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3.40 | 3 ratings | 3 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Live, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Rakutsu (5:55)
2. Makka (7:06)
3. Aiji (7:27)
4. Theme (5:18)
5. Mikai No Tango (3:39)
6. Take Five (3:14)
7. Ha! (4:31)
8. Sayonara (1:36)
9. London (5:56)
10. Ikenai (5:05)
11. Shido (6:36)
12. Shin Theme (5:57)
13. Waltz (6:04)
14. Habanera (1:00)

Total Time 66:04

Releases information

CD Cut Out Records ONCO001 (1995)

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PUNGO Waltz ratings distribution

(3 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (67%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by DamoXt7942
FORUM & SITE ADMIN GROUP Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams
3 stars We can get drenched with PUNGO's music flood in PUNGO-ra box.

Directly we can realize what they had meant to do, especially through Yuriko's strong intention and inquisitive mind. Actually, I consider PUNGO project should be such as a battle among plays, musical viewpoints, and curiosity of all players. Why should they be disbanded after a year play? Suppose they could not help sinking themselves under remarkably tense situation ... This album "Waltz" is a compilation of their live material, and listening to this can easily notify us that there's less similarity among 14 tracks, except keen tension and overstimulated nerve through the whole album. Various sound essence can be in, and Yuriko's sharp-edged violin, dry-fruity accordion, painful piano, and unemotional voices ... all can be fit for every song and draw out the strong characteristic of every song. And Masami's freaky anarchy saxophone solo cannot be ignored of course. His backbone might be jazz music indeed, but he could make every song avantgarde by his funky kinky saxophone play - later he joined JAGATARA, a Japanese jazz-funk-rock project, and could upgrade their music skill, content, and soundscape ... feasibly.

Under any circumstances, we can understand their music theory cannot be categorized easily. Their seriousness, strict attitude, and tense plus tense condition for music ... obviously those were in their mind. Jazz, ethnic, avant, blues, tribalism, and rock - enjoy completely.

Review by snobb
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars To be honest, it took a lot time for me just to accept that album. And not because this music is too complex or hardly accessible, not at all!

Oppositionally, album contains plenty of nice melodic songs with very acoustic sound, with accordion on the front of the sound in many places. Music is mostly mid-tempo, and even if have some world fusion or jazz elements, very strong element there is folklore,mixed with some free jazz sax screaming.

Looking from now, I think main problem for me was that folk element - quite authentic, with acoustic sound, primitive rhythms and accordion it strongly reminded me North European authentic folk music I grew up listening to. Not like I hate it,not at all, but it associates me with very different cultural layers, than avant prog.

So - after many spins, I just found the way to hear this album in a right manner. And from that moment I really like it (more and more after every new listening!). Very unusual form of RIO, it took me by it's strong roots and melodic, almost tribal folksy free jazz.

Good release for those searching for unusual sound, but without complexity and twisted structures.

My rating is 3,5, rounded to 4!

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3 stars Hmmm........... Pungo is perhaps the Japanese word for "a hell of a big racket/noise"........ ......... which very much describe this album. Pungo only released two live albums. Their blend of free jazz and folk music is very eclectic, to say at least. Pretty basic folk music songs is being ... (read more)

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