Out of the ashes of Annsorn (Pop) Joralie’s old band ‘Satin
Soul’ came the brand-new and improved ‘Pop’s Pattaya All Stars’; aptly
named as they really are the stars of Pattaya’s rock music scene.
They are Somjet (A) Sol’gsree on lead vocals. A, over the
last twelve months, has gotten stronger not only in his vocal ability, but also
in his stage presence. e roams the front stage at the band’s live concerts,
using his natural good looks to wow all the ladies in the crowd.
On keyboards we have Tumnid (Nok) Parkpitcharoen, the
professor of the band. Nok is a classical seventies type keyboard player in the
realms of Jon Lord of Deep Purple and Ken Hensley of Uriah Heep. He plays with
great dexterity, gives out a wall of sound to keep the band’s groove going,
all the while not afraid to give his keyboard rack a good thumpin’. During his
solos he makes sure there is plenty of good old seventies gurning from the
wizard of the keyboards, too.
Bangin’ the bins at the back of the stage is the definite
character of the band, Munsood (Sood) Slam, great name for a drummer. Sood is
not only a great drummer, but also one of the most cheerful people you are ever
likely to meet. Sood is the only man alive who can do a great impression of
David Lee Roth, while playing the drums as he does here on this recording, where
he takes over lead vocals for the band’s rendition of ‘Jump’. This usually
results in an outbreak of stage diving led by Lisa Lurve.
On bass guitar - and latest addition to the band - is the
dreadlocked rockin’ dervish Winai (Marn) Pattana, who has brought a whole new
energy to the band since his arrival. Marn’s bass nails each song down in very
similar style to the way the great John Entwistle always did with the Who,
except that Marn is just a blur of dreadlocked activity on stage, giving the
band a great visual asset.
Then, of course, center stage is the main man himself Annsorn
(Pop) Joralie. Every time Pop goes into his first solo of the set there is a
tremendous thud as the jaws of the newcomers to the band hit the ground. Such is
Pop’s mastery of an electric guitar it is hard to imagine what he cannot do
with it. Pop’s soloing is legendary, playing in a variety of styles. Sometimes
he plays with great gentleness just the right notes to fill out a song, just as
in his wonderful solo during Free’s ‘All Right Now’; at other times it is
"if you got it flaunt it" and Pop wrenches a hundred notes a second
from his axe to a devastating effect while shredding Jimi Hendrix’ ‘Purple
Haze’. Pop also has more stage presence than most of the big international
name guitar slingers.
To add even more excitement to the evening, Pop called on a
couple of very special guest stars to join the band on stage. First we were
treated to the delights of Shenanigans director of music Rick Bryant’s lovely
wife Harpic. Her duet with A on a crunching version of AC/DC’s ‘You Shook me
All Night Long’ nearly brought the walls of Shenanigans tumbling down. After
Pop had guitar talked his way through a rollicking version of Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’
On A Prayer’, this set of live songs was brought to a romantic conclusion with
Phill Dunn making his recording debut with a stirring version of Ronan Keating’s
‘When You Say Nothing At All’. That very nicely raped things up.
For an example of high quality live rock ‘n’ roll, this
recording takes some beating, an album that will stay on Ella Crew’s turntable
for many a year. As an added bonus the artwork for the album is simply stunning.
It is the result of the combined artistry of Ron Keeley and Jason Payne with
more than a little help from the photos of Wayne Ogonoski and Pattaya Mail’s
very own Brendan Richards. If you were at Shenanigans on the night of 21st May
2004 when this great concert recording took place, look on the inside cover. You
might well pick out your name or even your photograph.
Pop’s Pattaya All Stars will be holding a launch party for
‘Dangerously Live’ at Shenanigans on Friday July 2, band on stage at
midnight after the Bastards with their act starting at 10 pm. A night not to be
The CDs are very reasonably priced at 300 baht each, or if
you want to buy the set and get the Bastards live album ‘Live and Dangerous’,
too, the 2 CD’s are 500 baht.