Saturday, April 9, 2016

VA, The Best of Pinoy Rock Vol 1 & 2

The Best of Pinoy Rock Vol 1 & 2

Side A
Wally's Blues - Wally Gonzales
Summer Wind - Joey Smith
Pagbabalik Ng Kuwago - Anak Bayan
Cool Ka Lang Pare - Maria Cafra
Laki Sa Layaw - Mike Hanopol
Dr. Quack - Joey Smith

Side B
Tulungan Natin - Mike Hanopol
Bonggahan - Sampaguita
Pangako - Maria Cafra
Panahon - Juan dela Cruz
Tao - Sampaguita
Himig Natin - Juan dela Cruz

Side C
Sa 'Yo - Joey Smith
Project - Juan dela Cruz
Diyos Lang Ang Pag-Assa - Pabs Dadivas
Baguhin Ang Mundo - Mike Hanopol
Nakatagong Mata - Wally Gonzales
Sarap Ng Buhay - Juan dela Cruz

Side D
Maskara - Joey Smith
Govinda - Pabs Dadivas
Sirang Plaka - Anak Bayan
Batugan - Labuyo
Kapalaran - Maria Cafra
Sa Diyos Lamang - Sampaguita

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Bong Penera

A Samba Song

Side A
A Samba Song
A tear For Sunrise
Rosita Maria

Side B
Beat Contemplation
Afraid To Be Known
And I Will Sing
Samba Madrugada
A Samba Song

Bong Penera

Side A
Sa Dako Pa Roon
Poem Blue
Sinta (Based On A Theme by O. Pagsanjan)

Side B
Melancholy Dreams
Love Notes
Watery Eyes
Sa Dako Pa Roon (Reprise)

Bong Peñera and his various band incarnations under the name Batucada are considered the main proponent of Brazilian-influenced Philippine jazz, particularly samba and bossa nova. Peñera and the Batucada band were influenced by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, Sergio Mendes, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, and Deodato.

His landmark composition "A Samba Song" has become a world staple in bossa nova and have been performed as covers by Tadao Hayashi, Eddie Katindig, Sitti and Guarana. Among his bandmates were bassist Sonny Nabong, drummer Cesar Yumping , percussionist Nick Boogie, trumpeter Jun Salvame, bassist Paul Candelaria, drummers Fred Alidon, Jun Viray, Harry Tambuatco, guitarrist Edgar Avenir and vocalists Jacqui Magno, Pat Castillo, and Sandra Lim.

Nerio DeGracia

(An Evening In) Luzon

Side A
(An Evening In) Luzon
The Hag's Cat
Three For Soar
Nica's Tumbao

Side B
Half Step'n
Joy Spring

Frisco Geronimo, Guitar Champion

Frisco Geronimo

Side A
Black & White
Harana Filipina
Dear Linda
Serenata De Amor
Lovely Eyes

Side B
Ay Kalisud
My Blue Heaven
Pusong sawi
Yeba Arriba
If You Love Me

This young soft spoken gentleman from barrio Sinalhan, Sta. Rosa, Laguna became known as guitar champion after winning the annual championship on "Hamon Sa Kampeon" program a weekly presentation of DZAQ TV Channel 3 and DZXJ radio.

OST, "Rock, Baby! Rock!"

"Rock, Baby! Rock!"

Side A
Rock Baby Rock - VST & Co.
Sexy Lady - Marvic
Hiwag Mong Pigilan - Leah Navarro
Ikaw - Nailclippers
Yakap - Junior

Side B
May I have This Dance - Marvic
I-Swing Mo Ako- Sharon Cuneta
Kiss... Kiss - VST & Co.
Excuse Me - Junior
Isang Halik Lang - Smack

Rock Baby, Rock
Year: 1979
Country: Philippines
Language: Filipino
Production: Lea Productions
Director: Oscar Miranda
Writer: Oscar Miranda
Cast: Vilma Santos, Junior, Rolly Quizon, Lea Navarro, Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Lorli Villanueva, Geleen Eugenio, Val Sotto, Myrna Velasco, Joey Gutierrez, Rosanna De Guzman, Ritchie D'Horsie, Maripaz Salvador
Release date: 24 August 1979 (Philippines)

Friday, January 22, 2016

Dominick Honrado, Filipino Band

Dominick Goes Cruising

Side A
The Train Song
El Modulation
Story of Love
Fly Me T The moon
Malaguena Sa Le Rosa

Side B
Bamboo Dance
Maree's Bosa Nova
Babalik Ka Rin
Besame Mucho
Vivenne Goes Cruising

Friday, January 8, 2016

Pablo Vergara

Tangos Forever

Side A
La Cumparista
Adios Muchachos
Derecho Viejo
A Media Luz

Side B
Roman Guitar
Hernando's Hideaway
Valentino Tango
Dona Clara
Ole Guapa

Pablo Vergara, the lyricist, arranger, musical director, musical conductor and also film director. Especially during the days of the song hits and Jingle Song magazine, the name of Direk Pablo was in consonance with Tagalog hits.

At an early age, Pablo was already playing the guitar even before entering school. He came under the tutelage of Prof. Rufino Palma and was also a member of the Sta. Rita Institute band in his Pampanga hometown.

Aside from his natural flair for music, Pablo obtained a formal training in Naval School of Music where he specialized in musical arrangement. This is the process where the composer selects the instruments to be used. He also indicates the details of the participation of each instrument in the musical arrangement. Some of Pablo’s well-known professors were Restie Umali, Doming Amarillo and Polding Silos who were all great musicians in their own time.

Pablo’s first big break came with his composition God Knows. With the interpretation of Randy Madrid, the song was adapted into a movie with the same title which was produced by Larry Santiago Productions. With the success of God Knows, Pablo became the youngest musical director at the age of 18.

In the pursuit of his profession, Pablo composed more than 200 songs and has scored more than 100 movies. Another chore of a musical director is the selection or composition, if necessary, of the theme song. One of his favorite theme songs was Katumbas ay Buhay which was used in the movie Vendetta, with Rudy Fernandez and Rosemarie De Vera in the lead.

He used to be the musical director of the Rey and Carding tandem, popularly known as the Reycard Duet who were a great success in the Las Vegas scene. Other singing talents who were under the musical baton of Pablo were Manilyn Reynes and Eddie Mesa. Pablo even accompanied Eddie Mesa in his Canada tour where Pablo had the opportunity to be the conductor of Canadian musicians.
For the record, Pablo was the first ever in-house composer and musical director of Dyna Recording Company. He had also worked with other recording studios like Alpha Records, Vicor Recording, Synergy, Viva Records, BMG and Universal Records. Now he can be considered to have joined the ranks of his idol musicians like Prof. Josefino Cenizal, Tito Arevalo, Ernani Cuenco, Francisco Buencamino, Leopoldo Silos, Juan Silos and Restie Umali.

Aside from his musical conquests, Pablo had directed three movies, all starred in by Fernando Poe, Jr. Of course, he had composed the theme songs and also did the scoring. Mahal, Saan Ka Nanggaling Kagabi and Mahal, Ginagabi Ka na Naman both featured the husband/wife team-up of Fernando Poe, Jr. and Susan Roces from the story of Pablo Gomez and script by Fred Navarro. Eseng ng Tondo has Ina Raymundo and Jenny Syquia as leading ladies of FPJ, another Pablo Gomez story with the screenplay written by Manny Buising.

For those three FPJ movies mentioned, Pablo earned a nomination from the FAMAS for musical scoring and theme song. He was also an Awit Awardee in 1990.

At present, Pablo is Vice Chairman of UFIMDAP (United Filipino Musical Directors Association of the Philippines). He was once a member of the board of directors of FILSCAP (Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).

-Alex J. Socorro