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Yonin Bayashi


Eclectic Prog

4.03 | 68 ratings

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4 stars A little gem that goes rather to unnoticed in prog circles

Yonin Bayashi and their first classic progressive rock album from 1974 named Isshoku-Sokuhatsu, as far as I know it means Touch and go. Well I was very pleasent surprised what I've heared here, I know the album for a long time , but only last year in spring I got it on CD, japanese Mini LP Papersleeve Replica CD Hagakure with a great cover art , both front and back , not to mention that the sound is crystal clear. So, this album is considered one of the most important ones in japanese old school of prog rock , because has virtuosic performance and above all some great ideas on it, even are only 5 pieces. The album goes from smooth and elegant prog rock arrangements like on Sora To Kumo that means Sky and clods with great warm voice of Katsutoshi Morizono, even I don't get it a word, he has a very good voice for such music, is catchy and the vocal tone is great, very nice is the keyboards parts. On the third piece Omatsuri aka Festival - Yonin Bayashi goes heavy prog, with long instrumental passages, reminds me in places of let say Rush or Uriah Heep, complex and very fine developed tune with some psychedelic overtones here and there. The title track follows, the longest piece of the album, extravagant mellotron use here, lots of tempo changes, what a really solid piece that made this band so great. The last piece with a strange name Ping Pong Dama No Nagek that means A deep sorrow of a ping-pong ball is an instrumntal piece where the symphonic parts are very well melted with more spacey ones, very smooth harmonies are to be found here, aswell the sound of a droping ping pong ball can be heared in the background. In the end a very good album that stood the test of time very well in comparation with other albums from that period not only from Japan but in general. For sure one of my fav albums from japanese old school prog rock that desearve from me no less then 4 stars. Fans of the genre must take this band much more in consideration because worth every second, little unnoticed in comparation with other albums from that period. recommended

b_olariu | 4/5 |


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