01 September 2006

Rock Covers from Tuva (CD Review)

Albert Kuvezin and Yat-Kha: Re-Covers
(World Village)
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I'm off in a few minutes to do a radio show bursting with odd and unexpected global covers of Western pop and rock music. The show once featured such songs weekly, but now I reserve them for special occassions. Listen in and you might hear a Japanese version of "Let It Be" or perhaps a flamenco guitarist playing Stevie Wonder. And you'll definitely hear something from the new Huun Huur Tu album.

"It wasn’t until the sounds of Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, and Slayer reached his homeland of Tuva—a remote area of southern Siberia nestled between the Altai and Sayan Mountains—that Kuvezin found the musical bridge between his voice, his heritage, and the universe." So says the promo material, and hearing this album of rock covers done in booming kargyraa, who are we to argue. Either you'll love this or find it baffling and incomprehensible. The tracklist tells the story (song samples courtesy of CDroots.com):Huun Huur Tu - Re-covers
  1. When The Levee Breaks (Led Zeppelin)
  2. Man Machine (Kraftwerk)
  3. Ramblin’ Man (Hank Williams)
  4. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Iron Butterfly)
  5. Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division)
  6. Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles (Captain Beefheart)
  7. Song About A Giraffe (Vladimir Vysotskiy)
  8. Orgasmatron (Motorhead)
  9. Will You Go, Lassie, Go? (trad., from the McPeake Family)
  10. Toccata (Paul Mauriat)
  11. Black Magic Woman (Carlos Santana Version)
  12. Exodus (Bob Marley)
  13. Play With Fire (Rolling Stones)
  14. Song Of Mergen (Alexei Tchyrgal-Ool)
Now doesn't that blow your mind?


Anonymous said...

Did you hear the Bugotak's Coverlar? Rock hits with Tuvan throat singing too - but for me, it's more impressive. http://music.lib.ru/b/bugotak/alb3.shtml - songs are just left to the titles. BTW, Bugotak distributes them freely.

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