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Teruo Nakamura is a jazz bassist who made one classic album in the 1970s entitled UNICORN, thereafter moving into a kind of very smooth and polished DX7 (wince) jazz that would appeal to very few readers of Japrocksampler. Unless this stuff is your bag, don't bother checking out his 1977 Polydor LP RISING SUN or his 1981 LP ROUTE 80, despite the latter having appeared on the optimistically-named label Agartha Records. Moreover, as Nakamura's career has mainly been conducted in New York with the likes of Steve Grossman, Lenny White, Alphonze Mouzon and Hubert Eaves, he is only of passing interest to Japrock fans.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Chahbo – vocals
Fujio Yamaguchi – guitar
Tetsu Asada – guitar
Shinichi Aoki - bass
Sakuro “Kant” Watanabe - drums

The Murahatchibu story is told in full in Japrocksampler - see Book Two, Chapater Five.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
See Japrocksampler, Book One, Chapter Two
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Formed in 1974 and originally known as the Mozz, the Mods (who changed their name and sound in 1978) were one of the first Japanese punk bands.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Kimio Mizutani – electric & folk guitars
Masahiko Satoh - Hammond organ, piano, Moog Synthesizer
Hiromasa Suzuki - electric piano
Hiro Yanagida – Hammond organ
Kayoko Isshu – scat vocals
Masaoki Terakawa - bass
Hideaki Takebe – bass
Takeshi Inomata – drums
Toyama String Quartet
Etoh Wood Quartet

Although essentially a session guitarist, Jun ‘Kimio’ Mizutani is best known for his contributions to such classic early ‘70s albums as LOVE WILL MAKE A BETTER YOU by Love Live Life +1, the self-titled Uganda LP and People’s BUDDHA MEETS ROCK. Along the way, the ex-Out Cast member also released one star-studded LP of his own in A PATH THROUGH HAZE. Taking his lead from Masahiko Satoh’s LP of the same name, Mizutani delivered a record of Zappa-styled instrumentals, accompanioed by Satoh himself and Foodbrain’s Hiro Yanagida. The LP was all recorded in a single monster session, in the huge Nippon Gramophon No. 1 Studio, on June 7th 1971, and featured the Toyama String Quartet and Etoh Wood Quartet to further explore the Zappa-meets-jazz consciousness that was so prevalent at the time. Indeed, the record comes across like an album by Glenn Phillips or even something akin to John McLaughlin’s DEVOTION, though without the supreme euphoria achieved on the latter. Besides Mizutani’s rendition of Satoh’s epic title track, the other pieces were ‘Sail In The Sky’, ‘Turning Point’, ‘Tell Me What You Saw’, ‘One For Janis’, ‘Sabbath Day's Sable’, ‘A Bottle Of Codeine’ and ‘Way Out’.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
This early ‘70s ‘folk rock star’ played a kind of slow somewhat bluesy style, and had his most famous LP KAIKISEN released in 1971. Minami is also well represented on the compilation UNDERGROUND TRACKS ‘70s, released on the Dead Flower label. However, despite the appearance on that double-LP of such underground heavyweights as Les Rallizes Denudes and Lost Aaraaff, Minami himself was nothing special if we are to take seriously the evidence of the two dirgy tracks ‘Jan’ and ‘Asa No Ame (Morning Rain)’ contained therein.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Fumio Miyashita was the founder of the highly-influential Far East Family Band. His career is discussed in detail in Book Two, Chapter Twelve of Japrocksampler (pages 235-252). Fumio died in 2004, aged 55, from respiratory failure.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007