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3.04 | 8 ratings | 2 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1986

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Go On! (4:48)
2. Tsuki-otoko To Stick (4:50)
3. Lap Lap (4:35)
4. Toku Kara (1:43)
5. Elegy (5:14)
6. Suite - The Story Of A Melodious Stone / Admiration / Trip To Faraway Place / Good Bye (7:18)
7. Paranoia (3:29)
8. Interlude (1:51)
9. Good Night (6:14)

Total Time 40:02

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Line-up / Musicians

- Bunmei Ogawa / keyboards
- Itsufumi Ogawa / guitars
- Kozo Suganuma / drums
- Tsuneo Komine / bass

Releases information

LP Nexus / King Records K28P602 (1986)
CD King Records KICS2057 (1990)

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BLACK PAGE Open The Next Page ratings distribution


3.04
(8 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
12%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(25%)
25%
Good, but non-essential (38%)
38%
Collectors/fans only (25%)
25%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

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Review by DamoXt7942
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3 stars BLACK PAGE were a short-lived Japanese progressive rock outfit formed in Osaka around a twin technical unit Ogawa Brothers - Bunmei (keyboards) and Itsufumi (guitars). The 70s British Progressive Rock scene including Alan Holdsworth or Keith Emerson seems to exert a great influence upon their music style and soundscape, therefore their play in the album Open The Next Page sounds to place great importance upon speed and technique in playing. We can feel their strong intention through Itsufumi's Holdsworthy guitar, Bunmei's Emersonish keyboard, or 'Tekazu-Oh' Kozo's thousand-handed (!) drumming.

Listen to the beginning of this album and in "Go On" we can hear some younger bands' similar style (the opening by Bunmei's delightful keyboard solo can remind me Yu Shimoda's synthesizer sounds in Shinsekai's album). Some reviewers including me say voices are weak and not smooth regretfully, but despite of vocal instability, they can carry on incredible plays with heavy technique. Their composition is also fantastic ... sometimes dreamy, sometimes tragic, and entirely dramatic atmosphere's' can be fully around us listeners. Bunmei's plays in "Tsuki-Otoko To Stick (a man on the moon and a stick)" sound like Rick Davies' (Supertramp) ones. Jazzy, symphonic, and sometimes heavy missiles are shot from the Black Page launcher. We can be struck heart-painfully especially by the suite "The Story Of A Melodious Stone / Admiration / Trip To Faraway Place / Good Bye". On the contrary, there is also something ambient or monotone-psychedelic like "Toku Kara".

We can be gradually filled up and pumped up with their colourful and eclectic regimen. Recommended for Neo-Prog freaks and Eclecticians.

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Review by b_olariu
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3 stars 3.5 realy

Black Page is a japanese band formed in early '80's in Japan and manage to release a single album so far in 1986 and named Open the next page and re released on CD in 2001 in digipack format. I was very pleasent surprised about this band, a combination of symphonic elements not far from UK fame and some jazzy moments here and there but with an eclectic atmosphere overall. Some pieces I swear were taken from first UK album, same elements , even the drumming is very close to Bruford style , initialy I thought it was a UK cover version, but in the end was a real Black Page tune. Very good are the keybords and guitar arrangements, very '80's in aproach but very strong for sure. So, I will give 3-3.5 stars, a good towards great album, very unnoticed and quite underrated by many listners. Very hard to find album , but not impossible. Worth some spins from time to time. Similar with UK, Deja Vu (the japanese progressive rock) or Outer Limits also from Japan. Good band and unfairly unnoticed

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