Kirikyogen (last act, Last Act) - the first solo album keyboardist Kuni Kawachi (ex-The Happenings Four) and his friends from the band Flower Travellin ‘Band. Although as a solo? Still, the main player here - this is not a keyboardist and vocalist Akira “Joe” Yamanaka … Therefore, in 2002, the band Flower Travellin 'Band has released this album (several modified) called Music Composed Mainly By Humans… ~
Beginning his career in the Group Sounds act The Happenings Four, keyboard player Kuni Kawachi will nevertheless probably always be best remembered for his writing contributions to Tokyo Kid Brothers’ version of THROW AWAY THE BOOKS, WE’RE GOING OUT ON THE STREETS, and also for his prescient employment of Flower Travellin’ Band members on his first LP KIRIKYOGEN. Indeed, despite the strung out elegance of that solo record having spanned several genres, the appearance on lead vocals of Akira ‘Joe’ Yamanaka has guaranteed KIRIKYOGEN a rightful place in rock’n’roll history, and a more genuinely listenable Japrock art statement you’d be hard pressed to find. Moreover, Kawachi’s early version of Flower’s ‘Map’ is, to some ears, even better than the later ‘original’. For his second LP, 1972’s LOVE SUKI DAIKIRAI, Kawachi turned to the ubiquitous Jun ‘Kimio’ Mizutani, former teen raver with garage band Out Cast, whose lead guitar had informed such legendary LPs as People’s BUDDHA MEETS ROCK and LOVE WILL MAKE A BETTER YOU by Love Live Life +1. Mizutani’s own highly rated solo album A PATH THROUGH HAZE was co-written by Masahiko Satoh along with Kawachi, whose painting is featured across the gatefold inner. In his later years, Kawachi moved north to become a farmer in Hokkaido, keeping his musical hand in writing TV commercials. A couple of years ago, his old Group Sounds band reformed, and are said to have played Kawachi’s KIRIKYOGEN in its entiret.. ....~
Kirikyogen (Japanese: 切狂言 Hepburn: Kirikyōgen) is a 1970 album by Kuni Kawachi and the Flower Travelling Band. It was originally credited to "Kuni Kawachi and his Friends" (クニ河内とかれのともだち Kuni Kawachi to Kare no Tomodachi) when initially released. The album showcases the growing doom metal sound that the Flower Travelling Band were honing, as well as Kuni Kawachi's progressive rock influences.
It is the first album released by Kuni Kawachi after leaving the group sounds band the Happenings Four. Although sometimes co-credited to the Flower Travelling Band, only vocalist Joe Yamanaka and guitarist Hideki Ishima took part in the album. It was recorded between Anywhere and Satori, before the band went to Canada. Ishima later recalled that this was the first time he heard Yamanaka sing in Japanese; an experience he referred to as "strange."
In 1971, the song "Works Composed Mainly by Humans" was reworked, renamed "Map" and released as a split single by Flower Travellin' Band without Kawachi, together with the song "Machine Gun Kelly" by American band Jo Mama.
Kirikyogen was later released on CD. In 2002 it was bootlegged under the name Music Composed Mainly By Humans, which replaced "To Your World" with the live track "I'm Dead" and renamed "Classroom for Women" to simply "Classroom". This bootleg also included "Map", as previously released by Flower Travellin' Band, instead of the original song "Works Composed Mainly by Humans".
Hernan M. Campbell of Sputnikmusic wrote that with this album the Flower Travelling Band began "cultivating a heavily dissonant guitar style that emphasized on a low-tuned sound and slower tempos, thus giving their music a more menacing characteristic." Together with Satori, he cited Kirikyogen as playing a part in the creation of doom metal. ...~
The tone of this LP is cast in a shadow, and it seeps through the pores of each track, some of which contain Not Your Average Title. I mean, 'Ningen Syutaino Keieitokoji' translates as Works Mostly Composed by Humans... and 'Renai Bochi', Graveyard of Love. However, this ain't some pointless posturing... this is an LP that carries that weight, while remembering to bring a pocket full of cool-ass riffs, super-heavy Hammond, bouncin' bass and far-out vox. This is one seriously good album, no doubt about that.
LP opener, 'Kirikyogen' is teases in the intro with stop/start bass and organ before dropping into Grade A heavy funk psych prog rock. It's completely irresistible. There's a whiff of the weirdness of early English prog records... but crucially, these kids were still into Hendrix too... remembering that no matter how good you are on guitar, you still gotta bring something to the dancefloor. 'Time Machine' is another track that's pretty out-there, but still reels in enough to make you daydream about hearing it in a DJ set or whatever... and that's including it's apocalyptic mid-way nervous breakdown, descending into sound effects, warped instruments and delayed wrongness... then of course, back comes the beats, the hammond, the fuzzed out guitar and harmonica... it's cracking stuff.
- Kuni Kawachi - keyboards
- Hideki Ishima - guitar
- Akira “Joe” Yamanaka - vocals
- Pepe Yoshihiro - bass
- Chito Kawachi - drums
- Yuya Uchida - producer
A1 切狂言 (芝居小屋の名役者) 5:09
A2 人間主体の経営と工事 5:46
A3 タイム・マシーン 7:48
B1 おまえの世界へ…… 6:33
B2 恋愛墓地 4:11
B3 女の教室 3:26
B4 男から女を見た科学的調査 3:54
01 – Kirikyogen
02 – Works Composed Mainly by Humans
03 – Time Machine
04 – To Your World
05 – Graveyard of Love
06 – Classroom for Women
07 – Scientific Investigation