Thursday, July 06, 2006

The Taj Mahal Travellers-August 1974 ['74 Japan Free Improvisation]

Highly Recommended!
This one is for the fans of Ghost and early Tangerine Dream
psychedelic droning free improvisation jams!
somewhat relaxing music

Double CD reissue of the 2nd Taj Mahal Travellers album, originally issued by Japanese Columbia in 1974 as a 2LP set. Along with their not-yet-reissued debut album July 15th, 1972 (released by Japanese CBS in '72),
these are some of the most hallowed and whispered about documents of the avant-garde artifact-era (a set of these on original LP would set you back $1000+ even 10-15 years ago & have very rarely been offered anywhere).
Legendary higher-key improv-drone extravaganzas that more than live up to their reputation,

this reissue is going to make a certain sector of underground society very happy.
The group was led by the infamous Fluxus member Takehisa Kosugi (electric violin, harmonica, voice, etc.), with: Kyo Koike (electric double bass), suntool, voice, etc.), Yukio Tsuchiya (bass-tuba, percussion), Beiji Nagai (trumpet, synthesizer Mini-Korg, timpani), Tokio Hasegaw (voice, percussion), Kinji Hayashi (electronic technique), Hirokeszu Sato (percussion, voice).

Recorded live at Nippon Columbia Studio #1, Tokyo, August 19, 1974.
Four side-long improvisations."Places and times of the trip: coffee houses, small galleries of Tokyo.
They perform also on lonely beaches at dawn or on deserted hills in the afternoon. Aslo in Sweden, India, Iran, and England. Wherever a power supply is available. 'This music is not rehearsed, it happens. Without written notes or oral instructions; without an ensemble leader, each one having his own discourse immediately integrated into a slow, irregular throbbing of complex sound waves.
Sound waves surfing.' Verfremdung: instruments are amplified with delay through echo machines.
Previously produced sounds delivered by distant loudspeakers have already become something beyond reach when heard. This feedback -- actually a time-space lag -- is the basis of their music. The instrument arsenal: a violin played with glissandi in the same manner as the Indian sitar, string bass, guitar, drums, harmonica, small synthesizers, santurs (Iranian dulcimer played with two spoon-shaped mallets), a shahnal (Indian oboe), voices (Japanese Buddhist chanting, harmonic singing such as LaMonte Young does or as heard in Stockhausen's 'Stimmung'). Amplifiers: a heterodyne (voltage controlled filters connected to infrasonic wave sources) which changes tone colors back and forth very slowly. Also, other rather primitive hand-made electronic devices. All these contribute to the everchanging diversity of the ensemble. Close your eyes, relax and musically receive passing clouds, breezes, surging waves. This music is slow as a Japanese tea ceremony and as peacefully full of cheer as ancient scroll paintings."
--Yuji Takahashi.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is incredible - I've been looking for this for quite a long time. Very interested in the whole trance aspect of Prog. Thank you very, very , very much.

8:59 PM  
Anonymous monotonos said...

I was hoping to find this too one day...

9:24 PM  
Blogger Dirk said...

no problem

11:24 PM  
Anonymous naos said...

Heard a lot about this album, so I'm really happy that you share it with us. Thanks!!!!!!

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! Nice blog this! By the way, "July 15th, 1972" has been reissued on CD by Showboat some years ago.


10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please upload again, file's not available anymore!

6:49 AM  

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