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Keyboard player and prime mover Hiro Yanagida began his musical life in Ground Sounds outfit The Floral, before founding the considerably cooler Apryl Fool in 1968. However, Yanagida is best known for his contributions to the so-called ‘Super Session’ period of 1970-72, during which time he made a couple of flawed-but-interesting solo LPs and contributed to a whole slew of experimental Japanese albums, including Foodbrain’s A SOCIAL GATHERING project, Shinki Chen’s solo LP SHINKI CHEN & HIS FRIENDS, Masahiko Satoh’s marvellous AMALGAMATION album, and the stupendous and original free soul of LOVE WILL MAKE A BETTER YOU, by Love Live Life +1. The keyboardist also found time to contribute a couple of tunes to some Tokyo Kid Brothers plays, and MATIHEDEYOU SYOWOSUTEYO by J.A. Caesar. Nowadays, Yanagida’s debut solo LP MILK TIME suffers mightily in comparison to its obvious inspirational blueprint, Frank Zappa’s HOT RATS. But there are still some excellent excessive Jean Luc Ponty violin moments from guest Hiroki Tamaki, especially on the weighty title track. His second self-titled album was considerably less interesting, though, even containing a daft doowop sung by Joey Smith of Speed, Glue & Shinki. I know nothing of his work thereafter.
Vodka Collins and Hiro Yanagida
It is little known that Hiro Yanagida played the Hammond B3 organ part that starts off the album on the Vodka Collins LP "Tokyo New York" (EMI) recorded in 1972. The long organ part by Mr. Yanagida segues into what is the first released Japanese language glam rock song, "Automatic Pilot."
Mr. Yanagida also appeared again on Vodka Collins "Pink Soup" CD in 1997, playing electric piano on the tracks "Motive Confusion", "Skying", and "Tumbleweed."
Posted by Viva Vivi, Jun 29, 2010
This is my favourite Japanese keyboardist!
Posted by shaka, Sep 06, 2007