Sunday, June 25, 2006

Love Live Life + One-Love Will Make A Better You['71 Rare Japan Avant-Psych Rock]

another rare gem wich has been re-issued on P-Vine
and out of press
thanks to R. Li for sharing this with me
its a awesome advantgarde psych rock album

There were several progressive psychedelic groups in Japan in the early '70s, including the short-lived Love Live Life + One. They played a handful of live shows and only released one LP in 1971, but that record, Love Will Make a Better You, is considered one of the classics of early Japanese psychedelia.

Not too much documentation exists about Love Live Life + One, a group of nine musicians. The "Plus One" seems to refer to vocalist Akiri Fuse, who had been singing pop music since the mid-'60s and appearing on LPs since 1967. Otherwise, Love Live Life consisted of Hiro Yanagida on keyboards and organ and Kimio Mizutani on electric guitar, as well as K. Ichihara on flute and sax, T. Yokota on flute and soprano sax, T. Naoi on guitar, M. Terakawa on bass, C. Kawachi on drums, and N. Kawahara on percussion.

Most of these musicians are obscure, except for Yanagida and Mizutani, who have had wider musical careers in other psychedelic groups. Prior to Love Live Life, Mizutani was in the band People, with the rare 1970 LP Ceremony -- Buddha Meet Rock, and the same year that Love Will Make a Better You came out, he released his solo album, A Path Through Haze. Yanagida also released a solo album in 1971 called Milk Time. Prior to Love Live Life + One he was a member of the highly acclaimed Foodbrain, which released the album Social Gathering in 1970, and he was also in Strawberry Path, whose record When the Raven Has Come to the Earth came out the same year as Love Will Make a Better You.

Love Live Life's only record, like the other albums mentioned above, is a mix of blues-based psychedelic music that pushes into progressive and even avant-garde realms, while the skronky sax playing even recalls the edgier end of the jazz spectrum. The record was self-released in small quantities, and contained a side-long improvised piece with hippie poetry over very free-form music, with more song-oriented material on the flip side. The group did not last much longer after the LP was finished. The original album is extremely rare, but has since been reissued on LP as well as CD with a bonus live track.


Note:i added a wanted list on the
if any one of you has it
please contact me

thank you


Anonymous frank from italy said...


8:21 PM  
Blogger Dirk said...

No Problem!

credits to mr. Li

8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, I was a little surprised to get a comment from you in my livejournal. anyway, there seems to be a lot of great stuff here- although I have to admit I haven't heard of any of it before. do you like modern psych at all? It seems like you might enjoy bands like dungen, acid mothers temple and comets on fire.

9:22 PM  
Blogger Dirk said...

yeah i like dungen, acid mothers temple very much

but those arent so rare

9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fair enough! I was kind of under the impression that maybe a lot of these "hella rare psych!" blogs were old dudes who discovered the internet and decided to share their old records. anyways thanks again for sharing all this music I'd otherwise probably never hear of.

6:52 AM  
Anonymous electricknight said...

Very trippy.Thanks.

6:30 PM  
Anonymous bollox mcgillicuddy said...

awesome to see this shared, this really needs to be reissued again.

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you very much...

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can somebody repost this album with proper link in comment since Dirk is currently not able to do it ?
Thank you so much in advance.

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, can you please repost this album. Great blog!

Thank you very much

5:06 PM  

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