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22 Jan 2017

Creation “Creation” 1975 Japan Prog Rock










Creation “Creation” 1975 Japan Prog Rock
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Originally released in 1975, this album was the culmination of Japanese ax-hero Kazuo Flash Takedas post-London musical efforts. Takeda spent the early 1960s soaking in the sounds of American blues, psych and British invasion rock bands, eventually forming his own band-the aptly named Blues Creation-in 1969. The band released three albums, including their now legendary Demon & Eleven Children, before Takeda took off for London in 1972. During this time he played on a number of sessions and made friends with many musicians, particularly the American hard rockers Mountain. When he finally returned to Japan the following year, he was ready to start a new band with himself on lead guitar and vocals. Now simply called Creation, the band released its self-titled LP in 1975, produced by the Flower Travellin Band producer Yuya Utchida and featuring a cover photo of a group of naked boys peeing. Creations next album would be recorded in the US with Felix Pappalardi. Takeda went on to release over 20 albums and now lives in L.A. as a session guitarist. …………..

LP with POSTER!! + innersleeve w/ English / Japanese liner notes. Originally released in 1975, this album was the culmination of Japanese ax-hero Kazuo Flash Takedas post-London musical efforts. Takeda spent the early 1960s soaking in the sounds of American blues, psych and British invasion rock bands, eventually forming his own band-the aptly named Blues Creation-in 1969. The band released three albums, including their now legendary Demon & Eleven Children, before Takeda took off for London in 1972. During this time he played on a number of sessions and made friends with many musicians, particularly the American hard rockers Mountain. When he finally returned to Japan the following year, he was ready to start a new band with himself on lead guitar and vocals. Now simply called Creation, the band released its self-titled LP in 1975, produced by the Flower Travellin Band producer Yuya Utchida and featuring a cover photo of a group of naked boys peeing. Creations next album would be recorded in the US with Felix Pappalardi. Takeda went on to release over 20 albums and now lives in L.A. as a session guitarist…….. 

Blues Creation was the brainchild of guitarist/singer Kazuo Takeda. They were known as Blues Creation from 1969-1972 and after a three year hiatus returned as just Creation in 1975, not to be confused with the mid-60’s British Blues Pop band known as The Creation. 
In 1969 Blues Creation made a self-titled album of American blues covers, featuring songs written by Sonny Boy Williamson, Memphis Slim, Chester Burnett, J. Mayall-E. Clapton, Blind Willie Johnson, Willie Dixon and Otis Rush. In August 1971 they released the all original Demon & Eleven Children. This album was heavily influenced by Cream, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath and oddly enough; released the same day as Carmen Maki & Blues Creation, which had the band fronted by young female pop star Carmen Maki. Each Blues Creation album other than their debut features songs written by Takeda and consists of a constantly shifting lineup. In late 1971 Blues Creation released their final album, Blues Creation Live. In 2000 and 2001 Germany’s Black Rose Records reissued all 4 Blues Creation albums on CD. 
Next was the 1975 self-titled Creation, featuring a new stable lineup and a cover photo of a dozen nude boys full-frontal peeing. Creation toured Japan with American hard rock band Mountain. Mountain broke up soon after their Japanese tour, and partly due to hearing loss from playing so loud, bassist Felix Pappalardi focused on producing other bands. 
Pappalardi decided to help Creation work on their next album and invited the band to his Nantucket, Massachusetts home for two months of rehearsals. Over that time the project transformed into a musical collaboration with songs being written mostly by Pappalardi, his wife Gail Collins Pappalardi and Takeda. The album recorded at at New York’s Bearsville Studios was released in April 1976 as Creation with Felix Pappalardi. Creation released a final live album Pure Electric Soul in 1977, once again featuring a cover with nude boys at the front of a bus. 
Kazuo Takeda has released more than 20 solo albums including 1978’s Super Rock in the Highest Voltage. He now works as a session guitarist in Los Angeles. Takeda attributes his further musical development to his friendship with Pappalardi who encouraged him to branch out into Jazz and other styles. He occasionally still plays live in Asia with former Creation drummer Masayuki Higuchi, and most recently produced Hong Kong’s premier bluesman Tommy Chung’s album Play My Blues (2006)………

Bass, Vocals — Shigeru Matsumoto 
Drums — Masayuki Higuchi 
Guitar — Kazuo Takeda , Yoshiaki Iijima 
Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Jew’s Harp — Kazuo Takeda 
Percussion — Kazuo Takeda , Masayuki Higuchi , Shigeru Matsumoto

Tracklist 
A1 You Better Find Out
A2 A Magic Lady
A3 Lonely Night
A4 Tobacco Road
A5 Fairy Tale
B1 Pretty Sue
B2 Got To Get Together
B3 Watch ‘N’ Chain
B4 Feelin’ Blue
B5 Blues From The Yellow 

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