Pretty nice work from the Japanese duo of Yukihiro Takahasi & Haruomi Hosono – a mixture of quirky electronics that has a fresh sound we wouldn't expect from these two older talents! The album's got a really nice feel overall – abstract one minute, but sweet and catchy the other – really blending together a good amount of elements from the pair's previous years, while still offering up something new. Includes two great covers – "Theme From A Summer Place" and "Turn Down Day" – plus the tracks "Reform", "Flying George", "Return", and "Do You Want To Marry Me". (Rock, Rock)LP, Vinyl record album
A great little record that's as compelling as its package! Sketch Show are a duo comprised of older Japanese musicians Yukihiro Takahashi and Haruomi Hosono – but they've got a sound that's fresh and young, with lots of nice twists and turns that are much more contemporary than you'd guess from their role as aging musicians on the scene. There's a bubbling electronic feel to the work that belies their older contribution to Japanese pop – and the quality of the work has lots of 21st Century overtones, and a really nicely compressed sound overall – taking off from some of the best Tokyo experiments of a few years before, but with an even more solid approach to sound. Titles include "Fly Me To The River", "Flakes", "Night Talker", "Mars", "Wiper", and "Chronograph". (Rock, Rock)LP, Vinyl record album
Japanese musicians Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi had a big impact on the scound of their scene in the 70s and 80s – and here, they continue to amaze the ears with a whole new range of sounds for the 21st century – modes that are maybe more stripped-down and understated than before, and which offer up this wonderful mix of contemporary electronics and some very unusual acoustic sources! The record features odd bits of things like bagpipes and euphonium mixed with keyboards, beats, and electronics – and the set also features a bit of really lovely vocals from Chiho Shibaoka. Titles include "Ekot", "Chronograph", "Snow #1", "Night Talker", and "Ohotzka". (Rock, Rock)LP, Vinyl record album
One of the great lost groups of the UK scene of the 60s – not lost to UK audiences, or to hipsters over the generations – but still an act that never made the impact on these shores that they should! The Creation are step in step right up there with early material by The Who or Small Faces – and share a similar groundbreaking re-fusion of American roots into a new London groove – all with searing guitars, clever wordplay, and a cutting-edge spirit that may well have kept them off our charts – but which makes them so great to discover all these many years later. You might have caught a few of their songs over the years – thanks to soundtrack placement from directors like Wes Anderson, or covers by many of their bigger fans. This 2CD set features 46 tracks in all, with remastering overseen by original producer Shel Talmy – and the set includes early sides by The Mark Four, some alternate takes, and even new mixes – plus an 80 page hardcover book with scores of photos, other images, session and discographical details, and a new essay too. CD
Marsupilami ... LP Transatlantic/Long Hair (France), 1970. New Copy (reissue)...
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The self-titled album by Marsupilami – a group whose name might be as hard to pronounce as their sound is to peg – but in a way that's also one of the key charms of the set! These guys are clearly not going for the charts – and they're the kind of act who were born into a generation where making an album was way more important than cutting a few singles – as you'll hear here in the longform tracks that spin out in an effortless blend of organ, guitar, bass, drums – and occasional touches of flute, harmonica, and bowed guitar! The vocals have a nicely ominous quality – never too highbrow or arch-sinister, but with a nice edge that really goes along with the group's creative instrumentation. Tracks are all nice and long – definitely closer to the prog side of the spectrum than anything else – and titles include "Born To Be Free", "And The Eagle Chased The Dove To Its Ruin", "Ab Inito Ad Finem", "Facilis Descenus Averni", and "Dorian Deep". LP, Vinyl record album