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        2009-03-13       Tsuishin, Kitakouro - Guitar Hit Kayo Best 16 - / Mizutani Kimio & Tribe

this record was released in 1974. i guess someone knows the Japanese guitarist Mizutani Kimio who played with the Japanese 60s garage band "Out Cast", 70s prog rock group "Love Live Life", and recently formed a new duo"MA-YA" with the keyboard player Yanagida Hito who was well known as the member of "Apryl Fool", "Food Brain", "Love Live Life" and "Yanagida Hiro Group"... so if you are interested in so-called "Japanese 60s-70s Rock", probably you will be interested in this record too..?
he is also known as composer and arranger of Japanese pops "Kayo-kyoku" too. so he plays very famous Japanese popular songs (not including any his songs... unfortunately all songs are more famous his songs...) on this record. the music is popular songs without vocals, his guitar playing is instead vocals... so this kind of music remains me the music in a super market!! and i guess this record may be recorded just for BGM of super markets!! so of course he doesn't use any pedals even fuzz nor echo... really clean sound, typical "easy listening guitar sound"!!!
probably he recorded it just for money as his business... i know even Japanese underground musicians play as support members of the super famous J-pop musicians and bands now! because they know unfortunately their music don't make enough money for their lives, also they have really good technic of playing instruments!! of course this is one choice... Mizutani also composed and arranged many songs for Lazy that was the forerunner of Japanese heavy metal band Loudness! (though Lazy was originally like a Deep Purple style group, they had to change to the pop-idol group like Japanese BCR when they contracted with a major record company! i make an unnecessary addition, all members of Lazy were Tsuyama's high-school mates, and he played with Higuchi in a same band at that time!)
but i can't do that... because i don't want to play any music what i don't want to play... even they can give me so much money... though my music doesn't make so much money (unfortunately!... hahaha...) and makes me so busy, fortunately i can get minimum money for alive from my music in these years... i don't want to get such big money (even not like a millionaire...), it's enough for me... hummm... if possible i'd like to get a bit more...? hahaha...!!! also i don't have such great technic of playing... so i can't play this kind of music!! hahaha... i'm very lucky!!
probably some Japanese Rock record collectors want to get this record even the music is so boring...?
i'm not interested in almost 60s - 70s Japanese Rock bands... because their music were just copies of Western music at that time... probably foreigners are interested in such old Japanese Rock as "exotic"... i understand this mind, because i feel same thing to other asian rock, turkish rock, south american rock, etc... but i'm sure Japanese underground music (from late 70s) are much better than such boring old trash rock... so many time, many interviewers asked me what influence i got from 60s - 70s Japanese rock, always my answer was really simple, "nothing!"
this kind of records make me laugh always... because music is just for super market by old Japanese rock musicians!!! what is Rock for them!? so i can't respect them totally!! hahaha...

Tsuishin, Kitakour




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        2009-03-12       The Sounds Of Love ...A To Zzzz / Fred Miller

this is one of well-known record as electronics with erotic voice! i bought it more than 15 years ago... then not so many people were interested in electronic music and so-called moog sounds also even electro-acoustic music too, so it was so cheaper, about 300 yen ($3)... i was just interested in sleeve that is the photos of synthesizers and kissing man and woman...
the music is really great, especially side-A!! just woman's erotic voice and kissing noise with electronics sound!! i guess the musician doesn't play such bigger synthesizer system that i can see on the sleeve!! the synth sound is very cheap and simple... i remembered my early electronics solo recordings by Roland System100...!! hahaha... it's really stupid and easy idea, maybe everyone had imagined this kind of idea... me too... i recorded electronics and some instruments with erotic voice from the porno cassette tapes when i was 15 or 16 years old...!! hahaha... but why is this records such great!? because electronics sounds are so simple and so primitive like bad playing by the musician who has never touched any synthesizer before... also some parts remained me the one of the great psychedelic group Silver Apples!! all tracks of side-A were composed by Fred Miller... but who is Fred Miller????? i have totally no idea... i don't know even Fred Miller is the same guy of the photo on the sleeve or not...
music of side-B is different from side-A! there are 2 track on side-B, Ravel's "Bolero" and Mozart's "Piano Concerto No.21" with electronics also woman's erotic voice!!! what!? and both classical songs weren't played by synthesizer!!! not like Walter Carlos...
i guess these were from records!!!! the musician plays synthesizers with the records!! like karaoke for synthesizers! hahaha... several years ago, Yamazaki Maso (aka Masonna, Space Machine) said he played synthesizers with many records and cds at his flat... me too... when i was a teenager, i played guitar with any sounds from records, radio, TV... even news that was read by announcers! i didn't play like "copy", i tried to play as "collaboration" with any sounds... it was my exercise for guitar and improvisation...
by the way i wanted to reissue it on CD when we started AMT label. so i sent a letter to Copley Records to ask to reissue it... (i found their address on the back sleeve.) i waited for their any answer so long time... almost 1 year later, my letter was sent me back as address unknown!! i see... of course this record was released in 70s... also probably small label... so i couldn't get right to reissue it on CD... well, probably i should overdub some electronics or drone sounds on this record, and release it!!?? hahahaha....

The Sounds Of Love ...A To Zzzz

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