Thursday, May 24, 2007

Tenjo Sajiki-Throw Away The Books,Let's Go Into The Streets

1970 RARE Japan Avant-garde Theatre Rock

today we present you the very RARE original theatre
version of Throw Away The Books,Let's Go In To The Streets
wich later was re-recorded for the movie version
by the Tokyo Kid Brothers

i would like to thank some one at wfmu
for hooking me up with this

Thank You!

some information from Forced Exposure:

"Typical of the company's early, crazed style is the recently reissued Throw Away The Books, originally released on their own label in 1970. Confusingly, there is a film soundtrack of the same title, but this is the extremely rare original theatrical version and contains entirely different material. Subtitled 'a high-teen symphony', the performance centers around untrained adolescents reading out their own tortured, angry (and in one case, stuttering) texts and poems. Their stories of family disintegration and mother-hate, dreams and hopes for the future, and love songs to teen murderer Norio Nagayama and Mick Jagger are set to an attractively rough and ready pounding psych-rock soundtrack largely composed by organist Kuni Kawachi. Kawachi had been a member of pioneering Prog group Happenings Four and his brooding organ riffs feature throughout. As well as heavy rockers like the great opening 'Lets Go Ornette', with its ripping fuzz lead, Orff-style choral chants and motorbike effects, Kawachi was also capable of delicate, folkish pieces ideally suited for some of the company's outstanding female vocalists, several of whom developed successful singing careers outside of Tenjo Sajiki. Also of note is a track composed by a young design school dropout, Shinjuku street hippy and winner of a nationwide longhair competition, by the unlikely name of JA Caesar (Tenjo Sajiki also had its own Sinatra and Salvador Dali). Set to a simple handclap rhythm, Caesar's tale of the panhandling life possessed a subtle melodic strength and depth that hinted at the minor keys of traditional folk song. Caesar soon came into his own, composing all the music for Terayama's performances and films for the next decade, and finally inheriting the remnants of the troupe after Terayama's death in 1983." - Alan Cummings, The Wire.

go get it! (right click>save as)


Blogger Unknown said...

Wow, i have only heard the tokyo kid brothers version that absolutely blew me away...
thanks alot

12:27 AM  
Blogger Zazerkalie group said...

Thank you. I this much interesting.

3:39 PM  
Blogger jAy @ jApAn said...

Fucking cool post, Dirk! What a rare find and it's so great to compare the two records side by side. I think I'll be posting more thoughts on this one later seeing as this one requires a few days of intense listening, i think. Thanks again to you and your WFMU hook-up!

6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

disastrous sound quality, still interesting stuffs, but it's not "avantgarde", whatever...

9:34 AM  
Blogger Dirk said...

the music was made by a Avantgarde Theatre group

11:54 AM  
Blogger jAy @ jApAn said...

mr. anonymous, one suggestion: get fucked!

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you!

4:39 PM  
Blogger john said...

Awesome! I've been away from a computer for a month so I didn't get to find this until yesterday, listened to it last night and thought it was great! Another intriguing piece of the always mysterious Shuji Terayama - Tenjo Sajiki - JA Seazer Puzzle. Really, really cool.

4:45 PM  
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