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KUNI KAWACHI TO KARE NO TOMODACHI

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Kuni KAWACHI, born in Fukuoka, Japan on July 7th, 1940, has enjoyed playing piano since he was young. In 1964, Kuni and his younger brother Chito KAWACHI formed a five-piece Latin rock outfit SUNRISE in his hometown. Highly approved by a famous Japanese 'new classical music' composer Toshiro MAYUZUMI, they appeared on stage in Tokyo with changing the band name to THE HAPPENINGS FOUR. Around the Japanese music scene in those days, terribly infested with lots of childish pop bands, they got renowned with marvelously skilled and foreseeing play (without any guitar).

KUNI KAWACHI TO KARE NO TOMODACHI (in English, 'Kuni Kawachi And His Friends') was Kuni's side project in the heyday of THE HAPPENINGS FOUR, with Joe YAMANAKA (voices) and Hideki ISHIMA (guitars) - soon later Joe and Hideki formed FLOWER TRAVELLIN' BAND, therefore KUNI KAWACHI TO KARE NO TOMODACHI is considered as 'Pre-FLOWER TRAVELLIN' BAND' - and released their one and only album 'Kirikyogen' in 1970, much appreciated by Japanese progressive rock fans. (Anyway, in some rock music database we can find the project name was 'Kuni Kawachi and Flower Travellin' Band', that's a great mistake.)

After disbanding THE HAPPENINGS FOUR, Kuni worked hard as a solo musician, a producer/arranger on TV programs for children, or a composer for commercials and jingles.

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Kirikyogen
1970

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Kuni Kawachi To Kare No Tomodachi Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by DamoXt7942
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4 stars (From PA blog "Japanese Progressive Rock presented by DamoX")

Hard-edged Joe's voices and Hideki's psychedelically flickered guitar solo (just like Flower Travellin'!), and less noticeable but steady pacemaker Kuni's keyboards - this project is, without any suspicion, Kuni KAWACHI's show, not of Flowers.

In this project and album, Kuni undertook the composition, arrangement and production of all songs. Guess he might have a strong intention to construct a Japanese psychedelic hard rock up by six hands of the ensemble (oh, sorry but there were some guest musicians playing the rhythm section). Therefore the lyrics are all in Japanese language and Joe sang loudly the Japanese lyrics, opposite to English ones in Flower Travellin' band later. A bit more mysterious and eccentric his 'Japanese' voices are...that's the reason they could not be approved much all over the world I'm afraid. (Okay today I do let everyone here accept them completely! :-P) The lyrics seem to be very simple but actually should be philosophical and deeply meaningful (e.g. a great actor / actress in a small theatre as a metaphor for actions of each people all over the world, or 'men's scientific investigations of women' etc. etc. ), but Joe's voices are loud, rough, less delicate unlike a Japanese singer. Based on heavy riffs, sometimes floated and sometimes spacey and sometimes brain-shaking Hideki's guitar solo can remind us the heavy-psychedelic sounds of Flowers. But wait, this project should be exactly in the vanguard of Japanese psychedelic (and heavy) progressive rock scene.

Hope you can enjoy this pioneer of Japanese psychedelic progressive - although they should not have an intention to build the current huge Japanese progressive scene at that moment methinks.

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