JAPROCKSAMPLER #7


1 - Masahiko Satoh & the Soundbreakers - Amalgamation Part 1 (AMALGAMATION, 1971)
"This preposterous piece of psychedelic avant-jazz sounds like the work of aliens, each with only one foot in our universe. Propelled by cacophonous brassy blasts, volleys of machine-gunning, ecstatically 'Light Fantastic' rhythms and moments of Teo Macero-style 'Mixing Concrète' (during which the whole track becomes consumed by waves of new sound); the result is the most singular mash-up of inappropriate sounds any listener is ever likely to hear. Over two long-sided tracks, shaman Masahiko Satoh sends us through a sonic mind-field, baffling our senses and our sense of gravity. Located at the centre of AMALGAMATION's giddy sessions was the frantic Detroit drumming of hard-bop legend Louis Hayes, whose role it was to play the bubbling ever unfolding fundament on which Masahiko Satoh's whole trip proceeded..."


2 - Gedo - Nigeruna (Don't Run Away) (GEDO, 1974)
"Kings of the biker scene, Gedo is what I'd imagined Murahatchibu would've sounded like. If only! Indeed, Gedo's only disappointment is that, like their Western festival equivalents the Pink Fairies, they had a fondness for old-fashioned rock'n'roll from time to time. Still, this LP is a must-have, scorching with manic hard rock. (...) The record ends with (...) the sound FX of 'Sutato', as the band exit on massive Honda hogs, gaining them instant cult rock'n'roll status."



3 - Datetenryu - Doromamire (UNTO, 1971)
"Mainly instrumental, their music is a space-trek through endless R&B riffs and classic soul moments, like some ever unfolding medley. UNTO purports to be what the band members would have chosen had they had the opportunity to release an official debut album at the time, ie: a total barrage of lo-fi progressive garage rock. The twenty-minute epic 'Doromamire' (Covered All Over in Mud) is the killer, but really it's all one insane 47-minute-long rush. Formed in May 1971, at Kyoto Sangyo ('Industrial') University, Datetenryu was a right bunch of refusenik long-hairs. Masao Tonari set up sideways on to the rest of the band, while drummer Shogo Ueda played , head down, facing away from the stage pointing towards Tonari's Yamaha organ."



4 - 3/3 - Let It Flow (SANBUN NO SAN, 1975)
"Lo-fi 1975 studio recordings from one of only five surviving acetates, released in 2005 on red vinyl, these seven long generic sub-Stooges, proto-Friction jams sum up the late commune scene even better than Dr Acid Seven's own UNDERGROUND '70s CD series. (...) With a sound akin to the Stooges' own RUBBER LEGS boot, y'all knows what you're in for, and it's right up there with the Notting Hill jams of Shagrat and the Fairies, occupying the kind of space you either need or don't give a damn about. (...) The album closes with the downbeat Velvets-third-album-styled ballad 'Let It Flow'."


5 - Les Rallizes Denudés - Otherwise My Conviction (FLIGHTLESS BIRD, released 2006)
"Come Doomsday, when all of us line up to be judged for what we did or didn't do, there'll surely be a big queue of artists such as Scott Walker and Half Man/Half Biscuit's N. Blackwell awkwardly harrumphing under an 'Intuitive Non-Career Movers' neon sign. Right at the head, of course will be Rallizes' own Takeshi Mizutani, who'll still be blaming his bass player for the hijack and the recording engineer for making his studio debut such a nightmare."



*All descriptions written by Julian Cope from his book JAPROCKSAMPLER

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