Now-Again are kicking up some dust with this one. Those Shocking Shaking Days: Indonesian Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock and Funk: 1970 – 1978 is a supreme collection of the largely undocumented Indonesian scene in the 70s. This scene suffered a similar fate of others around the globe at that time–insane dictators imposing strict cencorship codes that led to tons of great music languishing in vaults, at best, and being destroyed, at worst. Times were heavy! But Those Shocking Shaking Days proves that you can’t keep a good fuzz guitar down!
Stand out tracks (among many) include “Haai” by Panbers (crazy Blue Cheer raga vibe with some Perry Pharrel vox on top), the break heavy darkness of “Evil War” by Shark Move (best band name?) and the pastoral acid haze of the comp’s title track “That Shocking Shaking Day” by IVO’s Group.
Thanks now to the tireless – and expensive – research of Canadian hip hop producer and Southeast Asian music specialist Jason “Moss” Connoy (also helping LITA out with our upcoming Shin Joong Hyun comp) – and the trust that Indonesian rock legend Benny Soebardja placed in Now-Again as he traversed his homeland’s islands securing the rights necessary to officially license and release these tracks for the first time. Remastered audio in a 3xLP package, including a six-panel triple gatefold jacket alongside a 16-page full color booklet and dozens of rare photos and other ephemera make this release a must for fans of the world-psych front.