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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote DamoXt7942 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 30 2010 at 18:05
Originally posted by b_olariu b_olariu wrote:

Happy Birthday Keishiro Maki Thumbs UpSmile. I hope you had the time to listen to Black Page yet. Anyway keep up the good work.Tongue
Thanks Bogdan, and forgive me but I'll check them this weekend. Embarrassed
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Happy birthday -- sorry I missed noticing.
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Originally posted by Hoodlum Hoodlum wrote:

I think the only Japanese prog band I've heard is Bi Ryo Kan (sp?), who although good, are a blatant rip-off of King Crimson.
BI KYO RAN is one of terrific Japanese Heavy Progressive Rock outfits and I do think they (especially the guitarist Kunio Suma) were not a simple imitation of King Crimson.
Please check my review and re-listen to the eponymous album. Wink
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote DamoXt7942 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 30 2010 at 18:11
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Happy birthday -- sorry I missed noticing.
Wow, thanks Greg! Big smile
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Yeah, happy birthday indeed! Smile
Do you know Lune Park Ensemble?
I'm wondering because I suggested them for inclusion.
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Originally posted by Tsevir Leirbag Tsevir Leirbag wrote:

Yeah, happy birthday indeed! Smile
Do you know Lune Park Ensemble?
I'm wondering because I suggested them for inclusion.

Not listened to them yet, but I'm very curious. Big smile
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Originally posted by DamoXt7942 DamoXt7942 wrote:

Originally posted by Tsevir Leirbag Tsevir Leirbag wrote:

Yeah, happy birthday indeed! Smile
Do you know Lune Park Ensemble?
I'm wondering because I suggested them for inclusion.

Not listened to them yet, but I'm very curious. Big smile
 
Yeah, they're pretty good.
Something like avant-pop à la After Dinner
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Maybe ... no, surely honganji-san will appear here and snap at me hahaha.
Today let me recommend a very obscure Japanese-symphonic project PAIKAPPU to you all.

(Sorry no artist picture available)

PAIKAPPU were formed in the early 1970s around Tsutsui Brothers - Takashi (guitar, koto) and Tetsushi (drums, wadaiko, fue). They might appear on stage under the name of AIRS but currently we cannot get no more information. After changing their band name from AIRS to PAIKAPPU, they released one and only eponymous cassette album in 1984 and disappeared unnoticed.

Mauro Moroni, the owner of an Italian independent label Mellow Records, was very amazed at this unknown cassette album and made a reissue of it as a CD one via Mellow Records ... with his comment "We really think that it deserves to be heard by a wider audience".



Please let me say as this; this is exactly Japanese Symphonic, with purely Japanese instruments fue (Japanese flute), wadaiko (Japanese drums), biwa (Japanese lute) and koto (Japanese harp).

No more heavy or deep sounds than we want, but beautiful, graceful and solemn ones they could shoot on this album. They said in the inner sleeve that they were an original music group which would pursue the tradition and the spirit of Japan ... I've got it. Not aggressive or conspicuous but absolutely attractive and heart-warming - this phrase can be fit for their musical style I consider. Furthermore, they could play just the Japanese kokoro (essence) without pushing the Japanese instruments (fue, wadaiko, biwa and koto) to the front of all. Guess these Japanese stuffs should be not heroes / heroines but wonderful supporters with Japanese spice for PAIKAPPU.

Shower of symphonic and spacey (and sometimes pop and catchy) sounds is in the whole album. Each song is very soft and warm, safe and sound, beautiful and graceful. Suppose they would be influenced by Symphonic Yes or Symphonic Floyd? But yes, they could carry their style out with their originality - influenced by some of Japanese cultures, religions or rituals.

For all symphonic progressive rock freaks, I would like to recommend them strongly.


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By the way, I've listened to Open The Next Page by BLACK PAGE (Bog's recommendation) ... a terrific album I feel. Clap

Much influenced (maybe) by around-80s YES or Discipline Crimson, they can explode just the kind of musical style like Japanese, with symphonic, jazzy, and Neo essence.
Indeed as you say difficult to categorize, but they can fit for Symph, Neo, or Eclectic (especially Neo - with some texture of IQ or Marillion) I guess? Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SaltyJon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 02 2010 at 01:16
Do the traditional instruments play a big part in the Paikappu album?  If so, I definitely need to check it out at some point.  Thanks for the heads up!
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Originally posted by SaltyJon SaltyJon wrote:

Do the traditional instruments play a big part in the Paikappu album?  If so, I definitely need to check it out at some point.  Thanks for the heads up!
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盃勝浮かぁ~ ( ̄▽ ̄)/

これは、長い間通販リストに載っていましたが、ずーっと手にしてなくて、割と最近手にしたものです。
しかし、評価今ひとつ。
(o_ _)o bump!
 
まあ、なんというか、人間・・・相性というものがありますので。
LOL
 
でも、本当にリストに何年間載っていたかなぁ。かなり古いリストにも、この名前がずっと出ていましたからね。名前は否が応でも、目につくようになってきます。
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tsevir Leirbag Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 03 2010 at 16:09
Hey Keishiro, Luna Park Ensemble was cleared by the ZART; I'll be writing a biography.
You really should check them, good stuff. A bit similar to Katra Turana.
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Originally posted by Tsevir Leirbag Tsevir Leirbag wrote:

Hey Keishiro, Luna Park Ensemble was cleared by the ZART; I'll be writing a biography.
You really should check them, good stuff. A bit similar to Katra Turana.
Luna Park Ensemble ... RIO/Avant Specialist Team's recommendation

An amazing album indeed.
Although some lyrics are a bit dirty (their Japanese lyrics are very eccentric and unclear even for Japanese), excellent quirky construction of sounds with simple instruments and ensemble are very fascinating.

Thanks to RIO/Avant Team for your suggestion. Big smile
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Hi, oliverstoned ... Parallel World by FEFB is absolutely a Japanese pride! Clap
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But very tough work for me to categorize PAIKAPPU, honganji-san. Confused

はは、やっぱり出てこられた!(Hahaha, I've been sure you'd come here!) LOL
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Originally posted by DamoXt7942 DamoXt7942 wrote:

Hi, oliverstoned ... Parallel World by FEFB is absolutely a Japanese pride! Clap


Hi Damo! Indeed, it's my favourite japanese 70's prog album.
An excellent bland of Klaus Shultze and of the most spacey PF with
gongian touch...

I enjoy some AMT too, great imitators!

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Originally posted by DamoXt7942 DamoXt7942 wrote:

Originally posted by Tsevir Leirbag Tsevir Leirbag wrote:

Hey Keishiro, Luna Park Ensemble was cleared by the ZART; I'll be writing a biography.
You really should check them, good stuff. A bit similar to Katra Turana.
Luna Park Ensemble ... RIO/Avant Specialist Team's recommendation

An amazing album indeed.
Although some lyrics are a bit dirty (their Japanese lyrics are very eccentric and unclear even for Japanese), excellent quirky construction of sounds with simple instruments and ensemble are very fascinating.

Thanks to RIO/Avant Team for your suggestion. Big smile
 
I'm glad you liked them! Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Marty McFly Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 06 2010 at 01:15

Guys, this thread is really fantastic, so much specific information, personal opinions etc.


But I have a question before I'll begin to explore this brave new world: What should be let's say 5 albums I should start with ? And what should be the very first one ? :-)


There's a point where "avant-garde" and "experimental" becomes "terrible" and "pointless,"
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Even my cat believes that :-)
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