Love, Peace & Poetry - Japanese Psychedelic Music
Fourth volume in this phenomenal series of compilations focusing on the weirdest and most uncommon records from the late 60s/early 70s. After volumes of American (QDK 021), Latin American (QDK 022) and Asian (QDK 029) obscurities, here comes Japan. "Right up front I think it's only right to note that anyone allergic to heavily distorted blues-based psychedelic lead guitar may very well not survive this disc. Japanese psychedelic music of the 1960s & 1970s is very heavily invested in a hard rock aesthetic and much of what we've chosen to include here features some phenomenal over the top electric guitar excess. Many Japanese records from this period are either very heavy psychedelic rock, or they are very experimental and avant garde with little in the way of classic UK & US Sixties 'underground' psychedelia to be found. As a result, while Japan and the United Kingdom released a comparable number of records during this period, there are a great many rare and expensive Japanese records that remain virtually unknown on this side of the globe. A few of the top rarities are only now finding their way to these shores. The LP by Ceremony creates a musical trip based upon a Buddhist mass, employing exotic instruments and building to a guitar assault but is impossible to really excerpt a small piece of for our purposes here. Only two or three Japanese collectors own the $4,000 original album. My American and European friends who have visited Japan almost unanimously describe the experience as what they imagine visiting another planet might be like. A very friendly and inviting planet, but disorientingly different in many ways. I think what they are describing is really the experience of a first encounter with a non-Western culture and imagine the experience of a Japanese traveler's first encounter with, for example, Arizona or New Mexico, would resemble an even greater interplanetary experience. Unlike most compilations which focus on rare singles tracks, the Love, Peace & Poetry series collects tracks from the world's rarest and most obscure psychedelic albums believing that, no matter how passionate a music fan you might be, you shouldn't be too surprised to find that you may have missed at least a few things along the way. Our intent is to make the claim that the world is a bigger place than you first thought, and to provide some convincing evidence to back that up. So here's a little Love, a little Peace, and a little Poetry to get you by until next time." -- Stan Denski. Artists included: The Mops, Yuya Uchida/Flowers, The Happenings Four, Foodbrain, Apryl Fool (Haruomi Hosono), Speed, Glue & Shinki, Blues Creation, Shinki Chen & Friends, The Jacks, Tokedashita Garasubako, Justin Heathcliff, Masahiko Sato & Sound Breakers, Kuni Kawachi & His Friends, The Beavers.