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Topic: Japanese Progressive Rock presented by DamoX
Posted By: DamoXt7942
Subject: Japanese Progressive Rock presented by DamoX
Date Posted: June 03 2009 at 07:29
Thanks God and all ProgArchives members for the beneficial and helpful information about progressive rock.

You here now are letting me know a lot, particularly http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=55925" rel="nofollow - about your native progressive rock bands .
At first I've been ashamed of my ignorance about my native (Japanese) ones for a long time and posted above-mentioned thread.
I was so glad that you could discuss with me at once and give me suggestion about not only your native but also Japanese ones.

Looking for and studying them later could notify me how wonderful Japanese progressive rock scene is.
Recently my pleasure is searching and hearing Japanese progressive rock stuffs, whether added in PA library or not.
(Surely my interest in my native rock history will never die till I myself die.)

Now folks...Please let me tell about Japanese progressive rock scene!

Attention please...this blog is (and will be) made up of my personal opinions and thoughts, but...

  • Here I will select albums I can define as progressive ones.
    Some albums recommended here will not be added in PA library but I would like you to listen to almost all.
    Therefore, I'm very happy you (especially Collaborators) can try to add some of them in Library if you get interested in.

  • As I've mentioned, getting lots of the informations is like as one of my duties.
    Your precious information will be treasures in my life. Please give me your gems!

  • Here sometimes I would run off and please you permit me derailed.
    Also please accept me humble English.

  • Welcome are your appreciations or comments for me and my recommendation.

  • Honestly it's better a practitioner should be a person of leisure (because you bet, there are very few patients with pain).
    A pause in updating this blog is remarkably unhappy for us.
    And surely my interest in my native rock history will never die till I myself die.

Well let's get started...with my favourite whisky Nikka Taketsuru!



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Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 03 2009 at 07:31
Whatever happened, please let me say at first Aburadako and Jagatara are my favourites.
Both of them can support Japanese underground rock scene...though sadly Jagatara had broken up about 20 years before.
About Aburadako I'll introduce maybe next time and...today my recommendation is GOKUTSUBUSHI by Jagatara.



Yeah I wanna say what a wonderful creation this album is!
Jagatara is a Japanese funk and jazz-rock outfit formed in 1979 by Akemi Edo, the key spirit.
(Oh, sure...we Japanese should chuckle at calling them as a jazz-rock band.)



At very first Jagatara was thought as an eccentric band with some cake-and-sodomy performances on stage - coming from Akemi's frank criticism of the dirty society.
Oto joined in 1981 with improving their musical style and ability.
After releasing the first album "NAMBAN-TORAI" Jagatara was appreciated by lots of reviewer (including me :-D).
This "GOKUTSUBUSHI" ("Idler" in English) is the third, and the last album released before Akemi's death.
(On January 27 1990, Akemi died of an accidental drowning on taking a bath.)

The first track "SUPER STAR?" occupies all of the LP's A-side.
Sorry but I can't help weeping for the beginning - plaintive string sounds!
Why? These sounds remind me of Akemi's fierce, heroic but sad life.
A story of a homosexual super star - a dangerous story of his fame and fate - could be sung and producted by Akemi's dry, aggressive voice and powerful instruments.
What should he tell in the suite? I guess the answer be in the last part..."Be reborn, come back, and croon with me, as a previous yourself, A MAN!"
He might sing with telling about a crazy world...of course without pros and cons for gays.
Over 23 minutes is not too long for me. Akemi, you must be a super star!

The second "BIG DOOR" and the last "MUSIC MUSIC" are exactly improvisational songs recorded at only one session.
Funky, freaky, jazzy, and progressive sounds and voices are around them.
The quality of their session(s) might not be so high but at the same time I feel they (particularly Akemi) could do what they think and want to do.
Jagatara be very vivid and lively in this work...then, now, and forever.

Folks, enjoy it, and weep with me.

Thank you for reading this blog. 

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Posted By: tamijo
Date Posted: June 03 2009 at 07:32
Waiting for this !, please state if lyrics are in Japaneese or not, as im looking for Prog with Japaneese
Lyrics, so that i can pick it up next time im in Fukuoka.
 
 


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Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 03 2009 at 18:02
Originally posted by tamijo tamijo wrote:

Waiting for this !, please state if lyrics are in Japaneese or not, as im looking for Prog with Japaneese
Lyrics, so that i can pick it up next time im in Fukuoka.

Thanks tamijo, you're always supporting Japanese rock and me.
When you come to Fukuoka, Japan, please enjoy Chinese noodle at some sidewalk stands.
And...Japanese Sake or distilled Shochu made in Kyushu are very good.

Anyway, this Jagatara was a band with voices, guitars, percussions, and a heavy brass section.
They had tried to criticise the Japanese society and government in those days and the lyrics show evidently their thought and policy (indeed Akemi's lyrics are almost Japanese and uneasy to understand even for us Japanese).
However, their play itself can let us enjoy, dance and get to be happy.
Highly recommended.


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Posted By: Plankowner
Date Posted: June 03 2009 at 19:21
I'll be very interested in this blog.  I've had my share of Sake, Kirin, and Saparo Tongue  I lived two years in Yokosuka, but spent every minute I could in Roppongi.
 
 


Posted By: Atavachron
Date Posted: June 03 2009 at 20:09
I absolutely love almost everything I've heard out of Japan, favorites include Flat 122, Le Silo, Interpose+, Muddy World, a country that seems to spare no expense when it comes to their prog and fusion

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Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 04 2009 at 01:37
Originally posted by Plankowner Plankowner wrote:

I'll be very interested in this blog.  I've had my share of Sake, Kirin, and Saparo Tongue  I lived two years in Yokosuka, but spent every minute I could in Roppongi.

Hehe, you can drink as MUCH as ME...? LOL
In Tokyo, there are lots of progressive CDs moving me!

Originally posted by Atavachron Atavachron wrote:

I absolutely love almost everything I've heard out of Japan, favorites include Flat 122, Le Silo, Interpose+, Muddy World, a country that seems to spare no expense when it comes to their prog and fusion

Clap

I strongly agree with you. Clap
A few weeks before I've got very amazed at Le Silo's 8.8 (see my http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=218777 - review ).
There may be plenty of gems in Japan and I dig many of them now and forever...with sparing slight expense. Embarrassed


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Posted By: harmonium.ro
Date Posted: June 04 2009 at 01:48
I haven't heard much Japanese Prog, but my current favourite album is japanese: ../album.asp?id=15019 - Never Wear Out Your Summer XXX!!! , what a mindf**kblowing album! NuJazz at it's best. Therefore, I'll be reading your blog 100% attentive! 


Posted By: Alberto Muñoz
Date Posted: June 04 2009 at 16:26
Damo here's one that you can listen and is very good:


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Posted By: Alberto Muñoz
Date Posted: June 04 2009 at 16:28
Also you have to read this:
 
http://www.japrocksampler.com/ - http://www.japrocksampler.com/
 
Pure Jap prog perfection:


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Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 04 2009 at 18:27
Thanks for your comments, harmonium.ro and Alberto Muñoz! Big smile
Originally posted by harmonium.ro harmonium.ro wrote:

I haven't heard much Japanese Prog, but my current favourite album is japanese: ../album.asp?id=15019 - Never Wear Out Your Summer XXX!!! , what a mindf**kblowing album! NuJazz at it's best. Therefore, I'll be reading your blog 100% attentive! 

Pity that I've not heard NATSUMEN yet (the album recommended by you I do wanna listen to!)... Embarrassed
Indeed it's a serious problem we Japanese do not spend money for wonderful progressive stuffs as Atavachron has said, but another problem is, I'm sure, sometimes we CANNOT get what we want. Cry
I guess Amazon, HMV, etc. should have some by them...okay I'll try. Wink
Originally posted by Alberto Muñoz Alberto Muñoz wrote:

Also you have to read this:
 
http://www.japrocksampler.com/ - http://www.japrocksampler.com/
 
Pure Jap prog perfection:

Always thanks for your brilliant reviews, Alberto. Clap
I have JAPROCKSAMPLER and have already read it twice or so.
This should be very interesting and let me know a lot about 70s Japanese bands and the history.
Julian might have strong likes and dislikes about Japanese bands and this textbook shows his character evidently...
We "students" have to read it objectively and digest for ourselves.

BENZAITEN...very religious and amazing I feel! Star


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Posted By: memowakeman
Date Posted: June 04 2009 at 23:19
Cool Damo, i like a lot some Japanese prog, right now i would like to suggest this album
 
 
Outer Limits Stromatolite album cover
This album was the return of this great symphonic prog band from your country, they released Stromatolite in 2007 almost 20 years after their last one, and it was an outstanding comeback, that album was my No.1 album from the 2007 list. I simply love it
 
Some reviews, including mine here:
http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=15112 - http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=15112


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Posted By: SaltyJon
Date Posted: June 05 2009 at 00:33
My knowledge of Japanese prog is fairly limited, though one of my favorite bands is from Japan, Koenjihyakkei - http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=1218 - http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=121

They're Zeuhl, so a fair warning to you if you've otherwise managed to stay away from the genre.

I see now that I'm writing this that you've already listened to one of their albums, still, it never hurts to mention them.


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Posted By: Jon89
Date Posted: June 05 2009 at 03:19

Far East Family Band and Acid Mother's Temple are must haves in your collection.



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Posted By: Jon89
Date Posted: June 05 2009 at 03:21
Also Les Rallzies Denudes is must have

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Posted By: Jon89
Date Posted: June 05 2009 at 03:24
Konchiwa Damo San Ogenki Desu Ka? Its your old friend Moonooffruits96 from Australia from Aural Moon orginally

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Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 05 2009 at 07:48
Thank you memowakeman, SaltyJon, and Jon89! Clap

Originally posted by memowakeman memowakeman wrote:

Cool Damo, i like a lot some Japanese prog, right now i would like to suggest this album
 
 
Outer Limits Stromatolite album cover
This album was the return of this great symphonic prog band from your country, they released Stromatolite in 2007 almost 20 years after their last one, and it was an outstanding comeback, that album was my No.1 album from the 2007 list. I simply love it
 
Some reviews, including mine here:
http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=15112 - http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=15112

Your inputs always light my fire, I'm so glad.
Outer Limits is, I think too, one of the most terrific symphonic bands in Japan.
Sadly "STROMATOLITE" I've not heard yet but your recommendation and your brilliant review again could light my fire!

Originally posted by SaltyJon SaltyJon wrote:

My knowledge of Japanese prog is fairly limited, though one of my favorite bands is from Japan, Koenjihyakkei - ../artist.asp?id=1218 - http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=121

They're Zeuhl, so a fair warning to you if you've otherwise managed to stay away from the genre.

I see now that I'm writing this that you've already listened to one of their albums, still, it never hurts to mention them.

Yep, as you've said, my first Japanese Zeuhl was http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=219219 - "NIVRAYM 2009 edition" .
My next one was Happy Family's http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=6170 - "TOSCCO" .
Both are important for my progressive rock experience.

Originally posted by Jon89 Jon89 wrote:

Far East Family Band and Acid Mother's Temple are must haves in your collection.

Wow, haven't seen ya for a long time, Jon89!
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2572 - ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE is one of the most favourite bands (please see my reviews).
They always shoot noisy, religious, and eccentric albums...those should freeze me strictly.
Speed Guru Makoto Kawabata is a real guru.


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Posted By: Mellotron Storm
Date Posted: June 05 2009 at 10:24
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!

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Posted By: Padraic
Date Posted: June 05 2009 at 11:25
Japan just has an absolutely unbelievable prog scene...terrific blog!


Posted By: Finnforest
Date Posted: June 05 2009 at 12:03
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.....
 
http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=164793 - http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=164793
 
 


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Posted By: Jon89
Date Posted: June 05 2009 at 18:28

Another must have is Magical Mako or Mako



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Posted By: Atavachron
Date Posted: June 05 2009 at 21:30
Merzbow anyone?  He's way out there but I like some of it.




Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 05 2009 at 22:42
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.
http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=213850 - 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 Kobaïans!

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.....
 
../Review.asp?id=164793 - http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=164793
 
 

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, http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=4420 - Magical Power Mako is a sticker!



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Posted By: Jon89
Date Posted: June 06 2009 at 02:12
Merzbow is more noise/electronics than prog

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Posted By: Jon89
Date Posted: June 06 2009 at 02:13
Kenso is another must have


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Posted By: Jon89
Date Posted: June 06 2009 at 02:13
Also Mugen

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Posted By: Atavachron
Date Posted: June 06 2009 at 02:27
Originally posted by Jon89 Jon89 wrote:

Merzbow is more noise/electronics than prog


yes, he is





Posted By: Jon89
Date Posted: June 06 2009 at 03:51
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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Posted By: lucas
Date Posted: June 06 2009 at 05:30
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
 
 


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Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 06 2009 at 07:36
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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Posted By: Finnforest
Date Posted: June 06 2009 at 08:14
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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Posted By: Dominic
Date Posted: June 06 2009 at 16:04
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 - 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.....
 
../Review.asp?id=164793 - http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=164793
 
 


! 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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Posted By: AmericanProgster
Date Posted: June 06 2009 at 17:59
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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Posted By: Finnforest
Date Posted: June 06 2009 at 18:08
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.....
 
../Review.asp?id=164793 - http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=164793
 
 


! 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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Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 06 2009 at 23:40
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 - 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.....
 
../Review.asp?id=164793 - http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=164793
 
 


! 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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Posted By: Logan
Date Posted: June 07 2009 at 13:47
Is anyone posting here familiar with the albums of Cinorama? http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/cinorama - http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/cinorama

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Posted By: Logan
Date Posted: June 07 2009 at 14:26
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 - http://tsuboy.internet.ne.jp/ausia/diskinfo.html

Here's a review --> http://www.progressor.net/review/ausia_2003.html - 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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Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 07 2009 at 18:26
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 ( http://daphnia-pulex.sakura.ne.jp/zukan/" rel="nofollow - 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.

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Posted By: verslibre
Date Posted: June 07 2009 at 19:20

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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Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 08 2009 at 01:27
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 - http://tsuboy.internet.ne.jp/ausia/diskinfo.html

Here's a review --> http://www.progressor.net/review/ausia_2003.html - 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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Posted By: 1967/ 1976
Date Posted: June 08 2009 at 05:06
From Japanes Prog I've only:
 
 
and:
 
 
 
Two great CDs!


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Posted By: Jon89
Date Posted: June 08 2009 at 06:40
Yellow Magic Orchestra is more kinda electronic rock/pop than prog

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Posted By: vajrabrett
Date Posted: June 08 2009 at 08:24
i'd like to recommand Tipographica for their unbelievable skills and a sense of humor.
anyone who likes Zappa wil certainly love Tipo as well.


Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 08 2009 at 09:19
Thanks 1967/ 1976 and vajrabrett!

YMO and ARS NOVA are the most famous progressive gems in Japan. Wink
As honestly I say, YMO recommended by my friend I couldn't understand looong time ago...
Again I'll try.

Originally posted by vajrabrett vajrabrett wrote:

i'd like to recommand Tipographica for their unbelievable skills and a sense of humor.
anyone who likes Zappa wil certainly love Tipo as well.


I appreciate your first post. Clap
Their new HQCDs will be slightly expensive... (about $30)


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Posted By: vajrabrett
Date Posted: June 08 2009 at 09:48
A friend of mine bought Tipo's first album of God Mountain Records for about only $3...it has been out of stock for a long time.
YMO reminds me of Hikashu which maybe can't be defined as a prog band,but they are really awesome.


Posted By: Alberto Muñoz
Date Posted: June 08 2009 at 11:21
Buddha Meets rock.

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Posted By: Jon89
Date Posted: June 08 2009 at 18:11
As for Merzbow i'd give you a discography but most of his releases are not availabe anymore.
Like he would make 30 or 40 copies of something then it would be sold out in seconds


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Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 09 2009 at 07:43
Hey, Alberto...BENZAITEN I couldn't find sadly... Cry


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Posted By: tamijo
Date Posted: June 09 2009 at 09:04
Originally posted by DamoXt7942 DamoXt7942 wrote:

Originally posted by tamijo tamijo wrote:

Waiting for this !, please state if lyrics are in Japaneese or not, as im looking for Prog with Japaneese
Lyrics, so that i can pick it up next time im in Fukuoka.

Thanks tamijo, you're always supporting Japanese rock and me.
When you come to Fukuoka, Japan, please enjoy Chinese noodle at some sidewalk stands.
And...Japanese Sake or distilled Shochu made in Kyushu are very good.

Anyway, this Jagatara was a band with voices, guitars, percussions, and a heavy brass section.
They had tried to criticise the Japanese society and government in those days and the lyrics show evidently their thought and policy (indeed Akemi's lyrics are almost Japanese and uneasy to understand even for us Japanese).
However, their play itself can let us enjoy, dance and get to be happy.
Highly recommended.
 
O Yes, im looking forward to my Favorite stand at the bridge to Nakasu, i will note all your recomandations
at bring them to Japan, try get the albums there.
 
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Posted By: LordPJoseph
Date Posted: June 10 2009 at 11:01
Hello,

I've been to Japan five times, and in those times I have found many GREAT progressive bands!

My highest recommendations are Kinniku Shojo-Tai, Sound Horizon, Midori, and Gonin-Ish!


Posted By: JROCHA
Date Posted: June 10 2009 at 19:57
What about Mono, the epic post Rock band from Japan!

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Posted By: LordPJoseph
Date Posted: June 10 2009 at 20:55
To elaborate on the previous bands I suggested:

Kinniku Shojo-Tai (also known as King-Show) are a band that was quite popular in Japan and still are (they have played the Nippon Budokan many times, to note their popularity). The most "progressive"-era was during the late 80's, where they released two VERY progressive gems; especially the mini-LP "Sister Strawberry." Their early material is characterized by the virtuoso piano playing of Satoshi Mishiba, and is characterized by quite bizarre songs mixing some jazz, prog rock, punk rock, and hard rock/heavy metal tendencies. The later albums are slightly more pop oriented, but are still quite bizarre and progressive. Their front-man, Kenji Ohtsuki, is also quite eccentric and definitely fits into a prog band!
Samples of the Early progressive songs from King-Show include the more mainstream sounding  Kinoko Power, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGoEqGbpA3I - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGoEqGbpA3I , and the quite bizarre Matango, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9MPUNfrW9Q - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9MPUNfrW9Q .

Sound Horizon is a newer band from Japan; they play very dramatic music that is a mix of Progressive Symphonic Rock, Japanese-style Pop, and Hard Rock. The band usually employs many vocalists per album, and their albums are VERY grandiose; their last album had over 75 musicians! They also are very thematic and every concert and album are based around a concept story. A very good band for open-minded fans of Symphonic Rock!

Midori are also a newer band; they are self-described "Jazz Punk." The music is characterized by caustic yelling and screaming by a female vocalist, chaotic drums, virtuoso piano work, and great usage of upright fretless bass. The Jazz Punk term is a perfect description; heavy and chaotic like punk, but with the skill and technicality of fusion.

Gonin-Ish are an amazing Progressive Metal band; they have a strong Death Metal element (including death metal vocals and angelic singing by a female vocalist), but also have a strong classic prog-rock sound, as well as a newer Progressive Metal sound. Both of their albums are phenomenal, perhaps some of the best albums ever recorded! The individual skill of the members is astounding, with Masashi Momota's song-writing and keyboard skill leading the way. The highest of recommendations! Check them out right here on the Prog-Archives!


Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 11 2009 at 08:22
Thank you, LordPJoseph and JROCHA.

Originally posted by JROCHA JROCHA wrote:

What about Mono, the epic post Rock band from Japan!

I agree with you. Though I've heard their samples only (not albums)...

Originally posted by LordPJoseph LordPJoseph wrote:

Hello,

I've been to Japan five times, and in those times I have found many GREAT progressive bands!

My highest recommendations are Kinniku Shojo-Tai, Sound Horizon, Midori, and Gonin-Ish!

Kin'niku Shojo-tai is thought as a pop & visual band in Japan.
Indeed their sound, especially Kenji Otsuki's policy for music, is progressive I think.
And Midori, with heavy punk flavour, is so interesting band exactly.
Sadly their sounds I like but Mariko's voice with perfume smell is not my glass of whisky.

And Tamijo, when will you come to Fukuoka?
Can we have a PA conference at Fukuoka Street Stand Noodle Restaurant? LOL


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Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 11 2009 at 08:26
Well a wonderful Japanese psychedelic gem has knocked me away!

../album.asp?id=18099"> Overture: Live in Nippon Yusen Soko 2006 by GHOST album cover
../album.asp?id=18099#buymusic -
../album.asp?id=18099 - Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by ../Collaborators.asp?id=21556 - DamoXt7942

5 stars What a sacred, solemn, but weird atmosphere this is!

Please forget our long experience about psychedelic / space rock scene. When Jim Russell aka Finnforest introduce this band to me (THANKS JIM!), the name of this band could let me chill. At first, I think a Japanese GHOST should not be a phantom or a vision but a spirit itself. GHOST always reminds me the Japanese religious history, that we must believe and take care of the dead spirits. For the dead some of Japanese everyday read OKYO (a religious sutra) and believe that the dead spirits in another world should always support us now living here. This concert is not like a typical one but full of ANOTHER atmosphere.

Well look at the sleeve and you can find a monotone Great Buddha image (DAIBUTSU in Japanese). Now we should be knocked out by the spiritual sleeve and image. As ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE shows on their sleeves, a Great Buddha is a great symbol of all Buddhist and most of our (Japanese) minds. Please listen, and feel...basically awesome, solemn percussions can encircle us. About 5 minutes later, a shamisen (Japanese banjo), wabue (Japanese flute) and bells can make thier sounds heavier and deeper. In such a eccentric music, weird percussive sounds should be alive. Gradually our palpitation with the atmosphere should be greater and greater. Even electric guitars or keyboards, as everyone thinks as typical instruments for rock music, can be noise shooters or storytellers of GHOST. I consider totally this long track can't be called as a song but can be defined as an illusion. There are lots of Japanese instruments as above mentioned, in that especially wabue and various percussions should make this track serious and seraphic. And a piano coming here after 17 minutes can push this sounds toward an upper stage. Electric sounds should NOT be self-assertive or in front of all instruments. Here they should be only noises with adding some solemn flavour. In the middle part avantgarde and sharply noisy explosion can fly and blow over our head. In another world we can't realize what happen but can feel cold, keen-edged, and GHOSTLY wind. Over the noisy society GHOSTs can fly and dance elegantly...I always feel with listening to this track. Someone may say over 56 minute song should be boring. However, I can not think so. YES, this track is not a song but a wind or an air, and should make our heart palpitate as an earthquake, at least for me. Indeed there's no Mokugyo (Buddhistic percussion) or Rin (Buddhistic bell) but every percussion can play each religious part. Furthermore each instrument, without assertion, can support this track under the earth. (Even a saxophone or another horn can play on the background as one of their collaborators.) I'm sure everyone joining the concert should be happy with jumping and tripping over ANOTHER WORLD. Now I can a bit feel this fantastic and awesome atmosphere. I'm very happy. Really, really I can't breathe till the last piano vibrations...

This album is, I wanna say, exactly another Japanese psychedelic culture.



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Posted By: crimson87
Date Posted: June 11 2009 at 13:46

A japanese prog thread without naming KBB ain't a proper one. Great stuff

Also Bondage Fruit is a band worth ckeching out


Posted By: Takeshi Kovacs
Date Posted: June 11 2009 at 16:57
http://www.japrocksampler.com/

Check this out!


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Posted By: Takeshi Kovacs
Date Posted: June 11 2009 at 16:59


This is nice stuff - Yonin Bayashi


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Posted By: Thulëatan
Date Posted: June 11 2009 at 18:14
I can't believe nobody has mentioned Shingetsu yet - maybe the band is too obvious a choice? Smile  http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=1273 - http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=1273
 
Japanese progressive music has some very special moments, as your culture is so attuned to atmosphere and the importance of strong melody.
 
Damo, I wonder if you are able to enjoy the music of modern game soundtracks from Japan, or is this only for the younger generations? Smile Many Japanese game music composers were very much influenced by the '70s progressive rock and early electronic music and you can hear this in their amazing work - if you feel brave, try music by Hitoshi Sakimoto or Nobuo Uematsu.
 
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Posted By: LordPJoseph
Date Posted: June 11 2009 at 19:11
Originally posted by DamoXt7942 DamoXt7942 wrote:


Kin'niku Shojo-tai is thought as a pop & visual band in Japan.
Indeed their sound, especially Kenji Otsuki's policy for music, is progressive I think.
And Midori, with heavy punk flavour, is so interesting band exactly.
Sadly their sounds I like but Mariko's voice with perfume smell is not my glass of whisky.

And Tamijo, when will you come to Fukuoka?
Can we have a PA conference at Fukuoka Street Stand Noodle Restaurant? LOL


DamoX, thank's for your insightful reply!

I did indeed know that King-Show (or Kin'niku Shojo-tai) were often considered a pop/visual band in Japan; however, when I went to their concerts (I saw them at the Nakano Sun Plaza for the reunion, at the Budokan last year, and at the Akasaka Blitz), I noticed that there were as many male fans in the crowd as female fans! I was pretty surprised, considering most pop/visual bands have a mostly female fan base. Also, interesting to note, the King-Show Tour Shirts for their 2008 tour had the term "Prog Rock" on the front of the shirt; I guess the band thinks they are prog Big smile To me, though, they have a very unique and progressive sound that I think many non-Japanese prog fans can enjoy, as long as they can get past the japanese vocals and japanese visuals. I, personally, have gotten many of my prog friends into King-Show, and these friends don't know anything about Japanese music!

Yes, Midori's vocalist Mariko has a voice that can be very annoying to most listeners; it is unfortunate, because I believe that many prog/fusion fans would enjoy this band if they were instrumental.

Another band that is also a mix between heavy percussive Piano usage, progressive tendencies, hardcore punk, and metal is Tokusatsu. They also feature King-Show members Kenji Ohtsuki and Satoshi Mishiba, as well as the guitarist from Coaltar of the Deepers, a shoe-gaze band that is somewhat progressive in their mix of Death Metal, Indie, Shoegaze, and Electronica.

DamoX, if you know any other bands in the style of King-Show, please let me know!


Posted By: 0000
Date Posted: June 13 2009 at 14:52
Hello

May I recommend Mr. Sirius "Dirge" and "Barren dream", my two favorite albums. Perfection if you ask me.

Also Kenso are really awesome.

I have other favorites still not mentioned yet

Wappa Gappa
Providence
Six North
Quikion
Kennedy
Pageant
Vienna
Vermillion Sands
Igzit-Nine
Ashada
Bellaphon




Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 13 2009 at 19:38
crimson87, Takeshi Kovacs, Thulëatan, and 0000...thanks so much!

Originally posted by crimson87 crimson87 wrote:

A japanese prog thread without naming KBB ain't a proper one. Great stuff

Also Bondage Fruit is a band worth ckeching out

Bondage Fruit is a band with Yuji Katsui, one of the most avant Japanese violinists, and a brilliant guitarist Natsuki Kido.
I now have no album but always hear interesting Zeuhlic sounds!

Originally posted by Takeshi Kovacs Takeshi Kovacs wrote:



This is nice stuff - Yonin Bayashi

Next time gonna introduce this album, one of my Japanese treasures.
In future this band should be recommended here, whatever happens.

Originally posted by Thulëatan Thulëatan wrote:

I can't believe nobody has mentioned Shingetsu yet - maybe the band is too obvious a choice? Smile  ../artist.asp?id=1273 - http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=1273
 
Japanese progressive music has some very special moments, as your culture is so attuned to atmosphere and the importance of strong melody.
 
Damo, I wonder if you are able to enjoy the music of modern game soundtracks from Japan, or is this only for the younger generations? Smile Many Japanese game music composers were very much influenced by the '70s progressive rock and early electronic music and you can hear this in their amazing work - if you feel brave, try music by Hitoshi Sakimoto or Nobuo Uematsu.
 
I will be looking out for the bands you have recommended!

Thulëatan, your review of "Zenshi" is very important for worldwide PA members.
Shingetsu is absolutely one of Japanese brilliant gems.
Please check my humble review if you like.

Originally posted by 0000 0000 wrote:

Hello

May I recommend Mr. Sirius "Dirge" and "Barren dream", my two favorite albums. Perfection if you ask me.

Also Kenso are really awesome.

I have other favorites still not mentioned yet

Wappa Gappa
Providence
Six North
Quikion
Kennedy
Pageant
Vienna
Vermillion Sands
Igzit-Nine
Ashada
Bellaphon



0000, you can know a lot about Japanese bands...I'm so happy!
In your recommendation, I should push especially Vermillion Sands.
Their "Water Blue" is a amazingly beautiful album.


And LordPJoseph, forgive me but I cannot know enough about Japanese punk...
Aburadako (recommended here in near future) is my favourite Japanese hardcore band.


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Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 14 2009 at 00:28


A Japanese brilliant progressive gem, YONINBAYASHI, a young four-piece outfit, were formed in 1971.
Two musically talented high school students, Daiji Okai (drums, various instruments) and Katsutoshi Morizono (guitars, voices) could have a fateful rendezvous at Saginomiya High School in 1969.
With Shin'ichi Nakamura (bass) and Hidemi Sakash*ta (keyboards) added, they played complete but fully improvised "Echoes" of Pink Floyd, shocking and amazing the audience.
Yoninbayashi made their debut with releasing a legendary work "ISSHOKU-SOKUHATSU" from Toho records in 1974.
In their early days, they should be under the influence of Pink Floyd and psychedelic rock scene as everyone says, in addition to the spiritual lyrics by Yasuo Suematsu.
A bassist was replaced by Masahide Sakuma and they released the second album "GOLDEN PICNICS", but soon Katsutoshi dropped out with suspending the outfit.
A reliever for their crisis was Mitsuru Satoh(guitars, voices). They changed music styles into pop and electronic ones, and could shoot three good albums.
After a long "hibernation", in 21st century they've got to be active again having gigs, joining festivals, and making their historical compilation.


ISSHOKU-SOKUHATSU (1974)

Exactly brilliant sunrise over the Japanese progressive rock scene!

With the first track "[hΛmaebeθ]" Yoninbayashi can shoot a psychedelic arrow into our heart and brain.
Our heart should get palpitated and our brain confused by this sound explosion.
"SORA TO KUMO (The sky and clouds)", with terrific voices by Katsutoshi, is a psychedelically beautiful song.
Steady rhythms and melodic sounds sometimes make us relaxed and sometimes anxious or unstable.
Why? ...Maybe, we can find a shadow behind safe and peace of this song.
"OMATSURI (A festival)" is impressing with this lyric "I can't help cryin' by visiting at the fest town".
Yes it can remind us our old days with weeping. Be immersed in a pathos and palpitated with percussive sounds in the latter.
"ISSHOKU SOKUHATSU (Touch and go)", by Katsutoshi, with a bit heavy guitars and mellotrons, should be influenced with Pink Floyd ABSOLUTELY.
Ah...some parts are like King Crimson style in LARKS period...I feel.
One of phrases is just like The Dark Side Of The Moon, and another One Of These Days or Echoes...feel and chuckle!
In "PING PONG DAMA NO NAGEKI (Deep sorrow of a ping-pong ball)", with the sounds of a ping-pong ball dropping to the ground, lots of graceful and sorrowful melodies go around us.
I consider it be so suitable for the last of this wondrous story.

No suspicion that we can get damaged with fantasy. Suprahighly recommended by DamoX.

Thank you for reading this blog.


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Posted By: Jozef
Date Posted: June 15 2009 at 00:14
I recommend "Satori" by Flower Travellin' Band.




It's a very good heavy psychedelic album with some excellent guitar work.

I'll make sure to keep checking this thread as well. I really want to hear more from Japanese prog bands!



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Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 15 2009 at 03:27
Thanks Jozef for your recommendation!

Originally posted by Jozef Jozef wrote:

I recommend "Satori" by Flower Travellin' Band.




It's a very good heavy psychedelic album with some excellent guitar work.

I'll make sure to keep checking this thread as well. I really want to hear more from Japanese prog bands!


This SATORI, http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=216220 - I've written a review before , is exactly one of the most terrific Japanese psych albums. Clap

Now I'm studying more and more about my native progressive rock scene so please let me know a lot. Wink


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Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 17 2009 at 03:02
Thanks memowakeman, Outer Limits' "STROMATOLITE" I've heard...and been remarkably impressed!



A bit different from memo's sleeve picture...
Maybe Musea Records has altered the sleeve...?

Please see my short Embarrassed http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=221521" rel="nofollow - review .

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Posted By: tamijo
Date Posted: June 18 2009 at 06:30
Originally posted by DamoXt7942 DamoXt7942 wrote:

 
And Tamijo, when will you come to Fukuoka?
Im not sure, but sometime between Jan-may 2010 is my guess.  
 
NB.:
Seen others ask You how you feel about "game music", so make me wonder how you feel about traditional , got an album with Hibari, where she sings traditional Geisha songs, cant remember title, on a traditional music background. At the same time, one of the most "strange" CD's i'we ever heard (this offcouse based on the fact that its so far from my cultural background), and one og the most beautiful.


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Posted By: fuxi
Date Posted: June 19 2009 at 04:26
Originally posted by 0000 0000 wrote:

Kenso are really awesome.


I totally agree. In my opinion, they are the single most exciting prog band (internationally!) of the past twenty years. And they're not just jazz-rock, there's a strong symphonic influence as well. If you want to know more, check out my reviews on Prog Archives.


Posted By: Takeshi Kovacs
Date Posted: June 19 2009 at 14:45
Damo - if you look at the My Musical Commute thread you will find that this week was Japanese Prog week for me, and it lists the albums I listened to each day this week. There was one album, Wish by Starless (1992) that is also not listed in ProgArchives, and I wondered if you knew this band / album?

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Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 19 2009 at 18:02
Originally posted by tamijo tamijo wrote:

Originally posted by DamoXt7942 DamoXt7942 wrote:

 
And Tamijo, when will you come to Fukuoka?
Im not sure, but sometime between Jan-may 2010 is my guess.  
 
NB.:
Seen others ask You how you feel about "game music", so make me wonder how you feel about traditional , got an album with Hibari, where she sings traditional Geisha songs, cant remember title, on a traditional music background. At the same time, one of the most "strange" CD's i'we ever heard (this offcouse based on the fact that its so far from my cultural background), and one og the most beautiful.

Tamijo, please enjoy Tenjin, Hakata next year! Star
...Anyway, the word "Hibari" should remind me (a Japanese) "Hibari Misora"...is it correct?
Forgive me but Hibari was a great singer in Japanese economically growing period, not my glass of whisky... Smile
If it not be correct, please point out my mistake.

Originally posted by fuxi fuxi wrote:

I totally agree. In my opinion, they are the single most exciting prog band (internationally!) of the past twenty years. And they're not just jazz-rock, there's a strong symphonic influence as well. If you want to know more, check out my reviews on Prog Archives.

As a Japanese I wanna say "Thanks fuxi for your appreciation of KENSO." Big smile
Before writing my review of "YUME NO OKA" I've read your one.
Your passion and feeling could shake my brain. I shouted "YEA, SECONDED!" Clap
(Furthermore Yoshihisa, a guitarist, is a dentist, occupationally near me...BTW) LOL

Originally posted by Takeshi Kovacs Takeshi Kovacs wrote:

Damo - if you look at the My Musical Commute thread you will find that this week was Japanese Prog week for me, and it lists the albums I listened to each day this week. There was one album, Wish by Starless (1992) that is also not listed in ProgArchives, and I wondered if you knew this band / album?

Takeshi, always I appreciate your inputs...and is your commute thread on last.fm?
Sorry I've not seen yet...later I'm gonna check...and discuss with you...please wait. Wink


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Posted By: Alberto Muñoz
Date Posted: June 20 2009 at 01:29
Hearing right now Far Out's Nihonjin.

Great guitar about 8:14 specially the riff in 8:26-31 great stuff!!!!!




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Posted By: Alberto Muñoz
Date Posted: June 20 2009 at 01:31
Other great bands are:}

Speed, Glue and Shinki

Blues Creation


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Posted By: Alberto Muñoz
Date Posted: June 20 2009 at 01:33
I do not know why Julian Cope did not like Foodbrain and Shinki Shen solo album: both for me are great!!

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Posted By: Alberto Muñoz
Date Posted: June 20 2009 at 01:34
Kuni Kawachi, great organist!

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Posted By: Alberto Muñoz
Date Posted: June 20 2009 at 01:36
Hey Damo did you about the Genya concert??

Almost ruined by the Lost Araaff group

and the hijacking of a plane by bass player of Rallizes?


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Posted By: Alberto Muñoz
Date Posted: June 20 2009 at 01:38
I notice that Julian Cope praises so much Flower Trav and Speed, Glue.

i will love to the both groups playing in the same concert that Julian Cope refeers


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Posted By: Alberto Muñoz
Date Posted: June 20 2009 at 01:40
Gedo

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Posted By: Alberto Muñoz
Date Posted: June 20 2009 at 01:41



Uganda

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Posted By: Takeshi Kovacs
Date Posted: June 20 2009 at 04:31

Originally posted by Takeshi Kovacs Takeshi Kovacs wrote:

Damo - if you look at the My Musical Commute thread you will find that this week was Japanese Prog week for me, and it lists the albums I listened to each day this week. There was one album, Wish by Starless (1992) that is also not listed in ProgArchives, and I wondered if you knew this band / album?

Takeshi, always I appreciate your inputs...and is your commute thread on last.fm?
Sorry I've not seen yet...later I'm gonna check...and discuss with you...please wait. Wink
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No - it's one of the threads on this ProgArchives forum:

http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=50152&PN=1

The most recent posts are from this week, which was Japanese Prog week.


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Posted By: fuxi
Date Posted: June 20 2009 at 07:33
Damo, I noticed you're from Wakayama... Have you ever heard the album ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS by Shinsekai, an Osaka prog band? It's a wonderful mixture of Japanese rock, Canterbury Scene, King Crimson, Zappa and Focus (!) and it features a rocking version of "Jabberwocky" (a poem from ALICE) sung in Japanese by a girls' choir!

I wonder what happened to Shinsekai. I tried to look at their website yesterday but the link didn't work anymore. Perhaps they've given up? If I remember it well, ALICE only appeared two years ago or so.

I've often thought Shinsekai ought to be on Prog Archives, since they are "retro" in the same way as The Flower Kings or the Tangent, but with a Japanese twist...


Posted By: fuxi
Date Posted: June 20 2009 at 07:36
Oops, sorry, I noticed it's Okayama, not Wakayama... But that's still Kansai, wouldn't you say?


Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 20 2009 at 23:16
Originally posted by Takeshi Kovacs Takeshi Kovacs wrote:

No - it's one of the threads on this ProgArchives forum:

http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=50152&PN=1 - http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=50152&PN=1

The most recent posts are from this week, which was Japanese Prog week.

At first... so sorry Takeshi, I've watched your thread and been very amazed. Embarrassed
You know more and more than common Japanese about Japanese (progressive) rock. Clap
As I realize from your first name Takeshi, the Japanese blood should run in your heart and vessels! Big smile
I love particularly Acid Mothers Temple, Shingetsu, and Happy Family - though each band might be not related to others. LOL

Originally posted by Alberto Muñoz Alberto Muñoz wrote:

I do not know why Julian Cope did not like Foodbrain and Shinki Shen solo album: both for me are great!!

Alberto, I strongly agree with you.
In my SATORI review, I've told just the same thing.
Julian Cope tend to compare them (especially Shinki Chen) with US or British bands.
Indeed the talent or skill of Japanese players was not as terrific as the West ones, but Japanese bands should try hard to follow the West, with holding their native flavour.
I consider the originality be beyond words!

Originally posted by fuxi fuxi wrote:

Damo, I noticed you're from Wakayama... Have you ever heard the album ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS by Shinsekai, an Osaka prog band? It's a wonderful mixture of Japanese rock, Canterbury Scene, King Crimson, Zappa and Focus (!) and it features a rocking version of "Jabberwocky" (a poem from ALICE) sung in Japanese by a girls' choir!

I wonder what happened to Shinsekai. I tried to look at their website yesterday but the link didn't work anymore. Perhaps they've given up? If I remember it well, ALICE only appeared two years ago or so.

I've often thought Shinsekai ought to be on Prog Archives, since they are "retro" in the same way as The Flower Kings or the Tangent, but with a Japanese twist...
...

Oops, sorry, I noticed it's Okayama, not Wakayama... But that's still Kansai, wouldn't you say?

fuxi, I was born in Wakayama really. You made NO mistake. (Oh, Okayama is not in Kansai area but in Chugoku one.) Star
Anyway, I've lived in Shinsekai, near the center of Osaka...with cheesy and dirty atmosphere. LOL
The band Shinsekai I've not heard yet, and gonna try and enjoy. Wink


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Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 20 2009 at 23:24
And now one of the most excellent Japanese avant-jazz albums has come! Shocked

../album.asp?id=3700"> The Man Who Does Not Nod  by TIPOGRAPHICA album cover

../album.asp?id=3700 - RIO/Avant-Prog

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4 stars I've seen a real avant-jazz band in Japan playing flexibly.

What a tensive and unequivocal but enjoyable and relaxed play they could give to us! Now the more and more I listen to the live work, the stronger and stronger my impression and amazement can be. At first listen to it! The sharp saxophone sounds can tell us all about the album. Their music style is basically jazzy, funky, freaky, and free-formed one, with complex and improvisatory rhythm and play. Really...really we should be fallen into their battles with a saxophone, guitars, and percussion - especially the rhythm section can make all sounds twisted and sharp-edged but strict and steady...have the key role I consider! Indeed there are lots of 'big waves' with alternative beats (so difficult for the outfit to play, harmonize strictly and steadily), but on the stage they could build the songs up freely, naturally. Wanna say, you can't believe this work be of some of their live performances, can you? I'm sure this recording condition should be quite good with heavy and clear instrumental sounds and, on the other hand their skill of playing should be beyond expression. Their intention and purpose - they should kick the core or medulla of avant-jazz rock deeply into our brain - can move and blow us away without any stop.

Although we may not have notice this be a live album without applause between some songs, let me say that the audience should be an invisible (inaudible?) instrument and also the audience could make the songs with the band together. Otherwise, I guess this tension must not be born here.

Yes, this brilliant masterpiece could be born from the ground of the earth, without any artifacts or artifices.

Thanks vajrabrett for your fantastic input! Clap



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Posted By: tamijo
Date Posted: June 21 2009 at 08:23
Quote : Tamijo, please enjoy Tenjin, Hakata next year! Star
...Anyway, the word "Hibari" should remind me (a Japanese) "Hibari Misora"...is it correct?
Forgive me but Hibari was a great singer in Japanese economically growing period, not my glass of whisky... Smile
If it not be correct, please point out my mistake.
Unquote 
 
 
You are right she is a "normal" singer in general. Often reminds me of Judy Garland or something like that,
but this record is very diffrent, The name is : "Hauta o Utau"
 
 


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Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 22 2009 at 00:16
That's it, tamijo! LOL



Even now Hibari Misora is one of the most popular singers for especially elderly people in Japan although she's passed away 20 years before. Clap


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Posted By: Ivan_Melgar_M
Date Posted: June 22 2009 at 00:20
This is one of may favorite Japanese albums is The Gate by Teru's Symphonia,
 
 
Megumi Tokuhisa is better than ever and Shouichi Aoki  is a wonderful keyboardist, specially when speed is required, songs as the frantic Wish are simply delightful,
 
The problem is that the language is a bit unfriendly for most of the people outside Japan.
 
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Posted By: tamijo
Date Posted: June 22 2009 at 01:27
Originally posted by DamoXt7942 DamoXt7942 wrote:

That's it, tamijo! LOL



Even now Hibari Misora is one of the most popular singers for especially elderly people in Japan although she's passed away 20 years before. Clap
O Yes i know, my wife is crazy about her, we got as many albums with her as i got King Crims (all of em)

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Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 22 2009 at 18:25


Djamra, formed in Osaka by the key player and a bassist Masaharu Nakakita, gave the first shout in 1994.
They could grow up every year playing around lots of shows and see the moonshine with the eponymous debut mini-album in 2000.
Their musical style is exactly complex mixture of rock, jazz, avant-garde and Naniwan beat.
Shinji Kitamura (saxophone) plays on Djamra from their early days and Akihiro Enomoto (drums and percussions) joined the outfit in 2001.
Polishing their brilliant skill and originality could led them to the debut on POSEIDON/MUSEA Records and the release of the second album "Transplantation" in 2003.
For releasing "Kamihitoe" (2006), their third work, they auditioned two talented musicians; Akira Ishikawa (guitars) and Takehiro Fukuda (keyboards).
They now can get more powerful, more worldwide, and more foolish! ...Anyway, in Osaka, "AHO" (fool in English) is a respectful word. :-)



Active, aggressive, avant-garde and after all aholish explosion they can give us!

Exactly their third work "Kamihitoe" is a wonderful chandelier united with their musical brilliancy. They can push strongly their rock flavour rather than jazzy one. Therefore Djamra's play is heavier and more aggressive than of another jazz-rock band. The first part or the last one of "Alha-Ha" has laidback sounds (and they can play naturally and with relaxed), with some avant-garde and eccentricity in the middle part. This musical offence should be their style I consider.

The song formed with their favourable essence (heavy, jazzy, funky, aggressive but serious and strict) is the first track "Kamihitoe" (in English "Close to the edge"?), their masterpiece. After the spacey opening, all instruments can attack us heavily...the sounds of a bass and drums & percussion are very steady, strict, and ease our mind. On the contrary, saxophone, keyboard, and guitar sounds are very aggressive, eccentric, and violent and rampant (great!). The latter ones can play much with improvised, over the strict rhythm section. In fact the point is that the improvised instruments cannot play wonderfully without the rhythm section, a steady basis.

And the song we can feel the bass & percussion terrific is the second track "New Bound". Please listen to the first half. The serious battle with Masaharu and Akihiro is beyond words. We can feel very happy only to hear the battle. On it, in the latter half, a loud saxophone and a heavy guitar join. Suddenly, in the quiet world, eccentric piano sound freeze us. We, completely frozen, will be hit and blown by all of them at last. LOL.

Furthermore, can you pay attention to the song "94k2"? 94k2 - KUSHIKATSU - in English, a broiled cutlet on a skewer - is a local special food in Osaka. Various ingredients, sources, and tastes can come one after another aggressively...with loud voices of the shopmaster. This dirty atmosphere and oily flavour we Osakan feel very GOOD...not kidding! Oh, the last is a dessert - FLIED ICE CREAM! hahhaha!

The word "mixture" or "toy box" can remarkably match Djamra's style and policy. We cannot imagine what should pop up from the "toy box" until the end.

Ah...well...the last track's title "AHONOKO" is very good! Who is ahonoko (a fool)? Djamra? We listeners? No, both! Crazy, eccentric, and funky, funny sounds can be very comfortable for us fools. Yes, Aho is the greatest! Thank you Djamra for your fantastic gems to us foolish fans. Please laugh out loudly!

Thank you for reading this blog.


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Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 22 2009 at 18:28
Thank you Ivan, always I appreciate your symphonic prog information!
Sorry Teru's Symphonia I've not tasted but this sleeve could move me strongly!


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Posted By: Jon89
Date Posted: June 23 2009 at 03:11
check this out:
http://psychevanhetfolk.homestead.com/ - http://psychevanhetfolk.homestead.com/


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Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 23 2009 at 08:40
Originally posted by Jon89 Jon89 wrote:

check this out: ...

Sorry I can't watch it...any problems in this page? Nuke

And...


Absolutely an incorrect picture (of Korean Psych) I wanna say! LOL


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Posted By: Jon89
Date Posted: June 23 2009 at 18:46
The link works for me

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Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 24 2009 at 08:45
Wonderful Japanese gem! I'm amazed perfectly!

../album.asp?id=18145"> Complex Combat by AMYGDALA album cover
Studio Album, 2008
../album.asp?id=18145 - Zeuhl

Review by ../Collaborators.asp?id=21556 - DamoXt7942
Collaborator Psych/Space Team

4 stars Yoshiyuki Nakajima's brilliant and refined keyboard sounds can lead all of other instruments and listeners into the darkness.

A keen hit of his piano opens the curtain of the AMYGDALA's Complex Combat show. Over 45 minutes you cannot breathe well, and your brain will be broken and melted down by lacking of oxygen and high fever of your passion. As above mentioned, the star of the show is Yoshiyuki, a keyboardist and a bassist. That is, he can play most of AMYGDALA's important roles. He writes all tracks and scripts, plays as not only the the leading actor but another supporting one. With hearing me saying that, you may assume that he should have the show all to himself... No! The important point is that two (plus one) other supporting member, a speedy and sharp guitarist Yoshihiro Yamaji, a strict and steady but much flexible drummer Daniel Jeand'heur, and a terrific KENSO's synth player Ken'ichi Oguchi (track 3 and 4) as a special guest. Such characteristic players can play together without blurring. Can you feel what a wonderful show this be? Oh yes, I could shout so in spite of myself hahhaha...

From start to finish, around the show is dark atmosphere. Not fuzzy or cloudy, but clearly and spiritually dark atmosphere, on it. The act one Double Army is a 12 minute scene without letting us feel the length. Absolutely dangerous keyboard and earachy guitar sounds with drums aggressively flunged can heat our mind and smash our brain to pieces. The sharp-edged darkness and painful killa flavour can remind us the sounds of King Crimson in the Starless And Bible Black era. I'm sure their play and stage should be with full of passion and full of coolness.

After the first act, we should be deeply sunk with the next one, without any short breath and teardrops. This Theatre Anatomy is a surrealistic pillow. Some dry coughs should mean what? The deeper we go backstage or inside of the theatre, the dustier the dressing rooms may be...? Very mysterious and spiritual world we can feel. The strings sounds in the middle part can make the backstage air itself more risky and more dangerous. Where will we go from now? I dunno, I'll never know!

Wow, we should be surprised at a Mole's Egg in the deeply underground theatre. What do this close-to-the-cliff keyboard shouts express? Should it show a mole baby born from the egg? How terribly the shouts be growling! It might kill us at a glance...how fearful! The scene is finished with heartbeat-confusing guitar squeaks. At last, a terrible beast has come here!

Ozy we can find from the title some mysterious stuffs in the stage and the scene. More improvised and more let-us-crazy style the actors can have and give to us. The magical world occupied with devils should get darker and more despaired, as the track be, I always feel. But not always there are killer sounds only but calm and solemn ones sometimes, though the result be same...dark and dangerous. This song and scene is the most improvised and wonderful one in this album and this show I consider.

The last scene Logos gets started with more rigorous and tougher sounds of keyboards and guitars. Well we are remarkably amazed at the star Yoshiyuki and the keyboard plays shining and getting sharper. Although the other instruments can make such an effort - the guitars are loud and impressive, and the drum and percussion are very strict and very serious - as hard as the star keyboard, they should be hidden behind the star player! The leading actor can play his role so gracefully but much violently. THIS IS AMYGDALA SHOW, YOU, BURN IT INTO YOUR EYES AND BRAIN OVER!

Sorry but I can't say anymore. Huh, I'm comfortably tired. And this show's highly recommended naturally!

P.S. This album was recommended to me by John Davie aka sinkadotentree. Thanks John!



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Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 25 2009 at 18:22


Karuna Khyal biography
(Written by Windhawk and DamoXt7942)
KARUNA KHYAL was one of the most obscure bands of the Japanese psychedelic rock scene.
Some claim the outfit was a one-man project by Yoshihiro Takahashi, others that it was formed with him and his "druggie" family...but now nobody knows a lot about him/them.

They released their one and only album "Alomoni 1985" in 1976 - the music style of which is often compared to FAUST or other Krautrock bands - one of milestones of Japanese psychedelic scene.
Unfortunately it's said they broke up the following year and there's no knowledge about them after that.

Paradigm Discs later re-issued their album on CD, but where not able to provide any more information about this outfit.


...And one of the most mysterious Japanese psych gems. Clap

../album.asp?id=9859" rel="nofollow - Psychedelic/Space Rock

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5 stars An obscure Japanese underground outfit hit a grand slam and went out soon. I consider, of KARUNA KHYAL this should be a good expression. No confirmed information about them. (Surprisingly, even the distributor doesn't know the details.) Here's only an album named Alomoni 1985 with no credit. What a mystery! I was so amazed before opening the jack-in-the-box.

Side A 24-32

Eccentric sounds with a twisted guitar and religious percussions & voices have come now! We can have a feeling that something bad would happen - with very solemn, weird, and eerie sounds. Realizing that this music style should be Oriental and of Buddhism, we might come close to be absorbed the weirdness. But don't be deceived. Time's gonna change soon about 3 1/2 minutes later. Suddenly extremely repetitive quiet banjo, stable percussions, and uncomfortable voice over some effectors are around us. Not only this, scenes are altering so rapidly. Here come some growling and bells ringing with the recorded tape slowly or reversely played For these sounds, somebody might say KARUNA KHYAL was of Japanese Krautrock like Faust. However, I do suggest they (he?) should be more influenced by drugs, druggy lives, and drug abuses than Krautrock scene. Such druggie, speedy, and freaky explosions could be born otherwise.

Side B 22-30

More aggressively artifactual noises, process voices repeating Alomoni, O-chow, Gaow, and various meaningless (senseless?) words, and heavy bass sounds can rush toward and run over us. I'm sure, of all in the side, the most important element is the heavy bass. This rhythmical bass sounds can remind us the trip for Buddhism. How? You can feel you repeat the words of Buddha, can't you? About 11 1/2 minutes later, eccentric and crazy guitar sounds and much crazier voices (with cries of a baby and dandling of a father...?) should take us into another sky. We should dance to the druggie noise without our intention whether we misunderstand or not. At last, we should have a vacant feeling with the last quiet air. And go out like the outfit...

Caution! This album is a real drug, not a cranky work...but highly recommended as a drug.

...Anyway, on another side of the Alomoni 1985 sleeve is a serial number of this CD (the first edition) hahhaha. LOL



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Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 26 2009 at 11:05
Ouch, a wonderful Japanese "heavily symphonic psychedelica" has come here! Clap



../album.asp?id=4386" rel="nofollow - Psychedelic/Space Rock

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4 stars Where is an old castle of Transylvania? And what can exist in the castle? You can enjoy the dramatic suite with the imagination.

We can't help discussing An Old Castle Of Transylvania suite at first when we talk about the debut album by COSMOS FACTORY. There are not any brilliant hope or happiness to live at all, but dark, painful and depressive ground and sky. Tsutomu Izumi was the songwriter of this suite - for the first listening, I wondered what he was aiming at. Again and again I've listened to it, and now I can realize he should draw the picture of his death, as a dark castle in the deep forest - which could not get any bright glimmer.

The first part Forest Of The Death is just right for the depressive story. Loud, heavy and repetitive sounds with keyboards, guitars and drums - slightly heavy symphonic style rather than psychedelic one - can exactly sound as if zombies shouting loudly get up and come here one after another! Particularly Tsutomu's keyboard sounds can remind us the darkest Sodom. Terrible...no, terrific ones! The Cursed has so melancholic voices and hearts. By the zombies, people should be cursed in the bloody river under the dead forest. Even if morning comes in the castle, and even if devils fall asleep, Darkness Of The World should be on...real morning will NEVER come into An Old Castle Of Transylvania, the last part of the suite. What a sadness, what a depression! We might not be saved anymore, might we?

Apologize for the discussion in reverse order... The first 5 short pieces are also great. With full of keyboard or mellotron sounds, almost all of Japanese rock bands in those days cannot play. Tsutomu's sensation can be shot absolutely with his another organ. Namely, the keyboard is his heart or his brain. Shinwa (Maybe) is a only song composed not by Tsutomu and (at least) I can feel this is also a only song with a hopeful development of life (though the lyric is about a lonely man - myself).

How can I explain about this great album? Heavily symphonic psychedelia? How do you feel? Please listen to it and let me know. :-)



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Posted By: leonard
Date Posted: June 26 2009 at 15:18
I have mostly Japanese metal music but I like more and more Japanese progressive rock.
I've started to collect Yonin Bayashi and Bi Kyo Ran.
 
Do not forget Carmen Maki & Oz....they made 3 super albums back in the 70's !


Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 26 2009 at 18:55
Thanks leonard for your FIRST COMMENT in PA! Clap

Yoninbayashi (not added on PA but already suggested) and Bi Kyo Ran (Kunio Suma's heavy guitar is cool and awesome!) are two of the most famous Japanese progressive rock bands. Highly recommended.

Oh, you bet... Carmen Maki & Oz...will come here in near future! Wink


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Posted By: Kazuhiro
Date Posted: June 28 2009 at 19:05
Hello Damo san.
 
I bought their mucic recently.
 
Please check this link.
 
And,please let me hear your opinion.
 
http://www.myspace.com/trioffensive - http://www.myspace.com/trioffensive


Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 29 2009 at 02:26
Thanks kazuhiro, my progressive mate.

Originally posted by kazuhiro kazuhiro wrote:

Hello Damo san.
 
I bought their mucic recently.
 
Please check this link.
 
And,please let me hear your opinion.
 
http://www.myspace.com/trioffensive - http://www.myspace.com/trioffensive
Now I'm listening to their samples.
I feel they are a bit far from "progressive", but sharp-edged guitar sound is great! Clap


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Posted By: leonard
Date Posted: June 29 2009 at 07:20

Ever heard of the group Mt-Fuji ?

It was a collaboration of Loudness and Make -Up members and they made a fantastic pop/jazzrock/fusion album in 1983 named "Human Transport".
 
Very obscure, it was never released officially as a CD and I hope they will release it some day.


Posted By: DamoXt7942
Date Posted: June 29 2009 at 07:40
Originally posted by leonard leonard wrote:

Ever heard of the group Mt-Fuji ?

It was a collaboration of Loudness and Make -Up members and they made a fantastic pop/jazzrock/fusion album in 1983 named "Human Transport".
 
Very obscure, it was never released officially as a CD and I hope they will release it some day.
Forgive me I've never heard...indeed the album was released as a LP, not a CD.



Exactly the album seems to be very wonderful, with this famous and talented players. Big smile


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