Benny Soebardja, the self-proclaimed founder of the private press scene and by all accounts one of the most important figures from the Indonesian music industry, finally gets his due with these reissues. Having been a member of bands such as The Peels, Shark Move and the infamous Giant Step, Benny left his mark across many memorable albums throughout the years. During the mid-’70s, Benny also recorded solo efforts, which many regard as some of the best music to ever surface from the region. With the help of British poet Bob Dook, Benny recorded numerous English based songs filled with incredible musicianship and melodies that have an underlying progressive nature. Backed by the almost unknown Lizard (which contained members of both Giant Step and Harry Roesli’s Philosophy Gang), his solo efforts are in line with the sound of his other bands, yet stand on their own as a unique progressive offering.
Recorded in 1978, Night Train is potentially the rarest Benny Soebardja offering, with cassette versions selling in the three-figure range within the Indonesian market. Created around the same period Virgin Records UK showed interest in Benny’s group Giant Step, Night Train would be the last appearance of Lizard in recorded format, and some even refer to the second side of the cassette as the second Lizard album. Another essential Indonesian rock collectable.
Recorded in 1977, Gut Rock is Benny Soebardja’s second solo effort, an album that was released through the independent studio SM Recordings. Having been allowed unlimited studio time and creative freedom, Benny took 30 days to record Gut Rock, backed by both Giant Step & Lizard. With English lyrics penned with the help of Bob Dook, this is an incredible piece of music and a staple within Indonesian collectors circles.
OTHER NEW VINYL RELEASES:
Sigur Ros Valtari
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Here
The Mars Volta Noctourniquet
Simian Mobile Disco Temporary Pleasure
Simian Mobile Disco Unpatterns
The Cranberries Roses
Hundred in the Hands Keep It Low