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Originally posted by David_D David_D wrote:

Some other Japanese albums I'm very fond of are:

Far East Family Band - Nipponjin (1975)
Flower Travellin' Band - Satori (1971)
Osamu Kitajima - Benzaiten (1974)
Bi Kyo Ran - Bi Kyo Ran (1982)
I love all of those albums. Thumbs Up
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote David_D Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 23 2021 at 23:33
Originally posted by Psychedelic Paul Psychedelic Paul wrote:

I love all of those albums. Thumbs Up

Ookaay, happy to hear, how did you become interested in Japanese music, Paul?
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Originally posted by David_D David_D wrote:

Some other Japanese albums I'm very fond of are:

Far East Family Band - Nipponjin (1975)
Flower Travellin' Band - Satori (1971)
Osamu Kitajima - Benzaiten (1974)
Bi Kyo Ran - Bi Kyo Ran (1982)
Good selection David. In Japan Symph, Neo, Crossover progressive is quite popular currently but I think the real Japanese progressive rock history leans towards Heavy Psych. Clap
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I don't know if it can be considered a prog band, but Casiopea are an amazing Jazz-Fusion band.

Another band I really like is Ningen Isu. A power trio that makes a Heavy Prog mixing Rush, Black Sabbath and a little Metallica. They released a new album this year.
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They've probably been mentioned somewhere in the thread already, but Malice Mizer have a lot of prog and art rock elements in their sound Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote DamoXt7942 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 26 2021 at 23:59
Originally posted by EduTatsumi EduTatsumi wrote:

I don't know if it can be considered a prog band, but Casiopea are an amazing Jazz-Fusion band.

Another band I really like is Ningen Isu. A power trio that makes a Heavy Prog mixing Rush, Black Sabbath and a little Metallica. They released a new album this year.
Yeah Casiopea are one of renowned Fusion combos in Japan, not so-called progressive though. Wink
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Originally posted by Necrotica Necrotica wrote:

They've probably been mentioned somewhere in the thread already, but Malice Mizer have a lot of prog and art rock elements in their sound Smile
Malice Mizer have been considered as a Japanese "Visual-Kei" band. I'm not familiar with such visual-kei ones actually ... Embarrassed
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This is quite a bit off topic, but I'd like to tell that I see a lot of Japanese movies (on Youtube), as I've become fond of them, and I'm interested in Japanese culture compared to the European one. What I seem to have observed is that ethics are very important in Japan, and Japanese people might put more weight on social engagement and commitment, and aestethics, as well.

What I find a pity, though, is that so many Japanese dye their hair, I guess, trying to imitate the Europeans.


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^ Exactly, we Japanese have to value Japanese inherent culture, but the current Japanese culture should be inspired by modern Western ones ... it's a fact indeed.
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Hi, it's not prog but I really like the Japanese band Sabbat. They've been playing black metal for many years already (since the beginning of the 80s). Though maybe their album The Dwelling, which consists of a single, one hour-long track couold qualify as prog?



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Originally posted by DamoXt7942 DamoXt7942 wrote:

^ Exactly, we Japanese have to value Japanese inherent culture, but the current Japanese culture should be inspired by modern Western ones ... it's a fact indeed.

If you're here making a hint to that Japanese culture can be said to have more feudal remains than the European one, I agree (from my socialist perspective).


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote David_D Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 23 2022 at 10:19

Another Japanese album, I'm fond of, is Bondage Fruit II (1996). Actually, it's one of the few Avant-Prog albums I like - even it can be classified as Zeuhl , as well.


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Originally posted by David_D David_D wrote:

I haven't been following this thread, so I don't know what has not been mentioned but anyway, I'd like to tell that my absolutely favourite Japanese album is, and has been since the middle of 70's, Stomu Yamashta's Raindog (1975) which also always has been one of mine very most favourite albums in my whole collection. It can allmost get me entirely bananas when I hear it, and I've never got tired of it after all these years - even I didn't hear it in the 80's as that was mostly my mainstream Rock period.

In the year 2000, I got another album of Stomu Yamashta which is Floating Music (1972) on vinyl, and I've heard many times over the years and liked it, but mostly side 1. Today though when I listened to it, it was like I for the first time really got into it, and I found it really great. So tomorrow, I'll certainly hear it again. Smile

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I just heard Raindog, as well - as always really exceptional to me.

Damo, can you maybe tell me how popular Stomu Yamashta was in Japan in the 70's?
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Hello, I'm back from the dark world struggling with Covid19 (now working for Covid-related patients in my clinic ... what a tough situation). And let me introduce a duo project founded by my musical mate Yuji MUTO (ex-NEXT ORDER, PLASTIC DOGS).

Yuji MUTO & MIZUKI

Glow (2022) - Yuji MUTO & MIZUKI
Originally posted by dAmOxT7942 dAmOxT7942 wrote:

Really really surprised at their soundscape, to be honest.

The album "glow" released in June 2022 was produced by a twin guitar project Yuji MUTO & MIZUKI. Yuji is already known as a guitar virtuoso with musical diversity like jazz, rock, metal, hardcore, ambient, or something, and has been quite active for launching various projects like Next Order, Palstic Dogs, and some duo improvisational jazz rock projects. He invited another glorious guitarist Mizuki as a partner of the new unit, and the two geniuses created an enchanting album full of unpredictable but comfortable ambience. I've already heard from Yuji that this album was completely kinda fantastic and ambient ensemble but could not believe it in a sudden manner ... assumed there is something heavy or metallic somewhere in this production, actually. But his words are really true, and I pleasantly find his 'greatly ambivalent' guitar technique with Mizuki's wondrous storytelling can grab my heart out strictly.

From the beginning of the first shot "Thaw" calm, fluent, gorgeous phrases are wrapping the audience up. They extend mysterious polyrhythmic sentences around the turf but we cannot feel any awkwardness via them. Sounds like their eye and mind contacts should have perfectly been united and matured. They play such crazy complicated melodic and rhythmic lines in a normal, 'without-struggle' way. The third "Astral", where female hummings are addictive, is also a complex tune but we cannot find any turbulence nor weariness but heartwarming, relaxing atmosphere deeply in it. "Sakura (Cherry Blossom)" has simple repetitive phrases saturated with momentarily dreamy texture. Very monotonous but never boring nor disappointing. We can enjoy slowtempo peaceful quietness plus brilliant mysticism via "20-6", one of my favourite tracks ... let me say this is sorta musical icon of theirs. On the contrary the following one "Caelum" possesses clear, unambiguous guitar-oriented personal touches all around. Also this should be their flavourful flavour, methinks. The last "Beginning" (pretty sweet that they play the song with such a title at the last of this album) makes us feel their primitive positive intention, regardless of calm, easygoing vibes. Every single track involves heartwarming marvelous aroma. Recommended for lots of people tired under such a tough situation.



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