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"What a beautiful gem! The fake hierarchical system of the music world should be broken by this album!" This quote by Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu might represent Mako's philosophy and attitude towards music.

MAGICAL POWER MAKO (Makoto Kurita) was born at Izu-Shuzenji, Japan in 1958. With a natural talent for playing the piano and composing music, he started his music career and laid the cornerstone of his musical foundation in 1973.

The first concert on the stage of Shibuya Juan Juan with his band Genge attracted lots of rock fans, famous musicians, and reviewers.
His first album "Magical Power" was issued in 1974 and crossed a multitude of musical boundaries. A toy box of noises, soundscapes, explosions of distorted fuzz...not eccentric as such in the music scene at the time, but quite a few people were surprised and amazed at his avantgarde explorations and progressive techniques.
Mako can play more than a hundred instruments, and his songs are filled with a plethora of those.

His attitude towards musical performance and theory might be described as highly unique and individual.

After releasing the techno-pop album "Super Record" and the more rock oriented production "Jump", Mako set about his independent distribution and his musical approach to become more flexible and widespread.

From the 1990s and onwards Mako focused more on outer space as inspirations for his works; which he communicated by means of his musical creations.

Over his more than 30 year long career Mako has released over 20 albums, and his progressiveness, eccentricity and avantgarde tendencies shine brilliantly all over the world today.

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3.96 | 4 ratings
Magical Power
1974
3.58 | 10 ratings
Super record
1975
3.91 | 7 ratings
Jump
1977
1.23 | 3 ratings
Welcome To The Earth
1981
3.96 | 4 ratings
Music From Heaven
1982
2.00 | 1 ratings
mAgicAl compUteR MusiC
1985
1.00 | 1 ratings
Hapmoniym 1
1993
0.00 | 0 ratings
Hapmoniym 2
1993
0.00 | 0 ratings
Hapmoniym 3
1993
0.00 | 0 ratings
Hapmoniym 4
1993
0.00 | 0 ratings
Hapmoniym 5
1993
3.00 | 1 ratings
Magic
1998
2.95 | 2 ratings
Cozmo Grosso
2004

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 Super record by MAGICAL POWER MAKO album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.58 | 10 ratings

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Magical Power Mako Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Guldbamsen
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4 stars Japanese More

Over the past couple of years I have completely fallen for the Japanese music scene. Starting out with the big names such as Flower Travellin' Band and Far East Family Band (much due to the connection with my much beloved Klaus Schulze), it then progressed into something more fickle and investigative. I had now begun my big Sherlock Holmes hunt for things far beyond the norm - things that make elderly ladies go WIIH and OHH - and have ever since collected albums from acts with names that sound like liquor for kids - or some strange new metallic fruit.

Magical Power Mako are, or perhaps more befitting, is one of the early artists that I stumbled upon, back when I was mostly into psychedelic music. This album presented itself to me as the second coming of something I knew like the back of my hand. In fact it still does. To me it genuinely sounds like a Japanese take on the old sandwich album/movie soundtrack from Floyd: More.

Sure you encounter some of those same orangy colours in the art work, but hiding underneath is an expressive, intimate and charming little bugger of an album, that on more than one occasion points a finger in the general direction of the Floyd boys circa 1969. There is a prevailing eclectic shadow hanging over these tunes, that apart from generating a haphazard feel to things, actually works like a strange mythical binding agent. Together but apart... Just like More, you get treated to all kinds of differentiating tempers, that vary on the individual tracks and how they flow, weave and stack up against each other. I'll be bold and say that Super Record feels connected and well-orchestrated, even if the proof in the pudding suggests otherwise...

The opening cuts cement the Japanese adoration for the occult psychedelic - the larvalling oozing presence of lethargic slow moving guitars, that push through your speakers like a pair of somersaulting black birds immersing from a wall of black currant marmalade. Had this music been put out in Germany from around the same time, it surely would have received recognition as being part of the Krautrock scene(remember, Krautrock was largely a label we modern folks have conjured up in order to alphabetise our music collections to better ask for directions in the lands of sonic experimentation).

Jumping almost casually from the big soupy psychedelic start, the listener is guided into a dream-like state of far East ragadelicious vibes with sitars and folk laden atmospheres with heaps of acoustic instruments, to the more western influenced parts of this album, where you get your rocks off while still feeling that oriental tinged feel of it all hovering above you like a see-through veil of sound.

Much like More, Super Record also has its fair share of interludes/epilogues, whatever you want to call them, and they are of a surprisingly high quality. They are extremely necessary to these ears. The Sound 3 track for instance coming on every once in a while, actually 5 times in all, acts as short moments of unadulterated simplistic beauty wherever you encounter it. It's merely a wobbly electric wah wahing guitar talking slowly and echoing to you, but it is just so infectious and riveting. Come to think of it, most of this record uses that same sort of musical laissez faire template. Apart from the obvious well- written ditties, you sense a wonderful open approach to music making that soaks everything in small glistening ornamentations. Whether it's done with a psychedelic electric guitar, sitar, sparse squeaking synthesizer or a relentless tapping flow of natural sounding clay drums, there's always a tremendous emphasis on the simplistic and natural within this album.

Now when I say 'natural', and have mentioned time and again the electric guitar - as well as a synthesiser, you can probably guess, that I mean something of the sort that pushes through in other areas than the factual ingredients of the album. I am of course speaking about the general vibe - the flow of things - how you feel transported out in the breathtaking natural wilderness of the far East - mountains, cherry blossoms, misty morning fogs flying overhead and all that you can possibly imagine transcribing in the natural environment around above and beneath you.... Just add a gazillion sonic fuelled rainbow colours swirling peacefully about in a constantly moving mosaic.

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 Jump by MAGICAL POWER MAKO album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.91 | 7 ratings

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Magical Power Mako Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
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4 stars I will admit that MAGICAL POWER MAKO is not for everybody, not even "jump", despite being his most accessible release, as a fact I only knew about this band by accident, because a friend received some albums from his brother and he forgot this one in my house (At least I believed that), the LP got mixed with my own records and only discovered it several years later when the guy was already married and living in USA. Only a couple years ago I found my friend in a reunion of the youth gang and told me he left "Jump" on purpose because he hated it and believed nobody would had paid him a dime in a country as Perú.

When I read DamoxT7492, was surprised with his opinion about "Jump" not being Prog, because even when I agree their first two releases are far more attractive for Avant or Electronic Prog fans, we can't deny the complexity and excellent musicianship of is third release

The album starts with "Jump to Me", a song that for the casual listener may seem mainstream "Rock & Roll", when listening carefully the dissonance between guitar, keys and bass it's obvious that this guys are really experimenting with incredibly complex arrangements.

I normally avoid the pure or almost pure percussion tracks, but in he case of "The story of our Master" I have made an exception, being that from the first instant, that almost military combination of voices and Japanese percussion is fascinating, many rappers could learn a couple of lessons about how you can almost talk during a song, but still make it interesting, and when about the third minute "Kid" joins with the distorted bass is simply delightful, specially when without advice the song links with "Give me Present" a track with a very simple lyric hat consists in the phrase "Give me Present"

I believe there's some sort of sarcasm directed towards "Revolution 9", being that the melody starts with a BEATLES reminiscence, but that's all we got in common, a nice keyboard and a wonderful and almost chaotic dissonance invade the atmosphere, simply brilliant.

What impresses me more about MGICAL POWER MAKO, is their capacity to move from one genre, style and/or mood to another, "Rest Light Down" is a soft melodic and jazzy interlude that prepares us for the almost martial "So", in which the excellent work with distorted guitar is simply impressive.

"Blue Wind" is the most melodic song, with an amazing guitar work, the are thrown one over the other, adding the Avant touch, again a short track preparing for"Elephant's Jungle", a longer but disappointing song in which each instrument resembles a different jungle animal, really tedious, only the final sitar sitar section saves the song partially.

Now, MAGICAL POWER MAKO are able to rock, and "Jump" leaves no doubt about this, as usual the apparently simple music is made more interesting with a weird choice of instruments and excellent arrangements.

The album is closed with the beautiful but short "21th Ocean", IMO the most beautiful song of the album with a strong Japanese side and a killer but trippy organ finale, excellent closer.

If it wasn't for "Elephant's Jungle", the rating job would had been harder, being that could had take me hours to decide between 4 or 5 stars, but being after this weird song , I have to go with solid stars that should be 4.5.

MAKO is one of the pioneers of Japanese Prog and I believe among the most original.

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 Cozmo Grosso by MAGICAL POWER MAKO album cover Studio Album, 2004
2.95 | 2 ratings

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Cozmo Grosso
Magical Power Mako Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by DamoXt7942
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3 stars A compilation of all the musical essence of Magical Power Mako.

In 1974, his first interactive communication with the outer space 'Magical Power' was released. Since then he's always been a postman to another world (and even now everyone cannot understand his attitude toward there...and here too!). This Cosmo Grosso has full of his sounds and styles gathered from his 30 year works. The content is exactly spacey - a toy box with various sounds, noises, voices and minds and musical culture all over the world. Let me emphasise the point: he can make good use of many many stuffs as his transmitters (instruments). From his early days he can play over hundreds of instruments effectively for the atmosphere around him. In this album the main soundmaker is a synthesizer controlled by his computer and programming and this synthesizer as his right hand can incarnate his vision, passion, and telepathy from the space. Here are plethora of scenes - a danceable one with electronic rhythm section, a rock and rolling part with heavy riffs, an Oriental telegraph featuring shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo pipe) or wabue (Japanese flute), and a hypnotic lullaby with female voices and chorus. Forgive me I feel such a long communication about 60 minutes might be boring not only for us but even for an alien in the outer space. However, even so, this work has various faces of Mako and we can eat his mixed salad only with the album. In my humble opinion, the previous album 'Magic' was so disappointing that I've expected this work. And I can say it's a good stuff.

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 Welcome To The Earth by MAGICAL POWER MAKO album cover Studio Album, 1981
1.23 | 3 ratings

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Magical Power Mako Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by DamoXt7942
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1 stars How difficult...sorry I can't understand Mako's thought enough well. :-(

Exactly STRANGE album. It's no wrong because Mako has called this album so. First Welcome To The Earth(Intro) what's the noise? Radio's interference? Interesting I feel. After the solemn opening (till that we can have some expectation), light techno-pop samba (Happy Birthday Samba) starts...'happy birthday Leila, I love you'...sorry, no progressive, no more. Next East World...I Love You has light sound too, but I think this song has lots of materials and essences, with rhythm, sound, kecak-like voice...so can evaluate this shot. The problem for me is from Fresh Vegetable to the last song Welcome To The Earth. On this piece Mako should predict the current technology world, comparing a vegetable garden to a robot factory. This is a great conception, but the pop-electro-sound is no good for me... After this, all are the same pop'n'tech. I suggest Mako might try to play tech-style once. Sorry but next album is great for me so it's a pity...

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 Super record by MAGICAL POWER MAKO album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.58 | 10 ratings

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Review by DamoXt7942
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3 stars A familial album, not a familiar one. :-)

On this second shot by Magical Power Mako (not with his bandmates but with his family), his experimental trial as the previous work is suppressed but gets to be more sensitive and theoretical for music. That is, in my humble opinion, Mako might accept that everything eccentric is not alright but consistency of music should be needed. With featuring many kinds of instruments, he might consider the important thing is musical integration. Well, please listen to the first half named as 'Butch Side'. The stream-like starting of the first track Andromeda is the proof as above mentioned. Oh, I see, the integration could be constructed because he was the one and only player in this work. Tundra, with quiet and cold psychedelia, next Oriental chandelier Silk Road, and wonderfully hot and juicy Woman in South Island...all are made so compact, not scattered. Could they be easy for us to listen? Leaving Butch's voice behind (sorry), Pink Butch (Lalala) is a beautiful piece of cake. Very sweet, very melancholic, and very feminine. Maybe because Mako liked to show his feminine appearance on media...? :-) Long and a little boring refrain is, I suggest, as flowing to the 5th 'Music From Heaven'. The latter half, named as Rock side, is like a sandwich with Sound 3 and each track. Especially I should push Rock Baby In Meadow as Mako showing consideration for his baby Rock. Yes, therefore this is a familial album. Of course, with full of exotic flavour and Mako's humming (!) Majorica Resistance Song goes floating, and Cosmos Sandglass is his laidback heart... Feel that Mako play with relaxed style.

So far from experimental rock but this album can prove that his family was (is still now?) so spacey and psychedelic. :-)

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 Music From Heaven by MAGICAL POWER MAKO album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.96 | 4 ratings

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Magical Power Mako Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by DamoXt7942
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4 stars Please eat Mako's mixed music salad.

This title as looking down on us or as looking up toward the outer zone... First I said 'Huh?' in spite of myself (not kidding!), but at once I heard the album I was absorbed deeply into it. Hahhaha, how crazy, how funny & funky, and how clever Mako is!

I consider this album was the first Mako produced as a story or a conceptual one. (At the beginning starts the 'SUPER RECORD' interlude and lets us chuckle surely.) Each part has a title but it's almost impossible for us to realize the interval between one part from another. We may think this work as one song or track and the names of whole parts as a stream of the work. Mako could make this work by himself only, and could play over a hundred instruments wonderfully. Exactly this can be called as music salad... extremely plenty of instruments(an electric guitar, drums and percussions, a keyboard, a sitar, and various wind and string sections), a sound effector & controller, and Mako's noisy voice sometimes inserted...all are natural and appropriate for the song. And surprisingly each sound gem is not scattered chaotically but set systematically by him. Into the 50 minute song Mako could push completely his attitude and intention at this moment...except some messages for the outer space... :-)

This is one of the raw materials for us to understand Mako's spacey mind SLIGHTLY. Now this stuff has got to be a rare with a premium and difficult to get...sadly.

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3.91 | 7 ratings

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Review by DamoXt7942
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4 stars What happened? Why did Mako play definite rock and roll music?

If you have already listened to his first and second albums, I suggest you'll wonder why. You bet...as strictly mentioned, this album is not as experimental as the previous ones. Consider we can explain this project as Magical Rocker Mako and his friends. How do you think? :-)

Without any complaints listen to it, believe me. From the first track Jump To You you will be driven rollin'. This type of sound is what Mako has not shot previously and in my humble opinion he might want to play seriously rock-oriented music. His support members, especially Shoji Watanabe and Keiichi Nishina, could get so massively active and let Mako's identity be exploded positively. Even an experimentally percussive stuff The Story Of Our Master is not only percussive but has heavy bass and rigid drum sounds in its latter half. And exactly Give Me Present! Pleasant and funky rhythm and sound thanks for your present, Mako! :-) A streamingly quiet song Rest Light Down, and So with wonderful linger...A-side of this work is chill!

Elephant's Jungle is the only experimental and avantgarde song in this album I think. Each instrument play a cry of an animal and the whole sound can hear as the atmosphere in the jungle. The masterpiece is Jump, the real rock and roll. 'Tsuki Wa Oboro Ni Kasokeki Yo'...how can I explain the paragraph? It's very difficult for me to show a Japanese mind. Fuzzy moon has got to be dimmer and dimmer...sorry. Anyway, loud guitar, funky voice and fantastic percussions can make us crazy. Dance and sing! Mako showed this style only here. Interesting one.

I'm sure this is a great rock album by Mako's project. Highly recommended.

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 Magical Power by MAGICAL POWER MAKO album cover Studio Album, 1974
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Magical Power
Magical Power Mako Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by DamoXt7942
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4 stars Mako...you're a real strategist I'm sure!

This album is one of the greatest gems of all around Japanese progressive rock world. In 1974...Mako was still 18 years old...an eccentric Japanese adolescent could make a terrific stuff without stopping. Only a few Japanese music industry in those days could approve and appreciate his work, but I'm sure he could realize. What could he realize? Of course, he could get to be famous and conquer the CURRENT space-rock world. This Magical Power was his first step I consider.

What I must say about his music characteristic is complexity and eccentricity of the tune and sound. He could play over hundreds of instruments (including his handmade ones) gracefully and madly, and even typical one could be played an unexpected sound by him...how amazing! The collection of these unexpected sounds is the song Cha Cha. Scattered piano sound, percussive stuffs, voices with anger, more and more pop and jump up from the song. (Mako said that you could know even there was a song-like stuff with scattered sounds. LOL) Yea, so wonderful is the experimental tune In A Stalactite Cavern Astronaus recorded in a real cavern!

To our regret, he was too young to kick his music style off completely. Namely, we should sometimes wonder why there is such a peculiar part on his work and can't understand how we can evaluate it. For example, Tsugaru (No autumn, Agine) has very fantastic sound of Tsugaru-Jamisen (a Japanese instrument), but I can't help feeling no need of the song here on this album. And, though he feels angry, voice of Butch, Mako's wife, in Open The Morning Window, The Sunshine Comes In, The Hope Of Today Is Small Bird Singing is no good... Feel there's mixture of his progressism and conservatism. Forgive me but I wanna say this.

Anyway, in my honest opinion, we have no suspicion about the greatness and progressiveness of his first album.

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