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Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea's Shin Joong Hyun 1958-74

Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea's Shin Joong Hyun 1958-74

Light in the Attic Records | CAT #: LITA065

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  • First anthology of Shin Joong Hyun’s music outside of Korea
  • Comprehensive liner notes by Kevin “Sipreano” Howes with an in-depth interview and track-by-track notes by Mr. Shin
  • 2x LP housed in a deluxe jacket with liner notes and rare photos
  • Vinyl lacquers cut by John Golden at Golden Mastering and pressed at world-renowned RTI!
  • A musical trip existing somewhere between Motown, Hendrix, and the Velvet Underground


ARTIST: Shin Joong Hyun
LABEL: Light in the Attic Records

  • Folk / Country
  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock


Shin Joong Hyun’s tale is personal, spiritual, and deep, not only reflecting the full spectrum of human emotions but one that produces reverberating echoes of sound, some beautiful and life-giving, others restless and ungovernable. For the first time outside of Korea, Shin’s music will be readily available to music lovers the world over. Light In The Attic is thrilled to release Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea’s Shin Joong Hyun, a career spanning CD, 2xLP, and Digital Download compilation of the diminutive guitarist, songwriter, producer, arranger, and talent developer.

Inspired by jazz, soul, and traditional Korean music, Shin started his career in the mid-1950s, performing for US troops stationed locally after the Korean War armistice of 1953. While his English language skills were limited, the young player had no trouble communicating through his trusty electric guitar, but Shin was no mere 6-string slinger for hire, he was able to communicate something far beyond your average professional musician. Production work and extensive songwriting followed, not to mention a steady stream of electrifying performances. Gaining momentum by the moment, Shin developed popular success across South Korea molding protégés like singing duo the Pearl Sisters and folk-psych songbird Kim Jung Mi into top pop stars. From there it was hit after hit. The late 1960s rock explosion and an influx of imported music from The Beatles, Jimmy Smith, and The Jefferson Airplane all informed and inspired Mr. Shin to elevate his own craft. Even experimental trips via a crew of local hippies also took the music man to new heights despite Korean law forbidding such rebellion. Drug use was illegal and punishable as a serious offense. Park Chung-hee, then President of South Korea began to closely monitor Shin’s “subversive” activities. After refusing to write a song in praise of the political leader, the musician was labeled unpatriotic and his career was instantly snuffed-out through a series of surveillance, torture, and institutional confinement.

While this was not the end of Shin’s musical story, for an all-too-brief moment in Korean cultural history, Shin Joong Hyun and his talented accomplices laid down a trove of recordings that have slowly reverberated far from their native land. Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea’s Shin Joong Hyun features Korean/English lyric translations, unseen pictures, beautiful graphic design from Strath Shepard (Pacific Standard), fully restored and re-mastered audio by Timothy Stollenwerk (Stereophonic) extensive liner notes by Kevin “Sipreano” Howes (Jamaica-Toronto series, Rodriguez, Monks, Mowest comp) and Shin Joong Hyun himself. With loving attention to detail and Shin’s full blessing, we trust you’ll find this album as addictive as a bottle of your favorite Korean soju. So let’s raise a toast to Shin and his musical life! As they say in Seoul, “Gun Bae!!!”


1. Moon Watching - Shin Joong Hyun
2. Please Don't Bother Me Anymore - Golden Grapes
3. The Man Who Must Leave - Kim Sun
4. The Sun - Kim Jung Mi
5. I Don't Like - Lee Jung Hwa
6. Please Wait - Jang Hyun
7. Spring Rain - Park In Soo
8. Tomorrow - Lee Joong Hwa
9. J' Blues 72 - Shin Joong Hyun
10. Pushing Through the Fog - Jang Hyun
11. I've Got Nothing To Say - Shin Joong Hyun
12. Why That Person? - Bunny Girls
13. Sunset - Jang Hyun
14. Beautiful River and Mountains - Shin Joong Hyun & The Men




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