Tuesday, September 04, 2012

The Wild Cats

2005年,韓劇〈大長今〉於香港螢幕上播出廣受歡迎後,一股銳不可當的各式各類「韓流」事物及文化,也隨着該劇之餘威,自此湧進及穩步紮根於港澳地區,南韓歌手固然是不在話下。

查實早於上世紀七十年代中期的香港流行樂壇內,已曾出現了一支由四女二男韓人組成的樂隊,獻唱於港島區的夜總會,並獲一所本地唱片公司青睞灌錄唱片,而The Wild Cats (野貓) 也就是其組合名字。








根據筆者可找到這支「野貓樂隊」的有限資料,大都是憑從閱覽了當年兩份本地樂報(『香港青年週報』與『年青人週報』)內容的記憶中、及收存唱片專集封套上所刊載的文字部份;回顧她/他們抵港初期,是駐唱於中區皇后大道中娛樂行內的金寶夜總會(Mocambo Night Club),其後曾轉駐銅鑼灣畔的某日式夜總會延續獻唱。雖然當年她/他們在港的知名度不高,惟間歇亦有獲邀於一些由政府或私人機構主辦的公眾活動場合中演出。或許其以女性成員為主及兼外籍背境的具市場賣點因素下,吸引了麗風唱片公司(Life Records)於1976至1977這兩年間,邀約她/他們灌錄了三張的長壽唱片專集及兩張合集;而其有關收錄的歌曲,大部份是以演譯熱門的歐西流行及適值當時全球樂壇開始盛行的Disco風格歌曲為主,如The Eagles的"One Of These Nights"、從Grand Funk Railroad原唱的"We're An American Band"改編而成的"We're A Korean Band"、Cliff Richard的"Devil Woman"、The Sylvers的"Boogie Fever"及"Hot Line"、Johnnie Taylor的"Disco Lady"、Diana Ross的"Do You Know Where You're Going To"、The Bellamy Brothers的"Let Your Love Flow"、Penny McLean 的"Lady Bump"、KC &The Sunshine Band的"Get Down Tonight"、Boney M.的"Daddy Cool"及"Sunny"、The Emotions的"Best Of My Love"、 Rolls Royce的"Car Wash"、Andy Gibb的"I Just Want To Be Your Everything"等,另有四首是屬她/他們的母語(韓文)歌曲。

The Wild Cats樂隊成員及曾灌錄的唱片專集/合集資料如下:


Lead Singer:                 Miss Lim Jong Im
Singer & Percussion:    Miss Kim Myung Hee
Drummer:                     Miss Gee Bok Hee
Bass Guitar:                  Miss Goh Eun Jin
Guitar:                          Mr. Lim Hyun Jun
Leader & Keyboard :    Mr. Young J. Shim


The Wild Cats        (Life Records – 1976/MPA 71002)


Side 1
  1. One Of These Nights    (Glenn FreyDon Henley)
  2. Doll
  3. My Lover Is Gone*
  4. I've Got The Music In Me  (Bias Boshell)
  5. Woman's Way*
  6. We're A Korean Band  (Don Brewer)
Side 2
  1. Molina‧Hey Tonight  (John Fogerty)
  2. La Nuit*
  3. Swearing To God  (Bob CreweDenny Randell)
  4. Spring Rain*
  5. Make The World Go Away  (Hank Cochran)
  6. Bird Of Prey  (Mick BoxDavid ByronKen HensleyPaul Newton)
*韓語歌曲 (Korean Song)

伴奏及製作人員名單:
  • 管弦及簧樂:  Oscar & His Orchestra
  • 監製:  Oscar Young (楊道火)
  • 編曲及指揮:  Anthony Au (區志雄)
  • 錄音工程師:  K.C. Chan
  • 選曲:  K.W. Cheung & S.B. Poon
  • 照相:  Andre Lam
  • 唱片封套設計:  Johnson Koo
"One Of These Nights"試聽版﹕



"My Lover Is Gone (Korean)"試聽版﹕



"We're A Korean Band"試聽版﹕



"Molina‧Hey Tonight"試聽版﹕



Disco Cats              (Life Records – 1977/MPA 71004)


Side 1
  1. Devil Woman   (Terry Britten‧Christine Holmes)
  2. Boogie Fever  (Freddie Perren‧Kenneth St. Lewis)
  3. Lonely Night  (Neil Sedaka)
  4. Disco Lady  (Don DavisHarvey Scales‧Albert Vance)
  5. Do You Know Where You're Going To  (Gerry GoffinMichael Masser)
  6. Let Your Love Flow  (Larry E. Williams)
Side 2
  1. Mama Never Told Me  (Anthony Bell‧Phil Hurt)
  2. Lady Bump  (Silvester LevayStephan Prager)
  3. Do It
  4. Come Fly With Me
  5. Come On Over  (Barry & Robin Gibb)
  6. Get Down Tonight  (Harry Wayne CaseyRichard Finch)
伴奏及製作人員名單:
  • 管弦及簧樂:  Oscar & His Orchestra
  • 監製:  Oscar Young (楊道火)
  • 編曲及指揮:  Anthony Au (區志雄)
  • 錄音工程師:  K.W. Cheung
  • 選曲:  K.W. Cheung & S.B. Poon
  • 唱片封套設計:  Johnson Koo
"Devil Woman"試聽版﹕



"Boogie Fever"試聽版﹕



"Disco Lady"試聽版﹕



"Come Fly With Me"試聽版﹕



"Come On Over"試聽版﹕



Devil’s Gun             (Life Records – 1977/MPA 71007)




Side 1
  1. Devil's Gun  (B.T. Green)
  2. Hot Line  (Freddie Perren‧Kenneth St. Lewis)
  3. That’s Rock ‘N’ Roll  (Eric Carmen)
  4. When You Got Love
  5. Daddy Cool   (Frank Farian‧George Reyam)
  6. A Toast Of Love    (Sheila Ferguson‧T. Umegaki)
Side 2
  1. Best Of My Love    (Maurice WhiteAl McKay)
  2. Car Wash  (Norman Whitfield)
  3. I Just Wanna Be Your Everything  (Barry Gibb)
  4. Higher And Higher  (Gary Jackson‧Raynard Miner‧Carl Smith)
  5. Sunflower  (Neil Diamond)
  6. Sunny  (Bobby Hebb)
"Devil's Gun"試聽版﹕



"Hot Line"試聽版﹕



"Daddy Cool"試聽版﹕



"I Just Wanna Be Your Everything"試聽版﹕



"Sunny"試聽版﹕



Disco Time             (Life Records – 1976/MPA 71003)



"Lady Bump"試聽版﹕



Disco Time Vol. 2      (Life Records – 1977/MPA 71006)



"Sunflower"



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