Beautiful Rivers and Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound of South Korea's Shin Joong Hyun 1958-1974 Image
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  • Summary: The collection brings together the songs from the South Korean guitarist who entertained soldiers at army bases, produced other musicians' music, and had his music banned by then president Park Chung-Hee.
  • Record Label: Light in the Attic Records
  • Genre(s): Folk-Rock, Pop/Rock, International, Psychedelic/Garage, Guitar Virtuoso, Acid Rock, North/East Asian Traditions, Korean, Korean Pop, Psychedelic Pop
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Nov 7, 2011
    80
    All together, this is a very classy compilation, and an essential piece of the global puzzle of 20th century music.
  2. Oct 5, 2011
    80
    Ultimately, Beautiful Rivers and Mountains is more than a mere curiosity piece; for all its easy-to-recognize styles, Shin's way of enmeshing them into something original underscores rather than erases their strangeness and splendor--even to widely exposed Western ears--making this is an excellent introduction to his work.
  3. Oct 5, 2011
    80
    The 14 tracks here represent just a fraction of what he produced in his prime, so beware that it may be habit forming. [Oct 2011, p.110]
  4. Oct 6, 2011
    70
    As a collection of Hyun's best work Beautiful Rivers and Mountains works well, though it seems to be a bit limited in scope.
  5. Nov 9, 2011
    70
    Light in the Attic has done an incredible job assembling hard-to-find tracks to create this compilation. [Oct. 2011, p. 110]
  6. Oct 18, 2011
    60
    It's far from perfect, but still one hell of a trip. [Oct 2011, p.89]
  7. Dec 6, 2011
    50
    In truth most of it is middling stuff. [Oct 2011, p.62]

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