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Shingetsu

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3.76 | 32 ratings | 7 reviews | 31% 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

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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


3.76
(32 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(31%)
31%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(41%)
41%
Good, but non-essential (28%)
28%
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by erik neuteboom
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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!

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Review by Tarcisio Moura
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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.

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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 str ... (read more)

Report this review (#213725) | Posted by DamoXt7942 | Monday, May 04, 2009 | 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 08, 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 04, 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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