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Saturday, 11 June 2016

Caravan “American Antarai” 1976 Thailand Psych Political Protest Folk

Caravan “American Antarai” 1976 Thailand Psych Political Protest Folk 
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An album by the progressive Thai folk rock group featuring protest songs against US military actions in the mid seventies. The album was ready for release before the mass public protest, demanding for the withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Thailand by 20th March 1976 ....~


Reissue of one of the rarest and most sought after releases from the Thai scene. This isn't only a beautiful slab of ethnic folk rock, but it has become a landmark in Thai music history. Caravan was a folk-rock band that formed out of the country's 1973 democracy movement. Surachai Jantimatawn was the band's primary vocalist and songwriter. He also played guitar. Caravan was known for combining Thai and Western folk music in arrangements dominated by acoustic guitars, but spiced up with Uthok's use of traditional Thai instruments, as well as frequent use of Thai-style percussion. Most of their Thai-influenced songs took the form of folk ballads, but they also made frequent use of the faster and more percussive "Maw Lam" rhythms ...~


Remastered edition of this album from the Thai band, not to be confused with the British band of the same name. In May 1976, an incident involving the American container SS Mayaguez prompted the US forces, including 1,000 Marine Corps to use the U-Tapao airbase in Thailand as a base for a rescue mission against the Cambodian Government's (Khemer Rouge) forces. This was done without the permission of the Thai Government which said the act was a violation of Thai Sovereignty and sparked fierce protests outside the US Embassy. Caravan wrote political songs against the US and used them in a mass protest in March 1976. The band members all came back to work together amid the heated political atmosphere and protests to drive out the American Army base, during which there were many bombings, shootings, fatalities and much blood-shed. The Antarai American album was ready for release before the mass public protest to demand that the Kukrit Pramoj Government's promise of calling for the withdrawal of all US forces from Thailand by 20th March 1976 


In May 1976, an incident involving the American container SS Mayaguez prompted the US forces, including 1,000 Marine Corps to use the U-Tapao airbase in Thailand as a base for a rescue mission against the Cambodian Government’s (Khemer Rouge) forces.  This was done without the permission of the Thai Government which said the act was a violation of Thai Soveignty and sparked fierce protests outside the US Embassy. The US president only issued a very short ‘apology’ which acted as the catalyst for Caravan to join the public protest.  They wrote political songs against the US and used them in a mass protest in March 1976.  The band members all came back to work together amid the heated political atmosphere and protests to drive out the American Army base, during which there were many bombings, shootings, fatalities and much blood-shed.  The American Antarai album was ready for release before the mass public protest to demand that the Kukrit Pramoj Government’s promise of calling for the withdrawal of all US forces from Thailand by 20th March 1976.
This is the first re-release of the American Antarai album.  Heavy ‘paste on’ gatefold jacket and insert written by the band numbered by myself with pen.  1000 copies, 500 copies reserved for the Thai market…


Remastered edition of this album from the Thai band, not to be confused with the British band of the same name. In May 1976, an incident involving the American container SS Mayaguez prompted the US forces, including 1,000 Marine Corps to use the U-Tapao airbase in Thailand as a base for a rescue mission against the Cambodian Government’s (Khemer Rouge) forces. This was done without the permission of the Thai Government which said the act was a violation of Thai Sovereignty and sparked fierce protests outside the US Embassy. Caravan wrote political songs against the US and used them in a mass protest in March 1976. The band members all came back to work together amid the heated political atmosphere and protests to drive out the American Army base, during which there were many bombings, shootings, fatalities and much blood-shed. The Antarai American album was ready for release before the mass public protest to demand that the Kukrit Pramoj Government’s promise of calling for the withdrawal of all US forces from Thailand by 20th March 1976….. 
Caravan were a 1970s Thai folk group comprised of students who helped lead the opposition to their homeland's then corrupt and brutal military dictatorship, who for a brief time at least, beginning in 1973, managed to depose the dictatorship's leader, Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn. Between then and late 1976, when Kittikachorn returned to power in a military coup and declared martial law, and in the process massacred one hundred students and imprisoned several thousand more, the group had coalesced around four activist musicians influenced equally by the Western protest music of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, as well as the songs and musical heritage of Thailand's peasant working class. Touring widely across the countryside and often appearing at political rallies, they wrote and performed songs with a deep political conscience sympathetic to the poverty of peasants, and which continued to courageously confront the corruptness of the lingering regime, in addition to American imperialism. Kon Gap Kwai (Man & Buffalo), recorded in 1975, was the group's debut, and it brilliantly melds Western folk music forms and melodies with indigenous Thai instruments like the phin, saw, and wut. Primarily acoustic, with intertwining layers of acoustic guitars and dirge-like percussive rhythms, the combination proved hugely influential and established the band as the leaders of the Songs for Life movement, with its opening and most famous track having been written by a poet and a militant farmer and which supplied the protest generation's anthem. It's a beguiling, richly shaded listen of plaintive anthems whose purpose and conviction seems clear to whomever the listener (even sung in the native tongue). In 1976, upon installation of martial law, the junta declared these tunes and anyone singing them illegal and the band was forced to flee to Laos where they lived in exile for several years, while their songs nevertheless lived on clandestinely in the prison camps and farmer's field thereafter....~    

Personnel
Surachai "Nga" Jantimathawn
Surachai "Nga Caravan" Jantimathawn - vocals, acoustic guitar
Wirasak Sunthawnnsi - guitar, vocals
Mongkhon Uthok - vocals, phin (a kind of Thai lute), wut (a panpipe-like Thai instrument), harmonica
Thongkran Thana - lead guitar, slide guitar, violin, vocals 
Track List
01 Dangerous American (3:47)
02 Letter From Farmer (3:50)
03 Ten Deaths Growing Up Hundred Thousand (4:25)
04 Come Together (4:32)
05 Common Please (2:40)
06 Up Raising (2:59)
07 Mr. Kaum (3:34)
08 Lam Plern Jarern Jai (3:28)
09 Serng E-san (3:41)
10 Khula (5:46) 
  Tracklist
A1 อเมริกันอันตราย
A2 จดหมายจากชาวนา
A3 ตายสิบเกิดแสน
A4 รวมกันเข้า
A5 มารวมกันนะเธอจ๋า
B1 ลุกขึ้นสู้
B2 ตาคำ
B3 ลำเพลินเจริญใจ
B4 เซิ้งอีสาน
B5 กุลาร้องให้ 

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