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Today let me introduce you a Japanese imitation outfit of Pink Floyd, named SF.



In the late 70s, Fumio YAMASH'TA (bass, voices) emigrated to California for the development of his musical style. Through various auditions, he could come across Shigeo NAKASHIMA (guitar, voices), who tried to improve his musical skill in US as well. With kindred spirits, Shigeo and Fumio got down to a rock project named SF - for initials of the two frontmen. SF installed Fumio MIYASH'TA (drums, synthesizer, voices), a keyboardist of FAR EAST FAMILY BAND, as a producer and a drummer...very interesting for us to listen to his drumming. In the summer of 1980 SF recorded a cassette album 'Process', released in 1981 as their one and only album (only 500 copies out in California), and disappeared from the scene before long.

'Process' was reissued as a CD album by a Japanese label Marquee / Belle Antique in 1998.


Process (1981, reissued in 1998)

This album is a legendary rare item indeed, but that's all sadly.

Ask myself, what should SF want to do finally? Carefully look at the members list and you can find there were terrifically renowned players in SF - all of whom might have had original psychedelia into them undoubtedly and could have crystallized their skill and talent into an unequaled gem. Almost all of fans for Japanese psychedelic rock scene (including me) might wish so. However, in spite of our dream, this cassette album Process was only a pure copy work of Pink Floyd's albums. The first track Process already has faithful atmosphere (plus style and sounds) of Speak To Me ~ Breathe (The opening of The Dark Side Of The Moon). In the middle part the floating sounds can remind us some parts of Animals. The next These Days Of My Life is just the mimic of One Of These Days tinged with Animals' Dogs. Please cry loudly. Mind Ship ~ Puberty can notify us this song should rob Roger of the texture of Us And Them. Dragon Riders must be the reprise of Breathe ... no, no, Process. Until the last Home Town we can listen somewhat "The Scattered Side Of The Toon". Some fragrance of their originality we can feel in an avantgarde space rock Storm.

A Japanese label Marquee / Belle Antique reissued this cassette album in 1998 but as honestly I say, it might be better that Process would be an obscure legend only.


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Attractive female psychedelia let me recommend you today. Clap


Angel'in Heavy Syrup ... an all-female Japanese psychedelic progressive rock outfit.

Exactly a fateful encounter.

In 1989, Mineko ITAKURA (voices, bass) occasionally came across Mine NAKAO (guitar, voices) at a live house in Osaka, Japan, where HANADENSHA played a gig with the collaboration of a Japanese independent label Alchemy Records and the chairman Jojo Hiroshige. Both of these two promising female players warmed up to each other toward their original psychedelic rock world and in the following year, with a much help from Jojo, the psychedelia descended to earth, as a all-female rock trio ensemble ANGEL'IN HEAVY SYRUP.

Basically Jojo and Alchemy Records made it a principle to lead the Japanese noise music scene but ANGEL'IN HEAVY SYRUP did carry on their gracefully meditative psychedelic progressive rock style influenced not by inorganic noise music but by gorgeous appearance of Krautrock and Psychedelic progressive rock in 70s. The founding members - Mineko, Mine, and Yoko MANDRAKE (drums) - signed Jojo's Alchemy Records and released their debut album 'Angel'in Heavy Syrup' (1991). This album could be approved not only in Japan but in US, and was released via
a US label Subterranean Records the following year.

Yoko was replaced by Tomoko TAKAKURA (drums, percussion, flute) and the trio recruited a second guitarist Fusao TODA (guitar) for development of their loudly-fuzzy-guitar-based sound and style before recording their second album 'Angel'in Heavy Syrup II' (1993). The new quartet got closely united, with improvised, mind-expanding, heavy guitar sounds and Mineko's gracious voices, which could let them release their third album 'Angel'in Heavy Syrup III' (1995). They could get more and more appreciated in US and co-star with GONG in their US tour.

However, such a wonderful world cannot last long naturally ... just before 'Angel'in Heavy Syrup IV' (1999) released, Tomoko left the outfit. Tough work for the fragile trio to settle a steady drummer into them and finally ANGEL'IN HEAVY SYRUP fell into indefinite hibernation after their best album 'The Best Of Angel'in Heavy Syrup' (2002). Fusao currently plays with Maso Yamazaki as an progressive electronic outfit ACID EATER, the roots of which lay in CHRISTINE 23 ONNA.



Angel'in Heavy Syrup IV (1999) - ANGEL'IN HEAVY SYRUP

My first impression ... they CANNOT taste noisy like most of Alchemy, but their guitar solos should be much influenced by Jerry Garcia or Duane Allman - that is, improvised whacked-out floating guitar trippin'.

Indeed, this album exerted undoubted tragedy that fragile Angel would fold her wings. Fusao and Mine's guitar flexibility is very fantastic. Such a fuzzy, garagey, shoegazey guitar could shoot very dreamy, dramatic work. In the first track First Love their guitar could be fully exploded. And Mineko's (a bit cheesy but) powerless plaintive hoarse voices could make this tragedy deeper and undergrounder. A Series Of Water Mind ~ Rubens And The Cathedral suite follows as another tragedy ... Mineko's faint chorus can impress us faithfully. With Mine and Fusao's bubbling guitar we can go on a trip into full of canned syrup ... very sweet and very painful. Next Voyage - the first part is one of typical Space Rock songs, fully with persistent repetitive phrases and riffs and hypnotic rhythm ensemble. The latter part has such a dramatic dream as the previous tracks, based on Mineko's voices.

Air has changed drastically ... Adios In Those Days has something like ARS NOVA. Anyway, the same points are they play(ed) very dramatically, and the initial letter of each outfit's name is 'A' (just kidding). Hopping chopping guitar sounds can remind me something cool like a Japanese TV hero (no, HEROINE!) theme song. Of course, they did keep their strict style into this song. Surprisingly a warped, scattered guitar opening just like Speed Guru of Acid Mothers Temple is very impressive in Space Conquest. Very steady, self-possessed, calm ensemble is so amazing, but any foreseeing toward the end of this world? Yes, the last song Fate is ... rightly ... their wonderful guitar solo sounds sometimes weird and sometimes tragic. Mineko's voices are more and more powerful, as if candle frame would get strong and powerful before dying. We cannot help weeping whilst listening to this last stage.

Japanese sake (sad,sake, kanashii sake) is suitable for this album.


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...And Angel'in Heavy Syrup have been swiftly in PA library. Shocked
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Originally posted by DamoXt7942 DamoXt7942 wrote:

...And Angel'in Heavy Syrup have been swiftly in PA library. Shocked
I noticed !LOL
 
 
where do I get to hear this delightful divas to review them, Damo? 
 
 
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Look! Already three reviewers (including me LOL ) have posted reviews for Angel'in Heavy Syrup!


ANGEL'IN HEAVY SYRUP Music Reviews


Angel'in Heavy Syrup IV
Angel'in Heavy Syrup Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
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4 stars A kiss of sweet syrupy vocals over a lava flow of spacey guitars

Japanese psych prog is not an area I am accustomed to but this is a dynamic release from the foxy Japanese girls known as Angel'in Heavy Syrup. The first thing about this band that hits me between the eyes is the twin guitar work of Mine Nakao and Fusao Toda. These ladies can really play, and it is a ferociously original spacey atmosphere that they generate. A fusion of tripping freakout chaos and quiet meditative ambience. This is backed by accomplished bass from Mineko Itakura and a constant rhythmic section with Tomoko Takakura's percussion, who also excels on flute.

The tracks are very odd and extremely diverse beginning with 'First Love' featuring the vocals of Minekoma and a vibrant fuzzed guitar sound. The drumming is fast and frantic at times building tension that is then released with melancholy harmonious passages of gentle guitar work. There is a trance like psychedelic noise that grips the ear as this motorvates along. A great start. This track features on the 2002 compilation, "The Best of Angel'in Heavy Syrup", as does the last track, 'Fate'.

'A Series Of Water Mind ~ Rubens And The Cathedral' is a strong composition with huge splashes of phased guitars and frenetic basslines. There are very melodic lead riffs that are angular and encased in odd time sig patterns. The angelic harmonious vocalisations are pretty, ethereal and ghostly with haunting elegance. It builds to a darker tone at 2:40 with ascending and descending 'ahs' and 'ohs'. This is one of my favourites on the album and it really grows on you.

'Voyage' is a 7:39 exploration of fastidious guitar work and massive drum patterns. The bassline is wonderful, an incessant rhythm is maintained underneath wah wah pedal effects, very psychedelic. Cymbal crashes fracture the tranquillity, like waves of volcano lava over a lush, green meadow. The high pitched pulchritudinous angelic vocals are spine chilling; she sings with imperfect almost whispered intonation, a breathy sugar sweet sensuality oozes through and coats the dark psychscape with bright rays of light.

'Adios In Those Days' is a fast tempo spaced out work, with huge dollops of pitchy guitars and sonic staggered vibrations. Mine's Japanese vocals return as another instrument, augmenting the sound and raising it to a level of beauty. Her vocals echo in the distance with a high octave range and emotional depth. There is an effective lead break toward the end that has melodic energy and swells with string bends and picking. Great track and another highlight.

'Space Conquest' is a short burst of sound with screaming fuzzed guitars that fuse into a freakout of noise, with spacey effects and no time signature. The free form style is gripping and then it settles in to Hawkwind territory with guitar slices and cymbal crashdowns. The instrumental works as a pleasant transition point to the next excellent track. It builds to a crescendo and suddenly ends.

'Fate' wraps things up with a mini epic that clocks in at 11 minutes. The music soars along a stream of polyrhythmic jagged guitar chord structures. A rhythm guitar strums while lead psych melodies trill with remarkable organic fluency. The confidence of the music is stunning, the ladies just blast away without a care what others may or may not think, and the result is an original progressive work of art. The instrumental becomes repetitious for a time until at 3:40 the high octave vocals chime in, just in time to maintain interest. It is like Renaissance meets Hawkwind in a sense. Those space rock metrical shifts and soprano vocals make strange bedfellows. At 8:10 the guitars become aggressive and hypnotic motifs lock in with estranged singing that returns again. At 10 minutes the vocals are more angst ridden, crying out, and then the guitars take over with dominant trilling and speed picking. This is the best track on the album. I am just in awe that these ladies have produced such a sound and a consistent style that is purely their own. Taste and see for yourself; this is compelling space rock.

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Angel'in Heavy Syrup IV
Angel'in Heavy Syrup Psychedelic/Space Rock

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4 stars Here we have a Japanese female band with impressing dual guitar work - just a pleasant surprise! 'IV' is a great album - however it needs some rounds to establish the brilliance. ANGEL'IN HEAVY SYRUP are standing for a psychedelic style which combines compositional attempt and jamming in a rather sophisticated way. Although I have a huge backlist for psych/space reviews this forced me to favour the album.

First I couldn't make friends with the vocals but in the meantime I'm really convinced. After all they fit - it belongs to their unique outfit. Stylistically this is quite varied. You will find some more hippie trippy oriented songs like the starting First Love or the cosmic Space Conquest where Adios in those days is a more heavily tempered one. The extended Fate units several elements represented on the album finally - possibly concipated as the ultimate essence.

It's worth it to concentrate on Mine Nakao's and Fusao Toda's guitar work. And this applies to the wonderful Voyage in a special way. This is not only an outstanding exemplar of mellow space rock. The second part also shows a twin guitar sound in the vein of jamming southern rock bands such as The Allman Brothers Band. Now this leads to one short conclusion in the end: recommended!

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Angel'in Heavy Syrup IV
Angel'in Heavy Syrup Psychedelic/Space Rock

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

My first impression ... they CANNOT taste noisy like most of Alchemy, but their guitar solos should be much influenced by Jerry Garcia or Duane Allman - that is, improvised whacked-out floating guitar trippin'.

Indeed, this album exerted undoubted tragedy that fragile Angel would fold her wings. Fusao and Mine's guitar flexibility is very fantastic. Such a fuzzy, garagey, shoegazey guitar could shoot very dreamy, dramatic work. In the first track First Love their guitar could be fully exploded. And Mineko's (a bit cheesy but) powerless plaintive hoarse voices could make this tragedy deeper and undergrounder. A Series Of Water Mind ~ Rubens And The Cathedral suite follows as another tragedy ... Mineko's faint chorus can impress us faithfully. With Mine and Fusao's bubbling guitar we can go on a trip into full of canned syrup ... very sweet and very painful. Next Voyage - the first part is one of typical Space Rock songs, fully with persistent repetitive phrases and riffs and hypnotic rhythm ensemble. The latter part has such a dramatic dream as the previous tracks, based on Mineko's voices.

Air has changed drastically ... Adios In Those Days has something like ARS NOVA. Anyway, the same points are they play(ed) very dramatically, and the initial letter of each outfit's name is 'A' (just kidding). Hopping chopping guitar sounds can remind me something cool like a Japanese TV hero (no, HEROINE!) theme song. Of course, they did keep their strict style into this song. Surprisingly a warped, scattered guitar opening just like Speed Guru of Acid Mothers Temple is very impressive in Space Conquest. Very steady, self-possessed, calm ensemble is so amazing, but any foreseeing toward the end of this world? Yes, the last song Fate is ... rightly ... their wonderful guitar solo sounds sometimes weird and sometimes tragic. Mineko's voices are more and more powerful, as if candle frame would get strong and powerful before dying. We cannot help weeping whilst listening to this last stage.

Japanese sake (sad,sake, kanashii sake) is suitable for this album.

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I'm so happy I can recommend such a wonderful Japanese Proto Progressive Rock band here! Big smile


Apryl Fool - a Japanese Progressive Rock progenitor

The roots of APRYL FOOL was The Floral formed in 1966 as one of pop & rock outfits under Japanese "Group-Sounds" boom in late 1960s through the audition for the Japanese Branch of The Monkees Fan Club. The three talented Floralists - Hiroyoshi 'Hiro' YANAGIDA (keyboards), Tadashi KOSAKA (voices), and Eiji KIKUCHI (guitars) - had a serious intention to play with their originality and creativity, and this strong intention could let The Floral change their name into APRYL FOOL in 1969. They recruited Haruomi HOSONO (bass) and Takashi MATSUMOTO (drums) and got much renowned as an improvised psychedelic rock band in Japan. Sadly APRYL FOOL was very short-lived ... they were disbanded soon after recording their eponymous album because of many differences of opinion among the members raised up right from the start. Later Haruomi and Takashi formed YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA through a Japanese blues rock band HAPPY END, and Hiro joined some transient (but terrific) projects (e.g. FOOD BRAIN, LOVE LIVE LIFE + ONE) and could make a great success as a solo artist.


The Apryl Fool (1969) - APRYL FOOL

Exactly a Japanese gem, no suspicion one of Japanese Proto-Prog bands.

Forgive me saying so but they were absolutely a lump of delightful pioneers in Japanese progressive rock scene - Hiro YANAGIDA (keyboards; Food Brain, Love Live Life + One), Haruomi HOSONO (bass; Yellow Magic Orchestra), Takashi MATSUMOTO (drums; a very renowned Japanese songwriter), and Eiji KIKUCHI (guitar), Tadashi KOSAKA (voices) - especially the former two players you've already know well, if you are a Japanese progressive rock freak. This APRYL FOOL can be certainly called as a Proto type of EL&P-like Japanese progressive rock outfit methinks.

From the beginning of the first track "Tomorrow's Child", Hiro's warped and whacked organ psychedelia can be fully open! This mellow but a bit sarcastic organ sounds can knock our brain in pieces. Tadashi's voices are enthusiastic but Eiji's fuzzy guitar sounds are more and more (as honestly I say, such a cynical guitar solo I've never listened to in my life) . Suggest all members should try to play paradoxically and decadently, far from childish Jap-pop-rock scene in those days. Next "Another Time" is a simple blues number but much different from easy-listening Japanese blues (as it is said) in late 60s. Guess they might try to push their quirky (but very cool) originality with their best. In "April Blues", all members play a bluesy blues with much pleasure and natural flexibility - not called as a progressive one but a great song.

And their dramatic theatre gets started here ... "The Lost Mother Land (Part I, II)" could be completely psychedelic prophets in Japanese psychedelic progressive rock scene. Weird keyboard plays, eerie voices, a fuzzy and beep guitar solo coming again, rumbling rhythm section, and solemn air around them ... the Japanese psychedelic dawn has already been constructed up by all of their stuffs. The atmosphere gets dreadful like something under inferno especially in Part II. We cannot help feeling terrific progressiveness with this suite. The other blues songs are slightly poppy but amazingly eccentric. With or without intention, they could emphasize their personality with much experimental, progressive ability, and this is the fact currently without any suspicion.

By the way, in their outfit's name APRYL FOOL you may find a misspelling - however, only in my guess though, they might mistake the spelling of "April" intentionally ... for shouting their obvious difference from another poppy rock artist. Interesting incident, you know?


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Great stuff Damo
 
More Japanese Prog coming I hope !
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Keishiro, did you get my message ? If so, what do you think about my review ?
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Originally posted by AtomicCrimsonRush AtomicCrimsonRush wrote:

Great stuff Damo
 
More Japanese Prog coming I hope !
Thanks Scott! Sooo happy you're interested in Japanese Prog. Big smile
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Keishiro, did you get my message ? If so, what do you think about my review ?
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And Scott, please don't forget Ashule, a Japanese one-man symphonic ... Oldfield in Sendai. LOL
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Originally posted by DamoXt7942 DamoXt7942 wrote:

And Scott, please don't forget Ashule, a Japanese one-man symphonic ... Oldfield in Sendai. LOL
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Hi Keishiro!

I've been diving headfirst into more of Yoshida Tatsuya's various projects lately.  I just got my first two Korekyojinn albums and The World Heritage's Invitation to the World Heritage, along with a Ruins live album.  Yoshida has a talent to find and play with other talented musicians, that's for sure.  Big smile
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最近入手したユーロロックプレスによると、知らないうちに元Ashadaの片割れ、妙さんが新グループを結成し、しかも、作品をリリースしているのを発見しました。

バンド名はTaika。てっきり日本語の、大家、大火、退化、大化、当たりをもじったものかと思っていましたが、全然違いフィンランド語からきている模様です。「魔法」という意味があるそうな。
まだ、入手はしていませんが、時期を見て何とかしようと思っております。
Daniele Sepeあたりに作風が近いなあ・・・と思っていた、シカラムータはやっぱり大熊さん、ご存知でしたか。
こちらも新譜がリリースされました。Daniele Sepeの作品が好きな方には、今回もきっとお勧め品なはず!
でも、ここのデータベースには、彼の名がないんですよねぇ。私のコレクションは、プログレが本当に多いのですが、リスト掲載されているのは多分35%近辺だと思います。なぜか、載っていないものが多い・・・。
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Originally posted by SaltyJon SaltyJon wrote:

Hi Keishiro!

I've been diving headfirst into more of Yoshida Tatsuya's various projects lately.  I just got my first two Korekyojinn albums and The World Heritage's Invitation to the World Heritage, along with a Ruins live album.  Yoshida has a talent to find and play with other talented musicians, that's for sure.  Big smile
Oh, Jon ... please do listen to Seikazoku - three perverse and talented music actors play uncontrollably and rampantly - Warsaw Joyaku is absolutely my masterpiece! Clap
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honganji-san,

http://www.myspace.com/taikataika ... graceful delightful songs here. Cool
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Originally posted by DamoXt7942 DamoXt7942 wrote:

Originally posted by SaltyJon SaltyJon wrote:

Hi Keishiro!

I've been diving headfirst into more of Yoshida Tatsuya's various projects lately.  I just got my first two Korekyojinn albums and The World Heritage's Invitation to the World Heritage, along with a Ruins live album.  Yoshida has a talent to find and play with other talented musicians, that's for sure.  Big smile
Oh, Jon ... please do listen to Seikazoku - three perverse and talented music actors play uncontrollably and rampantly - Warsaw Joyaku is absolutely my masterpiece! Clap

I'll do that, thanks for the recommendation.  I also want to find one of the albums by Yoshida's a capella group and his pots and pans group.  Both are supposedly interesting projects full of strange humor, which I always enjoy.
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A terrifically warm and kind Japanese Math Rock band here!



In the end of 2006, a novel rock outfit gave a first cry in Tokyo, Japan. 3nd (pronounced as sand, Three Times in English) were formed as a Post Rock / Math Rock quartet around the frontman Naoyuki HAYAMIZU (guitar), and three takented and experienced musicians Tetsuya ANZAI (guitar), Yuuma HIRAIZUMI (bass), and Atsushi ENDOH (drums). The ensemble consists of two guitarists, a bassist, and a drummer - a basic and simple one. With warmth and kindness in exploded rock sounds as their motto, 3nd have gigged and recorded some material of originality. They released the debut mini album 'View From Here' on Sep. 12, 2007 and their first full album 'World Tour' on Sep. 2, 2009.


World Tour (2009) - 3ND's first full album

We can call 3nd as a 'Delicate Noiseteller' for any sake, can't we?

Cannot mention about them with a word 'noisy' - they play willfully and pleasantly in the midst of exploded noises by Post / Math production. Such a pleasure and flexibility can recall us loveliness and dearness around them. Their ensemble is very simple and basic, with guitars, a bass, drums - actually, these instruments can let us imagine little grace, beauty, or mellowness. But so novel and mysterious they can get something positive for warmth and kindness. From the very start, twin-guitar sounds are very delightful and 'percussive' like percussion, with an eccentric but steady rhythm section. All instruments are popping, tapping and flapping all the studio around, maybe. The second "China" has charming tension and exotic sensation, by a chopping guitar solo and a danceable drumming. A quirk of sound 'n' noise launchers, great taste. "SSK" and "Filter In Dust" are serious post rock songs full of psychedelic fuzz-guitar noises. Oppositely, "Nemuru (Sleepin')" and "Midroll" are slow-down-tempo and dark-heavy-muddy river flows. Heavy and noisy guitar sounds recallin' us a wake of the feedback flood by traditional Japanese psychedelic rock scene.

And the key element of 3nd should be in the fifth track "Lotus" or the last "Waltz For Lilly", a dizzy fuzzy noisy but fresh bobbish beats by the quartet. Look and we can certainly feel they be much enjoyable. On stage, they may play with smiling fully and laughing loudly. What a honest outfit they are, I'm always sure.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote monkey in orbit Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 14 2010 at 05:28
After only beeing aware of Acid Mothers Temple, I've been quite into japanese psychedelic rock lately and this blog has served as a nice reference beside Cope's Japrocksampler. Thanks alot Damo and everyone for all your input.

my fav records so far are pretty much essentials

Satori by Flower Travellin' Band
Parallel Worlds by Far East Family Band
Love Will Make A Better You by Love Live Life + One
Kokkyou Junreika by J.A. Seazer
Jump by Magical Power Mako
Amalgamation by Mashiko Satoh & Soundbreakers
Osorezan by Geinoh Yamashirogumi
Live 77 by les Rallizes Dénudés
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tsevir Leirbag Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 14 2010 at 17:56
Originally posted by monkey in orbit monkey in orbit wrote:


Osorezan by Geinoh Yamashirogumi
 
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