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Far East Family Band


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.69 | 93 ratings

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3 stars The archetype of space prog. A lofty title for a virtually unknown Japanese sextet.

NIPPONJIN has every element you want out of a psychedelic prog effort; loads of mellotron, lots of jamming, a few buzzing lead guitar figures, stable rhythm section and long epic pieces. NIPPONJIN has all of these but also has a few small transitions that merely stall for the next big song. There are five major songs here; the title epic, ''The Cave'', ''Timeless'', ''River of Soul'' and ''Mystery of Northern Space''.

''Nipponjin'' the epic is the major highlight of the album as the speed and dynamics of the piece vary throughout. It is the final theme that is the most captivating as it is as intense as the album will get. ''Timeless'' has a distinguishable guitar line and the vocal figures of the ''The Cave'' hit the right spots. Unfortunately, this has to be one of the worst produced albums I've ever heard; the production is all over the place with ''River of Soul'' sounding like the inside of a urinal.

If you haven't had enough of a psychedelic fix, come here if you can get your hands on it. It lacks power that Nektar and Eloy have, but good enough of a psych/prog album to be kept in the back of your mind.

Sinusoid | 3/5 |


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