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This early 70's psychedelic Japanese quartet were more or less the precursors of The FAR EAST FAMILY BAND (see this band's biography), guitarist/vocalist Fumio Miyashita being the only link between the two. Miyashita would later join other musicians on FEFB which included among their ranks Masanori Takahashi, better known as "Kitaro". Under the name FAR OUT, they released one album in 1973.

Although « Nihonjin » is definitely a spacey album, the keyboards are only prominent on the opening notes and the synths are used sparingly throughout, for the occasional sound effect. The psychedelic atmosphere comes mostly from the guitars, electric sitar and drums, resulting in a sound somewhat reminiscent of PINK FLOYD's "A Saucerful of Secrets". The original LP, replete with weird sound effects, consisted of two epic tracks clocking in at 18 and 20 minutes respectively. The 7 bonus tracks of the CD edition are actually taken from The FAR EAST FAMILY BAND's first album "The Cave Down to the Earth" and feature some Japanese vocals that turn out in English on "The Cave" album. These tracks also lack the spacey synths of the latter.

Recommended for fans of early PINK FLOYD, or simply for a taste of the early Japanese psych scene.

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See also:
- Far East Family Band

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1973

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Nihonjin
Far Out Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

4 stars I don't have the re-release with the bonus tracks so I can review just the two epics which were n the original release. "Too Many people starts with about 1:30 minutes of wind, then acoustic guitar (a little out of tune) and voice start a song that's very 60s fashioned even if the chords are the same of the first part of Marillion's Grendel (well Marillion did it later). The guitar solo that comes after about 5 minutes is nice and after it the piece progresses from melancholy and becomes darker. As in the further works as Far East Family Band, there's much of early Pink Floyd with a huge touch of Krautrock. The bass octave on which the second guitar solo is based make it very dark and psychedelic, specially when around the tenth minute the guitar sounds like a sitar accompanied by obsessive percussions. This long instrumental session is closed by few seconds of silence, then the initial theme is back, but the guitar harping is not the acoustic of the track's beginning but the sitar like sound on which, before the singing restarts, an electric slide guitar gives it a typical Gilmour's sound.

The second track is more folky. About 3 minutes of Japanese music then it's back into progressive. The solo guitar is fantastic. This suite is very close to the Eloy's style (the "Ocean" period). If you like this genre this is a great track.

A strongly recommended album for fans of space and/or Krautrock.

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Far Out Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by DamoXt7942

4 stars All roads lead to Rome. And almost all Japanese progressive rock outfits lead to FAR OUT - FAR EAST FAMILY BAND. Yup actually this phrase may be what we (I?) overestimate FAR OUT, but we Japanese cannot avoid appreciating their influence upon younger Japanese progressive rock outfits ... they should be a great pioneer for us.

Anyway, how magnified and exaggerated their style should be ... around 1973 Japan was terribly infested with poppy cheesy songs or childish bands (and we Japanese assumed them much trendy ... what a laugh!) and a bit luckily The British Progressive Rock Scene, especially Pink Floyd, could be approved by some Japanese "professional" musicians. In such a situation, their musical style with much psychedelic essence, songs at full length, heavy riffs and fantastic technique into both sides of LP, might be terribly (in another sense) boring for most of childish-pop-polluted Japanese. On the contrary, for us progressive rock fans (especially for me a Japanese psychedelic freak :-P) they can present some competent comfort in spite of such long tracks. First, Too Many People - in the former and the last part Fumio MIYASH'TA's acoustic guitar solo sounds plaintive and depressive, with his limber voices ... a bit faltering English though ... by the way, I always wonder why he should sing in Japanese (maybe because of his strong intention for getting worldwide) and am sure he could have sung more flexible. Against the former one, in the middle part passionate but terrifically dry guitar riffs are broadened all around our brain through our ears. This part, despite of its persistence, cannot let us feel bored but relaxed. What a enthusiastic guitar solo Fumio can play. The next track Nihonjin is more aggressively Oriental ... except the lyrics. They can remind us some Japanese inner mind - Wa No Kokoro, Buddhism, and so on - his voices can get more and more free & easy particularly on the last stage, with obscure Sanskrit? Sitar, Wabue, Dora ... Japanese-tasty instruments come and attack to listeners.

Trust me my above-mentioned phrase "almost all Japanese ... " you can surely understand, can't you? Highly recommended as a Japanese!

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Review by Kazuhiro
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4 stars The flow of psychedelic that happened in the latter half of the 1960's visits Japan at once and has extended. At that time, the power to involve demonstrated the power of the counterplan enough as cultures such as music and the arts and plays. An original custom of Japan and the thought of the Orient exactly appeared enough to the music of psychedelic in Japan. Or, the deriving music exhausted the musician in various Japan as one flow. A lot of bands in Japan influenced by the music of the United States and Britain for the situation of Japanese music at that time existed and the band in known Japan existed as a result of digesting those elements also in the world now. Members of the band in various Japan created original music in the one flow while studying hard mutually valuing the flow. And, it was one band to which this "Far Out" had started also establishing an original route in the flow of such music.

It was at 1971 that they were formed. It is said that they were performing music that exactly receives the influence of Hard Rock at that time and makes Rock a center. However, the music character has been improved while gradually taking the element of psychedelic. The band in a lot of Japan made original music of Japan absorb the music such as psychedelic, Blues, and Rock and created without limiting the activity such as bands of Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, and psychedelic of the other to the band in Japan and influencing and limiting it to them.

In the back, this band to which Fumio Miya[&*!#]a is mainly formed will change the form into "Far East Family Band". It is known as a band of the antecedent to the arrival there. However, the listener who knew this band became in the minority also in Japan now. However, it is likely to be able to count as one of the bands that support the dawn of the music of Japan very important band.

Involved power and flow of "Too Many People" create one space. The culture and the thought of the Orient in Japan might be reflected well though it looks like the sound of initial Pink Floyd and King Crimson. The progress of the sound of the float in the space exactly feels the sound of psychedelic and a few Blues. The guitar of Eiichi Sayu will exactly invite the listener to the world of psychedelic.

"Nihonjin" can be translated into "Japanese". The entire flow of the album is united. The culture and the thought of the Orient are reflected in music as for this tune. It advances with quiet power and progress.

In Japan at that time, such a lot of bands existed. If the situation of music the meaning of the existence of this band and at that time is considered, it is likely to be able to enjoy it as one of the bands to which Japan is psychedelically related though this band certainly becomes a mother's body and it connected with Far East Family Band.

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Far Out Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This sounds so much like Krautrock, and we get two side long suites of psychedelic bliss !

"Too Many People" is quiet for about a minute, when you can start to hear what sounds like the wind blowing. This sound actually becomes quite harsh on the ears. Then the sounds of acoustic guitar slowly rise out of the wind storm until that is all you hear. Vocals 4 minutes in are in English and suit the music pefectly. We get some absolutely blistering guitar 7 minutes in, as a dark BLACK SABBATH like riff comes and goes.The drums are great as is the sitar. What a heavy, hypnotic melody ! The song pretty much stops and starts over again as vocals come back along with some ear piercing guitar melodies played slowly. The drumming is incredible.

"Nihonjin" features some sitar and methodical drumming before the song kicks in after 3 minutes with vocals. This is such a mellow, drifting song. Some killer guitar after 8 minutes. Vocals are back.

My re-issue cd has 7 bonus tracks. "Birds Flying to the Cave" has organ and Japanese vocals. The guitar is outstanding ! "Saying To The Land" is mellow with flute, organ and vocals. Drums and guitar come in at 4 minutes, but it's still a laid back tune. "Moving,Looking, Trying, Jumping" and "Wa Wa" blend together. Waves of synths flow as vocals are spoken in Japanese. "The Cave Down to the Earth" sounds so much like a PINK FLOYD song from after 3 minutes to the end of the song. Especially the organ play. "Four Minds" is a spacey, slow moving song. "Transmigration" is the longest bonus track. It is another dreamy tune with vocals. The sound of a baby crying can be heard as drums, organ and synths create the melody.

I highly recommend this album to both Krautrock and Psychedelic fans.This was a real find for me. I really like the aggressive guitar that is often played on this record, but there are too many highlights to mention that make this a must have.

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Far Out Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Sean Trane
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4 stars This is the first chapter (or prologue if you wish) to the Far East Family Band group, one of the Japanese prog precursors. The album was released under this name, but has the same line-up than FEFB's Cave Down To Earth album. The TRC semi-legit reissue of this album present a glove hanging from a clothesline and even manages to misspell the name of the group (For Out ;-) and even forget the album's name, avoids staring the tracks and the line-up, but the transcription was rather good as the sound is quite satisfying (even though I never saw or heard the original vinyl). The line-up includes future new age stars Kitaro, Myi[&*!#]a and Akira Ito, so this album also has its historical importance.

Just two sidelong tracks on this album, but both are excellent and not holding any lengths or are not indulging in themselves. Both are a bit influenced by Pink's psychedelic Floyd influences as well as a good dose of early 70's UK proto-prog sound, but there is an undeniable personal feel as well, lying in an Indian music influence. Definitely lying in the last rays of the hippy culture, this album radiates a contagious happiness much the same way that Sweet Smoke was doing in their short discography.

Definitely worthy of investigation, even essential, especially in regards with the Japanese prog scene, this album deploys its charms to the listener and despite some obvious inspiration that are not concealed enough, the charms are operating an aural seduction to your brains. Recommended for those enjoying the early 70's pastoral hippy ambiances.

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Far Out Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by oliverstoned
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2 stars "Far out" is an early incarnation of the famous japanese prog band "Far east family band". The music has nothing to do with german prog, but rather belong to a gentle symphonic vein with very light spacey/experimental influences. It doesn't progress much, especially on the two long pieces constituting the original album. The same theme is developed within both movements, making the music repetitive. The omnipresent singing is too gentle, quite ridiculous even if bearable. Only the good guitar save the album from disaster and its gilmourian tone may evoke DSOTM (same year). Drum is unfortunatly flat and binary. Some japanese world/ethnic touches, but too light and too rare. Poor sound quality probably due to an amateurish production. A minor record.

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Review by hansdoesburg

4 stars FEFB is one of the bands I wil never forget. The music is SO good, at home and in the car: this is the music that blows your mind. If you listen for example to Parallel World; this kind of music is not possible anymore; the best there is. I can listen to this over and over again, this makes it the best music in my life.

Thank you FEFB, a pity there are no live recordings!!

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Review by dodo69

5 stars As far as I know this is masterpiece, I mean you just swallow whole album in one breath, for everyone who likes pink floyd this is your music.I wish that were more bands like this especially from Japan because their music is one of the greatest prog rock music. I also recommend far east family band who grew up from far out. Listen with big earphones turn it loud and enjoy.:-)

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Far Out Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by hdfisch
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4 stars It's just a co-incidence that I got this one to listen right after HELDON's "Stand By" and maybe it's not quite fair to compare these two records. But actually why? It's the same sub- genre and this one was released even a few years before. What these guys produced here is art rock like it should be, just fascinating! Actually it's very similar kind of music like Krautrock, a sub-genre I can usually not appreciate everything in. But this one is just great, although there are just two one-side long tracks, it does not becoming boring at any moment like many Krautrock outputs did. It's early 70's Psychedelic at its very best!!!!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED not only to every Krautrock fan!!

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Far Out Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by christianh1

4 stars This is a fascinating album, reminding me sometimes of Wish You Were Here era Pink Floyd (particularly the long instrumental sections of Shine On You Crazy Diamond) which is quite an achievement considering that this album was released in 1973, two years before Wish You Were Here. There are also similarities in places to Black Sabbath, with one of the guitarists grinding out a very Iommi like riff midway through "Too Many People" (using an electric sitar no less!) Nihonjin is also a fantastic track, culminating in a mantra-like freak out suddenly ending in an eerie Japanese bamboo flute solo. The band are very talented musicians, with the drumming and bass playing deceptively simple but highly inventive, anchoring the Gilmour-like soloing of the lead guitarist and the interweaving electric sitar lines of the 2nd guitarist (who cannot really be described as just a rhythm player). The vocalist's soft, almost pleading vocals (which are still capable of rising to a ravaged howl during the closing sections of Nihonjin) are very moving at times, relaying very simple heavily Japanese accented English lyrics which still tug at the soul. My only gripe with this album is the bonus tracks. Although it is laudable for a record label to provide extra music on a CD, particularly as the original album has a running time of under 40 minutes, these bonus tracks are not the same band. These tracks are taken from a later Far East Family Band album called "The Cave Down To Earth" which, although it has the same vocalist as the Far Out album, has different musicians and a different musical style. These tracks are also, in my opinion, inferior to the two long opening tracks which make up the original Far Out album. However, they are just that - free bonus tracks, and I guess it would be churlish of me to look a gift horse in the mouth. It is also possible that there are no unreleased demos or live performances of the original Far Out band in the record company archives, so they decided that this would be the next best thing. By the way, my CD copy of the album is simply called Far Out - exactly the same as the band, and not Nihonjin although I believe that there was a later Far East Family Band album which had this name and also contained a reworking of the Far Out album track of the same name. The original Far Out album can be recognised by the cover artwork - a child's white mitten hanging on a clothes line with a vast blue expanse which I assume to be sky behind it. Pretty cool, if you think about the name of the band and the album. Anyhow, I suspect that I'm beginning to ramble now, so I'll close by saying that this album is recommended and you can always just stop the CD after the first two tracks if, like me, you're not too keen on the bonus ones.

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