May 11, 2019

People who read my reviews must know I am very much into tradition mixed modernity or with a modern vision. For this idea, this Japanese concept rules as a master. So it wasn’t just J.A.Caesar who mixed rock with an idea of Japanese folk opera.

Geinoh Yamashirogumi was...

June 25, 2016

Sky Station  Tenjyo Sajiki : Den'en Ni Shisu (JAP,1974)*****

" This is not really like they described this with a kind of "Magma weirdness" etc. The Uniqueness of this item lays in the highly emotional performance, much more than in any other Japanese item I heard...

June 25, 2016

This album, with perfect representation/booklet etc. shows some rather good imitations/style interpretations/variations with a few convincing Elvis Presley-alike or crooner/ballad rock’n roll related songs. That late 50s/early 60s style is I must say usually not partic...

June 25, 2016

I was especially attracted to this release because I heard how some original Japanese folk with a certain sensibility of melody as a theme that is more often used in Korea too during the 50s and early 60s here is appearing too in a variation which enriches the whole tr...

June 25, 2016

I was lucky to find a not expensive copy of this concept that was called an opera because there was no better term to describe its idea, based upon the works of the illustrator Tandori Yokoo. It was re-released as a double LP or as a 4cd box (each side with separate ar...

June 25, 2016

It is a bit unclear if this album can be regarded as a Flower Travelling Band’s release or not. 3 of the 5 members of this band participated, before their third album “Anywhere” which has only published after the band broke up in 1973. Band leader on this project, Kuni...

June 25, 2016

Happy End’s debut on URC (1969) was an outstanding soft-rock album which didn’t stay unnoticed in Japan. Not only was it the first album sung in Japanese, breaking the local rules in rock music (where western covers were played most commonly), which is something the la...

June 25, 2016

First having existed as San-Nin (=trio group) since 1970 with an extra member and keyboard player they became Yonin-Bayashi (=quartet band) a year later. Different in style from most Japanese albums this is more “progressive-rock” styled than usual, although the fundam...

June 25, 2016

Powerhouse surely has their powerful name that rings easily in your mind, a first reason to remember them easily. Secondly, they were an early band from guitarist Shinki Chen. In 1967 they were still called The Bebes, having released a long and slowed down version of T...

June 25, 2016

Compared to most Japanese items from this period, this live recordings starts much more raw, hard, and punkish than almost anything I have heard from this period in Japan : primitive acid psych with blues elements with heavy and freaky electric guitar outbursts, doom b...

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