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2.98 | 11 ratings | 2 reviews | 9% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1981

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Akatere (6:11)
2. Chictac (5:11)
3. Nojari (5:58)
4. Keironohibi (4:45)
5. Wha-Ha-Ha Radio Theatre (20:11)

Total Time 42:16

Line-up / Musicians

- Shigetoku Kamiya / guitar
- Shuichi Chino / keyboard
- Mishio Ogawa / vocals
- Akira Sakata / saxophone, vocals

Guest musicians:
- Shuichi Murakami / drums
- Takafumi Fuse / computer sound performance

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Re-released by Absorb in 2003

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(9%)
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WHA-HA-HA Getahaitekonakucha reviews

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Review by DamoXt7942
FORUM & SITE ADMIN GROUP Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams
3 stars I've found that there's such a way of approach in the music land. On this point, Geta Haite Konakucha is an interesting work.

Forgive me but I love Akira Sakata's flexible and cleverly crazy saxophone. Listening to one of his albums in his Yosuke Yamash'ta Trio, his improvisatory saxophone aggressively blowing here and there could punch, kick, and knock me completely out. I'm always amazed Akira's play should be as powerful and active as Yosuke's playing piano. Indeed I had very little intention of meeting his aggressive play in Geta Haite Konakucha, but as honestly I say, I was slightly disappointed in this work I could hardly get his fresh kicks. It is not too much to say this album was made by Shigenori Kamiya, a genius synthesizer player, and Mishio Ogawa, a funky female vocalist. I do guess Akira was a supervisor for them, and this supervising was one of his wants in those days (for a good Brother?). A bit exciting thing for me is I can get his hard body-blows in the second track Chic Tac. Wow, THIS VIOLENT SAXOPHONE...Akira's soul! But only here...

However, in fact for him there was no problem about it. On Wha-ha-ha Radio Theatre in the latter half of the album, Akira and Mishio can make a fight with avant-discussing together. I'm sure Akira should be a serious man for music and his play...sometimes he might be so tired from seriously playing out of breath. Oh, yes...this seems to be his leasure or day-off. Of course, people do need a rest in life...he might take it with his musical style. What a serious man! Please give a response with WHA-HA-HA laughing to his seriousness for the music scene!

And another great point is Shigenori's synthesizer sounds should be very wonderful over the whole work. Geta Haite Konakucha is, I consider, one of great avant-techno albums in Japan.

Review by Kazuhiro
3 stars The age had the part where a part of the dance music and pop electronic little by little elements were conceived if it thought about the music character of Japan of the 80's. The part of pop increases variety by techno Music's appearance.

The derivation of the item by various musicians and bands had the element exactly revolutionized in the age. The music of Japan of the 80's also exactly faced the time of the revolution. And, musicians were always pulling the kingdom of music with a variegated exchange. The unit and the project that derived in the flow were offering the music uncommonly known as a chemical reaction to some listeners. Of course, this Wha-ha-ha will have been one chemical reaction in the music that had arisen from the performance and the exchange that various musicians had done to which the age had given birth exactly.

Akira Sakata of the Sax player who is acting in the item of Jazz has developed the plan of the band to this Wha-ha-ha in work with Shigetoku Kamiya. And, active Mishio Ogawa in the band that was called "Chakra" was related to this project by chance and it came to participate. And, "Shinutokiwa Bethu" of the album that had been announced on keyboard player's Shuichi Chino was one masterpiece that had arisen exactly in the derivation of various music. It is complex development and a strange part in a variegated sound. And, it is a work still handed down as valuable existence to which variety and different element are taken in the music of Japan.

To finish up the Wha-ha-ha [fu] existence as a more complete part, parties concerned also gave musical help in this 2nd Album. They were hanging originally out "Music is a grand joke" as a slogan that existed in this Wha-ha-ha. However, music was not a joke with low level. An indeed high-quality technology and the calculated composition in 1st album are popular also among an overseas musician.

The impression of the entire tune in addition to a basic part where the methodology of 1st album was shifted to this album as it was will have the part refined further. And, the perfection of the project increases by the performances such as percussionist's Kiyohiko Senba and Bass player's Tamio Kuwabata that participate newly in this album. The tune might be refined if it compares it as an overall impression with 1st album. However, the music that Wha-ha-ha does and the idea are always consistent and offer the listener the originality of this band enough. It is said that Shigetoku Kamiya that satisfies it enough with the content of 1st album was passive to the recording of this album.

"Akatere" has the voice of repeated Mishio Ogawa from the flow of a heavy sound. The melody with unique has an Oriental melody. And, the part of techno is alive and well.

"Chic Tac" is a tune of which the part of the avant-garde of Wha-ha-ha has gone out strongly. The sound of the keyboard that twines intermittently has originality. And, the line and the rhythm of Bass put the impression of the tune. The rhythm of Shuichi Murakami of the participating drum player gives width to the tune of the band as for 1st album. The usage of the wind instrument and the voice will have the unique method.

"Nojari" is a tune that the part in which flamenco twines round an electronic sound. The tune will have the impression and the perfection refined further based on the part of unique to listen in 1st album. However, the avant-garde part has impressions that are the retreats how many as the entire impression of the album.

"Keironohibi" is a tune with the age very much. A variegated sound is given to the theme of the keyboard with unique and original development is shown. It might be a composition in which the impression of the toy chest is given. This tune is a tune that Mishio Ogawa offered Wha-ha-ha for the first time.

"Wha-ha-ha Radio Theatre" might be the compilations of them with whom the music character of Wha-ha-ha is exactly blocked enough. The flow of the tune that breaks the concept of music based on radio programs and is composed might be one part that depends in a merry sport to which Wha-ha-ha exactly went. And, the repeated conversation doesn't make sense from first to last. Speech by Akira Sakata and Mishio Ogawa that twines element of techno and pop and is done. And, the repeated theme. Continuousness of conversation not to do meaning that depends in a merry sport. Part where broadcasting radio was imitated. Voice of traditional festival of Japan. Song with unique by Mishio Ogawa. These elements might already have exceeded the concept of music. Of course, only they will make the tune.

Fred Frith and Chris Cutler also evaluate the music that this Wha-ha-ha did high. And, it is partial where this Wha-ha-ha had a coincidence and inevitability. And, works of men who catch all music as a joke might be one of the chemical reactions to which Japan gave birth exactly.

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