Sunday, May 07, 2006

Les Rallizes Denudes- Live '77 2CD (Japan Underground Experimental Rock)

1Enter the Mirror
2The Night of Assassin
3Flames Of Ice
4A Memory is Far

1Strong out Deeper than the Night
2Reapers of the Night
3The Last One

Revolving around guitarist and vocalist Mizutani Takashi, Les Rallizes Denudes formed in November of 1967 at Kyoto University, inspired by Exploding Plastic Inevitable-era Velvet Underground as well as the over-amplified rock of Blue Cheer. By 1968 they were gigging live and even began a regular collaborated with an avant-garde theater troupe, which ended the next year because of Les Rallizes's penchant for extreme volumes of sound. Not only did they use massive amounts of feedback at loud volumes, their stage shows used strobe lights, mirror balls and other effects for a live experience that was a total sensory assault.

The group also aligned themselves with radical left-wing politics, performing at the front lines of student demonstrations against Vietnam and even the student occupation of Kyoto University in April of 1969. One original member, Wakabayashi, was involved in the Japanese Red Army hijacking of a flight to North Korean, known as the Yodo-go incident, and because of Mizutani's own connections with the Red Army, the group's gigs became more infrequent and clandestine. The band didn't record much in the studio, and the only music of theirs to come out on vinyl at this time was one side of the double LP compilation Oz Days Live released by Oz Discs in 1973. In fact Les Rallizes kept going throughout the '70s and '80s without releasing a thing, and then suddenly they put out three CDs of archival recordings in 1991, and a video the next year. Of these, the double CD/LP '77 Live highlights them at the top of their form, with 10- to 20-minute tracks of intense guitar feedbacks and drones over repetitive rhythms and heavily distorted vocals.

Mizutani / vocal & lead guitar
Nakamura Takeshi / electric guitar
Hiroshi / bass guitar
Mimaki Toshirou / drums


Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for more japan. this link is a review of some japan lps done by some one who could not find refrences to alot of them might find it interesting tnx again

12:02 PM  
Blogger Dirk said...

thanks for the link!

i didnt know that shinki was in The Golden Cups(wich i have volume 1 by)
that explains the tight guitar playing

i allready knew the site,but didnt read that one yet

3:00 PM  
Blogger Dirk said...

edit:the guy is a liar
he was not a member

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in 1965
Ruiseruis Kabe&Kenneth Ito and others
"Take Five"

in 1966
Ruiseruis Kabe&shinki and others
"Midnight Express"

Dave Hirao, Kenneth Ito,Eddy Ban ,Ruiseruis Kabe,Mamoru Manu
"Golden cups"[Initially using the name "Group and I,”]

3:08 PM  

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