Saturday, 12 November 2016

Early Times “Second Album” 1976 Japan Private Psych Prog,Jazz Rock


Early Times “Second Album” 1976 ultra rare Japan Private Psych Prog,Jazz Rock
Not to be confused with the contemporaneous Early Times String Band (a Japanese 70s folk-rock ensemble that has become slightly better known due to a couple of reissue/archival releases), this incredibly obscure album was the second effort of a local Sapporo based group. Their first is so rare that, while it must exist, has apparently never been glimpsed a single time by even the most hardcore Japanese collectors after all these years. All that aside, what we have here is a very interesting anachronism that sounds more like an underground Japanese take on early 70s British proto-progressive styles than anything else. Even the Monty Python-esque cover art seems to point in that direction. It kicks off with with an extremely cool horn rock-ish affair, featuring vintage organ, electric piano, funky percussion and psych guitar backed by a female chorus to great effect. This is followed by a lengthy proto-prog style guitar/organ led jam that slowly builds in intensity, with some great soloing. The rest of the first side then kind of puts on the breaks, with a couple of slow blues rock pieces that still have a very palpable early 70s UK feel to them. The second side starts with another gradually building instrumental jam, that eventually hits an awesome groove while the soloing breaks out overhead, before slowing down again into a more pensive mood. We then reach the real climax of the album, with the nearly 13 minute long final track. Building slowly once again (a hallmark of theirs, it seems), this starts out in a jazzy/bluesy horn rock mode, then builds in intensity as the soloing picks up and the vocals join in again, ending in a long crescendo of bluesy psych guitar soloing over the horn rock/proto-prog style jamming. Great stuff, and the whole album has a very loose, underground sound and vibe that is just flat out cool…..by CD REISSUE WISH LIST……


Quite a rare Japanese band from Sapporo, but good. Standard quartet, consisting of keyboardist, guitarist, bassist and drummer, as well as the masses of guest musicians as impressive horn section and female podpevok on a couple of things. Starting album unexpectedly enough prifankovannoy composition Marmalade Sky with solid work Winds (trumpets, trombones and saxophones) and massively wailing ladies in the background, then for the first side Vinyl music proceeds to a standard mainstream rock with short guitar-organ solo, demonstrating the influence of hard -rock and underground atmosphere. Although most things are called in English, the vocals are in Japanese and not very prominent, to be honest, and even, I would say, intrusive. In general, it deserves a special mention here the other side with an outstanding progressive instrumentals Time Out (Theme of Love Song, Love is Forever) by 7 minutes, which manifests itself in the enchanting keyboard electric piano and organ with a kind of aura of Canterbury. Also it is necessary to allocate a final 12-minute Epic Love Song, where they are mixed together snooty vocal crotch padded and solo grand from gifted virtuoso guitarist with priblyuzovannymi notes. Mighty spirits support somewhere reminded Mogul Thrash reason, but on the whole second side of vinyl is very, very strong and progressive. Recommended! ELPfan...~



Members 

Kazuo Sakai (electric guitar, vocals) 
Fujiko Muramatsu (keyboards)
Kazuo Shimamori (bass, vocals) 
Hiroshi Iwama (drums, percussion) 


Tracklist 
A1 Marmalade Sky
A2 Samui Kisetsu
A3 The Ballad Of Billy
A4 Tabi No Fukidamari
B1 Time Out (Theme of Love Song, Love is Forever)
B2 Love Song 

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