In 1997, Philippine record label OctoArts/EMI released The Dawn: OPM Timeless Collection (Gold Series), a collection of songs recorded by the Dawn on seven albums from 1987 to 1991 for OctoArts, which became a joint venture with international label EMI in 1997. The Dawn is one of the Philippines’ most legendary rock bands.
Much of the Dawn’s music was influenced by such British mid-’80s New Romantic bands as Duran Duran and China Crisis. Many songs are propelled by peppy melodies and spirited musicianship played on keyboards and reverb-edged guitar. The album also contains some straight-ahead hard rock numbers.
Opening the album is the enigmatic “Enveloped Ideas,” which starts with the vocalist singing a slow, melodic line in a operatic manner, accompanied by funereal organ chords. Peppy, spirited keyboard lines jump in, and the song is kick started to a lively, highly melodic tune. “Salamat” (Thank You) opens on a mysterious-sounding chord progression played on keyboards; a fiery guitar line explodes and the song becomes a fast-paced, tuneful outing, punctuated by spirited keyboard and guitar lines. The song also contains an interlude where a searing guitar solo is played over hard-edged guitar chords. “Salimpusa” (Kindergarten) and “Magtanim Ay ‘Di Biro” (Planting Is Not Easy) are both hard rock songs and differ in sound from the album’s other songs. Both songs feature hard-edged guitar and rumbling basslines. “Beyond the Bend” features an ambient sound in the manner of U2’s 1987 The Joshua Tree. The Dawn deserves its legendary status.
The Dawn is a Filipino rock band which first achieved commercial success during the late 1980s in the Philippines. The band broke up in 1995 with lead vocalist Jett Pangan forming another band, the Jett Pangan Group. The Dawn reunited in late 1999. The Dawn is considered the “longest-lived and most prolific rock band in the Philippines”.
The Story of The Dawn: The Ultimate OPM Collection is a compilation album by The Dawn, released in 2001. It is a repackaged reissue of The Dawn: OPM Timeless Collection Gold Series, a compilation album released in 1997 containing exactly the same tracks in similar sequence. The Style is Alternative Rock, New Wave and was released by the EMI label and distributed in the Philippines by EMI Philippines, Inc.
The Dawn was formed in 1985 by Teddy Diaz (vocals and guitars), JB Leonor (drums), and Clay Luna (bass). The band’s name was derived from a portrait of the Holy Spirit that symbolized the dawn of a new day (probably found in a book given by the Sisters of the Holy Spirit to Teddy Diaz, as well as a crucifix which Teddy also received from the same sisterhood), called The Dawning of the Holy Spirit. Diaz, Leonor and Luna initially wanted a female vocalist; but in the course of their search, Jett Pangan auditioned and got the trio’s unanimous nod. The quartet began performing in clubs and eventually recorded a demo of a song entitled “Enveloped Ideas”, a copy of which they submitted to DWXB 102.7, a now-defunct Metro Manila–based FM radio station that played alternative rock and new wave music. It topped the radio station’s charts in 1986, helping the group gain a cult following. While The Dawn was in search of a major record label, Luna left the band to immigrate to the US. Carlos “Caloy” Balcells, bass player of another Filipino group, the Cicada Band, soon replaced him. In 1986, The Dawn signed with OctoArts International (now PolyEast Records Philippines) and, the next summer, released their eponymous debut album, which gained commercial success. Many critics felt that The Dawn would fill the void left behind by the Juan de la Cruz Band when their music slowly faded in the 1980s. Heavily influenced by the new wave genre of the 1980s, “Enveloped Ideas” is distinct for its introductory operatic vocals a la Klaus Nomi.
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