[Top 3] 회상 III (Reminiscence III)

Following the previous Top 3 songs I posted, 사랑할수록 (The More I Love) and Never Ending Story, finally, the best of all, 회상 III (Reminiscence III). I’ve actually started writing this post on August 2010, but since I want it to stay on top of my blog everytime, I decided to save it for last. I don’t know yet whether this is gonna be the last post or not, but now I’m publishing it as a commemoration of “Boohwal~BORN AGAIN: Korea’s Legendary Musicians” first anniversary~ ^_^

In this original version of “Reminiscence III” (1987), Kim Tae-Won did most of the singing. As you know, his singing voice is more than mere husky. But I think it’s really beautiful, you can feel, I can feel all of the emotion that are really meant for the girl in the lyrics. For he did compose and write this song, inspired by the girl who is now his wife. Actually, in the first video (the original version inserted in Boohwal’s second album), the “nanana” part was sung by this “girl”.

The lyrics I put here is the lyrics matching to the original “회상 III”, that is most part sung by Kim Tae-Won except for the very last part which was sung by Boohwal’s lead vocal. However, in the latter version, as you can see in the second video which was quite recent (2006), Kim Tae-Won no longer sang the “밖으로 나가버리고” part anymore, leaving it to lead vocal Jeong Dong-Ha. In minute 4.50, Jeong Dong-Ha gave the mike to the audience and they sung the song wrong. It was suppose to be the part Kim Tae-Won sings, but the audience sung the “밖으로 나가버리고” part. So he said, “it’s not that~~” and there was some mis there.. (I’d say that’s the beauty of live performances: it ain’t always perfect, they’re human beings. But they’re perfectly doing their best. And there’s always a different color in every single stage^^_)

The same case with the version sung together with Kim Jong-Seo in the third video (2009). Now, question: why did I insert the third video where other Boohwal members didn’t even appear except for Kim Tae-Won? Because this is actually the very first video that I ever watched of Kim Tae-Won (I didn’t know about Boohwal then) and it was his voice which dragged me to be Boohwal’s loyal fan. Yes, I also happen to like Kim Jong-Seo, and what a coincidence that Kim Jong-Seo was actually Boohwal’s first vocalist. Before Boohwal released their first album in 1986, Kim Tae-Won had another band called “The End” and Kim Jong-Seo was the vocalist for this band. Thus he is one person you can’t totally exclude from Boohwal’s history after all.

The fourth video is really unique. It’s a rap version of “Reminiscence III”  sung by 조PD, featured in Boohwal’s 10th album [서정] released in 2005. The last video was from a special album dedicated to Boohwal’s 25th birthday, in which “Reminiscence III” was sung by Mun Hee-Jun.

Boohwal’s 2nd Album [Remember] =1987=

지금 슬픈 내모습을 무대뒤의 한소녀 (at my pitiful look now, a girl behind the stage..)
애써 눈물 참으며 바라보고 있네 (trying hard to hold her tears, looking at me)
무대뒤에 그소녀는 작은 의자에 앉아 (behind the stage, the girl sits on a small chair)
두손 곱게 모으고 바라보며 듣네  (she put her two hands together, listening, while looking at me)
나의 애기를 오 (my story.. oh..)

My favorite (Kim Tae-Won + Jeong Dong-Ha) =2006=

소녀는 나를 알기에 더더욱 슬퍼지네 (the girl knows me, thus she becomes even sadder)
노래는 점점흐르고 소녀는 울음을 참지 못해 (the song is flowing, the girl couldn’t hold her crying)
밖으로 나가 버리고 노래는 끝이 났지만 (she got out, even though the song hadn’t finished)
이젠 부르지 않으리 예 (now I’m not singing it..)
이 슬픈노래 (this sad song)

Kim Jong-Seo + Kim Tae-Won

이 노래가 긑이 나면 많은 사람 환호 (if this song ends, the cheers of many people in the audience)
뒤로 앉채 소녀에게 다가가 말없이 안아주리 (approaching the girl sitting in the back,without a word giving her a hug)

소녀는 나를 알기에 더더욱 슬퍼지네 (the girl knows me, thus she becomes even sadder)
노래는 점점흐르고 소녀는 울음을 참지 못해 (the song is flowing, the girl couldn’t hold her crying)

Boohwal’s 10th Album [서정] (Feat.조PD) =2005=

밖으로 나가버리고 노래는 끝이 났지만 (she got out, even though the song hadn’t finished)
이젠 부르지 않으리 예 (now I’m not singing it..)
이 슬픈노래 (this sad song)

나나나나 (nananana)

[Song Book] Mun Hee-Jun =2009=

A little bit “behind the story” about “Reminiscence III”, if I may. As I told you, the song was written and composed by Kim Tae-Won for the woman who now becomes his wife. Most part of the song was sang by him and it was inserted in Boohwal’s Second album [Remember]. But the album didn’t sell. Lee Seung-Cheol, who was Boohwal vocal then left the band for a solo career. He then remade the song and sung it solo, after re-titling it to “The Last Concert” (마지막 콘서트). The latter song has more ballad feelings to it, with piano opening and all, and it made a hit in Korea. A lot of people now remember this song as Lee’s “The Last Concert”, despite it is originally Boohwal’s, Kim Tae-Won’s “Reminiscence III”.

회상 II (Reminiscence II)

This is a song that really highlights Kim Tae-Won’s guitar skills, and even if you don’t understand the song (the first time I heard it was in May concert, and I couldn’t catch one word of the lyrics) you can feel somewhat pain that is projected in the song. Written and composed by Kim Tae-Won.

This song is inserted in 3 albums:

  • 2nd Album [Remember] ~ 1987
  • 6th Album [이상 시선] ~ 1999
  • 8th Album [새 벽] ~2002
열꼬마 인디언 보이
ten Indian boys
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나 어릴때 친구하던 조그만 너 어디있나
my friend when I was little, little you, where is he
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나 지금 너 찾아가네
I am now, looking for you
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다 커버린 내가 미워 지나쳐도 할 수없네
you’ve grown, I hate it. Even if I pass by you, I wouldn’t know
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조그만 너 찾아가네
I am looking for the little you
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옛 동네에 내가 와서 조그만 널 찾아보니
I came to the old neighborhood, looking for you
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내 모습이 처량하네
I look deserted
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그 고왔던 내 모습은 다 커버린 나이기에
the look of me that used to be beautiful, because I grew up
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보려해도 볼 수없네
can’t see it even when I want to see it
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Jill’s Theme

Now, this is an original work of Italian composer Ennio Morricone, titled “Once Upon a Time in the West,” inserted in a movie with the same title in 1969. Check out the original music, and Kim Tae-Won & Boohwal’s version of the grand work!! ^_^

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Boohwal’s 2nd album (1987) “Remember”

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2002 Concert

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Wonderful Days Concert – Final Day (21 March 2010)

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회상 (Reminiscence)

회상 (Reminiscence) is a ‘trilogy’ song, you can expect for my review on the following 회상 II and 회상 III to come. All three came out in Boohwal’s second album in 1987, automatically making Lee Seung-Cheol the original vocal.
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I’ve always known about 회상 III, in fact it was the first song to draw me into the band, but I’ve only known about 회상 I last May in Boohwal’s concert. Jeong Dong-Ha’s version was very, very, impressive, and touched deep. Too bad there’s no video for it..
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The song was inserted in 4 albums:
  • 2nd Album [Remember] ~ released 1987
  • The Best of Born Again ~ released 1989
  • 부활 베스트 이솝의 붓 ~ released 1996
  • 5th Album [불의 발견] ~ released 1997
In an album, only 2 of Boohwal’s former vocalists sung this song. The first two was Lee Seung-Cheol, and the last two was Park Wan-Gyu. You can find the videos and the lyrics plus translation below 🙂
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회상 in the 2nd Album (Remember) – Vocal: Lee Seung-Cheol
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오랜 그 옛날 하늘 파랄때 엄마 되고픈 그 하얀 아이
long time ago, when the sky was blue, that pale child who wanted to become a mother
인형 머리 매만지던 커다란 눈망울과 그 조그만 손
smoothing the doll’s hair, big eyes, those tiny hands
그땐 땅이 초록이었고 냇물이 진한 노랑이었지
that time, the land was green, the stream was thick yellow
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하늘아 땅아 그땔 아니 냇물아 나의 아이야
Oh sky, oh land, not that time, oh stream. my children
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저녁 노을이 슬픔 주는듯 하얀 아인 멀리 가 버리고
reddening sky in the sunset, as if giving sadness, the pale child went far away
홀로 남은 인형만이 내 기억속에 남아있네
a doll left alone, only left in my memories
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하늘아 땅아 그땔 아니 냇물아 나의 아이야
Oh sky, oh land, not that time, oh stream, my children
그 파란하늘아 초록빛 땅아 그땔 아니
Oh that blue sky, oh green land, not that time
냇물아 나의 아이야
Oh stream, my child
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그 파란 하늘아 초록빛 땅아 그땔 아니
Oh that blue sky, oh green land, not that time
냇물아 나의 아이야
Oh stream, my child
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회상 in the 5th Album (불의 발견) – Vocal: Park Wan-Gyu
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I still couldn’t find a good video for this song with Jeong Dong-Ha as vocalist (which is my fav version), but! I managed to to find a great audio for it!  So, despite the darkness on the screen, enjoy “Reminiscence I” (Hoisang), performed by Boohwal in 2009.
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회상 – Boohwal’s Live Performance on OBS for their 25th Anniversary, 2009 – Vocal: Jeong Dong-Ha
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