|Years active||since 1971|
|Past members||Tserenbat, Erdenekhuyag, Batsaikhan, Naranbaatar, Galsanbat, Zundari, Bayar, Damdinsuren, Jargalsaikhan, D. Enkhbold, Kh. Bulgan, B. Tsolmon, Rentsenkhand, Nandintsetseg, Dulamsuren, Uranchimeg, Nasantogtokh and Ariunaa|
"Soyol Erdene" is the name of a melodious popular song of 1920s which the band played on an electric guitar. The approximate meaning is "Cultural jewel".
The band was established in late 1971. The Minister of Culture of that time, famous novelist Ch. Lodoidamba called four young musicians and said: "England has a band the Beatles of four young men. Why shouldn't we have a similar band?" The four young musicians, who had recently graduated from the School of Music and Dance in Ulaanbaatar (nowadays College of Music and Dance) as yatga (ятга) players, established a rock band. The members were Tserenbat (drums), Erdenekhuyag (guitar), Batsaikhan (guitar) and Naranbaatar (keyboard). Later members were Galsanbat (guitar-solo), Zundari (bass), Bayar (vocal), Damdinsuren (guitar), Jargalsaikhan (drums), Jargalsaikhan (guitar/vocal), B. Tsolmon (drums). Among more recent members were D. Enkhbold (guitar-solo) and Kh. Bulgan (keyboard). Soyol Erdene also performed female singers Rentsenkhand, Nandintsetseg, Dulamsuren, Uranchimeg, Nasantogtokh and Ariunaa.
The first compositions of the band were Mongolian folk songs in a rock style arrangement as well as songs written by the members of the band. They often used poems of famous Mongolian writers.
The rock band was frequently criticised by the MPRP censorship for promotion of the Western musical style and Western fashion.
Among the most popular songs created by the members of Soyol Erdene during its merseybeat period in the early 1970s were "Setgeliin jigüür" (The wings of the Mood) by Zundari, "Zürhnii aizam" (Melody of the Heart), "Uchraliin uyanga" (Melody of Love) by Galsanbat, Ankhnii khairiin duu (Song of the First Love) and Hüleelt (Waiting) by Jargalsaikhan.
The most popular rock interpretations of Mongolian folk songs were "Damdin" and "Tonjoo" (Western Mongolian folk song). Western Mongolian folklore fitted well to the rock arrangement.
The most renowned instrumental compositions of Soyol Erdene were "Soyol Erdene", "Sansriin khölög" (Spaceship), Tsenkher zalaa (a yatga solo that became a jingle for weather forecasts) and "Ankhnii tsas" (The First Snow) by Naranbaatar.
- http://www.imeem.com/sak8888/music/Td4NSZvk/soyol-erdene-naranbaatartsenher-zalaa/ Наранбаатар. Цэнхэр залаа (Melody Tsenher Zalaa by Naranbaatar)
- http://www.olloo.mn/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=7155 "Соёл-Эрдэнэ" 33 жилийн дараа анхны цомгоо гаргалаа
- S. Tuul. "Соёл-Эрдэнийн анхдагч буюу гурван Жагаагийн нэг", Newspaper Нийгмийн толь. 9 October 2009
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