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NIPPONJIN

Far East Family Band

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.67 | 78 ratings

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Taurus123
4 stars Nipponjin (1975) is the second album by the japanese band FEFB. In fact all the 10 tracks are remakes of the songs they released on their 2 previous albums. Let's see that in detail :

The 1st track "Nipponjin" is taken from the unique and very good album released by the band "FAR OUT" in 1973. The leader of this band was Fumio Miyashita (lead vocal, guitar, words and music, and producer !). After this four-member band seperated, Fumio gathered 5 new people to create the six-member band FEFB. Among these members was the organist Masanori Takahashi, later better known as Kitaro. "Nipponjin" ("japanese" in english ) is an excellent epic song of almost 17 mn.

The 9 other tracks are all from the first album of FEFB titled "The cave down to the earth". The original songs were in japanese but all the remakes are in english. Let's say right now that this album is very melodic and atmospheric, the voices are warm and the influence of Pink Floyd is obvious.

The 2nd track "the cave" (named "The cave down to the earth" in the 1st LP) is 8:37 long and is very good even if some moments remind you Pink Floyd's "One of these days" (album "Meddle") or Barclay James Harvest.

The third track "Undiscovered Northern Land" is a short piece in the style of Tangerine Dream.

The 4th track "Timeless" (titled "Birds flying to the cave" in the 1st LP) and the 6th track "River of soul" (remake of "Saying to the land" in the 1st LP) are 2 other highlights of this album.

Unfortunately the last 3 tracks are weak and it prevents me to give 5 stars to this LP. Nevertheless, it deserves a strong 4 stars and I strongly recommend this romantic, exotic and very pleasant album to all the nostalgics of Pink Floyd.

Taurus123 | 4/5 |

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