Ongaku 70 is the ultimate beginner’s guide to the Japanese psychedelia era. A incredible set of 13 tunes released between 1969 and 1978 including Osamu Kitajima, Stomu Yamash’ta’s Red Buddha Theatre, Akiko Yano, Sadistic Mika Band, Harry Hosono & The Yellow Magic Band, The Apryl Fool, Rabi Nakayama, Karuna Khyal, Kuni Kawachi & His Group, Toshiaki Tsushima, J.A. Caesar & Shirubu, Maki Asakawa and Les Rallizes Denudes. Neither group sounds nor hard rock here, only deep psychedelic rock with local instruments and native language. Be sure to hear the finest hours of Japanese 1970s music.
Although he doesn't totally transcend his Stevie Ray Vaughan/Hendrix influences, Chris Duarte attempts to progress beyond them – occasionally – on his fourth release, Romp. Kicking off with the greasy Junior Kimbrough-penned title track, he then moves into a sizzling Hendrix-fueled instrumental, "101," which shows his hot-dog guitar prowess but could have been on any of his previous discs. Similarly, the flashy "Like Eric" doesn't hide the fact that if you wanted to hear Eric Johnson, you'd buy an Eric Johnson album. Things finally settle into a more unique groove on "My My." Here his haunting Hendrix-styled distorted fuzz tone nudges a mechanical beat that's creepy and edgy. Better still is a version of Dylan's "One More Cup of Coffee," the album's six-minute centerpiece that transforms the original into a dreamy, ominous ode, utilizing near spoken lyrics against a subtle and stark backing.
A young woman undergoes psychiatric treatment after she no longer hears music and develops sexual hang-ups.
Japanese-German sound wizard Naoki Kenji started his career as a keyboard player in Tokio and Osaka, deeply inspired by electronica heros such as Yellow Magic Orchestra und Riuchi Sakamoto. With countless releases in Japan, Europe and the US on labels such as Sony or Universal/US (including a nomination for the Grammy Award), Kenji has a great experience as a producer, composer, DJ and remixer (e.g. for Al Jarreau and Ivan Lins). ‚Denshi Ongaku’ is not only a marvellous musical statement, but also proves Naoki’s ambitions as a video artist - his well received works for cult like TV program ‚Flowmotion’ speak for itself…
Ongaku is a CD that contains compositions from the band's early days. When I listen to this, it's clear to me that Hiroshima got off to a solid start. If you listen to their other albums you'll agree that the band continued to develop their musical talent over time. Ongaku is a classic!