The First Ear
Originally released on Vertigo in April 1972, this is the first album by Miki Curtis (Samurai front man) following the break-up of the band. It's a fantastically otherworldly psychedelic release and a totally different sound than Samurai. The First Ear finds Eastern-tinged psych of the highest echelon. Strange harmony vocals, a spacey guitar solo, queerly sawing synths, everything's efficient and even compelling. "Forty days on a stoned-out camel," moans Miki (yes, he knows some English, too) and that is just how this sounds. The track ends with half a minute of noisy slurping on what we presume to be a waterpipe. Mind-blowing. Digitally remastered. Comes with an English translation of the original Japanese LP insert.