- Gapô vol. 1
- Ace records
The previous post was about some Filipinos hanging out in West Germany and doing music there. Now it’s time to introduce a bunch of Filipinos hanging out in Philippines and doing music there. Although I have almost nothing to say about these bands, this is still one magnificent compilation. And it’s most likely published in 1978. It seems that there has been a quite strong influence from American soul and funk music when it comes to the Pinoy stuff. I think the US troops based there during the Vietnam war were one strong influence in their special genre called Manila sound. Even the names of the bands reflect that. There’s Soul Jugglers, Frictions, Our Daily Bread, Poor Immigrants, Hangmen, Brown Sugar, etc. The music itself is very much western style, half of the songs are some sort of funky disco or disco’ish soul. And the rest are ballads and pop rock.
There are several tracks to mention, so this is definitely not a one track album. Funky midtempo pop tune “Sabi-sabi, haka-haka” by Brown Sugar is one. Midtempo disco funk track “Hanggang magdamag” by Soul Jugglers is another. It’s a very nice groover in a strong BT Express or Kool & The Gang way. Downtempo funk track “Happening sa gapô” by We Inc is also a really nice one. Last ones to mention are strong disco funk track “Let’s boogie now” by The Hangmen and the funky pop rock track “Perwisyo sa lipunan” by Frictions. Latter has a break in the beginning, some electric guitar work and even a short harmonica solo in the middle. All the mentioned are vocal numbers and needless to say they’re all sung in Filipino.
Brown Sugar - Sabi-sabi, haka-haka
Soul Jugglers - Hanggang magdamag
We Inc - Happening sa gapô
The Hangmen - Let’s boogie now
Frictions - Perwisyo sa lipunan