Showing posts with label Carmen Maki and Blues Creation. Show all posts
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Friday, January 28, 2011

The Day After The Sabbath 36: Rising Sun [Japan pt.1]

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Volume 36 of TDATS features Japanese bands. A small but talented hard rock scene emerged from the country's prevailing 60s psychedelic 'Group Sounds' musical collective, much as it did around the world at the time. The bands all have a pleasingly oriental twist in their sound. Starting with 'Japan's answer to Jimi Hendrix', is Shinki Chen's Speed, Glue & Shinki. The band was started by guitarist Shinki Chen, and Ikuzo Orita, Japan's president of Polydor Records. Next up, Gedo was a mainly live band that has a few live recordings, and played sounds alternating between hard rock and vigorous proto-punk.

Too Much's name came from the TOO MUCH concert that The Helpful Soul played with the newly-formed Blues Creation, in Kyoto at the end of February 1970. The hippy phrase ‘too much’ was already utterly clichéd in the West by this time, but it was iconic and easily pronounceable to the Japanese! Yonin Bayashi's debut album "Isshoku-Sokuhatsu" displayed amazing progressive musical ability, especially as they were all around 20 years of age at the time! Ginbae was originally released as a private pressing on the Sea Side Label, rare as hen's teeth, to the point that it's not known what the track names are any more. Aside from the slightly lacking sound quality, they play some excellent churning metal.

Little is known about Jun Kamikubo and his single album, but he sure recorded some warm stoner rock jams, as shown here with 'Getting Into The Ecstasy'. Blues Creation and Flower Travellin' Band shouldn't need too much introduction here, along with Shinki Chen they are one of Japan's most famous 70's hard rock acts, with a doomy sound. Datatenryu play some excellent spikey noise/prog with great aggressive vocals. Nokemono and Bow Wow (later 'Vow Wow') end the collection as examples of two of the only Japanese bands that were taking metal into the NWOBHM-influenced latter half of the 70s and beyond.

*EDIT: I have found the Ginbae track names at long last :)
  
01. Speed, Glue & Shinki - Calm Down (1972)
02. Too Much - Grease It Out (1971)
03. Yonin Bayashi - Isshoku-Sokuhatsu [edit] (1974)
04. Ginbae - Toluene (1976)
05. Jun Kamikubo - Getting Into The Ecstasy (1972)
06. Gedo - Don't Run Away (1974)
07. Murasaki - Far Away (1976)
08. Datetenryu - Bukkowareta Boku (1971)
09. Blues Creation - Nightmare (1971)
10. Love Live Life + 1 - Love Will Make A Better You (1971)
11. Nokemono - From The Black World (1979)
12. Flower Travellin' Band - Hiroshima (1972)
13. Bow Wow - Silver Lightning (1977)


A special thanks must go to Julian Cope's awesome wealth of knowledge at japrocksampler.com, and to all of you out there who listen to these comps!

Thanks
Rich

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Monday, April 5, 2010

The Day After The Sabbath 17: Evil Woman

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This special volume features music with female vocals, making for a varied collection that was a lot of fun to compile. Track 1 'Pieces of Me' features Linda Hoyle, the singer from the Vertigo-signed Affinity. Track 2 is from The Runaways, where Joan Jett's career started and track 3 is a nice slab of stonery groove from Australia's Mcphee. Room's 'War' reminds me favourably in form and theme of 'War Pigs'. Arktis are  regarded as part of the Kraut Rock movement while Aguaturbia, Brainticket and Fifty Foot Hose all offer up some excellent heavy psych, track 11 is a Dutch pop/rock band who are noted for their single hit, the much-covered 'Venus'. The Savage Rose finish up with the atmospheric doomy 'A Trial In Our Native Town'.

TRACKS:
01. Linda Hoyle - Pieces Of Me - 1971
02. The Runaways - Is It Day Or Night - 1976
03. McPhee - The Wrong Time - 1970
04. Room - War - 1970
05. Aguaturbia - E.V.O.L. - 1970
06. Brainticket - Like A Place In The Sun - 1972
07. Arktis - Student's Idyll - 1975
08. Fifty Foot Hose - Red The Sign Post - 1967
09. Carmen Maki & Blues Creation - Motherless Child - 1970
10. Fantasy - Understand - 1970
11. Shocking Blue - Send Me A Postcard - 1970
12. Galaxy - Galaxy - 1976
13. The Savage Rose - A Trial In Our Native Town - 1969

Cheers, Rich

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Friday, December 18, 2009

The Day After The Sabbath compilation Vol 1



Part I of my compilation series, this is a great collection of the bands that got me interested in all these obscurities in the first place, so it is one of the best comps on the blog. You can't go wrong with any of these tracks, all heavy and all riff-tastic. If this is your intro to the blog you will not be dissapointed!

Cheers, Rich.

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01. Captain Beyond - Mesmerization Eclipse - 1972
02. Carmen Maki & Blues Creation - Understand - 1970
03. Jerusalem - Primitive Man - 1972
04. Sir Lord Baltimore - Helium Head - 1970
05. Tear Gas - Woman For Sale - 1971
06. UFO - Prince Kajuku
07. Bloodrock - Melvin Laid An Egg - 1970
08. Ancient Grease - Women And Children First - 1970
09. Iota - Love Come Wicked - 1969
10. Night Sun - Living With The Dying - 1972
11. Bang - Humble - 1972
12. Buffalo - Sunrise - 1973
13. Leaf Hound - Freelance Fiend - 1971
14. Jericho - Kill Me With Your Love - 1972

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