60 Horses in My Herd: Old Songs and Tunes of Tuva

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
With this album, the members of Huun-Huur-Tu prove beyond a doubt that they're the bridge between the past and present in Tuva: the past because they have deep respect for the tradition utilizing traditional instruments such as igil and doshpuluur in addition to the wonderful ankle bones of sheep in bull testicles, and the present as they bring in contemporary elements guitar and -- previously unknown in Tuva -- the concept of harmony singing. Of course, it's the throat singing that's the highlight, showcased perfectly on "Tuvan Internationale," where unearthly overtones are produced in the throat, amplifying harmonics, often two or three notes at a time. They take ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
With this album, the members of Huun-Huur-Tu prove beyond a doubt that they're the bridge between the past and present in Tuva: the past because they have deep respect for the tradition utilizing traditional instruments such as igil and doshpuluur in addition to the wonderful ankle bones of sheep in bull testicles, and the present as they bring in contemporary elements guitar and -- previously unknown in Tuva -- the concept of harmony singing. Of course, it's the throat singing that's the highlight, showcased perfectly on "Tuvan Internationale," where unearthly overtones are produced in the throat, amplifying harmonics, often two or three notes at a time. They take chances, although even their own material doesn't stray far from the tradition, with the omnipresent rhythm of horses the real sound of Tuva carrying all the songs. Perhaps the piece of greatest interest is "Song of the Caravan Drivers," included here as an homage to Frank Zappa, with whom they worked before his death. This is folk music, to be sure, but of a kind to mystify and engage the Western ear with its exotic flavors. Don't be fooled into thinking it's a novelty, however; for Huun-Huur-Tu this is a record of life in Central Asia, not just as it was, but as it remains.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/1993
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351645029
  • Catalog Number: 64050
  • Sales rank: 67,186

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Huun-Huur-Tu Primary Artist
Alexander Bapa Tuvan Percussion
Sayan Bapa Vocals, Igil, Tuvan Percussion
Kaigal-ool Khovalyg Vocals, Igil, Chanzy, Toshpuluur
Albert Kuvezin Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Ted Levin Liner Notes, Executive Producer, translation
Alexander Bapa Producer, Contributor
Sayan Bapa Contributor
Kaigal-ool Khovalyg Contributor
Trefor Goronwy Engineer
Tohru Ohnuki Engineer
Aldynai Seden-Khurak translation
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