Chet Lam | Made in Hong Kong (Live With Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra)

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Made in Hong Kong (Live With Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra)

by Chet Lam

Chet Lam teamed up with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra (HKCO) in 2015 to do 2 sold out concerts in Hong Kong, featuring a new sound with a full orchestra of Chinese music instruments. A new touch to some Chinese classics among his original compositions
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Journey (1) [Live]
3:48 $0.99
2. Soak Up the Moon (Live)
4:23 $0.99
3. Requiem for Flowers / Flying Dream (Live)
7:53 $0.99
4. Never Ending Sonata (Live)
4:57 $0.99
5. Riddles of the Road (Live)
3:24 $0.99
6. Let Go of All Love (Live)
5:14 $0.99
7. The Old Banyan Tree (Live)
4:23 $0.99
8. Mr. & Mrs. Chan (Live)
4:40 $0.99
9. The Ballad of a House Wife (Live) [feat. Eman Lam]
4:50 $0.99
10. Back to the Day the Flowers First Bloomed (Live)
4:51 $0.99
11. The Journey (2) [Live]
3:04 $0.99
12. Mr. & Mrs. Chan (Studio Version)
4:15 $0.99
13. Soak Up the Moon (Studio Version)
3:34 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Made in Hong Kong is a music form of cultural conservation.

Hong Kong to China is like Catalonia to Spain, Scotland to the Great Britain, together but with different cultures, it only takes a closer look to distinguish between the two: different currencies, different people, different nuances, different languages... different music.

In pop music there's actually no significant features in Chinese pop except the language. Cantonese is a dialect, a very well developed and well used one, compared to Mandarin (the national language of China) which has only 4 tones, Cantonese has 9 tones, and for this level of complexity it is actually a melody itself in spoken form.

To have a better understanding of Cantopop, we could see it this way: from TV theme songs of soap operas like Crouching Tigers Hidden Dragons from the 70's and 80's, to adopting different music genres and sung in Chinese, the core is very close to Latin pop ballads and country love songs, with a lot of important nuances in the lyrics.

Here are the two highlights of Made in Hong Kong.

- A very unique form of melody structure, only in Cantonese culture: Xiao Qu, translated as 'little melody'. This original tune by Chet Lam tells a typical working class, which was the main force paving the financial success later in Hong Kong, love story in the 70's: the husband drives a truck, the wife operate a sewing machines in the factory, they literally step out a future together.

- reconstructing an ancient Chinese melody, Chet Lam wrote the additional verses and lyrics in English as well.



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