Songs of the Volcano

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
To make this album, musicologist and slide guitar master Bob Brozman traveled to the tiny town of Rabaul in the East New Britain province of Papua New Guinea. There he worked with five different traditional string bands which are usually made up of multiple guitarists, a ukelele, and a varying number of singers. This music has been minimally influenced by other cultures, and rarely if ever recorded. Brozman's idea was to document the music and to bring needed musical equipment to the island. As one might expect, the string band music of this region sounds both familiar and foreign; it is tonal and sweetly tuneful, and while the massed voices and simple percussion sounds ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
To make this album, musicologist and slide guitar master Bob Brozman traveled to the tiny town of Rabaul in the East New Britain province of Papua New Guinea. There he worked with five different traditional string bands which are usually made up of multiple guitarists, a ukelele, and a varying number of singers. This music has been minimally influenced by other cultures, and rarely if ever recorded. Brozman's idea was to document the music and to bring needed musical equipment to the island. As one might expect, the string band music of this region sounds both familiar and foreign; it is tonal and sweetly tuneful, and while the massed voices and simple percussion sounds are quite unique, there are audible influences from both Hawaii notably on the lovely "Watikai Iau Nuk Pau Atalaigu" and Fiji, influences which tend to be even more clear when Brozman's acoustic slide guitar is added to the mix. Album highlights include the raw and gorgeous "Uma Lari" performed by the Alir Pukai Stringband, the swaying "Karanas Leva" performed by the Lions 2000 Stringband, and the program's final track, a heartbreakingly beautiful song titled "Ram Kuk" and performed by the Alir Pukai Stringband. Despite relatively rudimentary guitar technique and a vocal style that isn't always conventionally pretty, these men make music of impressive beauty, and Brozman, to his credit, keeps himself mainly in the background. The package includes a DVD with a fascinating documentary about the island and the making of the album. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2005
  • Label: Riverboat
  • UPC: 605633004021
  • Catalog Number: 330040

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Alir Pukai - Alir Pukai Stringband (4:07)
  2. 2 Watikai Iau Nuk Pau Atalaigu - Eagle Voice Band (3:30)
  3. 3 Tavurvur - Gilnata Stringband (7:13)
  4. 4 Rabaul Taun - Drop Sun Band (4:03)
  5. 5 Beautiful Rabaul - Lions 2000 Stringband (5:18)
  6. 6 Uma Lari - Alir Pukai Stringband (4:33)
  7. 7 Tomaimo - Eagle Voice Band (3:54)
  8. 8 Sori Boko Na Ra Club - Lions 2000 Stringband (4:08)
  9. 9 Youth Development Song - Gilnata Stringband (4:32)
  10. 10 Town Kavieng - Drop Sun Band (3:44)
  11. 11 Lau Ga Ki Tara Papara Ta - Eagle Voice Band (3:34)
  12. 12 Karanas Leva - Lions 2000 Stringband (6:05)
  13. 13 Valvalian - Alir Pukai Stringband (4:30)
  14. 14 Gossip - Drop Sun Band (4:03)
  15. 15 Tou Ra Vui - Gilnata Stringband (3:55)
  16. 16 Ram Kuk - Alir Pukai Stringband (3:33)
Disc 2
  1. 1 It's Mercy We Need (2:30)
  2. 2 Workman's Song (2:32)
  3. 3 Youth Development Song - Gilnata Stringband (3:05)
  4. 4 Tomaimo - Eagle Voice Band (2:23)
  5. 5 Ram Kuk - Alir Pukai Stringband (2:31)
  6. 6 Beautiful Rabaul - Lions 2000 Stringband (1:23)
  7. 7 Gossip - Drop Sun Band (1:42)
  8. 8 Town Kavieng - Drop Sun Band (0:29)
  9. 9 Beautiful Rabaul - Lions 2000 Stringband (0:44)
  10. 10 Alir Pukai - Alir Pukai Stringband (1:03)
  11. 11 Beautiful Rabaul - Lions 2000 Stringband (1:56)
  12. 12 Tou Ra Vui - Gilnata Stringband (2:55)
  13. 13 Tavurvur - Gilnata Stringband (2:38)
  14. 14 Youth Development Song - Gilnata Stringband (3:05)
  15. 15 Watikai Iau Nuk Pau Atalaigu - Eagle Voice Band (3:37)
  16. 16 New Guinea Blues (2:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Brozman Primary Artist, Musician
Alir Pukai Stringband Track Performer, Musician
Drop Sun Band Track Performer, Musician
Eagle Voice Band Track Performer, Musician
Gilnata Stringband Track Performer, Musician
Lions 2000 Stringband Track Performer
Technical Credits
Bob Brozman Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Philo Hayward Executive Producer
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