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4.16 | 67 ratings | 8 reviews | 34% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2000

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hatenaki Shoudou (6:25)
2. Catastrophe (9:32)
3. Antarctica (13:28)
4. The Desert Of Desires (7:38)
5. Another Episode (8:28)
6. Ness No Kioku (9:41)
7. Divine Design (9:26)

Total Time: 64:37

Line-up / Musicians

- Akihisa Tsuboy / violin & guitar, composer
- Toshimitsu Takahashi / keyboard
- Dani / bass, recording engineer
- Shirou Sugano / drums

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KBB Lost And Found ratings distribution

(67 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(34%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(39%)
Good, but non-essential (24%)
Collectors/fans only (1%)
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Review by Prognut
4 stars Fantastic discovery!!! This actually is a very strong debut...Has all the attributes to be called truly progressive.

These guys play an intricate mixed of fusion/symphonic-rock, with emphasis of course on Violin. Mr. Tsuboy is really a virtuoso, when it comes to the use of this instrument, but also he carries the guitar and is very good at it too... Do not expect Kenso influence here, very original in their own terms...

Totally instrumental and for moments with Keys ala Erick Norlander (Rocket Scientists); but the comparison is obvious....... Mahavishnu Orchestra or UK.

The centerpiece of the album is the 13 ' + suite "Antarctica", which is divided into 3 movements. If you were a prog fan, that cannot tolerate heavy dose of Violin.... looks elsewhere; otherwise I would recommend highly!!!

Review by Cesar Inca
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars This was my first KBB experience, early in this year 2006. Since KBB is one of the most celebrated current prog acts nowadays, I harbored high expectations in my mind regarding this experience, and it certainly was most rewarding. My friends,. what a beautiful album is "Lost and Found"! With a patently modern sound, yet miles away from the standards of mainstream rock, this instrumental quartet creates a progressive space of its own, cleverly led by virtuoso violinist Akihisa Tsuboy albeit giving room for each individual's exposure within the well-defined frames of every track's melodic basis. This band's sound is certainly bombastic, but never getting even close to futile showing- off or needless saturation. The main influences come from a stylized jazz-rock fusion a- la 70s Ponty, Di Meola-era Return to Forever and 90s Holdsworth, plus added touches of the vintage splendor of symphonic prog (ELP, solo Wakeman, perhaps a bit of Camel with a bigger dose of stamina). The fluidity in the integration of all musical ingredients is as awesome as the individuals' technical skills, and also the musical ideas are quite impressive. With the opening track 'Hatenaki Shoudou' the band makes a big entry and a clear statement: it is one of those instant classics that catch the listener's attention with its hook and their heart with its melodic flavors - indeed, it's a habitual opener in KBB's concerts. 'Catastrophe' is a bit more energetic and patently more oriented toward the jazz factor. The interaction and alternation of the synth and violin leads is really incendiary, which is surely helped by the precision that the rhythm section constantly uses throughout the mood shifts and prolonged jams. 9 minutes of pure musical explosion, only surpassed by the fierier 'Nesso no Kioku' some time later. For this one, the violin is highlighted again like a kaleidoscope of power and sonic magic. On the other verge of the KBB world, 'Anctartica' displays an evocative ambience more related to symphonic prog, something like a bombastic display of eerie nuances that would perfectly fit as a documentary's soundtrack during its opening and closing sections. The exposure of power comes in the middle, evidently strong but without going over the top. 'The Desert of Desires' pretty much combines the spirits of tracks 1 & 3, with the band somewhat approaching the patterns of hard rock - a notable presence of guitar in this one. 'Another Episode' keeps the jazz thing predominant, with a series of extra ELP- ish touches during the stronger passages. By the time 'Divine Design' closes down the album, there really is nothing new coming, but it is pleasing and exciting all the same. With its cleverly ordained combinations of symphonic bombast and jazz-rock sophistication, it provides a coherent fulfillment of the album as a unitary whole. Personally, I would have preferred that 'Nessa no Kioku' would have been chosen as the closing track, due to its amazing climax, but again, things are just fine as they are. Fine?, just fine? Excellent, indeed! KBB are masters of contemporary progressive jazz, and their debut album is close to masterpiece perfection. Their following album, with a more enriched sound, will deliver that position a few years later, but that's a matter of another review. As for "Lost and Found", it is a highly recommended item in any good prog collection: a 4 to 4.5 star mark for it!!
Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars KBB is a Japanese band formed in 1992 in Tokyo.They are led by composer/violinist Akihisa Tsuboy,a significant figure of the Japanese prog/fusion scene,who has collaborated with many artists both from Japan and abroad (Theta,Ashada,Vermillion Sands,Six North,A Triggering myth and others).Other members are Dani on bass,Shirou Sugano on drums and Toshimitsu Takahashi on keys.They released their first album ''Lost and found'' in 2000 on Musea.

STYLE: What seemed to be LOST during the new milleniumin in the Japanese prog scene was FOUND again by KBB: The highly energetic and grandiose sound of the mix between symphonic rock and jazz/fusion.KBB are a band that can play some trully captivating, adventurous and bombastic symph/fusion music,led by the violin of Tsuboy,the sharp keyboards of Takahashi and the talented rhythm section of Dani and Sugano.The whole album ends up to be a complicated journey through the different paths of music,helped by the great production.Intricate melodies give space to magnificent solos by guitars,violins and /piano/keys.Soft and relaxed musicianship disappears in the face of a mass of sudden breaks and the rise of complexity.This is what Japanese do best.

SOUNDS/INFLUENCES: Starting from Eddie Jobson's UK without their commercial side or JEAN LUC PONTY's solo albums and ending in traditional Japanese forces like KENSO,AIN SOPH,NEGASHERE and MIDAS (regarding the symphonic section).

PLUS: One of the best albums around to combine powerful solos,challenging interplays and strong melodies with such beauty.Tsuboy is already among my violin heroes,words are not enough to decribe his work.Keyboards are excellent from the solos to the background supporting role.The rhythm section is also very strong without a loose moment.Lots of memorable moments despite album's definite complexity.Crystalline production.

MINUS: I think the band should add some more relaxed themes for the greatest balance,as ''Lost and found'' is an album to be listened without a breath with so many themes and energy agoing on.

WILL APPEAL TO: Anyone into dynamic and energetic prog rock with changing themes such as heavy prog fans,symph/fusion fans,jazz/rock and Canterbury prog followers and the list goes on .

CONCLUSION/RATING: Seemed the Japanese symph/fusion had stuck in the early days of KENSO,AIN SOPH or MR.SIRIUS.But KBB appeared to remind us what Japanese musicians are capable of.One of the best prog albums of the new-era that flirts with the masterpiece title...4.5 stars please.

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars KBB are an excellent Fusion band from Japan led by violinist / guitarist Akihisa Tsuboy. "Lost And Found" is their debut and it's so professionally done, from the cover art, to the art on the cd itself, to the perfect production and sound quality,this is first class all the way. Of course these guys are also "lights out" when it comes to playing their instruments. This is an all- instrumental affair.

"Hatenaki Shoudou" opens with guitar, drums and organ in a fantastic intro.The bass joins in and is very fat just the way I like it. It settles some before a minute but it's still powerful. Synths come in. Violin finally arrives before 3 1/2 minutes as the organ runs and bass throbs. Amazing tune. "Catastrophe" opens with deep bass sounds and drums.Violin before a minute.This is intense. It settles right down before 4 1/2 minutes with piano and synths. Violin joins in followed by bass and drums. The tempo picks up before 8 minutes. Nice bass. "Antarctica" opens with piano as bass, drums and violin eventually join the party. A change after 2 minutes as the piano stops. It's darker and deeper with violin playing over top. Another change after 4 minutes as violin leads and the tempo picks up. This section really reminds me of KANSAS. A change again this time before 8 minutes as we get some atmosphere. This is great ! It kicks in after 11 minutes. Nice. It ends as it bgan with piano. "The Desert Of Desires" opens with synths as drums join in and the tempo picks up. Organ before a minute with chunky bass. The guitar follows ripping it up. A calm before 2 1/2 minutes with piano, then the guitar joins in as it solos tastefully. Synths before 5 1/2 minutes then the tempo picks up. The guitar is back before 7 minutes.

"Another Episode" opens with piano and drums. Violin joins in as the bass throbs. It settles 1 1/2 minutes in with piano. Violin again joins in as themes are repeated. Nice bass after 4 1/2 minutes then the violin starts to light it up. Guitar late. "Nessa No Kioku" opens with some atmosphere as the violin comes in. Bass before 1 1/2 minutes followed by drums as the violin just takes off. It settles after 3 minutes and turns spacey before kicking back in around 4 1/2 minutes with violin leading. Atmosphere before 6 1/2 minutes then the violin and bass start to lead again. "Divine Design" opens with some amazing violin before it settles in with some atmosphere including bass and drums. It's building. The violin is back. This sounds so good. It picks up before 5 minutes with organ out in front then violin.The bass is impressive too. A guitar solo before 7 1/2 minutes and later.

A must for fans of instrumental Fusion.

Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars Amazing violin and keyboard led instrumental Prog Fusion from Japan that harkens back to the debut album of the 1978 supergroup UK as well as to late 1980s JEAN-LUC PONTY. Bass player, "Dani," drummer Shirou Sugano, keyboard player Toshimitsu Takahashi, and violinist/composer, Akihisa Tsuboy are all incredibly gifted musicians, but what's more, they each have an extraordinary gift for melody and rhythm. Also, a special shout out has to go to bass player, "Dani"--who is also the album's engineer--for his great recording/engineering job.

The album begins with the hard-driving, bass-grooving 1. "Hatenaki Shoudou" (6:24) (9/10)

2. "Catastrophe" (9:31) is an amazing offering of frenzied, multiple layered electric fusion (another mostly hard-driver) in which the band's cohesive play and interplay are put on full display. Parts jaw-dropping, parts are goose-bumpy gorgeous. Incredible song. (20/20)

3. "Antartica" (13:28) has a much more neoclassical, symphonic soundtrack feel to it. At times this sounds like something from traditional Scottish folk melodies, at times like a military march, at others concerto-like, and even some brooding KITARO-like folk. This is a complex and maturely constructed piece that only impresses. It's only shortcoming is in the flow and that it doesn't have quite the melodic draw of the previous two songs. (27/30)

4. "The Desert of Desires" (7:38) opens like a ELP or ASIA tune before establishing an organ based, Bruford-drummed bass display. Soloing electric guitar enters at the one minute mark. Very accomplished 80s EDDIE VAN HALEN-like playing. At 2:17 everything drops away to allow an electric piano to establish a slower tempo in order to display a more emotional, bluesy guitar solo style. Reminds me of WHITESNAKE. The chord and melody work of the last two minutes is the best part. Nice work. Nice piece. I don't connect with the emotion of this electric guitar playing or heavy rock style as much as the fusion violin work of the first two. (16/20)

5. "Another Episode" (8:28) again opens like a familiar VAN HALEN song before displaying its violin-centricity. Some absolutely stunning melodies are quickly established and heart-wrenchingly performed. Even the piano and bass are integral parts of the emotional mix of this song. I like the presence of some more Japanese feeling melodies in this song. Very much like the incredible soundtracks put together for Studio Ghibli Hayao Miyazaki films by composer Joe Hisaishi. Awesome synthesizer solo in the sixth minute! The ensuing "farfisa" organ doesn't fit quite as well but its presence is only brief. The next percussive synth chord section is also a bit out-of-date but it evolves into a piano-based return to the opening melodies (though on electric guitar and synthesizer instead of violin). Still a pretty awesome song! (18/20)

6. "Ness No Kioku" (9:41) opens with a low and then high toned SHANKAR-like solo violin. The melodic style here is also much more akin to Middle Eastern or Indian traditions. Truly awesome musicianship in the rhythmic support of the bass and drums. Probably the best and most exciting song on the album, start to finish. (20/20)

7. "Divine Design" (9:26) opens with perhaps the most engaging three sections of the album. Very JEAN-LUC PONTY and DANIEL KOBIALKA-like. A simpler song construction establishes itself for the first four minutes--though there are at least five shifts in that time. The sixth shift at the 4:45 mark goes straight for the J-L PONTY jugular--much in the same way Jean-Luc did in his faster-placed songs and soli from 1975-84. And great, very tight band support throughout the song, into and with every style and tempo shift. Guitar appearance leads into a return to some of the song's opening themes--layered one over the top of another! Cool song! (20/20)

So professionally done, such high level of musicianship and composition. With the amazing start with the first two songs and the equally amazing final two songs, this one is very close to a masterpiece.

Five stars, for sure a masterpiece of progressive rock music.

Latest members reviews

5 stars In the style of Kenso and other great Japanese fusion bands, KBB's debut album is a delight from start to finish. Crystal clear production reproduces each high-end cymbal hiss, as well as the deep rich tone of a very melodic bass. Love the fantastic Bruford-style drumming, and great keyboard w ... (read more)

Report this review (#119848) | Posted by Squire Jaco | Thursday, April 26, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Very powerful sound for this Japan group. Some reminiscence of Jean-luc Ponty but in a very modern light with changes of rythm and personal taste . Maybe you could call KBB fusion rock but the progressive spirit still lingers on, in my opinion. So a good album, warmer than many others Japanes ... (read more)

Report this review (#25168) | Posted by | Friday, November 19, 2004 | Review Permanlink

4 stars A typical japanese band with talented musicians. It is an instrumental one with Akihisa Tsuboy playing more violin than guitar. Very good melodies alternating with more complex passages makes this first cd by KBB a very good surprise. ... (read more)

Report this review (#25166) | Posted by | Tuesday, March 23, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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