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Another must have is Magical Mako or Mako

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Merzbow anyone?  He's way out there but I like some of it.


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Thanks sinkadotentree, Padraic, and Finnforest!
I'm very very pleased with GREAT REVIEWERS' comments!

Originally posted by sinkadotentree sinkadotentree wrote:

Damo!!!   There are so many amazing bands from Japan dude. HAPPY FAMILY is a must(both albums),AMYGDALA's latest "Complex Combat" is a huge fav of mine.On their debut they used a drum machine but on this one they asked the drummer from the incredible band ONE SHOT to play.He did!  FAR OUT is another fav.So psychedelic and Krauty,they of course evolved into FAR EAST FAMILY BAND. NAIKAKU has this guitarist who's "lights out" good. KOREKYOJIN's "Arabesque" is another favourite. POCHAKAITE MALKO is a must(any album). If you want to go old school BI KYO RAN's debut hits the spot for me. MONO's "You Are there" is a post rock gem. BONDAGE FRUIT(debut) and RUINS "Symphonica"  are two more outstanding discs.  Have a drink on me Damo!

Your experience about progressive rock is so terrific.
BIKYORAN's eponymous album is one of my favourite ones (and it's a little pity they be thought as a copycat of King Crimson).
In Japan, almost everyone says Kunio Suma's voice is terrible...I do not agree at all!
Shamefully I've not heard every your recommendation yet, sooner I'm gonna dig it.

Originally posted by Padraic Padraic wrote:

Japan just has an absolutely unbelievable prog scene...terrific blog!

In Japan are many Zeuhl, Avant or Psych artists I feel...
I guess the dawn of Japanese progressive rock scene should be psych or avant related with the drug culture.
Of course, here are lots of KobaÔans!

Originally posted by Finnforest Finnforest wrote:

I know very little about the Japanese scene.....BUT......this is one of the very few 5 star ratings I have given around this place.....
 
 
 

GHOST has stood on very few Japanese stages still now, and most fans say this album should be one of the most fantastic live ones.
I wanna listen to it too...and gonna post my review.

Originally posted by Jon89 Jon89 wrote:

Another must have is Magical Mako or Mako


Hey Jon, Magical Power Mako is a sticker!

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Merzbow is more noise/electronics than prog
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Kenso is another must have
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Also Mugen
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Originally posted by Jon89 Jon89 wrote:

Merzbow is more noise/electronics than prog


yes, he is



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If you like Merzbow then the mighty Merzbox is for you.
Its 52cd + book + cd-rom plus more
Price for this is $500 smackers
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Kazumi Watanabe released two labums with Peter Vettese (Jthro Tull), Bill Bruford and Jeff Berlin.
 
Mongol - doppler 444 is an absolute masterpiece fom Japan combining holdsworthian jazz-fusion with metal and RIO.
 
Other jazz-fusion acts include Kenso and Ain Soph
 
 
"Magma was the very first gothic rock band" (Didier Lockwood)
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Originally posted by Atavachron Atavachron wrote:

Merzbow anyone?  He's way out there but I like some of it.

Atavachron and Jon,
Merzbow (Masami Akita) I've not heard...which album do you recommend?
Some reviewers say every album should be violently noisy...

Originally posted by Jon89 Jon89 wrote:

Kenso is another must have
Also Mugen

Now Kenso's YUME NO OKA is on my turntable.

Originally posted by lucas lucas wrote:

Kazumi Watanabe released two labums with Peter Vettese (Jthro Tull), Bill Bruford and Jeff Berlin.
 
Mongol - doppler 444 is an absolute masterpiece fom Japan combining holdsworthian jazz-fusion with metal and RIO.
 
Other jazz-fusion acts include Kenso and Ain Soph

Thanks Lucas!
Ain Soph's "A Story Of Mysterious Forest" is a great progressive album and a Japanese pride I'm sure.
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There's a live laserdisc out there somewhere of Watanabe with Berlin and Bruford, and it is absolutely STUNNING.....but I don't think it came out of DVD.   
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Excellent blog Damo Clap

This a fine way for us all to learn about and share our Japanese prog. experiences; i've been quite pleased all the bands recommended so far and have come across some great music that i hadn't even heard yet.

Anyways, i suppose i'll toss out a recommendation for one of my fav Japanese prog bands, although a bit more "pop" than most recommended so far:

Interpose +            (Truly, i'm surprised that they've received so few reviews considering how well they fit the Eclectic prog genre)

http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2395

www.interpose.jp


Originally posted by Finnforest Finnforest wrote:

I know very little about the Japanese scene.....BUT......this is one of the very few 5 star ratings I have given around this place.....
 
 
 


! Wow. This is the best music new music i've heard in a while.  (as to be expected from a RPI Specialist Wink)




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Wow, a lot of great suggestions! But I would definitely go with Ghost and Acid Mothers Temple (and their million side projects that include Acid Mothers in their name).
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Originally posted by Dominic Dominic wrote:

Excellent blog Damo Clap




Originally posted by Finnforest Finnforest wrote:

I know very little about the Japanese scene.....BUT......this is one of the very few 5 star ratings I have given around this place.....
 
 
 


! Wow. This is the best music new music i've heard in a while.  (as to be expected from a RPI Specialist
Wink)





Grazie Dominic!!!!!!!!!!!   Big smile
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Thank you, Dominic and AmericanProgster! Big smile
 
Originally posted by Dominic Dominic wrote:

Excellent blog Damo Clap

This a fine way for us all to learn about and share our Japanese prog. experiences; i've been quite pleased all the bands recommended so far and have come across some great music that i hadn't even heard yet.

Anyways, i suppose i'll toss out a recommendation for one of my fav Japanese prog bands, although a bit more "pop" than most recommended so far:

Interpose +            (Truly, i'm surprised that they've received so few reviews considering how well they fit the Eclectic prog genre)

http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2395

www.interpose.jp


Originally posted by Finnforest Finnforest wrote:

I know very little about the Japanese scene.....BUT......this is one of the very few 5 star ratings I have given around this place.....
 
 
 


! Wow. This is the best music new music i've heard in a while.  (as to be expected from a RPI Specialist Wink)



Interpose+'s albums are not easy for me to get...although I've realized they can have already got worldwide appreciation. Cry

Originally posted by AmericanProgster AmericanProgster wrote:

Wow, a lot of great suggestions! But I would definitely go with Ghost and Acid Mothers Temple (and their million side projects that include Acid Mothers in their name).

Acid Mothers Temple (and AMT-related projectS) has released lots of (maybe over 70!) albums for only 10 years. Shocked
SORRY can't hear and digest all of them. Ouch

Folks, albums recommended here by you I will try and dig as many as possible. Wink
Thanks all! Star

P.S. Finny, GHOST's live work I can get a few days later. Smile
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Is anyone posting here familiar with the albums of Cinorama? http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/cinorama
"The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They donít alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit the views" (Doctor Who - The Face of Evil, Jan 22, 1977).
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There are a great mnay terrific prog bands from Japan.  One I like that is sort of acoustic chamber rock (and it's Jethro Tull inspired), is Ausia For samples check here --> http://tsuboy.internet.ne.jp/ausia/diskinfo.html

Here's a review --> http://www.progressor.net/review/ausia_2003.html

One I like in the archives considerbaly is Zypressen, but it's rather flat.

But what I'd like to find is more traditionally-Japanese oriented progressive "chamber rock" -- shakuhachi a plus -- (with Japanese lyrics) --preferbaly mostly acoustic (lack of electric/ electronic keys/ synths a plus).
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Hi, folks! This is my second recommendation here.
I've hardly listened to Jazz/Fusion before, as honestly I say.
Last week...at the night before my conference in Tokyo, kazuhiro (one of Japanese PA members and my progmates) took me to a jazz bar in Kamata, Tokyo.
I was very amazed to see there were over 3000 jazz albums and the owner let us listen to some of those.
This "FROZEN DAYS" is one of those.



Felt in that day it should be hot a bit, but I was really "FROZEN" with listening this album.
Overwhelmed by the activity and power of the avant-jazz.
Yosuke Yamasita Trio consisted of three talented jazz artists - Takeo Moriyama's powerful drumming could support this band, Akira Sakata could make us crazy with his speedy and explosive sax, and the leader Yosuke Yamasita always bore eccentric and improvisatinal sounds hitting and blowing the piano by his fingers and elbows(!).
From start to finish we can't breathe strictly held by their terrific and unpredictable plays.
The song I particularly want to mention about is the last one "Mitochondria" composed by Akira Sakata.
Listen, and feel this improvisation and palpitation of life!
In fact Akira loves water fleas and studys in detail (see his website).
In this song, Akira's sax sounds might be an action of mitochondria, Takeo's drumming be heartbeats, and Yosuke's piano sounds be human life itself...I feel always.
Each instrument hears to be not in harmony with others but I consider this inharmoniousness should be their intention and at last all could construct the life completely.
Massively active and aggressive plays can absorb us deeply.

Sorry this album is not progressive ROCK one but I can't help telling about it as a Japanese progressive album.

Thank you for reading this blog. 

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Social Tension is a defunct band whose CD reissue of It Reminds Me Of MacBethia I really like.

Basically, their two OOP albums MacBethia and It Reminds Me Of Those Days are collected on that reissue, but some of the IRMoTD tracks are left off (the album wasn't as good as the first). Great keyboard symph prog like Motoi Sakuraba (another of my favorites). 
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Thank you, Logan and verslibre! Star

Originally posted by Logan Logan wrote:

There are a great mnay terrific prog bands from Japan.  One I like that is sort of acoustic chamber rock (and it's Jethro Tull inspired), is Ausia For samples check here --> http://tsuboy.internet.ne.jp/ausia/diskinfo.html

Here's a review --> http://www.progressor.net/review/ausia_2003.html

One I like in the archives considerably is Zypressen, but it's rather flat.

But what I'd like to find is more traditionally-Japanese oriented progressive "chamber rock" -- shakuhachi a plus -- (with Japanese lyrics) --preferably mostly acoustic (lack of electric/ electronic keys/ synths a plus).

Related to Ausia, Adachi Kyodai is an awesome pair I think. Clap
Speedy and Oriental (naturally) guitar play is always enjoyable for me. Big smile

Originally posted by verslibre verslibre wrote:

Social Tension is a defunct band whose CD reissue of It Reminds Me Of MacBethia I really like.

Basically, their two OOP albums MacBethia and It Reminds Me Of Those Days are collected on that reissue, but some of the IRMoTD tracks are left off (the album wasn't as good as the first). Great keyboard symph prog like Motoi Sakuraba (another of my favorites). 

Social Tension I've not heard sorry but reading erik's bio moved me strooongly. Wink
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