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Various Artists - Waiting for Your Return: A Shidaiqu Anthology 1927-1952, Pt. III [Cassette]

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Format: Cassette
Catalogue No.: DEATH069
Barcode: 5050580804845
Release Date: 28 Apr 2023
Genre: World/Reggae/China

01: The Train - Gong Qiuxia
02: Street Moon - Zhou Xuan
03: The Beauty Comes - Du Jie
04: Moonlight Ditty - Li Xianglan
05: Spring Flowers and Autumn Moon - Wu Yingyin
06: Falling Flowers - Lang Yuxiu
07: Laughing Praise - Zhou Xuan
08: Love Song Beyond the Great Wall - Bai Hong
09: Long Night and More Dreams - Bai Yun
10: My Heart - Yao Min
11: Horse Racing - Gong Qiuxia
12: Willow Branches - Yi Min
13: Exhort - Ensemble of the All-Shanghai United Harmonica Team
14: Wind and Rain Song - Wang Renmei
15: Lilac Mountain - Wang Renmei
16: Sunny Sky - Gong Qiuxia & Mei Xi
17: The Love of a Village Girl - Zhang Fan
18: Willow Spring - Yao Lee
19: Lovely Morning - Zhou Xuan
20: Lullaby - Luo Cuiyu

Shidaiqu literally means "songs of the era", a term used to describe a hybrid musical genre that first began permeating through the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai in the late 1920s. Blending western pop, jazz, blues and Hollywood-inspired film soundtracks with traditional Chinese elements, the shidaiqu represented a musical and cultural merging that would go on to shape a golden age of Chinese popular song & film in the pre-communism interwar period.

Waiting for Your Return brings together a wide collection of recordings for an anthological overview of the style. Taking in it's early beginnings in the work of the pioneering composer Li Jinhui - whose 1927 song "Drizzle", featuring the vocals of his daughter Li Minghui, is often referred to as the first shidaiqu record - through to more polished 1930s & 40s examples, when China's western-influenced popular music & movie industry reached it's golden age with the prevalence of the Seven Great Singing Stars (Bai Hong, Bai Guang, Gong Qiuxia, Li Xianglan, Wu Yingyin, Yao Lee and perhaps most prolific of all, Zhou Xuan).

Included in the collection are tracks recorded right up until the music's demise in Shanghai in the early 1950s - during which time the Chinese Communist Party denounced shidaiqu as "yellow music", outlawed nightclubs and pop music production, and destroyed western-style instruments - following which, much of these singers would decamp to Hong Kong where many saw further success throughout the 1950s and into the 1960s.

More From This Artist: Bai Hong Bai Yun Du Jie Ensemble of the All-Shanghai United Harmonica Team Gong Qiuxia Gong Qiuxia & Mei Xi Lang Yuxiu Li Xianglan Luo Cuiyu Wang Renmei Wu Yingyin Yao Lee Yao Min Yi Min Zhang Fan Zhou Xuan

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