China Records – Sichuan Folk Music 78rpm

Here’s a special one, a mainland Chinese album from before the Cultural Revolution, recorded most likely the late 1950s. It looks like it was part of a series of recordings of amateur performances; sort of an Alan Lomax style project.

This one is from Sichuan province and features performances by village singers and student representatives from Chung King (Chongqing city). The usual links to youtube videos and WAV file downloads are below.

My special thanks to Prof Yung Sai-shing, of the Department of Chinese Studies at the National University of Singapore, for his insights into this album.


China Records

Album Title: Folk Songs by Female Singers

Side One

  1. Embroidering a Pouch (to give one’s love)
  2. River Storm, Sand and Waves

Side Two

  1. Planting a Candle Nut Tree
  2. Songs for God




WAV files for download:




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