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3.83 | 58 ratings | 8 reviews | 36% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1979

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Oni (9:32)
2. The other side of morning (4:12)
3. Influential street (4:25)
4. Afternoon ~ After the rain (4:08)
5. Fragments of the dawn (7:06)
6. Freeze (3:04)
7. Night collector (5:04)
8. Return of the night (5:36)

Total Time: 43:01

Line-up / Musicians

- Akira Hanamoto / keyboards
- Makoto Kitayama / lead vocals
- Shizuo Suzuki / bass
- Naoya Takahashi / drums
- Haruhiko Tsuda / guitar

+ Takashi Kokubo / synthesizers programming
- Hiroshi Morimura / saxophone (4)

Releases information

LP Zen Records 1009 / CD Made in Japan MHD 32001 (????) / CD Belle Antique 9474 (1994)

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SHINGETSU Shingetsu ratings distribution

(58 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(36%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(45%)
Good, but non-essential (19%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by erik neuteboom
3 stars This is a nice album that deserves to be discovered. The first and final track strongly evokes mid-Genesis (did Steve Hackett and Tony Banks some secret session work?). But the other tracks has a typical Japanese climate (warm and dreamy), it's very pleasant to hear the ethnic touches featuring acoutic guitar and flute. LOVELY MUSIC!
Review by Tarcisio Moura
3 stars I was quite surprised to find recently how creative and varied was the japanese prog scene in the late 70īs and early 80īs. Unfortunalty not too many bands had a long career and broke up after one or two LPs. Shingetsu is one of them: with a strong Genesis influence (specially around the Wind & Wuthering period) the group made a great mix of european and japanese roots to deliever a truly international sound.

The CD is far from perfect, but as a debut recording, it is also very promising and outstanding. I specially like the first track, Oni, a great prog epic and the last, the beautiful Return Of The Night again very Genesis-like). The remaining songs were also nice but not at the same level as those two. The lyrics are all in japanese, but the delivering is so convincing it hardly matters if you donīt know what the singer is talking about. In other words, a very poignant music that every prog lover should give it a listen.

It is only a shame this band did not have a long career. Certainly they would have outgrow their Genesis mold and delivered some real strong and original stuff. 3,5 stars.

Review by DamoXt7942
FORUM & SITE ADMIN GROUP Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams
4 stars One of the most beautiful but short-lived Japanese progressive bands.

SHINGETSU is, at least in my humble opinion, one of the most greatest Japanese symphonic rock bands, with featuring melodic keyboard player Akira Hanamoto and lyrical vocalist Makoto Kitayama. And here what I want to say strongly is that all songs in this historic album should need the musical sense of all SHINGETSU's players. Personally I love Haruhiko Tsuda's dragging and drowsy guitar...without the unusual guitar sound SHINGETSU's music style won't go well. Of course, strict but flexible rhythm section by Shizuo Suzuki's bass and Naoya Takahashi's drums is absolutely important. This Japanese pride was constructed by these talented player.

Their masterpiece, Oni is the greatest! A plaintive melody by Akira can go with clear and transparent voice and a little languid guitar. Oni, a Japanese terrible monster, seems (hears?) to be even kind and gentle, and be dancing slowly and elegantly. Pop and catchy (even in this work) is the song Asa No Muko Gawa (The Other Side Of Morning). So fresh and like we enjoy morning salad. They are attractive on pop world, too. :-) Hatsunetsu No Machikado (Influential Street) can let us amazed with its reverse play and eccentric plus fantastic tune. This song includes some styles of a march, a ballad, and a rock. Like a lunchbox with various materials LOL. I suggest this song playing be their real pleasure. On the contrary, Reito (Freeze) is a more classic piece, and extremely big Kagaku No Yoru (Night Collector) is like a theme-song of some Japanese hero TV programs... :-) Exactly, this song has a theme of a boy with some extrasensory perceptions and it's natural the song has such an atmosphere.

All the songs are written in Japanese, not English. They might have a patriotic spirit. But I'm sure this work of theirs should be accepted all over the progressive rock world.

Latest members reviews

3 stars The singer may be more skilled then Bardens/Latimer like Peter Gabriel's however, the music itself is more in line with Camels work. Oni the longest track opens the album well and everything is used to great effect, from the 12 string guitar to the theatrical vocals. To my ears the album dips ... (read more)

Report this review (#2523451) | Posted by Beautiful Scarlet | Thursday, March 11, 2021 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Shingetsu from Japan is a new band to me. My impression is that the prog rock scene in Japan has some good bands. This band is one of the better bands. Shingetsu does lush symphonic prog like GENESIS with some hints of CATHEDRAL, CAMEL and YES. The vocals is pretty dark and very effectful. Th ... (read more)

Report this review (#203912) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Saturday, February 21, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars On listening to this eponymous album by Japan's most interesting progressive group, I defy you not to be captivated by the vocals of Makoto Kitayama. Never before will your cd player have purveyed such grievous tones. Well up there with the very best of prog vocalists, Makoto Kitayama, whils ... (read more)

Report this review (#83123) | Posted by mitsubachi | Saturday, July 8, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Great Album, Great vocal and instrumental work! Listen to this album if you like Japanese prog rock. I would mention first composition - ONI at first, absolutely unique and pleasure track, amazing vocal by Makoto Kitayama. So if you did not hear this album yet, I suggest to buy it as soon as p ... (read more)

Report this review (#32280) | Posted by | Monday, April 4, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Excellent album created by genial musicians. This is not just a standard, regular music which is very common for progressive melody. The charming and amazing in this fantastic album is Japanese mystic, when it is impossible to guess which note comes after which accord, and which melody comes a ... (read more)

Report this review (#32279) | Posted by Vasil Jalabadze | Tuesday, March 29, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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