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Carmen Maki

(Koichiro Kuwabata)
With a career that spans the mid-60s right up to the present day, Carmen Maki is something of a fixture in Japanese music, though her music will be too mainstream for the majority of Japrock fans. She began as a fairly typical chanteuse before joining Shuji Terayamaís Tenjosajiki theatre company in 1968, during which time she was briefly involved with J. A. Caesar. Thereafter, Maki sung with Kazuo Takedaís Blues Creation, releasing the imaginatively-titled LP CARMEN MAKI & BLUES CREATION. Unfortunately, while the record did much for Makiís career, her fairly standard sub-Janis, sub-Maggie Bell blues holler undermined the otherwise brilliant Blues Creation and set them on the road to average releases. Maki formed the more progressively styled Oz, whose 1975 debut CARMEN MAKI & OZ was obviously a punt at commercial success, after which time her career became of little further interest as LPs such as TOZASRETA MATI (1976), III (1977), LAST LIVE (19776) and NIGHTSTALKER (1979) ploughed obvious hard rock and soft muso folk realms.

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  • Carmen Maki & Oz.
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