Sunday, July 01, 2007

Sharp Five-Haru No Umi

1968 Japan Eleki/Surf/Instrumental Rock

this is the 11th LP by (Munetaka Inoue &) the Sharp Five

you might think Eleki?,what's that in heaven's sake!
dont you just mean frickin' GS?
The term Eleki is applied to the first japanese big band boom
and is short for Electric (as in electric guitars)
wich started when The Ventures first visited in japan in May 1962
wich was the first of many to come
And by the time they visited japan aqain on January 65
lots of instrumental rock bands allready had been started
In 1965 760,000 guitars were made in Japan, a record that has yet to be broken.
some well known names are Takeshi Terauchi & The Bunny's,The Blue Comets,The Launchers ect..

more info here

some more info about the album:

Hara No Umi (which both opens and closes the album) is jaw-dropping--it starts as mellow traditional Japanese music an then builds to an all-out Eleki stomper.

Vicious guitar licks, surf induced wah-wah and fuzz distorted interceptions, all pored over with an oriental sonic garage back base. This really rocks and stings like a bat out of hell. A vicious party slammer, psyched up, fuzzed-out and fuelled up ready to leave burning tire tracks all over your sorry ass. This disc is not yet been detected by the larger psychedelic collecting crowd, so it comes quite cheap. We speak of 1968 here, real stunning album and quite rare these days. Highest recommendation

go get it!


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Blogger Max said...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great band....Very doffrent from other GS stuff I've heard, kinda remind of what The United STates of America might of sounded like if they were from Japan lol...Great LP! Thanks.


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Blogger Unknown said...

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Blogger Drazen said...

Wow I'm loveing this! Amazing

1:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for this
trying before buying

10:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just brilliant. any more " sharp five " ? Thanx a lot.

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm already crazy for music from japan, and your excitement really comes through in your description of this music- can't wait to hear it!
all the best,

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