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Flied Egg / Strawberry Path


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3 stars Yeah first of all, as a Japanese progressive rock freak I'm very happy I can review this album.

Needless to say that Shigeru NARUMO should be one of the opening acts in Japanese Progressive Rock scene, with his wonderful guitar technique and talent as a multi-instrumentalist. As I've mentioned in their biography, in this album Shigeru simultaneously played a keyboard by his left hand, a guitar by his right hand, and a bass pedal by his feet - can you imagine this? Furthermore, his play could be terrifically steady like a machine indeed, but also human nature was absolutely in his play amazingly. And Hiro's drumming completely could support Shigeru ... oh, brothers, just like rock brothers!

Basically their songs can remind us some of traditional progressive rock ones. For example, The Second Fate is an imitation of Procol Harum's Whiter Shade Of Pale, Five More Pennies knocks our brain into a magnificent guitar play like Jimi hendrix or his followers, and Leave Me Woman kicks our stomach under improvised and speedy keyboard shots like Jon Lord ... Hiro's drum play has very jazzy flavour of a session drummer, strict and rigid, but this style itself did hold STRAWBERRY PATH themselves with scratching for every poppy and jazzy essence. Oh, even Mary Jane On My Mind, one of the most famous songs in Japan and at the same time one of the most controversial ones here, can be comfortable for us ... mysterious touch.

Exactly this album is slightly pop and catchy rather than progressive, but let me emphasize that you can feel their skill and talent for progressive rock, especially of Shigeru NARUMO.

DamoXt7942 | 3/5 |


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