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Toshiba EMIV.A. : Acid Folk visions (1969-1973) -2CD- (JAP,1969-1973)**°°'

(CD1, Tr.2, Kenji Endoh : "Honto Da Yo" 8 min, Tr.8,) 

(Tr.3, Isato Nakagawa : "Kimi Ga Hoshii" 4 min) 

Tr.9, Flowers : "All is loneliness" (Moondog) 7 min -76

(CD2,Tr.2, Tokedashita Glass Bako : "Anmari fukasugite" 6 min) 

(Tr.3, Makoto Kahishi : "Asa No Hikari" 2 min) 


Tracklisting of CD1, 1. Kenji Endo : "Honto da yo" 2. "Neko ga nemutteru" 3. Isato Nakagawa : "Kimi ga hoshii",

4. Yoshio Hayakawa : "Maekojo", 5. "Hana ga saite", 6. Kazuhiko Kato :  "Larenia", 7. "Jiraiya Boketan",

8, Mops : "Kienai Omi", 9. Flowers : "All is loneliness" ; CD2, 1. Kyoji Nozawa : "Daridaridindon",

2. Tokedashita Gurasu Bako : "Anmari fukasugite", 3. Makoto Kahashi : Asa No Hikari"

4. Katsumi Kato or Kazumi Kahasi : "Holiday", 5. "Shiroi kanashimi", 6. "Yoru no taiyo",

7. Isato Nakagawa : "Mu", 8. Itsutsu no akai fusen : "Tokidoki sore wa"


Unfortunately all names and titles are in Japanese only.  This is a great collection of often rather directly improvised on the spot and somewhat basic and primitive, hippie driven, acid and psychedelic folk songs, at times with emotional singing. Just a few tracks are covers, like a track from Donovan, Moondog, and Bee Gees. Second track is with droning sitar ?, handpercussion and acoustic guitar. Very improvised and with rather chaotic drumming. I like very much the song of track 8 which I think to remember from elsewhere. It is more arranged in early '70's style. Ninth track is a fine version of this Moondog song with female vocals, sitar and simple tabla. Intresting is the combination with old Japanese instruments on the CD2-2 track.


Other acid folk related singers not listed with separate reviews are :


Yasumi no Kuni : "The personal band of singer/songwriter Teruyuki Takahashi (vocals and guitar). From the late 1960s until the early 1970s, the members of Jacks in the late period (except Yoshio Hayakawa) -Hitoshi Tanino (bass), Hiro Tsunoda (drums) and Takasuke Kida (flute, vibraphone, saxophone, trumpet, keyboards)- had joined as the backing members. This album was released on URC in 1972, as one album that included seven tracks from their first album 'Yasumi no Kuni' (directed by Yoshio Hayakawa. Released in 1969 as a limited edition for URC club members only, coupled with " Nobuyasu Okabayashi Recital") and five tracks from their second album 'Fy Fan' (produced in 1972, but not released). Psych/acid folk rock full of sense of emptiness. Recommended to those who like Jacks."


Masato Tomobe : "A folk singer who also had worked as a poet. His debut album released on URC. The sensitive and subtle sound greatly influenced by Bob Dylan. The title track is a song in the talking-blues style."


Kenji Endo : "A folk singer like Neil Young. The second album, Manzoku Dekiru-kana (Can You be Satisfied), 1971 features the hit song "Curry Rice (Curried Rice)".


Shigeru Izumiya : "A folk singer who is also known as a character actor. His second album, Shunkashuto (Spring/Summer/Autumn/Winter),1972 was produced by Kazuhiko Kato. His early masterpiece. Strumming the guitar hard and singing roughly like crying."


Morio Agata : "His debut album, Otome no Roman (Maiden Romance),1972 is nostalgic folk music on street performance and romanticism of the Taisho Era (1912-1926). Greatly influenced by Yoshio Hayakawa. The hit song "Sekishoku Elegy (Red Elegy)" is based on the manga (graphic novel) by Seiichi Hayashi."

Warner Rec.  Shoukichi Kina : Peppermint Tea House (JAP,1980)*°°

Tr.1, "Jing Jing" 4 min


A cooperation of Tea House Folk artist from the Okinawa scene with Ry Cooder. This small hit might be the best track too. It is from a completely different nature than the rest on these page, so completely rhythm-melodic rather foolish song entertainment. 


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