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Vodka Collins - Album Sleeve
VODKA COLLINS (Express, 1973)
Vodka Collins
Posted by Viva Vivi, Jun 30, 2010
Too Much - Comments
The single "Together" with b-side "She Is My lady" was produced by Miki Curtis of Samurai band fame.
On bass guitar Mr. Curtis used Alan Merrill (future Vodka Collins founding member) and Yuji Harada (Samurai/PYG) on drums on both tracks as a rhythm section. The 45 rpm single was released on Kuni Murai's new label Mushroom records, and they were distrubuted by Denon-Columbia.
Posted by Viva Vivi, Jun 30, 2010
Too Much - Image
Too Much Too Much 45 rpm single "Together" with b-side "She is my lady" (Together)
Posted by Viva Vivi, Jun 30, 2010
Vodka Collins Vodka Collins original lineup circa 1972, left to right: Alan Merrill, Take Yokouchi, Hiroshi Oguchi, Monsieur Hiroshi Kamayatsu. (Vodka Collins)
Posted by Viva Vivi, Jun 30, 2010
Posted by Viva Vivi, Jun 30, 2010
Vodka Collins Vodka Collins reunion lineup. Monsieur Kamayatsu, Alan Merrill, Hiroshi Oguchi, Masayoshi Kabe. Photo- Shinoyama Kishin, 1995 (Vodka Collins / circa 1990s)
Posted by Viva Vivi, Jun 29, 2010
Vodka Collins - Comments
Vodka Collins
Vodka Collins reunions took place starting in 1990 with a short tour after the successful award winning reissue of their "Tokyo New York" album on CD, with original founding members Hiroshi Oguchi and Alan Merrill participating. Other players involved in this reunion were The Coconuts (Of Kid Creole), Robin LeMesurier, Donnie Kisselbach, and Shinohara Nobuhiko.
Five years later, in 1995 Vodka Collins reformed, for several years in fact, with a four piece lineup of Hiroshi Oguchi, Alan Merrill, Hiroshi Kamayatsu (ex-Spiders) and Masayoshi Kabe (ex-Golden Cups), recording the albums "Chemical Reaction" (1996), "Pink Soup" (1997), and "Boy's Life" (1998). In 2004 a best of Vodka Collins was released on Polystar Records titled "Boys In The Band."
Sadly, Drummer Hiroshi Oguchi died of cancer on January 27th, 2009.
There was a "Concert For Hiroshi" at Tokyo's Duo Music Exchange, January of 2010, with a videotaped and televised reunion of all former Vodka Collins band members on stage, including original bass player (now on guitar) Take Yokouchi, Masayoshi Kabe, Monsieur Kamayatsu, Alan Merrill, and Shinohara Nobuhiko. Filling in for the late Hiroshi Oguchi on drums was Grico, of the band Tensaw.
Posted by Viva Vivi, Jun 29, 2010
Vodka Collins - Album Sleeve
VODKA COLLINS (Express, 1973)
Vodka Collins
Posted by Viva Vivi, Jun 29, 2010
Posted by Viva Vivi, Jun 29, 2010
Hiro Yanagida - Artist Information
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