Monday, December 23, 2013

Richard Merck

Ewan, Ewan Ko Ba


Side A
Ewan, Ewan Ko Ba
I still Love You
Magbalik Ka
Dying For You

Side B
Kailan Kaya
Joy To The World
Just For A Moment

for audio, visit/subscribe:
YouTube: OPM Vinyl Playlist

Richard James Bulawin Merk is one of the most versatile talents in the Philippines. He is known for his screen name, Richard Merk. He is considered as the Prince of Jazz because of his specialty in on the genre.

Richard Merk was born at Angeles City, Philippines. His parents are James Merk and Annie Brazil Wolfe, a famous jazz singer. He is able to play many instruments like the percussions, drums, guitars, keyboard and bass.

Richard Merk started out as an actor and singer at the age of 7. Since his mother is a renowned jazz singer, Richard too, became fascinated towards that unique musical genre. However, jazz fanatics were limited. So as to widen his audience, he shifted from jazz to pop but the discipline of jazz was still present. As a result, Richard came to a music that is definitely his style.

Known for his wide vocal range, Richard is someone worthy of praises. He is not only recognized in his own country but also in demand abroad. He is dubbed as the “Prince of Jazz” and no one until now stands in opposition.

Richard had performed countless concerts and shows together with other artists like Salbakuta, Royal Flush, Sticky Band, Star Band etc. He was also tapped to make jingles of several products for commercials like Pepsi, Mountain Dew, BPI, Juicy Fruit Gum, Levis, Nestle and Colgate among others.

Aside from performing live in different venues, Richard also a stage actor, starred in several stage plays.

Richard is vendible in many jazz bars in the country. Now, he owned his own Merk’s Bar Bistro, a place blended with good taste, ambiance and entertainment.

Earning the reputation as one of the country’s foremost jazz singer, he released his album entitled Jazz In Time last 2000 under Star Records. The album evidenced his fine performance in jazz. He was accompanied with other Philippine topnotch jazz musicians like Tots Tolentino, the saxophonist and bassist Meong Pacana, a member of Philippine swing band, Ugoy Ugoy.

The album has 11 tracks, all remakes but in outstanding renditions. He sings from the heart and with jazzy feelings in all the songs, either a half-step up or half-step down from the original note. Included in the album is the music video of the remake of Every Breath You Take which was shot in Club Paradise in Palawan.

Currently, Richard is doing great both in the local and international scenes, having performed in countries like London, Germany, Greece, Thailand, Singapore, Yemen, Jordan, Beirut and U.S.A. Other credits include his representation of the Philippines during the 1st Singaporean Jazz Festival and to the ASEAN Festival in Thailand. He even recorded the theme of Singapore’s 25th Anniversary of Independence.

True Faith

The Perfect Collection


Side A
Sa Puso Ko
Dahil Ikaw
(Awit Para) Sa Kanya
Muntik Nang Maabot Ang Langit

Side B
How Much I feel
Huwag Na Lang Kaya
Kung OK Lang Sa'yo
Sumasarap Ang Gising

True Faith (or Truefaith) is a band from the Philippines, formed in 1992. They have become one of the Philippines' most popular and accomplished bands.

The band took its name from New Order's 1987 hit single "True Faith", revealing the group's New Wave origins. At first, True Faith mined mid-'80s New Wave sounds for its breezy pop formula, but the group eventually ventured further into the Philippine mainstream, firmly embracing middle of the road radio. Under the Viva Records label, the band has 13 best-selling albums. Their music is best described as a blend of jazz, folk, pop and rock music.

In 1993, a demo tape of the band's song "Perfect", a romantic ballad with jangling guitars and longing vocals à la the Railway Children and the Lotus Eaters, hit number one on the Manila Top 40 radio station 99.5 RT FM. The accessibility of "Perfect" opened the doors to the masses, a much larger crowd than the cult of fans who watched them perform New Wave covers in small clubs. Signed to EMI Music in the Philippines, True Faith's 1995 album, Build, was the group's first big smash, elevating it to superstar status in its native land.

Through the distinct powerful voice of its lead singer and founder, Medwin Marfil, the band was able to amass numerous music awards and nominations highlighted in the summer of 2000 by a Music Television Asia award for Best Video Award for the video "Awit Para Sa Kanya" (Song For Her). Although Truefaith didn't win, the nomination brought the band back into the public spotlight. Memories Are Cheap: The Best of Truefaith, 1993-2000 , Produced by Truefaith and Darrell James Laxamana, was also released that year, a hugely successful overview of Truefaith's success and a look at how the group evolved from its New Wave roots to becoming an easy listening icon. The album featured a new track "Kung OK Lang Sa'Yo", a one-acoustic guitar ballad featuring then new member Jay Valencia on guitars. This album also includes a remix version of "Get It On".

As they tour the Philippines through colleges, club circuits and radio stations, they continue to build a strong following. "Faithfools", the moniker the fans called themselves, look upon the group to hear songs they have popularized like "Perfect", "Sumasarap ang Gising", and "Dedma".

Truefaith has played alongside famous artists like The Dawn, the late Ric Segreto, Kuh Ledesma, Kulay and many more. They were slated to perform in the United States in the fall of 2005.
The band are mostly popular for singing the theme song for Sa Piling Mo entitled "Dahil Ikaw". This song bagged the Favorite Media Soundtrack category in the 2007 MYX Music Awards.

Nevertheless, for many observers, Truefaith's nomination was a welcome boost to a rollercoaster career that dates back to their 1993 monster hit "Perfect", which started life as a demo that spent countless weeks as the no. 1 song on the competitive 99.5 RT Top 40 chart. After riding high as one of the country's top pop bands, Truefaith peaked with their 1995 album Build, which spawned several hit singles such as "Alaala" and "Kundi Rin Lang Ikaw".


The Family Birth Control Band

The Family Birth Control Band


Side A
City Is A Song

Side B
Lovers Forever

Band where Nonoy Zuniga came from. Nonoy was one of the lead singers of the Family Birth Control Band which performed in Metro Manila's hotel circuit from 1975-80.

for audio, visit/subscribe:
YouTube: OPM Vinyl Playlist


Coronets Stereo


Side A
Lara's Theme fr. Dr. Zhivago (Somewhere My Love)
Green Leaves of Summer
Glow Worm
Banana Man
Stay Awhile

Side B
Steeplechase Lane
This Is My Prayer
Theme Fr. Summer Place
Melanie's Waltz
Nice Music Today
In A Little Spanish Town

for audio, visit/subscribe:
YouTube: OPM Vinyl Playlist

Coronets 2nd


Side A
Donna Bella
Half Moon
In The Mood
Unchained Melody
Swedish Rhapsody

Side B
Tea For Two
Vaya Con Dios
Black And White
Fobidden Games

for audio, visit/subscribe:
YouTube: OPM Vinyl Playlist

Faithful Love Story


Side A
Faithful Love
Forver With You
Hot Lips
yellow bird
Tomorrow's Love
Twilight Time

Side B
Love Story
I'm Falling In Love Tonight
 Cradle Of Love
My promise
Mocking Bird Hill

for audio, visit/subscribe:
YouTube: OPM Vinyl Playlist

Coronets: The original members were Cesar Manalili (lead guitar), Danny Silva (2nd lead), Boy Ordiales (rhythm guitar), B. Vasquez (bass guitar) & Danny Vasquez (drums). The second batch were Tony "Bangaw" Sanchez (lead guitar), Dodie Salinas (2nd lead guitar), Boy Ordiales (rhythm guitar), Bong Bernabe (bass guitar) & Sonny Abad (drums). The third batch were Tristan (lead guitar), Ipe (2nd lead), Rene Michida (rhythm guitar), Dodie Salinas (bass) & Boy Ordiales (drums). Recording era members were Cesar Manalili (lead guitar), Oscar Manalili (2nd lead), Errol 'Diego" Panaligan (rhythm/keyboards), Boy Ordiales (bass) & Noni O. (drums). Famous instrumental recorded songs were "Faithful Love" and "Manang Biday".

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Eleonora Enachescu

"I Love Philippine Music"


Side A
Dahil sa Isang Bulaklak
Ano Kaya Ang kapalaran
Madaling Araw
Ako'y Pobreng Alindahaw
Bituing Marikit
Mutya Ng Pasig

Side B
Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal
Sa Kabukiran
Ako'y Isang Ibong Sawi
Sa Ugoy Ng Duyan

The First foreign Soprano to record an all Philippine album.

Famed Romanina soprano of the Bucharest opera House made her Philippine debut on November 7, 1983 under the baton of Filipino international conductor redentor L. Romero.

Dinah Dominguez

Dynamic Dinah


Side A
Burning Up
Great Balls Of fire
There Goes My Baby

Side B
I Just Can't Help Believing
Backstreet Romance
Builp Me Up, Buttercup

for audio, visit/subscribe:
YouTube: OPM Vinyl Playlist

Dinah Dominguez is an actress, known for McBain (1991), Isinusumpa ko (1982) and Anino ni David Crusado (1985).

Dinah is the mother of Champagne Morales, big winner of Talent Search of GMA7

Friday, December 6, 2013

Third World Chaos

New Move for Error


Side A
Sophisticated Brat
Rebel Rockers
No Rule
Don't Cha Try To Stop Me
We Are The One

Side B
Lost Dinosaur
Insult The Useless people
You won't anymore
New Move For Error

for audio, visit/subscribe:
YouTube: OPM Vinyl Playlist

First Lp from The first Filipino punk band ever.
Tommy Tanchanco, instigator of the TRC label and the "Brave new World" movement, was the band's guitar player.

Vinyl repress of this super rare Philipinne Punk album from 1984. Third world chaos played a melodic 77 type of punk - catchy and uptempo melodic tunes a la Stiff Little Finers or The Lurkers.

Teresa Carpio

Greatest Hits +2


Side A
Love Theme from " A Star Is Born" (Evergreen)
We May Never Love Like This Again
Stay Awhile
Loving You
I'm easy
The Miracle

Side B
The Way We Were
When Will I see You Again
I'd Really Love To See You Tonight
If You Walked Away
I've Got The Music In Me
Lady Marmalade
Money, Money, Money
Have You Never Been Mellow
Could We Start Again Please?

Song For You


Side A
I'm easy
Smoke Gets In Your eyes
Loving You
As Sure As I'm Standing Here

Side B
Never Can Say Goodbye
Stay Awhile
Do You know Where You're Going  To
Can't Help Falling In Love
Love Hangover
(If You Want it) Do It Yourself
How High The Moon

Teresa Carpio (born in Hong Kong) is a Hong Kong English pop and Cantopop singer, actress, and singing teacher. She is the mother of singer T.V. Carpio.

Carpio's father is Filipino and her mother Chinese. Born into a musical family. (Her grandfather was a concert violinist and jazz guitarist, her father Fernando, a jazz drummer, and several uncles were also professional musicians.) Carpio began her career as a child star, winning Hong Kong's first Amateur Talent Quest in 1963 at the age of 6.

For several years from 1975 onwards Carpio had her own TV variety show in Hong Kong, on which she performed both solo and with several of her siblings. She released many albums in Hong Kong from 1976 onwards; her early releases under EMI such as the EMI's "Sound Hit" series on vinyl record. Eventually six of her album under EMI went gold, in which she featured cover versions in English of western hits, including an album with George Lam. She made numerous television appearances in Hong Kong, in the late 1970s.

Carpio was the first and the youngest Hong Kong singer ever to appear on national TV in Japan. She has performed in many other countries as far apart as Singapore, Malaysia, Tahiti, Australia, Japan, Thailand, Brunei, the USA and Canada.

With the growing popularity of Cantopop, Carpio started to record in Cantonese along with English, remaining popular despite increasing competition from newer stars, notably Anita Mui. Carpio broadened her career into acting with appearances in a number of films, and auditioned for the lead role in Miss Saigon. Though this eventually went to Lea Salonga, Teresa took the lead role in the 1979 San Jose, California production of the stage musical City of Broken Promises, based on the book by Austin Coates, a story set in Macau which won "Best Original Musical" for 1975. Another starring stage role was in 68 performances of I Have A Date With Spring in Hong Kong in 2001. Carpio appeared on the cover of the December 1986 issue of the Hong Kong edition of Playboy magazine, which featured a topless pictorial of her.

In 1980, Carpio sang for a charity in Penang, Malaysia to help save the life of a 14 year old girl needing heart surgery. She helped raise $8000 Dollars.

Following her second marriage, Carpio moved to Canada and focused her attention on bringing up her family (she has three daughters; the eldest, T. V. Carpio, by her first marriage, also an actor, singer and songwriter). However, Carpio still makes occasional concert appearances, including a series of performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003 that became a Hong Kong bestseller on CD and DVD.

Carpio now teaches singing to children, and has established her own music schools in Canada and Hong Kong. She has also coached Hong Kong stars including Sandy Lam, Sammi Cheng, Jade Kwan, Cecilia Cheung, Joey Yung, Gigi Leung, Alex To, Edmund Leung, Twins, Wong Cho Lam and many more. Gigi Leung and other popular local singers including Jacky Cheung and George Lam have appeared as guest performers in some of Carpio's concerts. She and Lam gave a series of joint concerts at the Hong Kong Coliseum in 2007. More recently she appeared on Hong Kong television as a judge and head vocal coach on season two of the singing competition The Voice.

She lived in Springfield, Missouri with her second husband, journalist Andreas Panayi. She has since moved and resides in Hong Kong again.

Christmas Eve 2012, she along with Michael Wong sung at The Joint in Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and invited her youngest daughter Serena to sing a song.