Amerasia: A Film by Wolf-Eckart Buhler

Amerasia: A Film by Wolf-Eckart Buhler

by Terry Allen


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Probably the most atypical release of Terry Allen's career, Amerasia is the soundtrack to a little-seen 1987 film by the European documentary maker Wolf-Eckart Buhler about American soldiers who stayed in Southeast Asia after the Vietnam War. To record the album, Allen traveled to Cambodia and recorded with a local rock band called Caravan (not, obviously, the English progressive rockers of the same name), both in the studio and at a live gig deep in the Thai jungle. Allen then took these tapes back to his usual stomping grounds of Lubbock, TX, and mixed them with new material recorded with his own Panhandle Mystery Band, featuring Lloyd Maines and Don Caldwell. The mixture of Southeast and Southwest is a little uneasy and the two sets of songs don't really mesh together very well, but that seems to at least be partially by design. As on most of Allen's albums, there's a dry but biting humor to songs like "Display Woman/Displaced Man" and "Lucy's Tiger Den." Amerasia is a flawed but ultimately successful experiment.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/08/2003
Label: Sugarhill
UPC: 0015891107622
catalogNumber: 1076

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Terry Allen   Primary Artist,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Narrator,Casio
Cary Banks   Electric Guitar
Don Caldwell   Saxophone
Donnie Maines   Drums,Background Vocals,Bells,Hand Clapping,Wind Chimes,Brake Drums,Vocal Harmony,Yells,Thai Drums
Kenny Maines   Bass,Maracas,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Shaker,Bamboo Flute,Vocal Harmony,Yells,Thai Drums
Lloyd Maines   Acoustic Guitar,Cymbals,Bass Drums,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Hand Clapping,Vocal Harmony,Yells
Mark Murray   Synthesizer,Hand Clapping,Yells
Suzanne Paulk   Background Vocals
Bonnie Wilkerson   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Mongkol Utog   Mandolin,Bamboo Flute,Thai Drums
Tong Kran Tanaa   Fiddle,Slide Guitar
Veerasak Suntohnsri   Acoustic Guitar,Bottle,Thai Drums
Gwen Decker   Vocal Harmony
Surachai Jantimatorn   Vocals
Richard Bowden   Fiddle,Mandolin,Trumpet,Cello,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Vocal Harmony,Yells

Technical Credits

David Byrne   Liner Notes
Terry Allen   Composer,Producer,Cover Photo
Don Caldwell   Engineer
Lloyd Maines   Producer,Engineer
Mark Murray   Engineer
Witan Tuwatchai   Engineer
Supod Sookkald   Engineer
"Singapore" Vani   translation
Surachai Jantimatorn   Composer
Richard Bowden   Water Bottle

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