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Subtitled: Essential Collection of Modernized Thai Music from the 1960s. "Amazing Thailand!" -- The Thai national tourism slogan was undoubtedly inspired in part by the mind-bendingly cool 1960s recordings by the band The Son Of P.M., one of the leading lights of the Thai Shadow Music scene. Inspired by an influx of Western rock and pop music (including British guitar band The Shadows), The Son Of P.M. developed their own style of modernized Thai music, combining traditional Thai instruments with Western keyboards, drums and electric guitars. The result was a seductive, intoxicating blend of Thai melodies merging with elements of rock, surf, go-go, Latin and blues. Amazing indeed. The Son Of P.M. was one of several Shadow Music groups (including P.M. Pocket Music, featured on three tracks of this release), playing "Modified Thai Music," organized by manager Phayoung Mukda. These bands featured the keyboards and arrangements of P.M.'s adopted son Khabuan Mukda -- thus this particular band's moniker. The idea of modernized/modified/developed Thai music is central to Mukda and The Sons Of P.M. Retaining an essential Thai core, the music borrows melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements as well as instrumental timbres from a wide range of Western popular music sources. The resultant "developed" music loses none of its Thai character, vigor and élan, and is enriched by the adoption and creative use of new influences. The music on this anthology is an excellent example of this spirit of openness and adventure, a rocking, rollicking parade of undeniably Thai music, relentlessly propulsive and energetic, informed by musical developments from around the globe. A true hybrid which creates energy instead of merely conserving.