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Room

Masayoshi Kabe - guitar
Zaleski – flute, piano, guitar
Keibun Hayashi – bass
Jon Yamazaki – drums

After quitting The Golden Cups at the end of 1969, Masayoshi Kabe was listening to bands such as The Fugs, Canned Heat and Detroit’s SRC (the organ-based band led by Scott Richardson of The Rationals). Kabe had entered a hugely psychedelicized period and especially liked SRC ‘because their jackets were pretty mushroomy’. Kabe therefore decided to form a similar improvisational ensemble based on the more loose and bluesy side of Led Zeppelin, The Fugs and Santana. So, along with old friends Keibun Hayashi and Jon Yamazaki, Kabe invited jazz guitarist/flautist Zaleski to join Room. Playing airforce bases and temporarily moving to Kouzu island, the band did no studio recordings during this period of total freedom and, according to Masayoshi Kabe himself, Room appears to have spent a great deal of its time ‘all sniffing paint thinner… We all liked chemicals… I did anything people gave me.”

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