Gombloh Live Gila (37th Year Anniversary Black Vinyl Edition)

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Indonesian folk singer Soedjarwoto Soemarsono, popularly known with his nom de guerre Gombloh, was one of the biggest pop artist in his home country, up until his premature death in 1988 at the age of 40 from a lung problem. His song "Kugadaikan Cintaku" (I Pawn Off My Love) and "Di Radio" (On the R..

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Indonesian folk singer Soedjarwoto Soemarsono, popularly known with his nom de guerre Gombloh, was one of the biggest pop artist in his home country, up until his premature death in 1988 at the age of 40 from a lung problem. His song "Kugadaikan Cintaku" (I Pawn Off My Love) and "Di Radio" (On the Radio) were some of the biggest hits from the eighties. His face, with his baseball hat and aviator glasses, was one of the most recognizable on television screen in the eighties.


His song, an ode to his motherland "Kebyar-Kebyar," off his 1979 record of the same name was so popular that it has become the unofficial anthem of the Indonesia. British band Arkarna, which has had a strong fanbase in Indonesia, covered the song in 2015 as a tribute to the country's 70 years of independence.

Yet, Gombloh spent the first decade of his career in obscurity, despite releasing some of the best recorded music in Indonesia's popular music scene. His Javanese-language 1981 album Sekar Mayang--released by Golden Hand, an imprint of Indra Records, the label to Surabaya-based hard rocker AKA--is considered as one of the best progressive folk album, mixing his socially-conscious lyrics with melodic and harmonic complexity usually found in ELP or Genesis early materials. Some critics considered Sekar Mayang to be a more superior work than Guruh Gipsy which has long won a reputation as the finest progressive rock record ever to come out from Indonesia (Hans Pokora included Guruh Gipsy in his Record Collector Dreams).

Sekar Mayang and other stellar works notwithstanding, Gombloh's luck hadn't changed until he released the album Gila in 1983, on a more pop-oriented label Nirwana Records. A straight-up folk record in the mold of Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks, the album was easily received by fans who was quickly enamored by his conversational story-telling lyrics and simpler song arrangement. The record, which was cobbled together from Gombloh's live performances, including one where he hurled 'bangsat" (bastard) epithet to the mayor of Surabaya, East Java, spawned Gombloh's two biggest hits "Gila" (Crazy) and "Taik Kucing Rasa Coklat" (Cat Poop Tastes Like Chocolate) and catapulted him into the national spotlight.

The album proved to be a bridge in Gombloh's musical career, one that would brought fame and fortune to the troubadour, albeit short-lived.

For the first time in almost four decades, the album would be available on vinyl. Jakarta-based Elevation Records has worked on a partnership with Gombloh's original label Nirwana Records to press the record on wax, the first in an archival projects that is aimed at reintroducing Gombloh's music to a new and wider audience. All records in Gombloh's catalogue has long been out of print and a cassette tape for any of his albums could fetch an exorbitant price in second-hand market.  A limited quantity of vinyl records for the album is now being pressed at a plant commissioned by the London-based Disc Wizard. Mastering for the vinyl was done the Abbey Road Studio, also in London. The reissued album will be available in late October, 2020.

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