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Mickey CURTIS was born of English parents in Tokyo, Japan in 1938. After the end of The World War II he lived by singing in the Occupation Forces or Camps, and as a result he was approved as a rockabilly singer. Although he had been an active pop singer and a frontman of two chorus-pop outfits named 'City Crows' and 'Vanguards' in mid 60s, he was awakened to rock suddenly and finally formed SAMURAI (The SAMURAIS in their early days) in 1967. During the first two years SAMURAI made a lot of gigs and released two albums - "Tenor Sax Of Love" (1968; as The SAMURAIS) and "Samurai" (1970) - in Europe. In early 1969 their soundscape was completely shifted to progressive rock, and we can easily realize the fact especially in their eponymous album. Soon after that they came back to Japan and released "Kappa" (1971), which has been appreciated as a masterpiece of Heavy Progressive Rock in Japan.

Mickey's said "There is no way for childish bands in Japanese rock scene. We need to produce our originality to raise the level of Japanese Rock higher than of Western nation as soon as possible."

After SAMURAI disbanded, Mickey released "Mimi" (1972) as a solo artist and has been active as a pop & country singer or a TV actor in Japan.

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3.95 | 26 ratings

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 Kappa by CURTIS AND SAMURAI, MICKEY album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.95 | 26 ratings

Mickey Curtis And Samurai Heavy Prog

Review by Beautiful Scarlet

2 stars Not very good

Kappa is the last album by this Japanese band Samurai, which was led by Mickey Curtis. There are five songs on this album and none of them are good. Low quality recordings full of fuzz, constant drum soloing, poor vocals and dated instrumentations fill this 42 minute album.

Trauma is the 10 minute opener

It has vocals, they're not memorable. After this there is a decent organ section which disappears for a quiet section. I can't remember anything after this because I stopped paying attention. That's pretty amazing considering I heard it like five minutes ago.

Same old reason

Classic late 60s early 70s organ drenched ditty...


A soft japanese song with acoustic guitar and bells. Very chill.

Vision of tomorrow

Same as same old reason. I guess that was their vision of tomorrow.

King Riff and Snowflakes

Terrible sidelong suite. Heavy organ opening that becomes bass solo then two drum solos. Then another heavy section which ends abruptly so you can get more heavenly drumming!

Overall Kappa is a bad album that never gets good and has many downright terrible sections.

 Kappa by CURTIS AND SAMURAI, MICKEY album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.95 | 26 ratings

Mickey Curtis And Samurai Heavy Prog

Review by LearsFool
Prog Reviewer

5 stars A trip through both light and heavy prog psych, this is an oft forgotten but excellent lost gem of psychedelia's golden years. Mickey Curtis leads his wonderful band to carve new soundscapes and lay down some kickin' tracks. "Trauma" opens the album with a ten minute long journey through both the light and hard aspects of the band's style, in a great instrumental romp. The rest of Side One is a few cut and dry, though well done, bits of hard psych. Side Two is a psych epic through the realm of King Riff, an ever rockin' and mind blowing country. Keys are the hidden weapon here, for while guitar leads and flutes chime in, the keys add extra texture, and then shine brightly in the lands of King Riff. Another excellent hidden treasure from psych, highly recommended to psych and heavy prog fans.
 Kappa by CURTIS AND SAMURAI, MICKEY album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.95 | 26 ratings

Mickey Curtis And Samurai Heavy Prog

Review by DamoXt7942
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4 stars Might their most heavy stuffs be Mickey's mind support and enthusiasm for Japanese Rock scene?

Rumblin' punches by Tetsu and Yujin's rhythm section, heavily exaggerated kicks by Joe's guitar, and sharp-edged chops by John's keyboard - indeed these attacks all should be echoically sound into our stomach. But at the same time all are active just under Mickey's hardcore attitude for getting Japanese Rock scene more powerful, progressive. Listen to the first track "Trauma" and we can understand what SAMURAI meant to be ... The first hit by all instruments, the heavy tune, Mickey's flat voices, improvised and flexible interludes by relaxed plays, and the last explosion especially by the guitar and keyboard solos - all can explain their potential for Heavy Rock. It's obvious SAMURAI, especially Mickey, considered such an approach be 'cool'. The second "Same Old Reason" and the fourth "Vision Of Tomorrow" are pure straight rock with their great technique and pleasure for playing rock. The last longest track "King Riff And Snow Flakes" might be considered as a masterpiece in this album by this band. The curtain openers are a bit metallic heavy riffs. The heroes on the long middle scene are psychedelic improvisations by keyboard, guitar, bass, drums & percussion solos. The last part is exactly an all-out attack rush by all instruments. Finally the sudden silence and quiet drumming pull the curtain to the end. Regretfully, this song may be too long for us to enjoy with enough concentration - it may be tough work.

To be honest, I suggest Mickey CURTIS And SAMURAI might think European Rock and American Rock should be the coolest, and in fact they tried to follow them. I cannot agree with them for the reason that each native rock scene SHOULD have its wonderful originality. What is 'originality' Mickey has kept in mind and tried to produce?

But wait, "Daredatta" is a Japanese psychedelic rock gem I wanna say.

Thanks to DamoXt7942 for the artist addition.

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