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Sunday, 4 February 2018

Kuni Kawachi and His Group "Love Suki Daikirai"1972 僕の声が聞こえるかい/クニ・河内の世界 (Happenings Four,Flower Travellin’ Band) Japan Psych Pop Rock ~

Kuni Kawachi and His Group "Love Suki Daikirai"1972 僕の声が聞こえるかい/クニ・河内の世界 (Happenings Four,Flower Travellin’ Band) Japan Psych Pop Rock

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Extremely Rare and totally obscure LP by Happeninsg Four Frontman Kawauchi Kuni from 1972. He gets backed by Happenings Four + Guitarist MIZUTANI Kimio (so same line up as Happenings Four The Long Trip LP


KUNI KAWAUCHI & HIS FRIENDS: “Boku no Koe ga Kikoerukai – Kawauchi no Sekai” (Capitol – CTP-9054) Another psychedelic rarity from early 1970s Japan that just never ever seems to surface. Released on May 5th, 1972, “Boku no Koe ga Kikoerukai” was the first so-called solo outing by Happenings Four front man Kuni Kawauchi. Although the album is credited to him, the usual suspects to flank him are also present here, being brother Chito Kawauchi and acidic guitar gunslinger wunderkind Kimio Mizutani. And with a line-up like that you are already ensured of a trip down to psyched-out Wonderland Avenue. Just like the Happenings Four album “The Long Trip”, this disc ventures into similar territory, partly because of the same line-up (yep Mizutani was also on the Long Trip although unaccredited). This is a carefully crafted sonic gem of an album, filled with great vocalizations, killer instrumental leads and awe-inspiring moon enhancing sonic qualities. No wonder the music critic and connoisseur par excellence of demented Japan’s underbelly Manabu Yuasa voted this one as one of his all time favorite discs. Brilliant disc that sheds some clarity on the early 1970s New Rock scene, Japanese psychedelic music and sonic greatness. All time highest recommendation and so bloody rare these days...~



“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 rocknroll history, and a more genuinely listenable Japrock art statement you’d be hard pressed to find. Moreover, Kawachi’s early version of Flowers 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 entirety. -Julian Cope....


 One more album from Japanese rock stage veteran keyboardist Kuni Kawachi was released on CD. My impression: quite average (in not to say poor) work especially to measure Japan of 1972. The whole album is made in very unhurried, so measured and sometimes even sleepwalker style, only in some tracks the landscape is vivified by fuzz guitar and dark bursts of Hammond organ. As it came into my view just non-remarkable psychedelia. In 1968 it could be interesting for somebody but to the moment of its release Kawachi seems to be out of the time. Even the choice of Kimio Mizutani as guitarist can't save the record. On CD-reissue by Walhalla Records the complete album Kirikyogen by Kuni Kawachi & Flower Travelling Band (1970) is added as bonus.....~


Two-fer reissue of these early 70s Japanese underground rock albums. The Kuni Kawachi & Flower Travelling Band album was recorded in 1970. Includes massive guitar-work from Hideki Ishema, very much in the vein of Flower Travelling Band's catalog, with more of a progressive edge. Love Suki Daikiraireleased in 1972 is more straight-up dreamy psychedelia. ...~



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 album, 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 rocknroll history, and a more genuinely listenable Japrock art statement you'd be hard pressed to find. Moreover, 

Kawachi's early version of Flowers Map is, to some ears, even better than the later "original". For his second album, 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 albums as People's Buddha Meets Rock and Love Will Make You A Better You by Love Live Life +1. The album itself is an atmospheric dreamy melodic affair with some electronic effects thrown in. 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 few years back, his old Group Sounds band reformed, and are said to have played Kawachi's Kirikyogen in its entirety....~ 


 Musicians
Chito Kawachi: Percussion, Drums
Kuni Kawachi: Percussion, Piano, Celeste, Harpsichord, Hammond Organ, Voices, Rocksichord
Kimio Mizutani: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Masaoki Terakawa: Bass Guitar, Moog Synthesizer 










Tracklist 
A1 A Letter Without A Stamp
A2 A Puddle And A Purple Vetch
A3 Already No More Secrets
A4 Like A Concert Of Angels
A5 Like Lovers
A6 My Key Is In Your Hand
A7 Playing In Panic
B1 Riddle
B2 That's Why Love Is...
B3 That's Why People Are...
B4 The Cat
B5 The Things You've Left
B6 Where Are You Walking Now
B7 Where My Voice Can Be Heard 




Happenings Four +1 "The Long Trip" 1971 Japan Psych Rock
Rashomon (Kuni Kawachi The Happenings Four) “Our Constitutional Rights” 1971  羅生門 ‎– 日本国憲法 平和 自由 愛 Japan Psych
The Happenings Four "Magical Happenings Tour" 1968 Japan Psych Pop Rock,Beat,Baroque Pop  second album  
The Happenings Four ‎ アウトサイダ  "の世界   "Outsider No Sekai - World Of The Outsiders"1970 Japan Psych Pop Rock third album

Kuni Kawachi & Flower Travellin’ Band “Kirikyōgen” 1970 Japan Heavy Psych

Flower Travellin’ Band ‎ “Anywhere” 1970 Japan Psych Rock debut album  (Top 50 Japan Rock Albums by Julian Cope)
Flower Travellin’ Band “Made In Japan” 1972 Japan Psych Rock (Top 50 Japan Rock Albums by Julian Cope)
Flower Travellin’ Band “We Are Here” 2008 Japan Prog Rock
Flower Travellin Band “Satori” 1971 Japan Psychedelic masterpiece  (100 greatest Japanese albums Rolling Stone) (Top 50 Japan Rock Albums by  Julian Cope)
Yuya Uchida & The Flowers (Flower Travellin’ Band,) “Challenge!” 1969 Japan Psych Rock
Flower Travellin' Band "From Pussies To Death In 10.000 Years Of Freakout 1969-1970" 1997 Japan Psych Rock (bootleg)
Flower Travellin' Band ‎"Music Composed Mainly By Humans" (Bootleg) recorded in 1970 and released in 2002 Japan Psych Rock
Hideki Ishima ‎ “One Day"1971 Japan Prog Psych (ex- Flower Travellin ‘Band) man solo album
The Beavers  ザ・ビーバーズ  "Viva! Beavers!"  1968 Japan Psych,Garage Rock (Hideki Ishima-Flower Travellin’ Band & Ken Narita)
Band Aide “Uchuu Junkan” 1978 Japan Space Prog Rock  (with Nobuhiko Shinohara  ex-Flower Travellin’ Band)
Kuni Kawachi  クニ河内   "Utae Nakunaru Maeni"  歌えなくなる前に 1972  Japan Psych Rock first solo Lp
Joe Yamanaka & Flower Travellin Band "Times* 1975 Japan Psych Blues Rock LP Compilation
Joe Yamanaka (Flower Travellin Band - Kuni Kawachi And His Group )"Reggae Vibration II (My Reggae Music)" 1983 Japan Reggae (feat Tsutomu Ogawa by Too Much)
Joe Yamanaka “Live at Nippon Budokan” 1978 Japan Psych Blues Rock ((Flower Travellin Band - Kuni Kawachi And His Group )
Joe Yamanaka (Flower Travellin Band) "Joe" 1974 Japan Psych,Pop Rock,Soft Rock,Soul-excellent first solo album (feat Nobuhiko Shinohara,Takeru Muraoka,Kuni Kawachi...etc...)
    Joe Yamanaka (Flower Travellin Band - Kuni Kawachi And His Group )"Reggae Vibration II (My Reggae Music)" 1983 Japan Reggae (feat Tsutomu Ogawa by Too Much)
    Joe Yamanaka (Flower Travellin Band) ジョー山中  ‎"To The New World" 1977 Japan Psych Funk Rock  second solo album

    Yuya Uchida 内田 裕也 ‎“A Dog Runs ア・ドッグ・ランズ” 1978  Japan Psych Rock,Rock n Roll  (special guest Shinki Chen)  (The Flowers,Yuya Uchida & 1815 Super Rock 'N' Roll Band, Yuya Uchida & 183 Family Band,Flower Travellin' Band,The Tigers)



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