What a Neues forty years ago.
This album “Hikishio Michishio” was released after “‘Kirikyogen” by KUNI KAWACHI TOKARE NO TOMODACHI. Contrary to 'Kirikyogen’ with strong taste of Flowers (Joe and Hideki), “Hikishio Michishio” should be Kuni’s album, with full of his concept and attitude for progressive rock all over the world. 1971 was absolutely a dawn, golden year for Japanese progressive rock scene - Flower Travellin’ Band’s “Satori”, Speed Glue and Shinki’s “Eve”, Love Live Life + One, People, and this one were released one by one - and the most beautiful and most plaintive album of these all should be this HAPPENINGS’ last one I do emphasize. Also amazing that Kuni’s psychedelically tragic organ keeps making dramatic sounds from start to finish … not straightly but eccentrically.
Even the first track “Hikishio Michishio (An Ebb Tide And The Flood Tide)”, one of the most popular songs, shoots complex drum kicks and an enthusiastic voice tragedy with alarming old-fashioned organ sounds. “Tsuruhashi To Shovel (A Pick And A Shovel)…..Part 1 ~ 3” are the story about a public worker, who has been fated to work with a pick and a shovel to die. A human tragedy continued forever indeed … Nobuhiko’s tragic voices should let us weep, as if we must live without any friend except the stuffs. Furthermore, in “Denki-isu (Electrocution)” an innocent man is just executed on an electric chair, with his hope of regeneration. Dark, depressive scenes go ahead with somewhat comfortable interlude (intoxication by facing death?) and hopeless lyrics. This track should be their masterpiece, let me say.
The longest track “Shi - Shi Ni Chokumen Sita Ningen No Johtai To Shinri (Death)” is a mixture of a mellow organ-based psychedelic progressive pop and rhythmical (bravo rhythm section) heavy rock, with Tome’s passionate voices. The second track “Kane No Naru Ki (Money Tree)” has a bulky psychedelic flavour into Tome’s trailing echoic voices and Kuni’s brainwashing ancient psych-organ solo. The comfort zone for us is only “Sakura To Kawara-yane Ga Mieru Machi (On The cherry Tree & The Tiled Roof Of Street)” I suggest?
Exactly the dawn of Japanese organ-psychedelic progressive rock…. by DamoXt7942 ……….~
The Long Trip was a progressive psych album by Kuni Kawachi’s Happenings Four group augmented with one extra “guest” member; Mizutani Kimio and hence the “+ One” tag. Released in 1971, this was their last album and after having dabbled with various styles such as Latin, Classic, Soft Rock and Underground, this album is their finest. Although they started out as a GS outfit, this last album is far removed from their humble origins. This entire disc is fantastic Japanese progressive rock with heavy organ and superb electric guitar leads from Mizutani. Unusually it was a concept album about the life cycle of the Human Being (from Birth to Death). Happenings Four were one of the most interesting Japanese bands having survived from the heydays of the GS era and mutated into the progressive Japrock of the early 70s. In fact they were pioneers of this period by using vocal harmonics laid over progressive psyched out moves.“ …..~
Digitally remastered edition of this 1971 album from the Japanese Prog/Psych band. The Long Trip was their last album and after having dabbled with various styles such as Latin, Classic, Soft Rock and Underground, this album is their finest. Although they started out as a GS outfit, this last album is far removed from their humble origins. This entire disc is fantastic Japanese Progressive Rock with heavy organ and superb electric guitar leads from Mizutani. Unusually it was a concept album about the life cycle of the Human Being (from Birth to Death). Happenings Four were one of the most interesting Japanese bands, having survived the heydays of the GS era and mutated into the Progressive Japrock in the early '70s. 11 tracks. 2010….~
My favourite LP!
One of the Japanese psych/prog real masterpiece!
Featuring KUNI KAWACHI known by the KIRIKYOGEN LP (with JOE YAMANAKA-FLOWER TRAVELLIN’ BAND).
Fantastic keyboards and harpsichord trippy psych/prog sound.
This is their rarest/most psychedelic/philosophicall last album with theme of the "LIFE OF HUMAN BEING (From birth to death)”!!….~
Line-up / Musicians- Kuni Kawachi / organ, keyboards, voices
- Chito Kawachi / drums, voices
- Pepe Yoshihiro / bass, voices
- Tome Kitagawa / percussion, voices
- Kimio Mizutani / guitar
A1 An Ebb Tide And The Flood Tide
A2 Money Tree
A3 A Pick And A Shovel……Part-1
A5 The Long Trip
B1 I’m A Prophet
B2 A Pick And A Shovel……Part-2
B3 Teach Myself Mind
B5 On The Cherry Tree & The Tiled Roof Of Street
B6 A Pick And A Shovel……Part-3