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A Japanese brilliant progressive gem, the young four-piece outfit YONIN BAYASHI was formed in 1971.

Two musically talented high school students, Daiji Okai (drums, various instruments) and Katsutoshi Morizono (guitars, voices) had a fateful rendezvous at Saginomiya High School in 1969. With Shin'ichi Nakamura (bass) and Hidemi Sakasita (keyboards) joining, they played a complete but fully improvised version of Echoes by Pink Floyd, shocking and amazing the audience.

YONIN BAYASHI made their debut in 1974, releasing a legendary work Isshoku-Sokuhatsu through Toho Records.

In their early days, they were, as everyone says, under the influence of Pink Floyd and psychedelic rock, in addition to the spiritual lyrics by Yasuo Suematsu.

The bassist was replaced by Masahide Sakuma and they released the second album Golden Picnics, but soon Katsutoshi dropped out. YONIN BAYASHI exited the crisis with the arrival of Mitsuru Satoh(guitars, vocals). They changed music styles, approaching pop and electronic, and shot three more good albums - Printed Jelly (1977), Bao (1978), and NEO-N (1979).

After a long hibernation, once Dance (1989) was released, YONIN BAYASHI is active again in the 21st century, playing gigs, joining festivals, and making their historical compilation.

::: Keishiro Maki (DamoXt7942) - Japanese Prog Specialist & Psych/Space Collaborator :::

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3.94 | 40 ratings
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 Isshoku-Sokuhatsu by YONIN BAYASHI album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.94 | 40 ratings

Yonin Bayashi Eclectic Prog

Review by GruvanDahlman
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Japanese prog have been very dear to me ever since I bought an album a band called PYG. They released one studio album and one live, alongside some singles. I was at purchasing the album first and foremost intrigued by the cover, a sort of naively drawn pig. It all looked tempting and it felt right at the time. And it was right, for the most part. A dreamy sort of soft, western sounding prog which really attracted me. The japanese lyrics was simply gorgeous. (I do not speak japanese, so I am only referiing to the melody and Beauty of the language.) Apart from bringing me pleasure it also brought me a certain amount of misunderstanding concerning the very eclectic nature of japanese prog. PYG was, as it were, not represantatives of japanese prog in general, simply their own. This all seems very naive today and I sort look down when I tell the story but it proves a point, I think, that, no matter the origin of prog it always puts forth a slab of their own native spice. The harshness of Flower Travelling Band, the interstellar cosmic sounds of Far East Family Band, the bluesy prog of Strawberry Path or the synthesized sound of Isao Tomita. It is all very grand, exciting and enjoyable.

However... One of my personal favorites among japanese or any prog is "Isshoku-Sokuhatsu" by Yonin Bayashi, a by then young band with a vision of their own. I suppose they lent an ear or two to bands like Deep Purple but that never stopped them from creating an album very much a product of themselves and their musical ability. (Why Deep Purple? Well, the main reason for such a name-dropping is due to the extensive use of the organ in as many a way as Lord ever did.) At the heart of it the Music is really melodious and spacious, leaving lots of room for improvisation. The interplay between the musicians is really something to marvel at. The music, especially in the two longest tracks, is built around different sections and are very much a platform for instrumental excursions.

While "Hamabeth" is the intro and really nothing more, "Sora To Kumo" is a softer offering welcoming the listener. A good track and I enjoy it very much.

"Omatsuri" is a gentle piece at first glance but is really a forum for all kinds of influences. Jazz, hard rock and even some latin, nonetheless. It builds and flows to and fro in a really splendid manner. The sweet and gentle guitar playing is like a warm coat in the winter. It is an impressive track.

The best track is "Isshoku-Sokuhatsu", the title track. It starts off in a similar way as "Omatsuri" but transforms during it's course into avant-garde before setting sail towards Hard Rock Ocean before harbouring in Prog Rock Bay. The instrumentation on this track is marvellous, It is tightly performed and highly skilled.

The last track, opening with a ping pong ball, is an instrumental piece which really sums up the album in the best possible way. Really symphonic, the mellotron adds to it all and it is very enjoyable.

In conclusion I'd say that Isshoku-Sokuhatsu is a very intriguing album. It is jazz-rock, prog and symphonic tossed around in a bowler hat and spilled out on the table, forming glorious patterns of musical wonder. I think that this album should be listened to by more people. Having a hard time with the japanese lyrics? Oh, never mind those. Look at it as just Another instrument and you'll have a blast.

 Golden Picnics by YONIN BAYASHI album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.48 | 21 ratings

Golden Picnics
Yonin Bayashi Eclectic Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 2 years passed since their excellent debute and Yonin Bayashi comes with their second release from 1976 named Golden picnics. Well this quite diffrent then the predecesor, more influenced by Pink Floyd and even experimental passages that remind me of the great Frank Zappa who was at the top of his game in that period who influenced many bands and artists across the years from diffrent regions of the world, that heavy prog sections are almost gone, only here and there can be heared, but the result is not band , only less intristing for me , at least. Anyway they still have complex rhythm sections, this is another worthy prog rock album from Japan, but I think that their most popular and the most loved album Yonin Bayashi ever released is their first one and I'm agree completly with that status. Not a particula piece is better then other , maybe Nasu No Chawan Yaki has more intristing parts, the rest are only ok for my taste. The CD version issued by Sony almost 10 years ago is again very well packed with obi. In the end a good album, little to experimantal for me, I prefere 100% their first one, nevertheless another good example of how great was prog rock from Japan in those times. 3 stars for this one, good cover art aswell.
 Isshoku-Sokuhatsu by YONIN BAYASHI album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.94 | 40 ratings

Yonin Bayashi Eclectic Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars A little gem that goes rather to unnoticed in prog circles

Yonin Bayashi and their first classic progressive rock album from 1974 named Isshoku-Sokuhatsu, as far as I know it means Touch and go. Well I was very pleasent surprised what I've heared here, I know the album for a long time , but only last year in spring I got it on CD, japanese Mini LP Papersleeve Replica CD Hagakure with a great cover art , both front and back , not to mention that the sound is crystal clear. So, this album is considered one of the most important ones in japanese old school of prog rock , because has virtuosic performance and above all some great ideas on it, even are only 5 pieces. The album goes from smooth and elegant prog rock arrangements like on Sora To Kumo that means Sky and clods with great warm voice of Katsutoshi Morizono, even I don't get it a word, he has a very good voice for such music, is catchy and the vocal tone is great, very nice is the keyboards parts. On the third piece Omatsuri aka Festival - Yonin Bayashi goes heavy prog, with long instrumental passages, reminds me in places of let say Rush or Uriah Heep, complex and very fine developed tune with some psychedelic overtones here and there. The title track follows, the longest piece of the album, extravagant mellotron use here, lots of tempo changes, what a really solid piece that made this band so great. The last piece with a strange name Ping Pong Dama No Nagek that means A deep sorrow of a ping-pong ball is an instrumntal piece where the symphonic parts are very well melted with more spacey ones, very smooth harmonies are to be found here, aswell the sound of a droping ping pong ball can be heared in the background. In the end a very good album that stood the test of time very well in comparation with other albums from that period not only from Japan but in general. For sure one of my fav albums from japanese old school prog rock that desearve from me no less then 4 stars. Fans of the genre must take this band much more in consideration because worth every second, little unnoticed in comparation with other albums from that period. recommended

 Isshoku-Sokuhatsu by YONIN BAYASHI album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.94 | 40 ratings

Yonin Bayashi Eclectic Prog

Review by Progfan97402

5 stars I am not too familiar with Japanese prog scene. Mostly it's Far East Family Band. Luckily I discovered Yonin Bayashi. I bought Isshoku Sokuhatsu at a record convention in Eugene, Oregon without knowing much about it, other than the person selling those records were big on prog, so he figured I might like this, and he told me Mellotron was used (Hidemi Sakasita was credited to using one). Wow! This album blew me away! After the first cut, which was just a bunch of electronic sound effects, comes "Sora To Kumo". Those melodies are big, with some great use of electric piano. Far East Family Band shows all too well the Japanese language isn't too well suited in prog (don't get me wrong, I enjoy FEFB), Yonin Bayashi proved otherwise, some of the best Japanese vocals I ever heard in rock. This piece also features some Mellotron (so at least the seller was right on the tron, it's not a lot, but at least you notice it). "Omatsuri" is another killer piece, with great compositions. I really love the jam at the end where they go in Santana overdrive (complete with Santana-like Latin percussion!). The music throughout the album is often heavy, at time veering towards hard rock. This is fantastic stuff, great vocals, great playing, a great album overall. It's not space rock like Far East Family Band, it's rock, at time veering towards heavy prog. This comes highly recommended by me!

By the way, I noticed the inner sleeve on the LP has some amusing "Engrish", for example: "The Crea:" (I believe they mean "The Crew:"), "All lyrics / Yasuo Suematsu (Except harf parts of "ISHOKU-SOKUHATSU" / Katsutoshi Morizono)" and "Recorded / February-Aplil 1974 at T.S.C.", basically the classic "R" and "L" mistake the Japanese have with the English language is clearly seen on this inner sleeve.

 Golden Picnics by YONIN BAYASHI album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.48 | 21 ratings

Golden Picnics
Yonin Bayashi Eclectic Prog

Review by maryes

2 stars Although this second album of the Japanese band YONI BAYASHI "Golden Picnics", have pleased me more than previous "Ysshoko-Sokuhatso", it is not enough so that I can say that is a work that deserves figures in my progressive music collection. However the disk presents at least, quite interesting: moments : the Track 2 "Carnival" and the Track 3 "Nasu In Chawan Yaki (Continental Laid-Back-Breakers) ", that to mine to see really fit in the ecletic-prog style. I think the remaining of the disk is bery strongly influenced by their compatriots of Far East Family Band and consequently for Pink Floyd's sound, which restricted the creativity of the band in a certain way. Therefore, same recognizing the musician's quality, my rate is only 2 stars.!!!
 Isshoku-Sokuhatsu by YONIN BAYASHI album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.94 | 40 ratings

Yonin Bayashi Eclectic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Under the shadows of Far Out,Flied Egg and Far East Family Band,Yonin Bayashi were another good Japanese psych/prog band,found in 1970 in Tokyo by Kasutoshi Morizono(guitar and vocal), KazuoNakamura(bass and vocal) and Daiji Okai(drums),initially named as ''The San-Nin'',which means three persons.In 1971 Hidemi Saka[&*!#]a joins as a fourth member on keys and the band was renamed to Yonon Bayashi (quartet in old Japanese).After recording the 1973 soundtrack ''Hatachi no Genten'',they enter the discography with ''Ishoku Sokuhatsu'' a year later.

After a short intro,'' Sora To Kumo'' is a soft Psych Rock track with a great end-section,including jazzy soloing and ethereal electric piano.''Omatsuri'' clocks at 11 minutes and reminds me a lot of circa ''Caress of steel'' RUSH,while this track blends Jazz,Psychedelic and Hard Rock in one nice package.''Isshoku-Sokuhatsu'' is the definite opus of the album,either you talk about its length or quality.Long Heavy Rock number with complex passages,changing tempos,very strong organ work,excellent vocals and some extreme energy.The closing ''Ping Pong Dama No Nageki'' is an instrumental mix of Symphonic,Space and Jazz rock heavily based on Saka[&*!#]a's keys,with fantastic mellotron,bells,electric piano and some organ throughout,presenting another unknown side of the band.

This overlooked Japanese progsters deserve some attention from both Progressive and Classic Rock fans.''Ishoku Sokuhatsu'' is a fine example of Progressive Rock music,including influences from Jazz,Psychedelic and Heavy Rock as well as some symphonic touches.Recommended.

 Printed Jelly by YONIN BAYASHI album cover Studio Album, 1977
2.96 | 5 ratings

Printed Jelly
Yonin Bayashi Eclectic Prog

Review by Kazuhiro
Prog Reviewer

3 stars If the band that Japan delivered for the field of Rock and prog Rock of Japan of the 70's is enumerated, the existence of this Yoninbayashi might be a band that had surely left one shape and history. Part of distinguished services to establish what should be of Rock in the 70's for band in Japan perhaps. And, they are situations of Rock that Japan thinks about in an overseas market as the band that informs them of the existence at the dawn. It influenced various musicians who followed back as a band that made music that supported them an embodiment, too.

The start of this band goes back to 1971. There was a part to which their music characters had already been established. Point that Pink Floyd and ELP had already influenced them as the respect. There was a situation where a lot of main currents of the Folk music and psychedelic existed for the market of the music of Japan in the 70's, too. Yoninbayashi had already carried a sense of direction as one of the bands that had established the music character that had to be called Prog Rock exactly in the situation. And, it was guitar player's Katsutoshi Morizono to show directionality to their music concretely. The music character with he had decided the directionality of the band to some degree. It appears remarkably by their albums to say nothing of it. The expression of the music character of "Isshoku- Sokuhatsu" that they had them announce in 1974 can listen to following the music character that exactly looks like Pink Floyd at that time. In addition, it expresses it in the music character that they were having them establish it in "Golden Picnics" announced in 1976 as a part where the unique culture of Japan was united.

There was some members' replacements after this band had formed. However, the music character established at first of the formation was advanced well. However, it will have been a reflection of the music character of Katsutoshi Morizono that had decided the music character of the band to some degree as the result. At that time, the fan of the listener and this band evaluates the album of the period high. The evaluation was widespread to an overseas musician and parties concerned further. And, it is a situation of some members' replacements as the result with the evaluation of their initial works. Or, as for the secession of the band by Katsutoshi Morizono to have decided the directionality of the band, this band inevitably constructs the flow with which following new directionality and a past work is laced. And, "Printed Jelly" of their.. third alubum faces one transition stage for Yoninbayashi.

Mitsuru Satoh of the guitar player newly invited by the band is made remarks that uneasiness was held for the process and the expression of the production of this album. As for the expression of the self to following the established music character and the deriving directionality and opening individuality, uneasiness and the expectation might have crossed each other. Their music characters have been passed as music refined further by this member's replacement. The music character at this time is music refined further in the age against uniting the element of music to be Interior Minister partial till then and to absorb. Music with the sense of relief that may leave a good element while following a past music character is blocked in this album. The music that is reminiscent of Pink Floyd and Kestrel will be Music with whom following and an original viewpoint to the music character that they have already done were united well.

"Ha-Ra-So-Ra" has been passed as a suitable tune so that they may have them execute a new music character. The tune is Rock with the sense of relief very much. The tune advances while continuing a straight melody. I might not be able to feel a past music character in this tune so much. However, the part of straight Rock and the song by solo of the keyboard and a new guitar player is expressed as a result of the band's developing new directionality. Coming in succession of solo of the guitar to get on the rhythm of Latin is devised well.

As for "A Day In The Afternoon", Rock of the city type very refined is developed. An Interior Minister part exists together to the sense of relief in the melody. Jonesy and Kestrel might be recollected as an impression. However, it is straight Rock with basically a little expression of feelings. The work of the keyboard also has a little progressive part.

In "Cythere", the melody of a beautiful guitar and the song is feature ballade. Lyrics are the songs of the sailor who aims at the Arcadia village. There is a part where Pink Floyd is recollected a little as a melody. The continuation of an effect of solo of the whistle and a gentle melody is impressive.

In "N*Y*C*R*R*M", the rhythm with the sound and the dash feeling of a progressive keyboard is a feature. The part of a powerful song and straight Rock and Roll shows the part where their music was converted further and opened. Part of solo of guitar to get on Chord with expression of feelings. The opened expression is expressed well. I feel the part where Thin Lizzy in the 80 a little's is reminiscent as the impression.

"Caprice and Grace" is a tune from which the music character that they had completely done in the past is followed enough. Part of complete song and chorus who gets on melody of refined city type. The atmosphere of the tune has been decided to the piano and the guitar to express expression of feelings a little. The negotiation on solo of a progressive keyboard and solo of the guitar is expressed well. The continuousness of five rhythms in the part of Coda might be a good flow.

"The Violet Storm" is expressed attended with shape being refined for the music character that they had them establish it. The tune gives moving development because it introduced the melody of grand symphonic into an acoustic part. Pink Floyd might be recollected to this tune a little.

Their music characters developed newer directionality from this album through the replacement of the member. Their music characters have the opinion of the approval or disapproval by the album. However, this album shows the existence as a band that they had them advocate the shape of Prog Rock of Japan.

 Golden Picnics by YONIN BAYASHI album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.48 | 21 ratings

Golden Picnics
Yonin Bayashi Eclectic Prog

Review by Kazuhiro
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Men who were able to announce the debut album as a condition of producing the music of the movie announced "Isshoku Sokuhatsu" in 1974. The element of very various music and the culture of Japan were contained in this debut album. They were acknowledged as a band with the element of Pink Floyd and Genesis and the performance was exactly an impact for the music of Japan at that time. Anacatesthesia to which debut album is involved and original melody that flows indifferently. And, it was an album that had remarkably executed the methodology of Prog Rock at that time at the time of thought by Japan. A lot of fans of them exist still in Japan.

They got into the news after the debut album had been announced at once. There were not too much a lot of music to which the element of Prog Rock was remarkably taken in Japan at that time. However, they begin to walk on the following road at the same time as the Bass player's seceding. Hidemasa Sakuma will be received in a new Bass player.

After having already announced the debut album, they were announcing the single. And, it begins the production of this "Golden Picnics" inviting a new Bass player.

It was a masterpiece in the debut album from which Prog Rock was exactly taken to the culture of Japan well. And, a transparent feeling and the anacatesthesia of the debut album remain a little in this album. However, width might be expanded further and the element of the lock strengthened further, too. It gives the impression that the power involved in a good meaning diffuses to the outside. And, the flow of progressing the tune to which the forecast doesn't adhere and a complex rhythm has been established as their styles.

Abstract lyrics seen with the debut album also make working as Prog Rock enough alive and well. Band leader's idea has been established further by this album. Complex development of Pink Floyd and a few Frank Zappa will not end in a simple lock with opening "Flying" at the top.

This album secedes and the band leader will secede the band at the end. The band develops further and reorganizes the band from a different angle. I might feel the performances of men who can listen since this album in another band a little. The directionality of the music had pros and cons also in Japan. Directionality and the method of the music that this band had might appear remarkably in an initial work. By the way, "Golden Picnics" is said to the festival of the recording that they are names of the eaten ice cream.

 Isshoku-Sokuhatsu by YONIN BAYASHI album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.94 | 40 ratings

Yonin Bayashi Eclectic Prog

Review by Kazuhiro
Prog Reviewer

4 stars It is true in the flow in the 70's that the fashion of other countries flowed in the market of the music of Japan. The power in the 60's might change into various shape, the position of the genre be digested by each musician, and it be continuous of groping and the creation. Point to take element of Rock in music of Japan till then. Or, the point to take English to lyrics. Or, the point to sing Japanese lyrics like an English pronunciation. These concepts hardly existed.

It is guessed that they were caught as some fashions though the flow of Jazz and POP existed certainly also in Japan. However, the listener of music always set up an antenna, listened to various music, and was researching. The same thing will be able to be said to it for young musicians who had absorbed various music at this time.

There was what where the wave of Prog Rock visited the music of Japan that existed originally as music of the tradition by contraries at early time. The fact that flows to music in Japan with Pink Floyd at the top bands such as ELP and Genesis and is absorbed incessantly flows to the band in Japan of this time. It was united by the music of the tradition of Japan and the culture. The listener in Japan might have felt the unknown world in the performance and lyrics that the band did. However, those uniting exactly falls on at the dawn of the music of Japan. And, it was time when the musician was able to send those music freely. The system that was able to be helped by accepting those elements to the company on the record to which the band belonged to some degree was time gradually in order.

The fact into which the music of those Japan gradually changed happened rapidly in the latter the 60's. The fact that the element of the lock often appears in the music of Japan till then existed. It put out as the element of Prog Rock was really front like the band and the band that expressed it was a near-total absence. And, the performance that this "Yoninbayashi" had done remarkably exactly expressed the flow of Prog Rock.

The history of his music started in 1969. The band formed adding drum player's Daiji Okai and Bass player's Shinichi Nakamura with guitar player's Katsutoshi Morizono at the top was called "The Sannin". They at that time were high school student's time. And, they might already have been influenced from the music of bands such as Pink Floyd and ELP. And, keyboard player's Hidemi Saka[&*!#]a changes into the band and the joining band is changed into "Yoninbayashi". Men who went with the tour of "Flower Travellin' Band" of the band in same Japan in 1972 will gradually inform the listener of the name of the band.

The band receives the request of the music for the movie in 1973. They received the right of the announcement from the company of the movie to the record as a condition of undertaking the music for the movie. It was an indeed convenient condition for them. They might not have been able to contribute in the market of the music of the expression and Japan of free limited music if this condition was not satisfactory. They will leave the name by freely expressing music in this album at the dawn of the music of Japan and Prog Rock. And, it is certain that this album also had the fact recognized the form of the pre-debut because it debuted in parallel with the work of Music of the movie though they announce this album in 1974.

"hamaebeΘ" is exactly beginning of event of this album. The explosion of the keyboard that processes the effect gives the listener the expectation for the album from the melody made anxious.

"Sora To Kumo" has a certain abstract lyrics well for the music of Japan of this time. The progress of the code of a melody with which the anacatesthesia overflows and a melancholic guitar has the atmosphere tossed about the sky. It is likely to be able to listen to the element of Pink Floyd and a few psychedelic if it dares to say. Atmosphere also gives the impression that looks like "Wind Cloud" of Kestrel.

"Omatsuri" can be interpreted as a title, "Festival". The composition of the tune with which the anacatesthesia overflows starts quietly. The content of lyrics is sung, "Anything might not have to go to the place where the festival is held and to be done". Other people dance. However, it is guessed that lyrics said that it will cry because it sees those scenes have expressed melancholic feelings and the change in zeal. The tune changes into an intense rhythm on the way and shifts to the rhythm like Latin. Feelings expressed in lyrics while expressing the festival in music are splendidly expressed with the melody.

"Isshoku-Sokuhathu" might exactly look like the method of expressing feelings of Pink Floyd. Words such as the sky, seas, and the winds are taken to lyrics and the expression of feelings of the tune is made an embodiment splendidly. There were not really too much a lot of bands that expressed it like this in the music of Japan of this time. The method of the performance and the expression that they had done might have been considerably reformative in the history of the music of Japan. The modulation during the tune and the arrangement of the keyboard increase the perfection of the tune further. The power of this band exactly hid potential.

"Ping-Pong Dama No Nageki" might be a suitable tune because it puts the position of the content of this album. The composition of the tune to start uneasily and to show light at the end is splendid. Only it is not aural and the flow with the appealed feeling visually consistently means the direction and the freedom of the band.

The guitar player of this band secedes the band after announcing 2nd album. The atmosphere of the tune has changed in the work of this band at initial and latter term. It is thought that the power of this band and the method of the free expression have gathered in an initial work though the listener is commenting on the band according to the content of the work. The composition of the polished tune will be able ..suitable one.. to be counted exactly in the history of Music in Japan the masterpiece though a good element of Prog Rock is followed.

 Golden Picnics by YONIN BAYASHI album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.48 | 21 ratings

Golden Picnics
Yonin Bayashi Eclectic Prog

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group RIO/Avant/Zeuhl & Neo Teams

5 stars (From PA blog "Japanese Progressive Rock presented by DamoX")

As I've mentioned before, Isshoku-Sokuhatsu may be the most famous YONINBAYASHI's album all over the world. But believe me, I'm sure their second album Golden Picnics should be one of the most progressive and most brilliant shots in their history. And let me say, I cannot tell YONINBAYASHI's progressive life without their first two, the most important albums.

The year after Isshoku-Sokuhatsu released, Masahide Sakuma, a new bassist and another key person, joined YONINBAYASHI and their music style could get to be more progressive and more psychedelic. The goal was not copying from Pink Floyd but getting the rigid identity and originality. In this sense, could you notice why they should play The Beatles' "Flying" as the first track? Their Flying can get wetter, slower and more psychedelic than The Beatles', so this should let us predict what will come here. On the contrary, Carnival has dry voices and lyrics, funky and percussive kicks by drums, keyboard and guitars - with slight warmth. A rebellious rock artist out of harmony with the carnival is playing rock and roll music out of place I feel. The song is very dry but can make us warm...very wonderful. Nasu No Chawan Yaki (Continental Laid-Back-Breakers) is one of their standard numbers in live performances. In this only 5 minute gem are their terrific play and technique, their humour, and their soul of music. They always played much pleasantly this song on the stage - and now on our turntable too. Anyway, this is about boiled eggplants in a Japanese rice bowl...the last repetitive and highly speedy play can sound like the cooking completed. Boiled eggplants with nice flavour and taste, please help yourself while they are hot...? Suddenly the atmosphere will change. Kool Sailer & Fools gets started with somewhat pop and catchy flavour but don't be deceived. In the middle part, a slow but twisted tune can lengthen and shorten our brain again and again. Here are Fool's various imaginations. The lyrics, telling about the space and relationship between the sky, the sea and "me", are very psychedelic and very dreamful. And the highlight of this album is Birds & Nessy's - Oyoguna Nessy (Nessy, please don't swim, please keep quiet)! Nessy, a mysterious and imaginative animal, is our precious friend, that should not be found by adults. Well, there are lots of dangerous sounds - electronic, traffic, or fraudulent ones...please hide away from here, Nessy! These sounds, above mentioned, should be expressed by various plays of all of their instruments, with extreme psychedelia. Basically Nessy is very kind for us please, please never swim here, never open your eyes... very imaginative glimmers in front of us. We can be on Nessy's back! The end of our golden picnics will be with Lady Violetta. In A Song For Lady Violetta Katsutoshi's laidback guitar sounds are very impressive and can remind us "her" love and kindness. This graceful song may not be suitable for this progressive work but we can be completely absorbed into her deep love. Sadly the laidback guitar sounds were Katsutoshi's last work in the first YONINBAYASHI...

Highly recommended.

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