Chen Jie and Golden Melody Band – Singapore 45rpm

Of all the 45rpm Singapore Chinese pop albums I bought over the years, this track is my favorite. It did not wind up on the Sublime Frequencies Singapore A-Go-Go album so I thought I’d upload it here.

The title can be translated as ‘She Misses Him So Much The Pain Gnaws At Her’.

As you can see, Chen Jie is a young woman. Her voice lacks the polish of other female Singapore pop singers of the time, such as Lisa Wong, but she more than makes up for that in the way she delivers the heartfelt lyrics of this traditional song. Apparently, she was well known as a dialect performer but here she sings in Mandarin.

To judge by the mind-blowing way she can bend and stutter notes, she was trained in Peking Opera–it’s a neat trick that modern singers like Theo Bleckmann strive to achieve; Chen Jie makes it sound effortless.

The background music is pretty tweaked out as well, a mix of traditional instruments and surf guitar that creates a slow motion wave of exotic despair. It’s a short track, but haunting.

Here are the lyrics if you can read them (I can’t).

 

SSEP211 lyrics

 

 

Download wav file here:

https://app.box.com/s/e5tpzz1c5lgc8tdhfral

Backcover:

SSEP2211b

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