Hee-gap in Apple's days, new attempts combined with Light Of The East (session band) have evolved a unique form of evolution that defines Song's style in the future. Done. Some of the evolutions, such as the smash hit "Once Once", combine with the trot but don't feel popular. The reason is, of course, the influence of the light of the east to participate in the performance. In particular, the Moog synthesizer, which seems to have been introduced for a while, stands out, and its birding is accompanied by a cool aftermath under the influence of progressive rock. Blues' sensibilities, which are rarely heard in Song Chang-sik and other works of the East, are also unique."

Although the impression of Song Chang Sik he might have/had tendencies to a more bombastic or melodically an entertainment way of singing based upon what I have heard before, - on the previous reviewed release, on this one however, with a fine rock band accompanying, his full potential, voice, singing and approach actually comes out very well. The (creative) band on these 15 tracks shows a great sound with nice (fuzzed here and there) electric guitar organ, bass/drums. For airplay I took out a few tracks for airplay where there was a bit more room for electric fuzz or organ contributions. This belongs to the (progressive) pop / rock area, with only a small touch of popular music left in the singing. People who only heard the previous release should be open to a real surprise.

송창식 / 골든앨범 / Golden Album

CD release date: Nov 10, 2011 on Music Research

* 1 그대 있음에 / In your presence

* 2 피리 부는 사나이 / Pipe Man

* 3 한번쯤 / Once

4 맨 처음 고백 / First confession

5 한 걸음만 / Only one step away

6 축 결혼 / Wedding celebration

7 걷지 말고 뛰어라 / Don't walk, but run 8 손을 잡고 걸어요 / Hold your hand and walk

* 9 새는 / A Leak

10 이슬비 / Drizzling

11 간다시던 / Wherever you go

12 가위 바위 보 / Rock Paper Scissors

13 새벽길 / Dawn

14 이상해 / Strange

15 아홉 동그라미 / Fifteen nine circles

Tracks with * I consider essential listens or classics, or tracks to check out for sure. These are tracks that makes them also very suitable for western radioshow airplay. Tracks that are only underlined are still fine tracks you might better check out as well, but I am not sure how essential they are.

V.A.: 바보들의 행진 / March of fools OST

* 1 왜 불러 / Why do you call me?

2 날이 갈수록 / As the days go by

* 4 고래사냥 / Whale hunting

Early review: "Most of this compilation album was somewhat disappointing for me, for its easy mainstream use of rhythms and schlager-like pop songs, song festival-pop like at times with some kitschy approaches. The few fuzz guitar parts and organ can’t compensate enough, for Western collectors this 60s pop album might not rewarding enough. (For early airplay I chose only one track that stood out)."

When I listen back to these Song Chang Sik tracks I find them rewarding enough today. "Why do you call me" sounds powerful enough, also for its band arrangements (organ and rock band with calmer passages). As the Days Go By" its a calmer and still fine track. "Whale Hunting" has nice emotional fuzz and also sounds like a pretty fine track to me.

Chosen for possible airplay: track 2, 6, 9, 10

I checked three more early albums out from Song Chang-Sik, and I was amazed of the varied and convincing voice capabilities of the singer who adapts well and with power to different sort of singing styles and song contexts. This one as a consistent album is already amongst the best ones I have heard from him.

On this first album (I saw other albums from 1977 onwards) all the songs and arrangements and of course also the singing is rewarding. Song’s singing shows a strong inner power and the band is a dedicated rock band (guitars, drums and keyboards mostly).

The first song has somewhat pop mainstream melody, but the approach still is more rock. The second track (“the pied piper”) is a classic Korean cover I have heard before. It shows flute arrangements, electric piano and strings and full-breast, powerful singing. The third track starting with strings and picking guitar and electric piano (amongst funky guitar,..) and here the singer shows a more tempered, rich and warm slower voice. A similar song follows this, with its own emotionality and strength in singing, slightly more crooner-like. The emotionality is even more rich in quality on the next and more melancholic track. Its arrangements receive electric piano and strings arrangements. This one lies close to crooner music as well, but sounds directly and deeply inspired. The ending has a small moody electric/acoustic solo. Also very special is the next track (“Ding Dong Ding”) with Baroque electric piano and keyboards lead, with slower singing, with its own strong emotional richness. The next track is a bit lighter with nice band arrangements. Even more special is the track after that, a slower emotional song with acoustic pickings and at the start a fit keyboard drone. It has an acoustic guitar part too. This is followed by one more lighter track with a lighter rhythm. The last song track has a bit more progressive band arrangement. A fine album worth checking out.

송창식 골든 제1집 / Golden House (album 1)

LP: SPDR-137 / HC-200 100

CD release date: Nov 01, 1990 on E&E Media

CD: 1. 한번쯤 / Once

2. 피리부는 사나이 / Pied Piper

3. 맨처음 고백 / The first confession

4. 그대 있음에 / In your presence

5. 사랑이야 / Love

* 6. 비와 나 / Rain and me

* 7. 딩동댕 지난 여름 / Ding dong deng last summer

8. 철지난 바닷가 / An out-of-date beach

* 9. 애인 / lover

* 10. 상아의 노래 / Ivory Song

11. 축가 / anthem

12. 새는 / Leaking

Tracks with * I consider essential listens or classics, or tracks to check out for sure. These are tracks that makes them also very suitable for western radioshow airplay. Tracks that are only underlined are still fine tracks you might better check out as well, but I am not sure how essential they are.

Possible airplay : track 2, 3, 10

This next album is a good pop/rocking album as well. It starts with a lighter rocker. The second track shows a powerful voice alternated with subtle singing, a song arranged in several parts and with varied arrangements, a known song and a good original version of it, with an outstanding performance of voice, and a good band arrangement. The first four tracks fit well together in the same vein, in a somewhat rock context.

Then suddenly, the 5th track is a folk/acoustic songwriter’s song with acoustic pickings, before turning smoothly into a more rock direction again. Also the songs with extra strings are tastefully arranged.

The next surprise is the 10th track, which starts like a filmic track with wooden block percussion and voice only. Also this turns into a good enough pop/rock track. And then continues this way again. Once more, a nice album to trace.

송창식 골든 제1집 Golden Album 2

CD release date: Jul 01, 1996 on E&E Media

(A1) 01 고래사냥 / Whale Hunting

* 02 왜 불러 / Why are you calling me?

* 03 이슬비 / Deep rain

* 04 가위 바위 보 / Scissors Scissors

05 나의 기타 이야기 / My Other Story

(B1) 06 내나라 내겨레 / My country

07 꽃보다 귀한 여인 / More wondering than about a flower

08 나그네 / Wayfarer

09 향수 / Perfume

10 토함산 / Tohamsan

11 사랑하는마음. 한걸음만. 이상해 / I love you. Just one step away. Odd.

The next compilation is an album of lighter but still good pop/rock without songs that show its differences easily/immediately. If I have to take out tracks I would show track 7, a good blues-rocker, and the track after that, a Koreanised acoustic songwriter track (accompanied by acoustic and amplified pickings only). Original pressing 1983 ?

송창식 골든 제3집 Golden vol.3

CD release date: Mar 24, 2003 on E&E Media

(A1) 1 우리는 / We are

2 푸르른 날 / lush green days

3 가나다라 / Canada

4 슬픈 얼굴 짓지 말아요 / Don't make a sad face

5 선운사 / Sununsa

(B1) 6 참새의 하루 / Sparrow day

7 담배가게 아가씨 / Tobacco lady

8 에이야 홍 술레잡기 / Aiya Hong Sule

9 당신은 / You

10 밀양 머슴 아리랑 / Mill sheep Arirang

"Canada" is a strange progressive twist of a fusion of pop/rock with powerful singing mixed with Korean folk rhythms also worth mentioning.

맷돌 (밝은 노래모음) [한정판] / V.A.: Millstone (Bright Song Collection) [Limited Edition] (live)

LP 1970 ; CD reissue 2018

* 4 비와 나 / Rain and Me

( 5 딩동댕 / Ding dong dang announcement)

6 딩동댕 / Ding dong deng

This was one of the first concerts of acoustic song music which had something innocent and pure. This feeling is also given to Song Chang Sik performances.

세시봉 친구들: 43 지기 친구들의 음악 그리고 이야기들... (4CD)

Cecibong's Friends: 43 Keeper Friends' music and stories ...

Disc. 1 (송창식 이야기 / Song Chang-sik story)

01. 한번쯤 / Once

02. 나의 기타 이야기 / My guitar story

03. 우리는 / We

04. 피리부는사나이 / The Pied Piper

05. 맨처음 고백 / First Confession

06. 사랑이야 / Love

07. 당신은 / You are

08. 가나다라 / Canada

09. 푸르른날 / Green Day

10. 고래사냥 / Whale Hunting

11. 토함산 / Tohamsan

12. 상아의 노래 / Song of Ivory

13. 애인 / Lover

14. 참새의 하루 / Sparrow Day

15 선운사 / Seonunsa

16. 왜불러 / Why?

17. 밤눈 / Night eyes

18. 담배가게아가씨 / Tobacco shop

19. 새는 / Birds

20. 나그네 / A stranger

21. 축가 / Auspicious

This is a re-recording which still more of a nostalgic idea than a necessary move for musical reasons. The technical sound is very good. I think only "Lover" has something more perfectly achieved.

Disc. 2 (윤형주 이야기 / The Story of Yoon Hyung-joo)

Disc. 3 (김세환 이야기 / Kim Se Hwan's Story)

Disc. 4 (트윈폴리오 이야기 / Twin Folio Story)

http://askakorean.blogspot.com/2010/04/50-most-influential-k-pop-artists_27.html :

"In 15 words or less: One of the flag-bearers of the folk rock movement in the 1970s.

Maybe he should have been ranked because… Some of his songs like Whale Hunt are iconic. He was not ranked because… He did not have much influence otherwise, and quickly joined the softened folk rock trend in the late 1970s."

윤형주 / Yoon, Hyung-Ju: 윤형주(尹亨柱) 리싸이틀 / Rain's wayfarers / girls.1973

with 윤형주 / Yoon, Hyung-Ju:

CD1 10 하얀 손수건 / / White Handkerchief

* CD1 11 비와 나/라라라 / Biwa Na / Lalala

CD1 12 두 개의 작은 별 / Two little stars

Live recording of three acoustic songs with some duo harmony vocals (like Twin Folio). The second one I consider a classic.

Songs on compilations:

친구야 소풍가자 / Friends, let's go on a picnic: 쎄시봉 그때 친구들의 음반 / Cecibong's album

* CD1 7 나는 피리부는 사나이 / I'm a piper

Application song of memory Best 40

CD1 10 산골짝의 등불 / Valley lamp

Very sweet, simple acoustic picking track (2 guitars and voice)

V.A.: 비의 나그네/아가씨들아 / Rain's wayfarers / girls

11 산골짝의 등불 / Valley lamp

가요(歌謠) 박물관 / Music Museum 220 Best (CD box)

CD8 6 고향 / Home (1970)

-ref. "Mi casa Su Casa"-

with 서유석 / Yu Seok Suh

Another acoustic folk track with delicate singing and sparse harmony singing.

대중가요 Lp 가이드북 / Popular Songs Lp Guidebook

9 고래사냥 / Whale hunting (1975)


See also C’est Si Bon

#KoreanPop #singersongwriter #folk #S #TwinFolio #LightOfTheEast #moog



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