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4.61 | 29 ratings | 2 reviews | 52% 5 stars

Essential: a masterpiece of
progressive rock music

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Studio Album, released in 1997

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. El Derecho De Vivir En Paz + Shinoshin 3/4 (6:13)
2. Ultra Q (5:00)
3. Those Were the Days (6:13)
4. Folhas Secas (3:46)
5. Washington Post March + Japan Dissolution (3:05)
6. Akashia No Ame Ga Yamu Toki (4:16)
7. Bones (2:29)
8. Where Is the Police? + The Bath of Surprise (6:16)
9. Miagetegoran, Yoru No Hoshi Wo (8:10)
10. Yume No Hansyu (4:50)
11. Die Pappel Vom Karlsplatz (4:49)
12. A Better Tomorrow + I Say a Little Prayer (Roland Kirk version) (10:52)

Total Time 65:59

Line-up / Musicians

- Yoshihide Otomo / turntables (1-5,7-12), self-made guitar (2,6,12), electric guitar (9), voice (3,5), whistling (8,10), surdo (4), agogo bell (4), tubes (8), euphonium (8), reeds (8), toys & sounds (8)
- Kazuhisa Uchihashi / guitar & Fx (1-6,8-12), acoustic guitar (7), voice (5)
- Sachiko Matsubara / sampler (1-3,5,7-12), Omnichord (4), voice (5)
- Yumiko Tanaka / futozao-shamisen (1,7,8,11), hosozao-shamisen (5,10,12), kokyu (2), koto (9), taisho-koto (3), voice (1,3,5,7,10,12), toys (5)
- Naruyoshi Kikuchi / tenor (1-3,5,10,12), soprano (4,7-10) & baritone (4,7,11) saxophones, voice (5)
- Mitsuru Nasuno / bass (1-5,7,9-12), voice (5,10)
- Masahiro Uemura / drums (1-3,5,7,9-12), shaker (4), tambourine (4), gong (12), voice (5)
- Yasuhiro Yoshigaki / drums (1-3,5,7,9-12), djembe (1), bass drums (2,11), cymbals (2,11), congas (2), pandeiro (4), quica (4,5), caixa (4), gong (5,9,12), goat-hoof jingle (5), tambourines (12), klaxon (12), whistle (12), acme siren (12), voice (3,5)

With (sampled guests):
- Sergey Kuryokhi / piano (3)
- Keshavan Maslak / saxophone, altered miniature guitar (3)
- Phew / voice (10)

Releases information

Artwork: Shuichi Kataoka and Kagari Sekiguchi

CD Nani Records ‎- NCD-201 (1997,Japan)
CD ReR Megacorp ‎- ReR GZ3 (2002,UK)

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GROUND ZERO Plays Standards ratings distribution

(29 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(52%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(31%)
Good, but non-essential (10%)
Collectors/fans only (3%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

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Review by LearsFool
5 stars Imagine that the craziest album ever was an album where all sorts of classics and standards of music from all sorts of cultures were reworked into an insane but perfect oblivion. Welcome to "Plays Standards", then. Industrial, noise, avant-prog, avant-jazz, the screams of a distressed and likely bonkers woman... it's all here to savour if you've got the guts. A killer sax and drums take on "El Derecho de Vivir en Paz" soon gives way to the aforementioned woman's first appearance, amongst noise and a now berserked sax. Going on, the woman shows her insanity, sounds often breakdown into frenzy or get cut off, there's a cute little section focused on a bath, and sheer quirkiness and horror happen by turns and even at the same time. This is the best of all the avant-garde boiled into an excellent soup, and then used to smother the title standards. Sounds include what sounds like a freight train rushing by, synths suspisously sounding like grinding saws, and guitar gone horribly wrong. Most of those appear in a song that then gives way to surf rock that, once again, has sax to back it. Imagine that. Zero's take on "Those Were The Days" features piano and horns that are in it for the laughs. Everything, in the end, works together; all the instruments, all the sounds, all the samples, all the riffs and breakdowns and sheer insanity. This is a long, hard, strange trip, but this has to be an apex of avant-prog. If avant is your jam, then welcome to your crowning masterpiece.

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5 stars This is more of a jazz album rather than progressive rock. Even the name suggests it. "Playing standards" appears to be a typical jazz album making strategy. But this is a far cry from a typical jazz album. The sound is on the verge of heavy. Many parts sound like a collage of samples, although ... (read more)

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