4 Compact Discs in slipcase with 272-page hardcover book.
“Longing for the Past: The 78 rpm Era in Southeast Asia” is the first survey of the 78 rpm record era in Southeast Asia.
It is a kaleidoscopic collection featuring 4 CDs with 90 tracks of music spanning six decades (1905-1966), accompanied by a 272-page book with essays and annotations by leading ethnomusicologists that is richly illustrated with more than 250 vintage photographs, record labels, and sleeves.
David Murray is the curator of Haji Maji (www.HajiMaji.com), a blog dedicated to the exploration 78 rpm Asian music. He previously produced two LPs for Dust-to-Digital: Luk Thung: Classic & Obscure 78s from the Thai Countryside and Kassidat: Raw 45s from Morocco. In addition to collecting and researching old records, he is a musician and graphic designer in Oakland, California.
“Longing for the Past: The 78 rpm Era in Southeast Asia” continues the mission of Dust-to-Digital to explore the early days of recorded sound from around the world. Much like “Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM” broke new ground in research while reissuing dozens of tracks for the very first time, “Longing for the Past” examines an era of music from a geographical region that has remained hidden until now.