Folk and Classical Music of Korea (US) ETHNIC FOLKWAYS LIBRARY P 424 (Tracks in English) Chang Poo Ta Ryong/Shin Tan Ga – Chok Byuk Poo/Shin Tan Ga – Chok Byuk Poo/Ja Pak Ee – Nam Doh Chap Ga (Six-Letter Lines – Southern Popular Song)/Noa Rai Ka Rak/Cha Jin Nong Poo Ga/Kei Myon – Chung Ahk (Boundary and Surface – Right Music)/Woo Cho – Chung Ahk/Chang Choon Pool Lo Chi Kog – Ah Ahk/Man Pa Sik – Ah Ahk/On Ahk/Jong Myo Yong Shin Ahk – Ah Ahk (circ. 1951-1955? 1st pressing from the original FOLKWAYS world music LP series. 1951 recordings. Instruments include Changgo; Drum; Flute; Pak; P’iri; Taegŭm; Vocals; Zither. Detailed mutli page insert included.)
The significant thing about the first pressing of this record is that it is probably the very first vinyl record (not shellac 78 disc) containing Korean music ever made. Almost certainly the first ever made outside of Korea. Folkways albums seem to be notoriously difficult to exactly pin down the pressing dates. On my copy the address on the record and booklet is the 117 W 46th St address and the cover looks to be an early to maybe mid 50s version. My copy has the generic picture cover (used right across all the mid 50s Ethnic Folkways issues) which is a large sticker pasted onto a heavy card cover on one side, unlike the 60s later pressings which had colour and photo pictures of people playing Korean instruments, and the slightly earlier pressing with a small sticker on the heavy card cover. I guess my copy is a second pressing circ. 1953-ish.
The very first 1951 pressing however comes in a thick card cover with the small information sticker pasted on the front.
Collectors notes: The very earliest Folkways albums from 1950/51 such as the Folk Tales from Indonesia LP had heavy card covers with small stickers. This Korean Folkways album listed here exists in this early format which would date it from around the very early 50s, either 1951 or 52. Many classical records on vinyl date from at least 1951, the early Decca LXT (UK) and LXTA (Australia) are examples of 12 inch LPs from the same time so I guess this particular album of Korean music is also likely one of the earliest records produced in the 12 inch vinyl format as well.
Mic’s collection status: I have this record (early/mid 1950s issue – as above).
Pics above (thumbnails) 1. first earliest 1950s pressing 2. earlyto mid 1960s pressing
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