Folk and Classical Music of Korea (US) ETHNIC FOLKWAYS LIBRARY 1951-54 first pressing


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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. 1951-2 1st pressing from the original FOLKWAYS world music LP series. 1951 recordings? Instruments include Changgo; Drum; Flute; Pak; P’iri; Taegŭm; Vocals; Zither. Detailed multi page insert included)
The significant thing about this first pressing of this record is that it is almost certainly the very first vinyl record (not shellac 78 disc) containing Korean music ever made. And one of the earliest Korean music records of any kind made outside of Korea. Folkways albums seem to be notoriously difficult to exactly pin down the pressing dates. I have a second mid 50s pressing of this as the first listing on this site, and also a 60s pressing with the pink cover, but this is the original first pressing with the small sticker cover. It’s very thick heavy vinyl in a heavy card sleeve + the insert. It’s mentioned on-line as being pressed in 1951 but this could be the recording date. This copy has July 12, 1954 written on the cover sticker.
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 such as this. This Korean Folkways album listed here I guess would date from around the very early 50s, maybe 1951 or 52, but definitely before 1954. 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 now finally have a copy of the first pressing. Took me a lot of years to find it.
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About Mic Dover

Lives in Australia. Previously lived in South Korea. Married.
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