About

 

This site is made by Mic Dover  who is not Korean but lives in South Korea.

이 사이트는 믹 도버에 의해 제작되었습니다. 믹 도버는 한국 사람은 아니지만 현재 한국에 살고 있습니다.

A picture of him is below. But you will have to guess which one is him.

아래의 사진 중 하나는 그의 사진이지만,  여러분은 어느 사진이 그의 사진인지 추측해야 할 것 입니다.

            

He is interested in all kinds of things, but especially vinyl music records.

그는 많은 것에 관심이 있지만, 특히 음악 레코드판에 관심이 많습니다.

Vinyl records were the main format that music was sold in from around 1956 to 1990.

음악 레코드판은  약 1956년 경부터 1990년경까지 판매된 음악의 주요 형식입니다.

Before 1956 most music was sold on the 78 rpm shellac disc format and after 1990 it was sold on the compact disc format.

Now (2005+)  music is mostly distributed in digital format. Which is an efficient but somewhat boring format (in my opinion).

This website is mostly concerned with Korean music artists. Especially, it is interested in vinyl records by Korean artists (and Korean music) that were pressed (made) outside of Korea in countries such as the U.S., Japan, the U.K., Europe, etc. However, the website will also include information about the odd South Korean pressing here and there.

At the moment Mic Dover is collecting vinyl records by Koreans (and Korean music) that were pressed (made) outside of South Korea. To him these are like historical relics, that he believes will be harder and harder to find as time passes.

The purpose of this website is to document information and also receive information from other people about this subject matter.

Please note: I have a lot more discs in my collection to put up on this site but so far have only done as many as I’ve had time to do. Please keep checking as I will try to add at least 1 every couple of weeks over the course of 2014. 

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27 Responses to About

  1. Shane Campbell says:

    G’day Mic…. Annyong ? Just wondering if any of this music is downloadable from anywhere ? My wife is Korean and I have just discovered all this ” great ” music.
    Shane Campbell ( Young So-bang )

    Thanks mate 🙂

  2. Mic Dover says:

    Hi Shane, Thanks for the message. Actually I only have audio files of some of the old 78 rpm’s and I may as a long term project start making audio recordings in future, but have little free time at the moment. Also, some of the record sellers in Seoul have mentioned that they prefer I didn’t post audio recordings of the popular music from the 60s/70s as it’s still copyrighted and at some stage it may be re-issued on CD or vinyl.

    Actually – youtube isn’t bad for many of the more well known Korean artists from the past. I’ve been surprised at what I’ve found on there and there seems to be more and more stuff being loaded up to that site from Korean all the time.

    all the best,

    Mic.

    • Denise says:

      Hi,
      I came across a box full of vintage lps. One is Kim Sang Hee. by Oasis Records. Where can I find out it’s value?

  3. Shane Campbell says:

    Thanks for reply Mic. I have found some on i-tunes which I happily downloaded and got some more from you-tube. My wife is there visiting her mum at the moment and has asked around her older sisters and brothers-in-law. Apparently they still have some old records, tapes and c’d’s and are amused I like this music so much. It’s great to listen to when you know the history of the country. The heart that goes into the lyrics and the simple soulful sounds are really compelling. I really like YUN Yeon Seon, Beautiful voice when she was young. Bit ” husky ” now on you-tube but still great to listen too. Don’t tell my wife but they all still look fantastic too ! HAHAHA !

    I did see an article about a record store at a subway station, can’t help me there can you ? I’ll check it out on my next trip.

    I know it’s cold there so stay warm and enjoy the New Year holidays.
    Annyong mate ! Shane

  4. Mic Dover says:

    Hi Shane, I’m pretty sure that’s Hoehyeon Station on the Seoul Subway Line 4, 1 up from Myeong-dong. The record shops are in the underground mall that you can get to by passing thru Shinsegae Department Store, which is the best DS in Seoul IMO. cheers, Mic.

  5. Mic Dover says:

    PS: there are a lot of record shops in that mall, it used to be the central record shop area but it seems many have moved out around to other parts of Seoul as the rents have gone up.

  6. Ionel says:

    Hi Mic! I ran into 7 north Korean 10″ vinyl records that I can’t find anywhere online, except for 2 I think (one of them on your site). Is there an e-mail address where I can send you some pictures? Any kind of info would help! Thanks! P.S. My e-mail address is in the post details, you should see it.

  7. teri thomas says:

    MIC, I have original vinyl records in a case that my father brought back from the Korean war. I was wandering if you have any of these because I cant find anyone that has them.

  8. Denise says:

    Hi I came across some Korean records..where do i find out how much they are worth? One is Kim Sang Hee.

    • Mic Dover says:

      Hi, It really depends on condition however there is no site I know of that lists values for Korean records.
      I don’t even try do it here as it is so subjective. I suggest typing/copying 김상희 into google and seeing what shots online selling
      her LPs are pricing them at. The US pressings of her albums are worh much more than the Korean ones tho.

  9. Chris Kim says:

    Hi Mic,

    I live in the States & want to start a Korean LP collection of my own. I know u live in Korea @ the moment, but do u know any places other than Ebay/ Amazon i can purchase them & have delivered here? Also i don’t wish to come as disrespectful, but would u consider parting with some of your records? Any input would be useful. Thank you

    • Mic Dover says:

      HI Chris, Thanks for the message. I will send you a message soon by e-mail. I am a bit busy for a couple of days. If you can read/write in Korean (or have someone to translate) I can send a link to a Korean site which is good. Cheers, Mic.

  10. Quentin says:

    Hello , i’m discovering your blog , thank you for sharing this beautiful music ! As a non korean speaker it’s always hard to look for foreign language vinyl records… in 2011 i missed an lp on ebay , it was a Korean ensemble that covered ‘tears of Mopko’ song (made popular by Lee Nan Young) i don’t know the artist name … i have audio sample of it , Maybe you could help ?
    All my best , Quentin .

  11. Sam Wilson says:

    Hi Mic, I was wondering if you could identify a Korean pop singer from the 60s for me. In 1992 when I was 15 I came across some Korean and Japanese records at a thrift store here in San Antonio, TX, and I bought 2 Korean and one Japanese. The Japanese one was by Kiyohiko Ozaki. The other 2 I made photocopies of the covers and sent them to my Korean pen pal (who I’ve long since lost touch with). She showed them to her mother who said one was called the Best of April and May and the other was by Hee-Jun Choi. I really enjoyed these records even though I couldn’t understand the lyrics, but due to personal circumstances lost my entire record collection in 2003. Not too long ago I decided to look for these 3 records and see if they were available on CD. Kiyohiko Ozaki’s and April and May’s are available but whenever I search Hee-Jun Choi on the internet nothing turns up except pictures of much younger people. I must have the wrong name. On the cover of the album I had, the man looked to be about in his 30s, was clean-cut and wearing a red sweater. He was standing outdoors and it looked like snow in the background. The music was orchestral pop music featuring his smooth and often powerful vocal, and a few songs had a Latin or rhumba flavor. The first song on side 1 was up-tempo and a number of times he said “…and a 1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4…” and continued in Korean. On the interior sleeve of the record were pictures of other albums available from the label and a number of them were by this artist who appeared to be wearing the same style of sweater in all cover photos. The label was something along the lines of “World International Records” but the exact name I can’t remember. The album is post-war and pre-hippie era, and I estimate it to be from around 1963. This singer would be around 80 years old now. Sorry this is so long but I wanted to give you as much information as I could remember. It was an excellent album and I would love to know who this artist is and if his music is available on CD. Thanks!

    Sam

    • Mic Dover says:

      Hi Sam, Very sorry, I must have missed the notification about this comment somehow.

      I understand about the issue typing names into Google. I often try to find info on Korean singers, but find their name is shared with
      a K-Pop group member or a biology student, etc. I will send you an e-mail about a soruce to try to find the album you were after. cheers, Mic.

  12. Jasmine TSoon says:

    Hello, I heard about being able make your own records in Korea. Do you have any information? Thanks!

  13. Marie says:

    hi, i am writing from germany. my grandpa wants to get rid of some vinyls he brought from north korea in the 1970s. since i have no clue what so ever they are worth, is there anyone here who could help me? i would be very grateful!
    greetings
    marie

  14. Shane Campbell says:

    No. You can enail me.
    sec-pmh@hotmail.com

  15. whathaha says:

    Hi Mic thanks for all the info. I live in Tokyo and just arrived in Seoul for some digging. Any chance we can meet up or give me some tips. Peace I am looking for Korean rare groove / soul / funk
    Ted

  16. nz record collector says:

    I handle a very large amount of secondhand vinyl and I do find weird things that wouldn’t necessary interest me, but I hate throwing out. I know I’ve seen Korean artists and Korean print on covers. Are there any pointers for things to look for. Either items on your wishlist, or just general ideas on hidden gems.

    • Mic Dover says:

      Thanks for the message. To be honest, there was a huge amount of releases by Korean artists on vinyl and general Korean records are pretty commonplace in the shops in Seoul. However, anything by Korean artists with late 60s/early 70s with a garage/psych sound is usually worth looking into. Especially if it’s associated with the name Shin Joong-hyun. My own interest is trying to track down the Kim Sisters’ Australian pressing 45 and possibly EP if it exists. I’m not sure if there were ever NZ pressings.

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