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Martha - Album Sleeve
Martha (Private, 1971)
Posted by The Pole of Justice, May 25, 2008
Martha - Comments
The artist's name is actually Kamijo, "Martha" is the album title (although you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise, since the cover is simply the word "Martha" on a black background.

Acoustic folk rock with enough of a gentle psych bent that I think it could appeal to viewers of this site. Vocally, the guy sounds a bit like Greg Lake at times, although without the stupendous theatrics. The title song is excruciating...the chorus is "very, very cute..." repeated over and over in an uncomfortable Japanese accent. That aside, the album is pretty good.

Link At Rate Your Music.
Posted by The Pole of Justice, May 25, 2008
Hachimitsu Pai - Comments
Still around, kinda...
"Sentimental Street" came out in 1973. Their one album is firmly in the mold of the laid back, more-folk-than-rock mold of Happy End, etc. There's a bit more edge to it (with a strong The Band influence, as in Levon Helm and the boys,) but if that stuff isn't your bag, this probably won't shake your tree either.

After breaking up, they got back together in 1975 and decided to become "Moonriders." The Moonriders have released approximately six million albums. I've only personally heard two, the utterly warped soundtrack/pop pastiche "Camera Egal Stylo," and the utterly pedestrian New Romantic pop album "Modern Music."

Moonriders site: http://www.moonriders.com/
Posted by The Pole of Justice, May 09, 2008
Kuni Kawachi - Comments
The Happenings reFourmed
"A couple of years ago, his old Group Sounds band reformed, and are said to have played Kawachi’s KIRIKYOGEN in its entirety."

I went to The Happenings Four gig at UFO Club in Jan 2007. Sorry Julian, I don't know what songs they played, but I can tell you that they were absolutely awful. They spent as much time talking between songs as playing, which is something some Japanese bands are prone to do and is a huge no no as far I'm concerned, but here it was almost a blessing as the music was just horrendous. I remember several years ago borrowing a GS comp from a friend and it was just unlistenable (nothing like what I knew as GS); I didn't note the artists on it at the time, but The Happenings Four live were very much of the same ilk. I'm not talking about such lesser inconsequential but still listenable GS such as say The Wild Ones, who actually I enjoyed quite a lot when I saw them at Loft last year; I'm talking unspeakably bad, and I had to leave half-way through their set (missing the last band) because it was just beyond enduring.
Posted by asiamiles, Apr 29, 2008